The passing of the 2018 Farm Bill opened up many doors for the hemp and hemp-derived CBD industries. For decades, federal law did not differentiate hemp from the other cannabis plants. The 2018 Farm Bill defines hemp as the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of the plant with a Delta-9 THC concentration of no more than 0.3 percent by dry weight. Simply put, hemp cannot get you high.
Our team at Relive Everyday could not have been more excited to see the bill finally being signed into law – as this would potentially ease the stigma surrounding hemp-derived CBD products and make our goal of helping people live more comfortable lives easier to achieve.
So now that that’s all cleared up, let’s talk CBD.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid molecule found in cannabis that is believed to possess broad therapeutic potential. CBD is often confused with its psychoactive cousin, THC, when in reality CBD can counteract the psychoactivity of THC.
To understand how CBD works, you must first know and understand the endocannabinoid system (ECS).
The Endocannabinoid System
The endocannabinoid system is one of the body’s largest neurotransmitter networks but wasn’t discovered until the 1990s. The ECS is a vital molecular system continually working to help maintain homeostasis (the ECS could arguably be considered the most critical system in our body). The ECS is widespread throughout the body and is made up of three main components: cannabinoid receptors, endocannabinoids, and metabolic enzymes.
Cannabinoid receptors sit on the surface of cells and transmit information about changing conditions to the inside of the cell.
There are two major cannabinoid receptors: CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are found mostly in the brain and nervous system, as well as the lungs, liver, and kidneys. CB1 receptors bind best with THC and cause the mind-altering high many experience. CB2 receptors are found most abundantly in the immune and digestive systems. CB2 receptors are found to bind best with CBD.
Endocannabinoids are molecules that are made on demand, act locally, and are metabolized immediately after used. Endocannabinoids are produced naturally by cells in the body. Two major endocannabinoids are anandamide and 2-AG.
Metabolic enzymes work to quickly destroy endocannabinoids once they are used. The enzyme FAAH breaks down anandamide, and the enzyme MAGL breaks down 2-AG. These enzymes ensure that endocannabinoids are not being stored for any longer than necessary and being used efficiently.
CBD & The Endocannabinoid System
Unfortunately, the ECS can change and become compromised over time and has trouble maintaining balance. Disease and injury can also play a role in throwing our bodies even further out of balance – this is where CBD comes into play. CBD is a natural reinforcement used to stimulate the ECS. CBD does not bind to receptors in the ECS; instead, it stops the breakdown of our own endocannabinoids, allowing the body to use more of what it’s already naturally producing.
Health Benefits of CBD
Now that you have a better understanding of what CBD is and how it works with the body let’s cover some of the health benefits CBD may offer. According to scientific research, CBD may help with:
- ADD and ADHD
- Epilepsy and Seizures
- Mood Disorders
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Chronic Pain
- Sleep Disorders
It’s important to understand what you’re putting into your body, and we want to help make your CBD journey as simple as possible. Check out our blog for even more CBD education – and let us know what you want to see next!
*Note: Relive Everyday products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or ailment. The information on our website is intended to provide general information regarding our products and is not to be taken as medical advice or instruction.