Why is Cannabidiol (CBD) so popular right now?
There is a lot of hype and buzz around CBD and CBD products these days. It seems everywhere in the United States more and more people are beginning to realize the potential ability of this natural compound to provide healing and relief for a variety of conditions. Recently we have been hearing about states passing laws that legalize the production and sales of CBD only products, and on financial television channel’s big market executives spend hours discussing the growth and potential profits available. As it stands, there are currently 9 states (including the District of Columbia) where Marijuana is legal and 30 states where medical marijuana is legal. With CBD there are only 17 states with laws that specifically regulate or restrict the possession and sale of CBD containing products. Within most of these regulated states, CBD is available by prescription from an individual’s healthcare physician for treatment of severe or debilitating chronic disease.
Green: Recreational Marijuana
Red: Regulated CBD
Yellow: Medicinal Marijuana
CBD is obviously a hot topic and a hot product… but just what exactly is CBD? And what does it have to do with Marijuana, which is still an illegal plant in a large portion of the country?
What exactly is CBD and how does it work?
Cannabinoids are of special interest because humans and other mammals seem to be hardwired to react positively to them. The endocannabinoid system is an integrated system of receptors throughout the body that is connected with the immune and nervous systems. All humans and mammals have cannabinoids receptors in their body that when activated help fight inflammation and nervous conditions. This is the only reason why we have a medicinal or inebriating effect from marijuana and hemp in the first place! Even more fascinating is that cannabinoids are not just strictly found in cannabis plants, but are actually widely occurring in MANY species across the plant kingdom. Examples of other plant species with cannabinoids include:
What are Cannabinoids?
- Black Pepper (Piper nigrum)
- Chocolate (Theobroma cacao)
- Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
- Electric Toothache Daisy (Acmella Oleracea)
- Kava Kava (Piper methysticum) and a host of others!
How Cannabinoids Heal the Body: The Endocannabinoid System:
The endocannabinoid system has two main types of receptors that are distributed through the human central nervous system and peripheral nervous system. There are two main types of cannabinoid receptors found in the human body- CB1 and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors are found in the human reproductive organs, the more primitive parts of the brain that control respiratory and autonomic functions, as well as the human visual eyes and visual cortex. CB2 receptors are found throughout the immune system and are primarily responsible for providing anti-inflammation and pain relief. CBD is just one of several cannabinoid compounds that influences these receptors.