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Y O U R E N D O C A N N A B I N O I D S Y S T E M
by Kristen Williams & Kira Gresoski
Fact checked by Dr. Adie Poe of Habu Health
Your body is built to receive cannabinoids, which are chemical compounds made in your body and in the cannabis plant.
The endocannabinoid system is a series of cannabinoid-receptors found all throughout the body - in the brain, organs, connective tissues, and immune system cells.
Your endocannabinoid system is involved in virtually all of your body’s processes. Cannabinoids help neurotransmitters cross from the presynaptic terminal of one cell to the postsynaptic terminal of another cell. In layman’s terms, cannabinoids help your body communicate more effectively with itself.
We like to think of cannabinoids as guards who will allow children to safely cross the street when the time is right. The kids can probably reach the other side on their own, but with the extra help of cannabinoids, they arrive when it's appropriate for them to do so — and there's much less stress in the process.
Even if all cannabinoids interact with the endocannabinoid system, not all cannabinoids produce the same effects. THC primarily binds to receptors in the brain, creating the psychoactive experiences many people associate with cannabis use.
Compounds like CBD, on the other hand, won’t get you “high” when ingested because they bind to receptors that do not produce this effect. Products with only these non-psychoactive cannabinoids can still provide many health benefits of cannabis without an altered state of mind.
Although certain conditions are better treated by specific compounds, current science suggests that cannabinoids work best when used in harmony with one another. This is known as the entourage effect.
The endocannabinoid system works at every level to bring balance to the body.
When used properly, cannabis is one of the most versatile medicines on the planet because it helps the body help itself.
We are just scratching the surface when it comes to understanding the Endocannabinoid System and how cannabis impacts human health. There is so much more to learn, but we need cannabis removed from the Schedule 1 drug list to conduct more credible research. Learn how to support legalization here.
A B O U T C B D
by Kristen Williams of Hempsley
Industrial hemp, while still federally illegal to grow in the United States, can legally be imported from other countries. (Why anyone thinks this makes sense, I have no idea.) There are also states such as Colorado and California that allow industrial hemp production. Industrial hemp is not grown for the purpose of getting high – while it can have incredibly trace amounts of THC, it is not enough to get anyone "stoned." To be classified as industrial hemp, it must have less than 0.3% THC.
We see industrial hemp being grown to create products like rope, oil, cloth, paper, fuel, or even bricks, but it can also be grown for medicinal use. When growing for medicinal purposes, the strains chosen are rich in CBD, another cannabinoid found alongside THC in cannabis.
Under Federal Law, CBD can be extracted from the mature stalks of industrial hemp plants and legally imported into the United States. *UPDATE: DEA STATES CBD IS FEDERALLY ILLEGAL
CBD has anti-inflammatory, neuro-protective, and antioxidant properties. Studies have shown that CBD may have therapeutic benefits in the treatment of chronic pain, anxiety, nausea, rheumatoid arthritis, schizophrenia, diabetes, PTSD, alcoholism, strokes, epilepsy, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and more.
THC is what is analyzed in drug tests; CBD is not.
This means that if you are an employee, athlete or student concerned about drug testing, you can still reap some of the benefits of the cannabis plant without putting yourself in legal danger. (To be safe, be sure to check that the drug test you'll be taking is checking only for THC and not CBD.)
Not all CBD products are created equal.
Unfortunately, not all humans are pure of heart and we do have some people trying to make easy money on the side of their already in-place industrial hemp farms. I’ve heard reports of people making CBD extractions from hemp that is being grown on polluted land overseas, and their extractions are full of nasty chemicals that have no business being in our bodies.
This just means that, like with anything, we need to do our research and make sure that the people making our medicine are making it responsibly. But if you or a loved one are suffering from an illness, it could be well worth your time.
There are also many companies who are deriving their CBD from hemp inside the United States and selling it nationwide. While this CBD is just as medically beneficial (and possibly even more nutrient dense) as any other CBD, it is not technically a legal product outside of the state it was created in.
Companies we know to be safe and federally legal include Evoxe Laboratories, Apothecanna, and EVR CBD. *UPDATE: DEA SAYS CBD IS FEDERALLY ILLEGAL. READ HERE
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