Cannabidiol, or CBD is the second most prevalent compound found in the hemp plant. It is responsible for a multitude of health and wellness benefits, and unlike THC it is completely non-psychoactive. This means that it does not produce the “high” that is typically associated with cannabis. Focus on CBD within the scientific community has grown exponentially due to the discovery of the human endocannabinoid system which, named after the compound that led to its discovery, has been recognized as a crucial modulatory system for the brain, endocrine, and immune tissues. This system is literally a bridge between body and mind.
CBD plays an integral role in supporting the endocannabinoid system, and there is now extensive preclinical research – most of which is sponsored by the U.S. Government – indicating that CBD has potential anti-tumeral, antioxidant, anti-spasmodic, anti-psychotic, anti-convulsive, and neuroprotective properties. CBD also directly activates serotonin receptors, causing an anti-anxiety affect. This research has solidified CBD as quite possibly the most exciting development in the understanding of overall wellness and immuno-regulation.
Interestingly, the U.S. Government owns the patent on CBD as antioxidants and neuroprotectants. They indicate that cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties and they are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants and beneficial for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, HIV and dementia. They also indicate that nonpsychoactive cannabinoids, such as cannabidiol (CBD), are particularly advantageous to use because they avoid toxicity that is encountered with psychoactive cannabinoids.
The Endocannabinoid system is quite possibly the most important physiologic system in the human body. It is responsible for establishing and maintaining homeostasis, which is integral for overall health and well-being. Endocannabinoid receptors can be found throughout the human body from the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands, to immune cells making it the literal bridge between body and mind. Cannabinoids, like CBD, interact with the Endocannabinoid system to stimulate healing responses in order to increase homeostasis within the body. This interaction is why CBD is such a versatile all-natural healing compound.
Benefits of CBD
Cannabidiol is quickly proving itself to be one of the most exciting developments in all-natural health and wellness remedies. This is because of the sheer number of potential therapeutic benefits which range from pain and anxiety management, neurological disorder (Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s) intervention, to cancer fighting abilities.