CBD, short for cannabidiol, is one of the most prominent compounds found in the hemp plant.
Hemp is one form of the cannabis plant. The other prominent type of cannabis is what many people refer to as marijuana. Whereas the marijuana plant has a large amount of THC, the hemp plant contains a large amount of CBD and small amounts of THC. THC is the compound in marijuana responsible for producing the “high” sensation. CBD does not give you a “high” or produce any psychoactive effect, but has significant health benefits.
Many doctors and scientists believe cannabidiol has the potential to revolutionize health as we know it.
How CBD interacts with the body is both complex and fascinating.
The compound works within the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is one of the most important biological systems for maintaining and building optimal health. We’ve broken down the endocannabinoid system in more detail below, but for now, all you need to understand about the endocannabinoid system is that it has one main goal: establishing homeostasis in the body.
Why does homeostasis matter?
When your body is not in homeostasis, you’ll be in various states of disease or disorder, and in extreme states, death. The endocannabinoid system works to ensure that this doesn’t happen.
Have you ever burned the candle at both ends and felt yourself needing to rest? Ever eat an unhealthy meal and spent the next week feeling horrible? Have you ever spent months stressed from your job?
Our bodies are designed to come back into balance after these stressful situations. The endocannabinoid system is responsible for getting back to this balanced state.
How does CBD bring the body to balance?
CBD enhances the body’s endocannabinoid system so it can work with more efficiency. When the endocannabinoid system is operating well, your whole body will operate well – you’ll feel like “yourself”: balanced, calm and full of energy for your day.
but how does CBD do this? what is it doing?