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What is CBD?
CBD, also known as cannabinol, is a cannabinoid compound. At this point, you might be thinking that all cannabinoids come from cannabis. While the cannabis plant does contain over 100 cannabinoid compounds, there are other naturally occurring compounds in the same family. Even black pepper includes one of these vital compounds! A cannabinoid is any compound that works intimately with the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is a network of cannabinoid receptors that are spread throughout almost every tissue of the human body. This is what makes CBD such an exciting compound! Because there are endocannabinoid receptors all over the body and mind, the ECS is able to influence the nervous system, endocrine network, brain-gut-axis and more!
Because the ECS plays a role in so many aspects of our body, keeping it healthy and in tune is crucial to any wellness program.
The primary function of the ECS is to strike a balance between anabolism and catabolism. In other words, it seeks to bring harmony to the building up and breaking down of the body. When anything begins to act inefficiently, the ECS jumps into action by creating endocannabinoid compounds. These endocannabinoids are the central chemical messengers related to the ECS.
Your body produces a handful of endocannabinoids. Out of these endocannabinoids, two really shine. They are 2-AG and AEA. Both of them can be found in the brain and the peripheral body. These two internal cannabinoids relate directly to the two central endocannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2. CB1 is found mostly throughout the brain, and CB2 is primarily located in the body. When active in the mind, CB1 receptors manage mood and well-being. CB2 in the brain is instrumental in controlling local inflammation. In the body, CB1 governs the autonomic functions of the body and CB2 impacts the immune system.
When the levels of both AEA and 2-AG are balanced, the ECS can run efficiently. When the ECS is not running smoothly, it can lead to a disorder known as clinical endocannabinoid deficiency disorder (CECD). CECD can lead to a host of uncomfortable symptoms, so it’s best to keep the ECS finely tuned with effective supplementation and healthy lifestyle choices.