CBD and hemp products are becoming increasingly popular in the health supplement industry. You’ve probably heard of it on TV, or read about them on your favorite blogs or maybe seen some Facebook Ads. But what you may not know is that it can be particularly beneficial for you.
As of December 2018, The Farm Bill was passed into law legalizing the growth and production of industrial hemp. Industrial Hemp is a strain or variety of Cannabis sativa L that has less than 0.3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in its leaves and flowers when grown for an agricultural purpose. The extract of hemp is more commonly known as CBD oil, but it isn’t just one thing anymore!
CBD is a natural compound extracted from the cannabis plant, that can help with pain management. It has also been shown to have many other health benefits such as helping with cope with anxiety and nausea relief. There are many reasons CBD is healthy and beneficial for our body. It has anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties.
The main concern people nowadays have is the use of CBD and potential side effects. Although the compound is extracted from cannabis, it doesn’t get you high. CBD is non-psychotropic or psychoactive, where as THC, the main ingredient in other Cannabis variants is.
How does CBD work in the body? We all have something called Endocannabinoid System. The Endocannabinoid system is a network of cell receptors that are responsible for regulating many bodily functions. It’s linked to mood, appetite, sleep patterns and memory among other things. In other words, is a collection of lipids and cell receptors that play an important role in the human body. It helps to manage balance in your brain, skin, organs, and immune system.
CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system by stopping the enzyme that breaks down our cannabinoids. It acts as a modulator at the CB1 receptor, which is the most abundant G-protein coupled receptor in the brain and has been established as a major component of cannabinoid signaling. It acts as an agonist at both the CB1 and CB2 receptors.