A short explanation of CBD...
What is CBD?
CBD is an abbreviation for cannabidiol - which is a naturally occurring cannabinoid in cannabis, among over 100 others. CBD was discovered in 1940 by Dr. Roger Adams and his team at the University of Illinois, however after isolating the compound Dr. Adams was not certain of what the compound was.
It wasn't until 1960 when Israeli organic chemist Raphael Mechoulam both isolated and described the chemical structure of CBD. This finding enabled chemists to confirm that CBD is a nonpsychoactive constituent of cannabis. By the mid-1970s, the British Pharmacopoeia referred to CBD as a medicine.
CBD gained attention and notoriety in the US after the story of Charlotte Figi, A young girl with a severe form of epilepsy which caused hundreds of seizures each week. Charlotte was treated with great success using Cannabis oil made from CBD dominate Cannabis extract.
How CBD Works...
All mammals have an entire receptor system (CB1 and CB2 receptors) throughout the tissues and bones called the Endocannabinoid System, also referred to as the ECS. The main purpose of the ECS is to modulate the bodies functions in the brain, endocrine, and immune tissues in order to remain in a state of balance (homeostasis).
Through the CB1 and CB2 receptors, the ECS helps regulate important functions, such as:
- Immune function
- Inflammation, including neuroinflammation
- Motor control
- Temperature regulation
CBD is a receptor agonist meaning it binds to CB1 and CB2 receptors and causes a biological response within that receptor, meaning it helps your Endocannabinoid System produce to it's maximum potential.
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