WHAT IS CANNABIDIOL (CBD)?
Derived from the stalk and seed of cannabis (hemp) plants, cannabidiol (CBD). CBD hemp oil is a natural botanical concentrate that is high in the compound CBD. Of the more than 85 cannabinoids so far identified in the cannabis plant, CBD is the second most common after tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Unlike THC, CBD is non-psychotropic and therefore doesn’t cause a euphoric high.
Pure CBD hemp oil is extracted from the cannabis varieties that are naturally abundant in CBD, and low in THC. A specialized extraction process is used to yield highly concentrated CBD oil or pure cannabidiol that also contains other nutritious material such as omega-3 fatty acids, terpenes, vitamins, chlorophyll, amino acids, and other phytocannabinoids like cannabichromene (CBD), cannabigerol (CBG), cannabinol (CBN) and cannabidivarian (CBCV).
Pure hemp cannabidiol oil can be consumed directly as a nutritional supplement. Over the years, great advances in CBD hemp oil product development have led to what are now dozens of different types of CBD hemp oil products, including capsules, drops, and even chewing gum. Concentrated pure CBD hemp oil can also be infused into skin and body care products and used topically.
Studies on CBD’s natural health benefits are extensive and groundbreaking research is being done regularly.
BENEFITS OF CANNABIDIOL OIL
By linking with the two main types of cannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2, which are found on cells throughout the body, CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system, helping it in the regulation of homeostasis — the body’s natural state of balance.
What does CBD do in our Body?
When we consume CBD, the cannabinoids and terpenes act upon receptors within our bodies’ endocannabinoid system (ECS). This means CBD helps to support our ECS as it controls our responses to pleasure, memory, appetite, sleep, coordination and both sensory and time perception. CBD also attaches to receptors in the brain that are related to Serotonin production, to receptors that are anti-psychoactive, and to various other receptors that support our health.
CBD has been the subject of many peer reviewed medical studies* in regard to various aspects of human health. However, due to DSHEA (Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994) guidelines, we cannot specifically state conditions CBD may address. We encourage you to do your own research, consult with healthcare providers familiar with CBD, and use PubMed.gov as a resource as newly published research is coming out in real time.
Links to Research
Phytotherapy Research27 No. 5(2013): 633-636, Cannibidiol in Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Authors: G. Esposito, D.D. Filippis, C. Cirillo, T. Iuvone, E. Cappocia, C. Scuderi, A. Steardo, R. Cuomo, L Steardo.
Journal of the American College of Cardiology56 No. 25(Dec. 14, 2010): 2115, Cannibidiol Attenuates Cardiac Dysfunction, Oxidative Stress, Fibrosis, Inflammatory and Cell DeathSignaling Pathways in Diabetic Cardiomyopathy. Authors: M. Rajesh, et al.
Neuropharmacology103 (2016): 16, Cannabidiol Induces Rapid-Acting Antidepressant-like Effects and Enhances Cortical 5-HT/Glutamate Neurotransmission: Role of 5-HTIA Receptors. Authors: R. Linge, L. Jimenez-Sanchez, L. Campa, F. Pilar-Cuellar, R. Vidal, A. Pazos, A. Adell Diaz.
CNS Neurol Disorders—Drug Targets13 No. 6 (2014): 953-960, Antidepressant-like and Anxiolytic-like Effects of Cannabidiol: a Chemical Compound of Cannabis sativa. Authors: A.R. de Mello Schier, N.P. de Oliveria Riberio, D.S. Coutinho, S. Machado, et al.
British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology 75 No. 2(May 25, 2012): 323-333,Cannabidiol for Neurogenerative Disorders: Important New Clinical Applications for this Phytocannabinoid? Authors: J. Fernandez-Ruiz, O. Sagredo, M.R. Pazos, C. Garcia, R. Pertwee, R. Mechoulam, J. Martinez-Orgado.
Endocannabinoid System Explained:
Endocannabinoid System explained:
ECS is the endocannabinoid system - the human body is self-regulating, so like a tightrope walker, it’s constantly shifting to stay balanced and healthy, a process called homeostasis. One way our bodies maintain homeostasis is via the endocannabinoid system (ECS). It keeps our bodies functioning optimally by adapting to change.
The ECS, sometimes referred to as the “Master Control System,” is made up of receptors on cell membranes that regulate a variety of processes including eating, sleeping, relaxation and cognition. The ECS also assists in the body’s overall recovery and repair. Our bodies naturally produce compounds called endocannabinoids (endo=inside) that bind to those receptors, like a key fitting into a lock. CBD hemp oil is a plant-based cannabinoid – or phytocannabinoid (phyto=plant) – that acts upon cell receptors in a similar way to help activate the ECS.
CB1 (cannabinoid-1) is a receptor type in the ECS believed to be located primarily in the brain and peripheral nervous system, activated by all types of cannabinoids. CBD signals the body’s natural mechanisms to activate those receptors to do more of what they do naturally.
CB2 (cannabinoid-2) is a receptor type in the ECS believed to be located primarily in the peripheral tissues of the immune system, the gastrointestinal system, the peripheral nervous system and to a lesser degree in the central nervous system. CBD signals the body’s natural mechanisms to activate those receptors to do more of what they do naturally.