Why CBD?

Where did CBD come from?

To answer this question, we need to start at the very beginning....

Around 30 years ago, scientists  discovered we have a whole new system in our body that we never knew of (a system like we have a digestive system or our nervous system), hereafter called our Endocannabinoid system (hereafter ECS). 

Wait…. What? 

I know it's unbelievable that we’ve recently developed a whole new bodily system and yet we don't talk more about this.
The discovery of the ECS and has sparked renewed interest in cannabis as medicine. The ECS is responsible for maintaining balance for things like
  • Pain
  • Mood
  • Stress
  • Sleep
  • Appetite
  • Immune function
  • Reproductive function
  • Memory
Our ECS has been described as:
 

Maintaining balance

Like when we don't like when we get too hot or too cold, one of the key functions of the ECS is to maintain balance or homeostasis in the body.   The ECS sends messages to every part of the human body to check if everything is functioning efficiently and whether anything needs rebalancing.

The ECS is made up of receptors all over our body (the locks in the diagram below).   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 . 

 

What is clinical endocannabinoid deficiency?

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. 

 

 

Endocannabinoids

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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