Intro to CBD
CBD is short for Cannabidiol, which is naturally occurring in the flowers of cannabis. Cannabis has been used as a medicine for thousands of years. Today, due to changing laws surrounding cannabis, which includes both marijuana and hemp, CBD is being tested by individuals and scientists to prove that it has therapeutic benefits. CBD is widely considered as being safe and non-addictive and was first discovered by Dr. Roger Adams at the University of Illinois in 1940; however, its structure was not fully elucidated until 1963. While CBD was discovered more than 20 years before THC, THC has dominated cannabis research until recently
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of over a hundred phytocannabinoids found in the cannabis plant but it is the most widely recognized and studied. CBD is a close relative to another important phytocannabiniod, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). As you are likely aware, THC is the compound that causes the ‘high’ of marijuana. It is also being studied for its medicinal properties, and, like CBD is known to have significant therapeutic attributes. Due to the legalities behind its use and the topic of our site, we will focus our attention to CBD (From Hemp) only.
While CBD’s therapeutic effects are still being proven, there is much anecdotal evidence to show that CBD has many uses and benefits. Our website will do its best to not make unsubstantiated claims, but we will share the experiences of others so that you may decide how or if you with to try a CBD/Hemp product.
CBD is also an important part of the marijuana plant as it can actually lessen the psychotropic effects of THC. This is great for those wanting the benefits of cannabis without the high.
As our society becomes more and more aware of the downside to taking pharmaceuticals , many are seeking alternative therapies, with less or no side effects. The list of ailments that people are self-treating with CBD is extensive and include:
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Some research has shown CBD to be neuroprotective and to have anti-cancer properties, which are currently being researched at several academic research centers in the United States and elsewhere. In 2010, some German researchers reported that CBD can stimulate neurogenesis, which is the growth of new brain cell, in adult mammals.
CBD research is in its infancy and we are excited about the possibilities for this natural remedy. As more research is performed and reported, our page will be updated with the most recent information.
There are a number of ways in which CBD interacts with our bodies. One of the primary ways is by mimicking the effects of similar compounds in our bodies termed endocannabinoids, or endogenous cannabinoids. They got that name because of their similarities to the compounds found in the cannabis plant. Endocannabinoids are part of a system called the endocannabinoid system which has many functions in our bodies and its discovery has changed the way we view our health and disease.
The endocannabinoid system plays a vital role in regulation of our bodies in many ways and it appears one of its primary functions is to keep us in a place of homeostasis, which is defined as: the tendency toward a relatively stable equilibrium between interdependent elements, especially as maintained by physiological processes. Or Britannica defines it as: any self-regulating process by which biological systems tend to maintain stability while adjusting to conditions that are optimal for survival. Examples of homeostasis in our bodies include temperature and blood pressure regulation. Thus, it stands to reason that dysfunction of the endocannabinoid system or homeostasis would lead to disease. The image below shows the multiple areas of our body were the endocannabinoid system resides.