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The Endocannabinoid System

The hemp plant contains many different compounds. Several hundred have been identified up to date. CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of the compounds sourced from the hemp plant.  While the chemical make-up is similar to “Mary Jane”, cannabidiol (CBD) doesn’t produce a psychoactive effect. This is due to the significantly decreased amount of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol — the main compound responsible for the psychoactive property in “Mary Jane”). In other words, CBD won’t get you “high.” It comes in a variety of forms including oils, lotions, edibles, smokables, and more.

 

All cannabinoids work synergistically with the endocannabinoid system, a biological system that contains molecules similar to those found in hemp’s relative, “Mary Jane”. At the present moment, there are no other known nutrients that work with the endocannabinoid system.

 

The CB1 receptor, primarily located in the brain, is designed perfectly to receive tetrahydrocannabinol like a lock and key. In a similar manner, other compounds from cannabinoids work beautifully with the CB2 receptors, found all over the body.

 

A nutrient-strong endocannabinoid system can optimally regulate crucial physiological operations like mood, energy level, blood pressure, stress, metabolism, and more. In doing this, reports of improved physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health have been documented.

What It May Help

Extensive research demonstrates an enriched endocannabinoid system can have positive outcomes for conditions such as:

  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Skin conditions
  • Crohn’s disease and other gut disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Neurological conditions including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, stroke recovery, and more
  • Cardiovascular dysfunction
  • Mental illness such as anxiety and depression
  • Inflammation
  • Insomnia
  • Cancer-related symptoms like nausea, vomiting, and general pain
  • Acne
  • High blood pressure
  • Substance abuse withdrawal

Hemp Through History

The use of hemp as a natural plant medicament dates back thousands of years in recorded history. Recorded in hieroglyphics from Ancient Egypt, the use of cannabis is depicted in the Ber’s Papyrus (1600 B.C.), known as the oldest complete medical textbook in history.

 

Thousands of years later, when settlers first arrived in America, growing hemp and “Mary Jane” was required by law, as the plant was so widely used for medicinal needs and many other industrial products. By the 1800s, hemp and  “Mary Jane” were widely considered a mainstream medicament, used to treat conditions ranging from gout and leprosy to asthma and alcoholism.

 

Today, we’re continuing to discover the multitude of health and wellness benefits the hemp and “Mary Jane” plant has to offer. The beautiful entourage of cannabinoids makes hemp a pillar in a holistic, natural wellness plan.

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