People use CBD to support their health in many ways – from getting better faster after going to the gym to relieving the stressors of everyday life. * CBD products can be found virtually anywhere – from spas to grocery stores to your local gas station. Moreover, it is added to many different products; you can buy baked goods, sodas, bath bombs and even CBD leggings.

What exactly is CBD and what is all the excitement? Let’s delve into this powerful relationship.

WHAT IS CBD?

Most people know that CBD is the active compound found in the hemp plant. But did you know that there are several other active compounds in cannabis, including CBC, CBN, CBG, and THC?

You may be familiar with THC because it is the psychoactive molecule that causes the intoxicating effects of marijuana. Although cannabis has THC, it is only a very small amount – so small that cannabis is legal for consumption in Poland and is not intoxicating. The cannabis varieties we grow and harvest here at Hemp Forever have very high levels of CBD but very low levels of THC (less than 0.2%).

We grow cannabis with high levels of CBD because we want our products to maximize the health benefits of CBD. CBD has several health benefits such as:

Helps you deal with everyday stress *
Promotes a sense of calm *
Promotes recovery from exercise-induced inflammation *

WHERE IS CBD COMING FROM?

CBD is one of the few cannabinoid molecules found in cannabis. Cannabinoids are a type of phytochemical. They are formed when cannabis flowers secrete molecules into what is called a trichome. Trichomes are structures that store them alongside other types of molecules such as flavonoids and terpenes. This combination of active molecules creates what we call a phytochemical profile.

You may not be familiar with the terms “flavonoid” and “terpene”, but you certainly are familiar with these types of molecules. These are the molecules that make blueberries blue. They give strawberries a wonderful scent and glow. These traits come from flavonoids and terpenes working in concert.

Hemp contains terpenes and flavonoids in addition to phytocannabinoids. Phytocannabinoids are unique to the cannabis family. Scientists have found that the molecules found in cannabis work synergistically.

This means CBD can do more for your body if it works together with the other cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids found in cannabis. This is called the “entourage effect” and it is the reason why CBD products containing these other compounds are believed to be the best supporters of the body.

HOW DOES CANNABINOIDS SUCH AS CBD AFFECTS THE BODY?

So, once you take CBD products that contain all of these wonderful compounds, how is your body benefitting? The answer lies in something called the endocannabinoid system (ECS).

The ECS is a physiological system that intersects with all other systems in the body. Humans have ECS receptors all over the body – in the brain, spinal cord, organs, and even in the skin. Cannabinoids are chemicals that bind to receptors throughout the endocannabinoid system. This process helps rebalance the body.

Cannabinoids are so important to human health that our bodies make some of these compounds themselves. When they come from the body, they are called endocannabinoids. When they come from plants like hemp, they are called phytocannabinoids. Both types of compounds bind to the same ECS receptors in our bodies, and both help us bring us into homeostasis.

We can use vitamin D to better understand how cannabinoids work in our body. We have vitamin D receptors all over our body. We can make our own vitamin D by absorbing the sun’s rays and converting energy into this essential nutrient. Alternatively, we can source our vitamin D from external sources such as foods like eggs or fish, or a vitamin D supplement.

Likewise, our bodies produce their own cannabinoids – but sourcing these compounds from external sources such as high-quality CBD extracts can give our body a real boost. The fact that our bodies produce these compounds strongly indicates how important they are to our health.

CBD and the other compounds found in cannabis are truly amazing in the way they support our health. In this blog series, we’ll continue to delve into the amazing cannabis plant and all the ways it can improve our lives.