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Here’s Why Full Spectrum Hemp Oil Works So Well

Most people nowadays are at least somewhat familiar with CBD products. What they aren’t familiar with, however, is why CBD products work so well for us.

Humans are armed with an Endocannabinoid System that possesses the unique ability to process different cannabinoids. Depending on the cannabinoid, different forms of relief can be had.

I want to take the time to explain exactly how this system works, and why you should care.

The Endocannabinoid System

The Endocannabinoid System, or ECS, is made up of a series of different receptors. These receptors are located all over your body, and they are able to be stimulated by different types of phytocannabinoids, in addition to endogenous (internal) cannabinoids that we produce all on our own. We’ll get more into the receptors later.

What is a phytocannabinoid?

A phytocannabinoid is just a fancy name for ‘plant chemical.’ You’ll often hear the term cannabinoid used, too. This is just a shorter version of the word phytocannabinoid, but they’re the same thing.

There are over 127 known phytocannabinoids within the cannabis plant species. We are discovering more and more of these as time goes on. The two most popular cannabinoids are:

  • CBD
  • THC

It’s interesting to note that the Endocannabinoid System does an outstanding job of processing different cannabinoids within the cannabis plant. While we are still figuring out exactly how different cannabinoids interact with our bodies, we know that the ECS is largely responsible for a majority of these interactions.

Here are some of the more widely known functions our ECS plays a role in:

  • Digesting food
  • Addressing pain
  • Inflammation management
  • Mental health roles
  • Sleep quality

CB Receptors 1 and 2

The ECS is made of a series of receptors: CB1 and CB2. A majority of the CB1 receptors are located in the Central Nervous System. The CB2 receptors, on the other hand, are found in the nerves that branch all throughout our bodies, and even in immune cells.

There are other mechanisms that play a role in the ECS, like enzymes, but these receptors do a majority of the work when it comes to processing cannabinoids.

When our bodies either consume or produce cannabinoids, they bind to these receptors. For example, the popular cannabinoid CBG can bind directly to the CB1 receptor. When this occurs, the receptor gives a signal to the nerve it lives within and the nerves send signals up to the brain to do different things.

In the case of CBG, one effect is to stimulate your appetite.

Anti-inflammatory Effects

Just like CBG, CBD can stimulate the CB1 and CB2 receptors for a slew of different outcomes. It is interesting to note that CBD actually indirectly stimulates these receptors. Researches are still discovering a lot of information about exactly how CBD interacts with our ECS.

One thing we do know is that CBD can bring about extremely powerful anti-inflammatory effects. People take CBD supplements for a lot of different things, but its’ anti-inflammatory effects might be the most sought after relief (next to pain management).

We do know that CBD can help offer inflammation relief by blocking the enzyme known as COX2. You’ve likely heard of Advil, right? This medication also blocks COX2 as it’s primary mechanism of action.

There are a few other means by which CBD gives anti-inflammatory effects, but these methods are by far the most backed by research.

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