What is CBD?
CBD is Cannabidiol, 1 of the 113 cannabinoids (chemicals) present in the cannabis plant. It’s a fantastic chemical compound because of the scope of its potential therapeutic applications, and it’s lack of negative side effects. At present there is clinical research going into discovering it’s potential for treating; stress, anxiety, depression, pain relief (neuropathic and inflammatory), as a powerful antioxidant, as a neuroprotective agent, anticonvulsant and anti-emetic.
So how can this help us?
Nature has served us up a plant that has just the right chemical properties to bind with receptors found all over the body, across our immune system, gastrointestinal system, and nervous system, in our brains, lungs, liver and kidneys. And with normal function our body should make these cannabinoids to help balance out the way we feel and cope every day from when we're born to when we die. A system referred to by scientists as the ECS or endocannabinoid system.
Interestingly CBD is slightly different from the other cannabinoids, it actually has a low affinity for binding to our ECS but has been observed blocking other chemicals and receptors, but in doing so having an anti-inflammatory effect and promoting the beneficial properties of the other cannabinoids.
However our bodies are far from perfect and occasionally we sometimes struggle to naturally make the chemicals operate our ECS. Much in the same way we make Vitamin D when exposed to sunlight, occasionally we cannot make enough and need to take a supplement, or find it in our diets, helping to restore homeostasis.