Phytocannabinoids are the cannabinoids produced in hemp that include cannabidiol (CBD), a non-intoxicating component with enormous therapeutic potential. CBD has been shown to have value in supporting the immune system's natural activity against malignant cells, supporting calm and orderly neural activity, a healthy inflammatory response, healthy cognitive function and moods, supporting robust and healthy free radical scavenging activity, healthy sleep, and helping to protect and support the immune and nervous systems.
The Human Endocannabinoid System/ECS, discovered as part of hemp research and fueled by CBD, has the power to help heal the body in nearly miraculous ways. It helps the nervous, immune, endocrine, and digestive systems talk to each other! When communication is impaired, health is compromised. When communication flows freely among these systems, exceptional benefits can result.
Endocannabinoids like CBD help bring balance to the systems of the body, and when they are replenished, homeostasis and well-being are restored. The wondrous hemp plant, rich with phytocannabinoids, is helping millions of people with oncologic, inflammatory, metabolic, and neurodegenerative disorders—as well as improving sleep and managing all kinds of acute and chronic pain.
The Endocannabinoid System is a network of receptors that interact with cannabinoids. CB1 receptors are the most numerous of these receptors and are expressed primarily in the brain. CB1 receptors in the hypothalamus are involved with appetite regulation, and in the amygdala, they play a role in memory and emotional processing. CB1 receptors are also found in nerve endings where they act to reduce the sensation of pain.
CB2 receptors are found in the peripheral nervous system, especially concentrated in immune cells. They are also prevalent in the gastrointestinal system, where they modulate intestinal inflammatory response. When CB2 receptors are activated, they work to reduce inflammation, which is an immune response believed to play a key role in many health conditions.
The Endocannabinoid System is involved with regulating many basic functions of the human body, including:
Cannabinoids are beneficial as they assist in coordinating our thoughts, emotions, and actions by binding or interacting with the Endocannabinoid System’s CB1 and CB2 receptors. Just as a key fits a lock, cannabinoids are designed to link together with the cannabinoid receptors. When the link occurs at the neuron, it triggers a series of events that carry a message and initiate a variety of cellular responses within the body that are required for homeostasis and overall well-being.