Where did CBD come from?
To answer this question, we need to start at the very beginning....
The primary receptors are called CB1 AND CB2:
IMG: Displaying endocannabinoid system in our body as locks
We naturally produce 'keys' to these locks called 'Endocannabinoids'.
When something brings our cells out of balance (for example high stress), we naturally produce endocannabinoids to help regulate homeostasis. These are the keys in the below diagram. The 'keys' we produce naturally fit into our receptors 'the locks' to trigger homeostasis. There are two major endocannabinoids we produce are: anandamide and 2-AG .
Although we naturally produce cannabinoids called endocannabinoids, sometimes our body doesn't produce enough endocannabinoids to bring our bodies back to homeostatis.
As a result, the body becomes unbalanced and is vulnerable to illness or disease. Dr. Ethan Russo M.D., Director of Research and Development of the International Cannabis and Cannabinoids Institute has theorised that clinical endocannabinoid deficiency is behind many of the chronic illnesses we have today and has coined the term: clinical endocannabinoid deficiency.
We naturally produce Endocannabinoids, keys to open the locks that are the CB receptors (locks) to help maintain balance
Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency
Sometimes we cannot produce enough Endocannabinoids ‘keys’ and so become deficient. This affects our ability to get us back to homeostatis
Phytocannabinoids (like CBD)
We can supplement our body with plant phytocannabinoids like CBD to help create more keys and bring us back to homeostasis
How can we support our ECS?
We can support our ECS in many ways, like getting enough sleep, eating right and exercising regularly. Tumeric and ginger tea are also two great herbs known to support our ECS.
We can also support our body through supplementing our diet with plants through photocannabinoids (“phyto” means “plant”) . Phytocannabinoids are produced in many plants including cannabis sativia, cacao, black pepper, hemp, kava, maca, rosemary, black truffles and many more.
CBD or cannabidol is just one of these photocannabionoids (or keys that unlock) but there are lots of other keys too, like CBN, CBC or CBG. Through the use of CBD, it increases the amount of endocannabinoids in your system.
Infact cannabis plant contains plus 120 photocannabinoids.
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