The Basics

Let’s start with the basics. CBD stands for cannabidiol, one of the more than 80 compounds, also called cannabinoids, that can be found in the cannabis plant.

The difference between hemp and marijuana relies on the amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), primarily responsible for the psychoactive effects of cannabis, each of them contains. Contrary to popular belief, these two nomenclatures do not designate two “species” of cannabis, but the same species with different levels of THC. Those plants that have less than 0.3% of THC (by dry weight), are classified as hemp; on the other hand, those that contain more than 0.3% of THC (by dry weight) are called marijuana.

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Why is CBD so helpful for our mind and body?

In one way or another, the world is finally realizing that CBD’s pretty unique.

This uniqueness lies in CBD’s ability to interact with an equally unique biological system, a system that works behind the scenes to promote balance and health: the endocannabinoid system, or ECS.

The ECS is a natural internal network that promotes balance by promoting communication between one’s body — and itself.

Not literally, per se, but figuratively, by allowing various biological systems to communicate with each other. Deficiencies in endocannabinoid health can be devastating, while endocannabinoid sufficiency has been correlated with robust health. Here’s what the world’s leading ECS researchers say:

"More people will be saved by the manipulation of the endocannabinoid system than are currently saved by surgery."

- Dr. David Allen, M.D.

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The endocannabinoid system has three major components, and the science suggests that CBD can essentially ‘sub in’ for one of them the three (the endocannabinoids) in times of need. This is an oversimplification — in reality CBD acts on many other biological systems, too — but a useful one at that.

CBD seems to be tailor-made for the endocannabinoid system. By strengthening this regulatory system, CBD may help the body rebalance and regain its innate ability to heal itself.

Unlike conventional medications, CBD’s actions are gentle but far-reaching. That means it rarely causes side effects and is totally non-addictive. It’ll work with your body, not against it, as you take the steps necessary to reclaim your health!