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What is CBD?

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What is CBD? The cannabis industry is booming. But these days, it’s not just users looking to catch a buzz! As an abundance of new information comes to light regarding Cannabis and its constituents, science is just starting to realize its potential to impact the health and spirit of humanity in a positive way, without leaving the user in a daze.

Enter CBD.

As we learn more and more about Cannabinoids and the bodies Endogenous Cannabinoid System, we begin to see potential for a natural revolution in medicine that’s unparalleled in recent history.

What is CBD?

CBD or Cannabidiol, is one of the two main cannabinoids found in Cannabis (the other being THC). CBD is recognized as generally safe and nonaddictive, and does not cause impairment, which makes its benefits more accessible to most users.[1] CBD gives its effects by acting on the bodies Endogenous Cannabinoid System or ECS. The ECS, discovered in the 1990s, is responsible for maintaining internal homeostasis, which simply means it helps maintain consistency with certain biological functions. Functions such as sleep, appetite, pain, metabolism, mood, and inflammation among many others are all effected by the ECS. [2]

Where does CBD come from?

CBD is generally extracted from the hemp plant, although it can be extracted from any type of cannabis. Hemp is simply a Cannabis plant that has less then the federally mandated .3% THC limit. CBD can be extracted in a number of different ways, all with their own distinct advantages and disadvantages, which we will cover extensively in future articles.

How does CBD affect the body?

Users of CBD tout the myriad of medical benefits. But let’s take a look at how CBD benefits users. What’s its function in the body?

Seeing as studies regarding the ECS and cannabinoids are so recent in our current scientific story, we aren’t currently aware of all of the functions of CBD, but we do have a good basis for understanding. The ECS has two main cannabinoid receptors, appropriately named CB1 and CB2, which are interestingly enough the most common receptors found in the body. CBD binds to CB1 receptors in the brain as well as CB2 receptors throughout the body, giving it the ability to affect a wide range of functions. CBD also interacts with the Endogenous Cannabinoid systems by modifying the activity of its transport proteins and enzymes, which in turn affects the concentration of Anandamide, the body’s main endogenous cannabinoid. [3]

(Interestingly enough, the name Anandamide stems from the Sanskrit word ‘Ananda’, which means bliss or joy. Sounds about right to us!)

How might CBD benefit me?

As we mentioned, CBD affects many different functions in the body, this gives CBD a wide range of potential benefits for users. Let’s take a closer look at a few benefits.

Anxiety –

It appears that a large portion of users claim their anxiety is greatly reduced by the consumption of CBD. This partly a result of the effects of CBD on the 5-HT1A receptor, a serotonin receptor.[4] There may be other reasons CBD affects anxiety, including the reduction of inflammation throughout the body, the lowering of cortisol, the bodies stress hormone, or the stopping of the degradation of Anandamide, our ECS’s happy cannabinoid.[5] Although there is much more data needed, the scientific data we have, as well as the anecdotal reports of CBD users all point to CBD being an effective treatment for anxiety.

Sleep –

Certain users are finding that CBD use is putting insomnia to rest once and for all. Again, more data is needed to determine all the factors contributing to better sleep, but the data we do have paints a pretty clear picture. As we mentioned, CBD has been shown to lower cortisol levels in users.[6] This could greatly aid users in getting their much-needed shut-eye as many people with insomnia tend to have higher cortisol levels at night, contributing to insomnia. Another simple study we like to reference here at MN Nice Botanicals touts the fact that CBD dosed at 160mg effectively increased sleep duration in study participants.[7]

Pain and Inflammation –

Many users also find that CBD greatly reduces pain and inflammation, which can be a literal lifesaver for some. As we know, inflammation is a silent killer. Certain users even find that they are able to decrease or eliminate medication that works on pain or inflammation when using Cannabidiol. Studies have found that CBD directly effects Adenosine, which is critical neurotransmitter that effects things like anxiety and inflammation.[8] In the same study, it was shown that CBD also interacts with the TRPV1 receptor, which mediates the perception of pain and inflammation throughout the body. Inflammation is a complicated process, and there could be other factors contributing to the potential management of pain and inflammation, as well. Regardless, anecdotal evidence finds a lot of users that swear by Cannabidiol for pain.

These are just a few of the many potential benefits of CBD, which is providing a new frontier for study, health, and personal development. We here at MN Nice Botanicals are excited to be at the forefront of this great development, this natural revolution, and are excited to provide you with free, high quality information and affordable, high quality CBD, day in and day out.

As CBD becomes more popular and more scientific studies are done, we imagine it will take a larger role in our world and our society, giving people back the ability to take certain matters into their own hands, using a natural and effective remedy that has been intertwined with humanity for thousands of years.

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Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more informative articles!

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