What’s the story?
What’s special about CBD is how it responds and interacts with the Endocannabinoid system. CBD is non-psychoactive, does not get you high and is sold legally by suppliers who extract the compound from one of over sixty strains of legal hemp, offering various ways to consume or ingest it. Examples include oral ingestion of CBD oil (via tinctures), vaping CBD, eating it in food stuffs or applying it topically in balms and lotions.
CBD and THC share the exact same molecular formula, C21H30O2, containing twenty-one atoms of carbon, thirty of hydrogen and two of oxygen.
CBD is just an abbreviation for the actual name of the compound ‘Cannabidiol’.
Given the huge amount of research into CBD, some studies suggest that there are many potential benefits. Reports of the compound’s effects have begun to surface more frequently over the last year or so. Some researchers suggest that CBD can possibly help regulate sleep patterns, increase appetite, having anti-tumorous properties and more. Many professional athletes have also endorsed CBD for it’s ability to help reduce inflammation during injury recovery and helping to relax the muscles after workouts.
ECS (Endocannabinoid System)
Endocannabinoid systems exist within all mammals, reptiles, birds, and fish. Endocannabinoids such as anandamide, 2-AG, and NADA assist in regulating virtually every single physiological system in the body. Interestingly, endocannabinoids function opposite to traditional neurotransmitters. Dopamine, for example, releases from the presynaptic cell, flows across the synapse and attaches itself to the postsynaptic cell. Endocannabinoids, however, are synthesized on demand, and flow backward from the postsynaptic cell to the presynaptic cell, telling the presynaptic cell to slow down or altogether stop releasing neurotransmitters. In this way, Endocannabinoids function as a flow-control mechanism.