HOW CBD WORKS
CBD means cannabidiol
There’s a lot that we now know about CBD, but the area is still being researched to understand exactly how CBD and other cannabinoids can benefit us. Here’s an overview of how CBD works in the body to help you better understand if it’s right for you.
Your Body’s Endocannabinoid System
The reason that CBD (and even THC) can react to your body is thanks to your Endocannabinoid System (ECS). Your ECS is a complex system of receptors found throughout your body, including brain, lungs, skin, liver, pancreas and vascular system, and more.
What The ECS Does
Your body produces its own endo-cannabinoids to support this system, and these compounds communicate with the receptors to tell your body to take action. Studies have found they can encourage important bodily functions to asses and correct imbalances. These imbalances can affect pain, memory, mood, appetite, stress, sleep, metabolism, and our immune system.
When Your ECS Meets CBD
Cannabis and hemp plants produce phyto-cannabinoids that interact with your endocannabinoid system. When that happens, your natural Endocannabinoid System receives extra support and is encouraged to take action to balance bodily systems.
What Are Terpenes?
Terpenes are found in many plants already in your home or garden, like citrus, lavender and black pepper. Terpenes are what they call the chemical compounds that create the smells we’re all familiar with like lemon or pine. Because terpenes produce vibrant smells, they’re often used in essential oils and alternative therapies, such as aromatherapy. Different strains of hemp and cannabis plants feature different terpenes in a variety of combinations and amounts — each creating their own effect.
How Do I Know If My CBD Is Quality?
Sure, you can grab a bottle of CBD from your gas station or quickie stop — but not everything is what it claims. First, look to see if the products are independently tested like ours [link to COA] and check the ingredients list. Look at the oil consistency, color and clarity before buying. Keep a journal focusing on your top three symptoms and track your progress on each, daily, for 30 days. If you don't see results within that time, it might be time to switch products.