How CBD Works
CBD works by interacting with a vast set of receptors in your body called the endocannabinoid system (ECS). Your ECS is involved in many important jobs, including regulating your stress levels, sleep schedule, pain perception, anti-inflammatory response, immune system, mood, and more. Overall, your ECS is always working to keep your body in homeostasis, its optimal state.
What is homeostasis?
Homeostasis is a biological balance in your body’s natural rhythms. Sometimes it’s described as equilibrium in your system. Homeostasis has a big impact on your overall well-being. New research is always emerging exploring the link between homeostasis, and physical, mental, and even emotional health. People take CBD because they want to support their ECS, and all the work it does.
Your body makes its own cannabinoids.
These are called endocannabinoids.
Your body makes its own cannabinoids. These are called endocannabinoids. If you’ve ever experienced a runner’s high, or the thrill of singing along to your favorite song, you’ve experienced the work of endocannabinoids. When plants make this type of compound, they’re called phytocannabinoids. CBD is one of over a hundred types of phytocannabinoids found in hemp plants. It’s non-intoxicating, which means it does not produce the high associated with marijuana.
What happens when you're not in homeostasis?
When you’re not in homeostasis, your body is not able to perform at its best. You may experience undue stress, irritability, sleeplessness, soreness, aches, pains, and more. It’s more difficult to do the things you want to do, like play with your dog, take your kids to the park, ride your bike on a beautiful morning, or join a pickup game with your friends.
Understanding endocannabinoids and your cannabinoid receptors
The endocannabinoid system and its role in homeostasis was discovered in the 1990s. The research shows us that there are two main types of receptors in the human body: CB1 (found in your brain, lungs, and spine) and CB2 (found in your immune system, colon, and spleen). Before the endocannabinoid system discovery revealed that the body naturally produced its own endocannabinoids, we only knew them (cannabinoids) as a diverse group of compounds found in a family of plants that includes hemp.
The first endocannabinoid to be discovered was anandamide, which is named after Ananda, the Sanskrit word for bliss. Anandamide can also be found in chocolate. Many common, popular activities cause your body to release endocannabinoids. To experience this natural process, try going for a long run, or dancing and singing along with your favorite song. Running, singing, and dancing are all known to release endocannabinoids and bring a sense of happiness and well-being.
The benefits of taking CBD
Cannabidiol's role in health & well-being
The simplest benefit of taking hemp-derived CBD is that it can help manage ordinary, everyday stress. That’s something we all need. Whether you’re an office worker, a manual laborer, a parent, a teacher, an athlete, a weekend warrior, or some combination of the above, life can become stressful! Studies indicate that cannabidiol can not only help you feel more balanced, but can support your body on its journey to optimal health. In short, hemp-derived CBD is a plant-based way to support your well-being.
The future of CBD and endocannabinoid system health
New research about CBD’s power to enhance wellness in human beings is emerging every day. We receive endless stories from our customers about how CBD has changed their lives, and we’ve made it our goal to bring this source of support to as many people as we can. We hope you will be one of them!