What is CBD and the Endocannabinoid System?
What is the Endocannabinoid System?
Our bodies have an entire regulatory system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS), or the endogenous cannabinoid system. In fact, this endocannabinoid system is the largest, self regulating system within our bodies. The ECS uses cannabinoids to transmit certain signals and regulate homeostasis within us – it serves to balance our mood, appetite, sleep and hormone production. Plant based cannabinoids have analogues in the human body, meaning that our bodies produce cannabinoids too. Our cells have receptor sites for cannabinoids (CB-1 and CB-2, described below), and this helps regulate our immune system.
The CB1 neurotransmitter receptor site in the brain has more receptor sites than ALL OF THE OTHER neurotransmitter sites… COMBINED! Thus, our bodies are designed to accept plant based cannabinoids – in fact, these are the foods of our “Biological Adaptation”.
CB2 and Additional Cannabinoid Receptor Sites, G Protein Coupled Receptor Sites, control the functions of 800 human genes (4% of the entire human genomic sequence): Vanilloid Pain ReceptorSites, Internal Organs, including fat cells of the Liver Controls metabolism, also Lungs, Kidneys, Glands Pituitary, Hypothalamus, Thymus, Thyroid, Adrenal.
The ECS (endocannabinoid system) is present from Day 16 of Gestation and regulates the development of the entire Central Nervous System.
So….What Are Cannabinoids? Cannabinoids are special compounds found in the Cannabis plant family, and there are at least 80, possibly up to 100, known cannabinoids. There are nearly 400 other chemical compounds in cannabis that are common to all plants — like chlorophyll, terpenoids, flavonoids and plant waxes. Cannabinoids and cannabinoid like compounds are found in a handful of other plants such as Echinacea, flax, common tea, kava and hops. One of these cannabinoid like compounds, called Beta-caryophyllene, is a terpenoid that appears to behave like a cannabinoid in the body. It can be found in dozens of plants consumed every day (black pepper, hops, rosemary, oregano, basil, lavender, cinnamon and more). Beta-caryophyllene exhibits antioxidant properties, partly by acting on the endocannabinoid system.
CANNABIS has been part of human evolution since the beginning of recorded history. In ancient Chinese times, cannabis was used as a medicine, including its oils, tinctures and cannabis-based preparations. Until the late 1930’s cannabis based medications: oils, tinctures and preparations were routinely used by American doctors and physicians worldwide.
“Cannabis: is Considered the Parent Plant, with one offspring being the Hemp Plant (non-psychoactive) : the other would be Marijuana Plant, (psychoactive).
Today lets look at the The HEMP PLANT.
There many health Benefits from CBD products derived from the HEMP PLANT. Products made from the hemp plant are very low in THC or totally void of THC (unlike products made from the Marajuana plant.
CBD has been shown to have positive health benefits in the management of chronic pain (in conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, MS, spinal cord injuries and others). It has been shown to reduce anxiety and depression, help fight some cancers, is a natural anti- inflammatory agent. It has been shown to be a natural neuroprotective and anti seizure product. Our bodies require cannabinoids to balance our regulatory systems. It is nourishment, food for the ECS.
Besides its many health benefits: Hemp has Numerous Industrial Applications. The list of industrial applications for industrial hemp include:
-Clean biofuels produced from the significant biomass; Hemp based Bio Fuels decrease dependance on petroleum based fossil fuels, car parts,(Henry ford built a a car entirely of hemp and fueled it with hemp based fuel),
-Hemp textiles, (biodegradable high quality fabrics (our synthetic s are not biodegradable)).
-Hemp based biodegradable Bio Plastics; to replace oil based plastic bottles that are not biodegradable ,
-Hemp-based building and construction materials; Hemp-Board, Hemp-Concrete or “Hempcrete”. Hemp building materials are durable, non-toxic, and carbon negative. An average tree takes 20 years to grow; a hemp board can be harvested in 120 days. (A hemp-home was built in Asheville, NC as the parents wanted to do all they could for their daughter who had multiple chemical sensitivities).
Hemp is naturally anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and antifungal, plus hemp is an excellent insulator,
-Hemp batteries and capacitors to store energy and conducting electricity
-Hemp seed as food and nutrition
-Hemp can provide numerous benefits for the American economy – potentially adding percentage points back to our nation’s GDP , Bringing back to America – agricultural practices and economic benefits that are sustainable and renewable!