One of the major phytocannabinoid molecules of Hemp is the non-psychoactive counterpart, Cannabidiol aka CBD. Hemp Plant Extract is derived from Agricultural Hemp and is legal according to the Farm Bill of 2014. Recent research is confirming the benefits of CBD and its healing potential.
CBD is similar to a compound that our bodies produce naturally called endocannabinoids. Cannabinoids aren’t just found in the hemp plant, they’re also naturally occurring in nature but they are the most potent in hemp.
When we consume cannabinoids, they stimulate the endocannabinoid system, a system of receptors throughout our central nervous system and almost every organ of our bodies (our skin, digestive tracts, etc.). Cannabinoids are the keys that unlock these receptors and this system is incredibly important to our health because they can help with our immune systems, protect our brains, help us manage stress and even keep our bodies in balance (“homeostasis”).
We like to think of CBD like a vitamin. For example, we’re born with calcium in our bones and as we age, our natural reserves of calcium deplete. Much in the same way that we’re encouraged to start taking calcium supplements to keep our bones strong, we also need to supplement our natural reserves of CBD as we get older to help keep our bodies in balance.
WHAT CAN YOU USE IT FOR?
As with any supplement, the effects (and the amount you need to experience those effects) can vary based on your own body chemistry. Doctors have trusted cannabinoids – CBD being one – to deliver long-lasting relief from many ailments, including pain, inflammation, anxiety, and seizures. CBD continues to be studied and tested by scientists, pharmaceutical companies and healthcare professionals as a natural solution to common ailments such as the ones mentioned above.