CBD is an abbreviation for cannabidiol, a chemical compound that occurs naturally in cannabis (marijuana) and hemp. CBD is one of over 100 cannaboids found in the cannabis plant. Since the 1940’s, researchers have been studying the effects and potential health benefits of CBD. Due to our growing knowledge of the both the safety and the benefits of CBD, it is legal in all fifty states for use in humans and animals.
CBD mainly interacts throughout the brain and body via the endocannabinoid system. This a system of receptors found in the brain, bones, gastrointestinal tract, skin, and organs of all mammals. The endocannabinoid system is the body’s master regulatory system. In other words, it communicates and interacts with virtually all other bodily systems. The goal of this communication is to keep the body in homeostasis or healthy state. Research indicates that the endocannabinoid system is a crucial component of health; in fact, it is active to some extent in all disease systems! Since CBD targets the endocannabinoid system it has potential applications for many diseases.