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CBD (Cannabidiol), also referred to as Hemp oil, hemp derived CBD oil, or hemp extract, is one of many non-psychoactive phytocannabinoids found in the hemp plant. CBD is the second most abundant cannabinoid found in hemp behind THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). CBD is non-psychoactive, therefore non-intoxicating. Whereas THC is psychoactive, and remains illegal in most states. CBD is derived from industrial hemp, and to be considered as industrial hemp, the plant cannot contain more than 0.3% THC by dry weight.
CBD is being studied by the scientific and medical fields for its promising qualities and carries an incredible safety profile
How CBD Works
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a group of endogenous cannabinoid receptors located in the mammalian brain and throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems, consisting of neuromodulatory lipids and their receptors.
The endocannabinoid system exists to respond to endogenous cannabinoids produced by the human body. However, scientists have learned that the system will also recognize and respond to cannabinoids from external sources, including the phytocannabinoid cannabidiol. According to the National Institutes of Health, manipulating the endocannabinoid system by introducing external cannabinoids could be beneficial to overall wellness. The key role for endocannabinoids is to promote “homeostasis” which is a state of balance and harmony.
This biochemical communication system (ECS) in our body, also referred to as our central control panel, contains cannabinoid receptors located throughout the body known as CB1 and CB2.