Cannabidiol is a non-psychoactive phytocannabinoid found in the cannnabis plant.
Endocannabinoids are a special class of neurotransmitters that can be produced inside the human body, whereas phytocannabinoids are produced by plants.
Cannabinoid receptors are expressed throughout the Central Nervous System and Peripheral Nervous system.
Other plants that produce cannabinoids include:
- Black Pepper
- Electric Daisy
- Black Truffles
Beneficial Properties of Cannabidiol (CBD)
- Bone Growth Stimulant
- Immunosuppresive in cases of Auto-Immune Conditions
How CBD WorksWe have an endocannabinoid system that utilizes cannabinoids to regulate all other bodily systems and allows for us to reach a state of homeostasis or perfect balance within.
CB1 receptors are activated when certain cannabinoids cross the blood brain barrier and are expressed in the pre-synaptic area of all brain regions that are central to the processing of:
- Learning & Memory (hippocampus)
- Fear & Anxiety (amygdala)
- Stress (hypothalamic nuclei)
- Depression (prefrontal cortex)
- Addiction (striatum)
CB2 Receptors help cells communicate and are found in our body and diet. CB2 are found in the following places:
- Peripheral Nervous
- Thymus Gland
The Endocannabinoid System
The Endocannabinoid System is the most widely distributed signaling system in the brain and peripheral tissues.
The Endocannabinoid System influences various physiological processes including:
- Immune Functions
- Pain Perception
- Wake / Sleep Cycles
- Appetite & Food Intake
- Energy Balance
- Dopamine Transmission
- Synaptic Plasticity
- Motor Activity
- Memory Creation
- Mood Pathologies
- Regulation Cell Migration
- Neurite Remodeling
- Axonal Growth
Improper functioning of any of these processes could be influenced by unbalanced/deficient cannabinoid levels in the brain and/or body.
Clinical Endocannabinoid Dediciency Syndrome (CEDS)
CEDS is a medical condition characterized by improper functioning of any physiological process caused by inadequate endocannabinoid levels in the brain and/or body. The best way to manage symptoms from CEDS is with a phytocannabinoid supplement, such as CBD.
CNS plasticity disorders, degenerative diseases and conditions influenced by ECS include:
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Phytonutrients Present in Hemp—
The Entourage Effect
As of 2015, 565 different phytonutrients have been identified in Cannabis, including, but not limited to, a broad range of:
- Nitrogenous Compounds
- Amino Acids
- Fatty Acids