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What is CBD?

Hemp plants naturally produce various beneficial chemical compounds. When consumed, they bind to receptors in our bodies. The results are already being discovered by thousands of people around the world, but more research is still needed. As you read this, we encourage you to do some of your own research to learn why people are taking CBD, and benefits they’ve reported.

Beyond CBD

There are over 80 different possible chemical compounds in cannabis – but you only need to worry about two; CBD and THC. They’re the most common and have been researched in depth.

CBD has shown promising results in studies regarding: anxiety, inflammation, sleep, pain, and more. THC is what causes a “high.” There’s a lot of research on this substance, but hemp contains only trace amounts (if any), so you can enjoy CBD without feeling buzzed.

Discovery of CBD

Dr. Raphael Mechoulam (Israeli organic chemist and professor of Medicinal Chemistry) discovered CBD while researching Cannabis in 1963.

Dr. Mechoulam noted in his research that CBD seemed to interact with the body to reduce anxiety and inflammation; among many other benefits that are still being studied as we speak.

Two of Dr. Mechoulam’s postdoctoral students went on to make their teacher proud by discovering our bodies are naturally designed to work compounds like CBD, since our bodies make a similar compound (anandamide) in small amounts.

What does CBD do?

CBD interacts with CB receptors in our body, which impact physiological processes related to pain sensation, mood, memory, and more.

CBD and THC have been studied for many of the same uses, but CBD interacts with our receptors a little differently, so it doesn’t cause a high like THC does. That’s why we love hemp — it offers the incredible compound CBD, but only trace amounts of THC. So you don’t have to be high to reap cannabis oil benefits.

The Endocannabinoid System (ECS)

CBD can have a powerful effect on us because of the endocannabinoid system. We all have it —so do our pets.

The ECS is all about balance. Homeostasis. But as you know, our bodies don’t always do a fantastic job maintaining a neutral state…which is why many people choose to supplement with CBD hemp oil.

Overall, CBD is a natural way to support the ECS.

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