What is CBD ?
watch this short video that explains Cannabinoids from our very dear friend and hemp brother, Claudio Silvaggi, at iYouToMe
Short for Cannabidiol CBD is a non-intoxicating member of the phyto cannabinoid family of chemical compounds derived from the cannabis plant.
Phyto-Cannabinoids can be found in Hops, Pine Needles and Hemp - not exclusive to cannabis. Our body makes cannabinoids called endocannabinoids and act within the endocannabinoid system. At least 100 cannabinoids have been isolated from cannabis, the most common being Cannabidiol (CBD), Cannabinol (CBN), Cannabigerol (CBG) and TetrahydroCannabinol (THC).
Hemp is a variety of cannabis that is grown for industrial purposes. By law, hemp must have less than 0.3% THC in the U.S.A. and less than 0.2% in Europe. Because of its low levels of THC, hemp will not get you ‘high’.
Endocannabinoid System (ECS)
The Endocannabinoid System is a group of endogenous cannabinoid receptors found throughout the body. ECS receptors are located in our Central Nervous System (CNS), Peripheral Nervous System (PNS) and Immune System. Our CNS includes the brain and spinal cord, while the PNS acts as a communication network linking our CNS to the rest of our body.
Our brain contains the highest concentration of cannabinoid receptors but there’s no shortage of them in our organs, tissues and glands. The saturation of ECS receptors throughout the body is why CBD is so efficient and natural.
Cannabidiol naturally occurs within the tiny hairlike structures known as trichomes that grow on hemp and cannabis and one of the first CBD molecules was discovered as far back as 1940.
CBD has been shown to help:
- Relieve aches and pains
- Speed athletic recovery
- Enhance relaxation and improve sleep
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Alleviate nausea
- Support immune system health.
When CBDA is heated to 248°F (120°C), it goes thru a process called ”decarboxylation” (also referred to as “activation”) and becomes CBD, having a more pronounced effect than CBDA because it binds more efficiently to the Cannabinoid receptors.
Being an organic, natural material, CBD is safer than synthetic options with little to no side effects. Used for 1000’s of years there is no recorded fatality using Hemp. CBD has been shown to be non-toxic even at extreme doses but like any medicines or supplements you should consult your doctor before taking CBD.
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