Cannabinoids are a hot topic in today's modern health-conscious society. Many view widespread recognition of hemp as a natural alternative to synthetic pharmaceuticals.
What are Cannabinoids?
Cannabinoids are compounds that interact with a receptor network in cellular tissues to promote health in the body. The human body internally generates its own cannabinoids known as "endocannabinoids" (endo=internal, Greek).
Together, endocannabinoids and their receptor network are known as the "endocannabinoid system." It regulates many essential bodily systems such as immune function, sleep, appetite, stress response, and pain regulation.
Phytocannabinoids: Plant-based Medicine
The hemp plant also naturally produces in excess of 100 known cannabinoids, known as "phytocannabinoids" (phyto=plant, Greek). Ironically, it produces its own cannabinoids to heal itself.
Phytocannabinoids are found in hemp; but also in other plants and herbal medicines. When consumed, phytocannabinoids act upon the body's cannabinoid receptor network to regulate the body’s health.
CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, yet it still exhibits a wealth of medicinal properties.