Is CBD Good for You?
While CBD is one of the most well-known cannabinoids, the cannabis plant contains over 100 organic compounds called phytocannabinoids. CBD interacts with the body’s own endocannabinoid system (ECS), which mediates systemic health and is crucial for balancing a healthy stress response, energy, and sleep/wake cycles.
Otherwise known as CBD, it is just one of these phytocannabinoids. The main reason for CBD’s popularity over the other phytocannabinoids is because it is much more abundant and thus was one of the first to be discovered. Since CBD has had more time in research, its functionality is better understood than the others and can be used more purposefully.
However, research shows that all of these compounds could provide healthy benefits while interacting with an essential regulatory system in the body called the endocannabinoid system.
The Human Endocannabinoid System (ECS):
ECS is the most widespread system in the human body, meaning it has the most receptors. The ECS regulates intercellular communication to achieve and maintain the body’s homeostasis (balance). Researchers have found this system is unlike any other in our bodies because the ECS does not have one function but instead aides in many of our bodily functions.
Throughout the body and ECS are endocannabinoid receptors. These receptors (CB1 & CB2) are where the phytocannabinoids found in hemp attach to provide their benefits.
- CB1 receptors can be found in the brain, lungs, vascular system, and the gastrointestinal tract and their functions relate to memory, emotion, motor function, and appetite.
- CB2 receptors are associated with the immune and nervous systems and are present in skin and bone.
Research suggests that CBD may impact the ECS communication process because it does not bind to these endocannabinoid receptors but instead can influence the other compounds to attach to them.
Research is ongoing, but there are indications that CBD and the other 100+ phytocannabinoids could provide many healthy benefits, but there are even more organic compounds with possible benefits in hemp. In addition to phytocannabinoids, the hemp plant contains over 300 more organic compounds called terpenes and flavonoids.
Terpenes and Flavonoids:
Terpenes are responsible for giving any plant it’s unique smell, taste, and color. As well, they also act as a plant’s immune system, protecting them from a range of things such as bacteria or unwanted bugs. Terpenes found in hemp are organic compounds and are being researched as a possible aide to our immune system and for anti-bacterial functions.
Flavonoids found in hemp are one of the most understudied groups of the plant’s organic compounds. They are currently being researched to find out what properties these compounds contain. When mixed with cannabinoids and terpenes studies suggests the flavonoids can amplify the effects of the other two while also providing their benefits to the body.
Many CBD product companies produce “isolate” based products. Isolate means they only contain CBD and the other 400+ beneficial organic compounds have been removed. Products Freedom Wellness produces are “broad-spectrum" where possible, meaning that our products contain CBD with 0.0% THC (based on our 3rd party testing) as well as all the other phytocannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. We provide high-quality broad-spectrum products to ensure our customers absorb as many healthy organic compounds as possible.
Everyone's goal should be to assist their endocannabinoid system in achieving the best homeostasis (balance) as possible.
The short answer is CBD is an all-natural compound that many people say, it makes them Feel Better.