Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a phytocannabinoid and one of the two main active ingredients of Cannabis. Cannabinoids are the primary active molecules in cannabis plants (hemp and marijuana).
CBD can be derived directly from commercial hemp plants, as well as marijuana. While CBD is an active ingredient of marijuana, it does not provide the “high”– that comes from THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the other primary cannabinoid in cannabis. At c’bella, we derive our CBD from commercial hemp plants. Our CBD can be taken sublingually through our oils, and topically through our lotions. All of our products are THC-free.
Scientists trying to understand how cannabinoids influence the brain and body discovered a system of receptors throughout the nervous system and body through which cannabinoids exert their effects. They also identified natural and essential molecules produced by the body that specifically fit into these receptors– similar to a key fitting into a lock.
They called these molecules “endocannabinoids” (Endo translates to within, meaning they are the cannabinoids naturally created within the body). The combination of these endocannabinoids, the receptors they fit into, and the effects this has on the body, is called the “endocannabinoid system” or ECS.
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) has been found to influence virtually every aspect of the body, including organs, glands, and various tissues. As such, its primary function is to help maintain “homeostasis”– a state of biological balance in response to changes in the environment. By binding to the endocannabinoid receptors, CBD has the ability to influence the ECS and produce several beneficial effects. This influence extends to pain perception, and immune system functions such as inflammation, appetite, cognitive functions, sleep, and anxiety.