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CBD 101: What is It? & CBD Glossary 

CBD 101: What is It? & CBD Glossary 

Vocabulary  (If you need the full science definition, please click this link or this link)

Endocannabinoid system (ECS)- it’s like a suit of specialized cells that help your body maintain homeostasis (see below) Comprised of 3 parts: endocannabinoids, Cannabinoid receptors, and enzymes that help make and break them. 

Homeostasis-  internal balance; stability within your body

Phytocannabinoids- phyto means “plant,” compounds produced in a cannabis plant

Endocannabinoids (eCBS)- endo means “within” and cannabinoid is like your body’s natural THC; body’s “messengers;”- see below for 2 known endocannabinoids 

Anandamide- Sanskrit for “bliss;” known as the bliss molecule; bodies create this on demand; source of “runner’s high;” involved with appetite, memory, pregnancy… to name a couple; binds to CB1 and CB2 receptors (more on this below)

2-AG- sister molecule to Anandamide; linked to emotions, heart health, and seizure protection; binds to CB1 and CB2 receptors; post-sexy time euphoria? That’s 2-AG. 

Cannabinoid receptors- sits on outside of cell; body’s “guards” on post, waiting for “messengers;” effects immunity, sensation, mood and consciousness;  

CB1- the most common receptor; in brain, central nervous system, lungs, liver, and kidneys; moderators of memory, mood, motor function, and pain perception; “hangs out” with neurons… like allll the time! 

CB2- most often found on cells of immune system; help reduce inflammation; only “hangs out” neurons in brain stem and hippocampus- sometimes in microglia in response to inflammation and injury…. Like she only wants to hang out if we only go out to  these 2 clubs, but she’ll show up if you’re in a wreck. 

Enzymes- builds and tears down eCBS; see Regina George from movie, Mean Girls 

FAAH- enzyme that degrades  anandamide

MAGL-enzyme that breaks down 2-AG   

Now that we have learned some big words…. 

SO…. WHAT IS CBD?

According to the US National Library of Medicine, CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a chemical compound from the hemp plant that  stimulates the endocannabinoid system, promotes homeostasis in the body, reduces pain and anxiety, and lower inflammation.

CBD is THC’S sober cousin, who elevates your level of chill and calms your anxiety without the “high,” or the midnight munchies. CBD is the yin  to THC’s yang. Both have zen-like qualities, but only one is legal. 

 

IS CBD IS EVEN LEGAL? 

CBD extracted from industrial hemp (meaning the plant contains less than 0.3% of THC) is not illegal. But not all CBD is created equal! The best way to avoid this issue is to shop from an approved provider (such as The Georgia Hemp Company and Cage Free Boutique) that can guarantee that its products have been sourced from legal, industrial hemp.   

(Sympleaf Wellness CBD Capsules)          

(Georgia Hemp Co.'s CBD Sour Gummy Bears)

HOW DOES CBD WORK WITH THE BODY?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EENvemARPiQ&feature=share

Without going into an extensive biology lesson, imagine this: Your foot is the body system, and the endocannabiniods are a sock. The stressors are a gravel driveway you must walk down. The walk down is only slightly cushioned by the sock, but it’s still a pretty rough trip. Then imagine a shoe is CBD. With your sock and shoe, you are able to maintain balance and walk smoothly down the road and through life. 

For our visual, football fans, click on the link for a better understanding. 

https://youtu.be/l1zMpkvni40

 

SO WHAT ARE PEOPLE USING CBD FOR? 

CBD has been proven to help several different ailments (such as but not limited to): 

For Your Mind

  • Anxiety 
  • Depression
  • Panic Disorder
  • OCD
  • PTSD
  • Schizophrenia

For Your Body

  • Pain relief and inflammation 
  • Helps fight cancer
  • Relieves nausea 
  • Promotes heart health
  • Lowers risk of diabetes 
  • Treats seizures
  • Reduces acne

 

CONCLUSION: 

Even though the cannabis plant has been around for… forever, research into the ECS and CBD is still in it’s infancy.  With so many CBD products becoming mainstream, it can be overwhelming and confusing at times. So come with me as I do the research for you, and we discover the world of CBD together. I encourage you to do your own research as well (you don’t have to take my word for it). But one thing remains true: people are incorporating CBD into their daily regimens and seeing positive results.  So let us raise awareness about CBD and what it can do for people!