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The Science Behind CBD

CBD-Short for Cannabidiol is one of many compounds found in cannabis, known collectively as cannabinoids. 

It is the most abundant and widely studied NON-Psychoactive compound within the plant.  

Although first discovered in 1964, medical studies have been prohibited due to legality surrounding research involving the hemp plant.  With recent changes in federal and state legislature, research into hemp and its many individual compounds has already provided promising results.

Photocannabinoids are naturally occurring cannabinoids, such as CBD, found in plants.

Endocannabinoids are cannabinoids that are body produce on their own.

The Endocannabinoid System, within the human body, is made up of two types of receptors, called CB1 and CB2, located throughout the body.  The goal of the ECS is believed to be Homeostasis, or regulating internal conditions to stabilize and balance various biological processes. 

CBD and other cannabinoids affect our bodies by interacting with these receptors.

The CB1 receptors are found primarily in the brain and the central nervous systems.  CBD is known to interact with these receptors promoting a host of beneficial interactions including inducing a sense of calm alertness while mitigating anxiety and stress. 

CB2 receptors are distributed but primarily found in the immune system.  CBD is know to interact with these receptors as well, which is what is believed to cause the anti-inflammatory response providing pain relief.  Scientific studies have shown that CBD offers therapeutic benefits, of which new benefits are still being discovered.

Cited sources

Http://www.projectcbd.com/EffectivenessofCBD.html#effectivness

Http://medicaljane.com/2012/12/20/cannabidiol-CBD-medicine-of-the-future/

 

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