Hemp extract, or cannabidiol, and marijuana work on the endocannabinoid system within the body. The endocannabinoid system is responsible for maintaining many of our physical and cognitive processes, including homeostasis, mood and memory. It is also responsible for the body's response to outside stressors.
The endocannabinoid system communicates and works through the interaction of cannabinoids (a type of neurotransmitters) and their receptors throughout the body. There are two types of cannabinoids: endo (those created within the body) and phyto (produced by a plant). CBD/hemp extract is a phytocannabinoid that mimics endocannabinoids, meaning it can produce similar effects within the body.
Receptors for the endocannabinoid system are found throughout the body, in both the central and peripheral nervous systems.
In this diagram from Terra Vida, the receptors for the endocannabinoid system are shown. These are all the possible areas throughout the body which hemp extract may work.
With the growing popularity of CBD, there's a flood of products on the market. From topical lotions to oils, vapes and edibles, it can be hard to tell what is best and safe for you. Each method of taking CBD (or hemp extract) has its pros and cons. Read more for how you can take hemp extract and what you should be looking for to ensure safety in your CBD products.
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