Cannabidiol is a phytocannabinoid discovered in 1940. It is one of some 113 identified cannabinoids in cannabis plants, accounting for up to 40% of the plant’s extract.
While both come from the cannabis family, marijuana and hemp are two different plants. Marijuana typically contains 10% of THC content or more and Hemp contains less than 0.3% THC. Hemp CBD oil is legal in all 50 states and you do not need a medical card for it.
Both CBD and THC have significant therapeutic attributes. But unlike THC, CBD does not make a person feel “high” or intoxicated. That’s because CBD and THC act in different ways on different receptors in the brain and body. CBD carries all of the health benefits of cannabis without the “high.”
CBD interacts with our bodies in a variety of ways. One of the main ways it impacts us is by mimicking and augmenting the effects of the compounds in our bodies called “endogenous cannabinoids.” These “endocannabinoids” are part of a regulatory system called the “endocannabinoid system”.
The endocannabinoid system plays a crucial role in regulating a broad range of physiological processes that affect our everyday experience – our mood, our energy level, our intestinal fortitude, immune activity, blood pressure, bone density, glucose metabolism, how we experience pain, stress, hunger, and more. A poorly functioning endocannabinoid system could cause disease.
CBD has proven neuroprotective effects and its anti-cancer properties are being investigated at several academic research centers in the United States and elsewhere. Check ProverdeHealth.com for source on PubMed Research.
Cannabinoids interact with our endocannabinoid systems (ECS) and affect our minds, nervous systems, immunity, skin, bones, organs, and more. Ingesting phytocannabinoids, like CBD, has been shown to help control pain, alleviate anxiety, aid sleep, promote a sense of well-being, and more.
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