What Is CBD?
- A non-psychoactive cannabinoid
- Comes from hemp - cannabis Sativa L plant.
- A naturally occurring biochemical compound.
- A nutritious staple.
- Integral part of a balanced diet
- Has tremendous health benefits.
SCIENTIFIC AND CLINICAL RESEARCH
The study of cannabis helps us understand how the human body works. In 1992 during a biased study to prove that cannabis is harmful, the endocannabinoid system (eCS) was discovered. It is called the endocannabinoid system because cannabis was the reason it was discovered. Had it been any other plant which led to it's discovery, it would be called something else.
Scientific and clinical research by the US government underscores CBD’s potential as a treatment for a wide range of conditions. It is not difficult to find those studies online, though we are not allowed to link to them, since TS Hemp products were not involved in these studies.
CBD has demonstrable effects which improve human life, and evidence suggests that CBD is safe even at high doses.
However, due to government regulations and FDA policing, companies like TS Hemp can not officially claim any potential health advantages.
The official FDA disclaimer states:
“These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.”
Highly specialized cells called neurons are found throughout the brain. Each neuron connects to many others through structures called synapses. These are sites where one neuron communicates to another by releasing chemical messengers known as neurotransmitters .
CBD Supports the Endocannabinoid System
A neuron’s sensitivity to a specific neurotransmitter depends on whether or not it contains a receptor that “fits” the neurotransmitter, like an electrical socket fits a plug. If a neuron contains receptors that match a particular neurotransmitter, then it can respond directly to that transmitter. Otherwise, it generally cannot. All neurons contain multiple neurotransmitter receptors, allowing them to respond to some neurotransmitters but not others.
The Brain Responds to CBD
Brain receptors are sensitive to neurotransmitters produced naturally within the brain. Brain receptors are also effected by plant-based staples like chocolate, coffee, black pepper, or terpenes found in mangoes.
When you use hemp CBD, you’re allowing helpful plant compounds to enter your body, travel through your bloodstream, and enter your brain. These plant-derived compounds can influence brain activity by interacting with receptors on neurons. But they don’t interact with all neurons, only neurons which possess the appropriate receptors.
CBD INFLUENCES MANY DIFFERENT RECEPTOR SYSTEMS
Although it is a cannabinoid, CBD does not directly interact with the two classical cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2). Instead, it affects signaling through CB1 and CB2 receptors indirectly. This partly explains why, in contrast to tetrahydrocannabinol THC, CBD is non-psychoactive. In addition to its indirect influence on the CB1 and CB2 receptors, CBD rich strains can increase levels of the body’s own naturally-produced cannabinoids (known as endocannabinoids) by inhibiting the enzymes that break them down.
CBD also influences many non-cannabinoid receptor systems in the brain, interacting with receptors sensitive to a variety of drugs and neurotransmitters. These include opioid receptors, known for their role in pain regulation. Opioid receptors are the key targets of pharmaceutical-grade pain killers and drugs of abuse such as morphine, heroin, and fentanyl. CBD can also interact with dopamine receptors, which play a crucial role in regulating many aspects of behavior and cognition, including motivation and reward-seeking behavior.
CBD’s therapeutic potential with respect to addiction also extends to the serotonin system. Animal studies have demonstrated that CBD directly activates multiple serotonin receptors in the brain. These interactions have been implicated in its potential ability to reduce addictive seeking behavior. CBD’s influence on the serotonin system may also account in part for its relaxing properties, which have been robustly demonstrated across both human and animal studies.