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Hemp CBD-What Is It?


Cannibidiol is a phytocannabinoid, a plant derived cannabinoid, one of at least 85 active cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, though they’re not unique to cannabis. A diverse number of plants like flax seeds, echinacea, black pepper, and even chocolate have all been found to contain cannabinoids or cannabinoid-like compounds that have a similar, if less potent, effect on the body. What effect is that?

Cannabidiol and other cannabinoids are compounds that act upon receptors in the recently discovered endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for regulating and maintaining homeostasis in humans and nearly all vertebrate animals. These receptors exist throughout the body in nearly every cell, connective tissue, and organ, allowing for regulation at the systemic, cellular, and even intracellular level.

Homeostasis and the Endocannabinoid System

When you think of homeostasis in the body, think of balance, restoration and maintenance of normality, proper stress response, elimination of corrupted cells and cellular waste, metabolism, energy levels, and regulated immune response with its complex inflammation/anti-inflammation interactions. Homeostasis is the body’s way of keeping all systems in balance and functioning optimally despite environmental stresses. The ECS is the master controller of this process. The cannabinoids that we make and ingest act upon the ECS to restore and maintain all of these functions, and more, in the body.

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