CBD is an abbreviation for Cannabidiol, a prominent naturally-occurring molecule, known as a Phytocannabinoid (plant derived), which is found in Cannabis and Hemp. The key characteristic of CBD is being devoid of the psychoactive effect.
After THC (Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD is by far the most studied natural cannabinoid. According to many researchers, CBD may be the single most important cannabinoid ever discovered.
Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is one of the science’s newest and most exciting discoveries.The ECS regulates a variety of biological processes, like relaxation, eating, sleeping, certain inflammation responses and even cognitive function. In a nutshell, your ECS is responsible for making sure your entire body is working optimally—no small task!
Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found throughout the body. However, while the Endocannabinoid System performs different tasks, experts believe that the overall function of the ECS is the regulation of homeostasis. It is difficult to succinctly describe a complex system like the ECS, but what’s important to know is that there are two main types of cannabinoid receptors—CB1 and CB2—on cells throughout the body. They are most abundant in the brain and immune system respectively. Your body naturally makes its own cannabinoids (endocannabinoids like anandamide and 2-AG) that share a similar chemical structure with plant-based cannabinoids like CBD.
Endocannabinoids (and plant-based cannabinoids) link with protein molecule receptors—called cannabinoid receptors—on the surface of cells. CBD has also been shown to strengthen and improve the efficiency of mitochondria, the “powerhouses” of your cells that are responsible for ensuring that your cells work the way they should. Research on the ECS has shown that as part of regulating homeostasis, and is responsible for repairing damaged cells. Research has also shown that cannabinoids are able to target damaged cells while sparing normal cells, meaning that the Endocannabinoid system may act as a biological defense system.
As CBD modulates endocannabinoid tone, it is helping to maintain a well-founded internal environment within your body. All this, despite any and all fluctuations in your external environment and thus, may help keep a healthier you.