What is CBD?

Guest Post By:   Aleecia Head ;  InfiniteCBD.com

WHAT IS CBD?

Our bodies are self regulating machines and all machines can be optimized, especially with the help of CBD products. The cannabis plant contains over 100 different cannabinoids or molecular compounds in plants called phytocannabinoids. They trigger cellular activity throughout the body. Cannabinoids help direct the effects to the right place. The most dominant cannabinoid is the psychoactive THC or tetrahydrocannabinol. Following close behind is it’s non-psychoactive brother CBD, or cannabidiol. Not only can we supplement CBD, we also create it within. Research is just unlocking the secrets and benefits of cannabidiol.

Human bodies naturally produce these compounds through our endocannabinoid system. Our bodies stay in homeostasis with the endocannabinoid system or the ECS. It works alongside the thyroid, endocrine and the peripheral nervous system. Our ECS manages our cognitive functions and emotions. Internal endocannabinoids and plant-derived phytocannabinoids both activate the endocannabinoid system. Fatty acid amide hydrolase, FAAH, and other varieties of amino acids are mediators that break down endocannabinoids. The naturally occuring anandamide from our ECS attaches to the CB1 receptors without the high feeling. With CBD, the calming effect can be felt for longer as it stops enzymes from disrupting the anandamide. Active ECS sites host the CB1 and CB2 receptors.

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Cannabinoids bind to different receptors throughout the body and brain. THC mainly binds to the CB1 receptor acting as an activator. The largest population of receptors can be found in the brain, research is coming to find. High activity of activators occur in regions that regulate bodily functions, like the hippocampus, spinal cord, and cerebellum. It moderates the duration and feelings of dysphoria, pain and our memory. Other CB1 receptors can be found in the cell nerves, tissue, organs and supports other glandular systems. CB2 receptors focus on helping the autoimmune system and enhancing anti-inflammatory properties. Both CB1 and CB2 receptors are found in immune cells. More CB2 receptors are found in white blood cells and the spleen. Each receptor is crucial to a functioning endocannabinoid system.

Adverse effects can happen when the body doesn’t produce enough internal endocannabinoids. Scientists are just starting to acknowledge the effects of an endocannabinoid deficiency and what it looks like. When the ECS function lowers, it’s reflected in enzyme change. Pain tolerance, sleep and mood degradation could be signs that the body is deprived, studies show.

CBD stimulates natural endogenous cannabinoids and directs them to activate without the psychotropic effects of THC. When THC is present, it creates a direct artificial effect on the CB1 and CB2 receptors. In fact, CBD can be used to counteract the effects of THC when one over consumes. It helps bring your body back to balance and reestablishes harmony within. At Infinite CBD, we use pure CBD isolate. Our Colorado grown, industrial hemp produces a clean and refined CBD isolate that tests above 99% THC free. Full spectrum oils use all of the cannabinoids from the whole cannabis plant. We’ve singled out our favorite cannabinoid, CBD, and allow it shine exclusively.

To enhance the effects of CBD, terpenes can be added to provide specific relief. Terpenoids, also found in ordinary plant’s resin, provide the oils that gives flowering fauna their aromatic presence. Over 200 non-psychoactive terpenes are in cannabis and have been found to have medicinal properties, similar to essential oils. Infinite CBD offers a wide array of terpenes that can be added to specific products to amplify the effect on the body. Linalool, the terpene in lavender oils, helps aid in relaxation while limonene, what gives oranges their fragrance, provides relief from anxiety. When combined with CBD, the therapeutic pair amplifies the medicinal properties and its effects on the body.

The breadth of CBD uses continues to grow as we learn more about the compound. From general anxiety and pain to specific ailments, CBD can help. The method of consumption will also change the way it affects the body. Topicals will help spot specific pain points on the body and is directly absorbed into the bloodstream. Smoking breaks the blood brain barrier while sublingual methods can take longer to absorb. Our Nano product is water soluble and designed to be broken down quicker by the body.

Overall, our bodies are designed to regulate CBD and uses it to boost our systems. The effects and ailments that can be helped by using a natural product are still being observed but so far the potential is positive. The possibilities of CBD are infinite and we’re only just diving in.

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