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Cannabidiol or “CBD”
CBD is the largest chemical compound in the cannabis/hemp plant that is believed to have a very wide therapeutic potential. Unlike its cousin tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, it does not have a psychoactive effect. In fact, it’s quite the opposite! Studies show that CBD will actually counteract the psychoactive effects of THC. A quick google search on CBD reveals millions of individuals worldwide experiencing relief from nausea, seizures, migraines, anxiety, chronic itch, muscle pain, joint pain, depression, and much more! But how and why?
Did you know we actually produce cannabinoids inside of our bodies and have an actual system of them working together? What are cannabinoids, you say? In easy terms, think of cannabinoids as little soldiers in your body fighting to keep everything balanced.
Everything on earth with a vertebrate has what is called an ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM or ECS that produces these little soldiers. This system is a relatively new discovery in the human and animal body that many are still completely unaware of. Like the nervous system and immune system, the ECS has specific duties. It is in charge of regulating homeostasis or maintaining balance in the body by producing your very own army of cannabinoid soldiers. It regulates things like mood, memory, motor control, pain perception, appetite, and sleep, just to name a few.