AN INTRODUCTION TO CBD
WHAT EXACTLY IS CBD?
CBD is the abbreviation for cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive compound found in the cannabis sativa plant. Due to its ability to treat a wide range of illnesses and maintain homeostasis (balance within the body), CBD is arguably the most exciting new ingredient for health care that has been discovered in modern times. Researchers have uncovered numerous health related benefits directly attributed to the use of CBD, including analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, and anti-anxiety, to name but a few.
CBD works by binding to cannabinoid receptors in the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is involved in a variety of physiological processes, including regulating pain and inflammation, cardiovascular and digestive health, cognitive and memory functions, immunity, and more. All mammals, including humans, horses and companion animals (dogs and cats) have an ECS. CBD and related plant cannabinoids are the only compounds found in the natural world that work with mammalian cannabinoid receptors.
CBD AND THE BODY
HOW DOES CBD WORK IN THE BODIES OF MAMMALS?
Like several other compounds the body naturally produces, it also makes its own cannabinoids, which are known as endocannabinoids (endo meaning; “inside, within, internal”). Where health issues often arise is when the body doesn’t produce enough cannabinoids to keep the ECS functioning optimally. A shortage of naturally produced cannabinoids is a condition known as endocannabinoid deficiency.
Just as the production of many other internally produced compounds such as hormones, antibodies, etc. declines as mammals age, so does the body’s production of endocannabinoids. Without enough cannabinoids in the body the ECS does not work as optimally as it should; leaving the door open for numerous diseases and ailments to gain a foothold.
THIS IS WHERE EQUIDIOL™ CBD COMES TO THE RESCUE…
CBD attaches to cannabinoid receptor sites of the ECS that aren’t getting cannabinoids and optimizes the body’s own ability to once again maintain health, help fight off diseases and ailments, and control pain and inflammation (note: inflammation is a hallmark of almost all disease states).
HOW CBD HELPS THE ECS
CBD supplementation further helps the ECS by specifically blocking the fatty acid known as FAAH; this compound is responsible for breaking down one of the body’s primary endocannabinoids called anandamide. Anandamide regulates many of the body’s basic functions, including pain sensation, inflammation, immunity, body temperature, sleep, mood and more. As FAAH is blocked from breaking down anandamide there is more anandamide available to the body.
We encourage you to do further research and discover more about CBD online. There are literally hundreds of articles relating to CBD and the role it plays in the health and wellness of all mammals.
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