What is CBD?

What is CBD?

CBD stands for Cannabidiol, a chemical compound derived from the hemp plant that is classified as a cannabinoid. There are over 100 unique cannabinoids in found in hemp. The human body actually creates its own cannabinoids (endocannabinoids) and it is believed that supplementing with CBD helps the body regulates it’s homeostasis through the endocannabinoid system. 

And what is the endocannabinoid system? 

Endocannabinoid System (ECS) manages the body’s homeostasis and is capable of affecting nearly every biological process, including: sleep, mood, memory, appetite, pain sensation, inflammation and immune system function. It is made up of receptors found throughout the body and the cannabinoids which serve as messengers in this system. 

How does CBD work?

CBD is a phytocannabinoid (phyto meaning comes from a plant). It binds to the very same receptor sites in our nerve cells and keeps the ECS system toned and active. It is also highly antioxidant and neuroprotective, as deemed by the patent the US Department of Health and Human Services got on CBD: 

“Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated to NMDA receptor antagonism. This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia. Nonpsychoactive cannabinoids, such as cannabidiol, are particularly advantageous to use because they avoid toxicity that is encountered with psychoactive cannabinoids at high doses useful in the method of the present invention.”
-‘Cannabinoids as Antioxidants and Neuroprotectants’ (Patent # 6,630,507) held by the United States Department of Health and Human Services