CBD EXPLAINED IN A MANNER WE CAN ALL UNDERSTAND
Think of CBD as a food supplement, a herbal remedy, a pure plant extract that, unlike other known plant-based remedies, happens to be more effective than anything we’ve experienced from nature.
Even though it seems like cannabidiol (CBD) is something new, it has been used by humans since the dawn of civilisation. CBD is a natural constituent of hemp and cannabis, a plant that has been utilised for centuries as medicine. It’s not uncommon for old medicinal practices to be re-established in cultures, more so now it seems, as we turn back to nature for nurture.
CBD itself, was only identified in the 1930s and its specific chemical structure was not documented until 1963. Since then, research has continued and many scientists now consider CBD to be the single most important cannabinoid ever discovered.
Cannabis is predominantly associated with the cannabinoid THC (Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol) – it’s the one that gets you high. And, it’s the one which we do not include in our CBD products. It’s the one which is illegal in the UK. Full Spectrum CBD products in the UK must contain no more than 2mg of THC per container, no matter the size of the container.
CBD is believed to be responsible for most of the well-being benefits of the cannabis plant, and new benefits are being discovered all the time.
CANNABINOIDS AND THE ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM
As we’ve just learned CBD (Cannabinoids) are the chemical compounds in the cannabis plant and are, surprisingly, already present in our bodies, and all mammals for that matter. Cannabinoids come in 2 forms, both of which are very similar, but have completely different origins;
Phytocannabinoids – are the cannabinoids from the cannabis plant
Endocannabindoids – which are naturally produced in our bodies
Mammals are capable of producing their own Endocannabinoids. So we have to see ourselves as deficient in CBD. It’s a condition called clinical endocannabinoid deficiency (CECD). When Phytocannabinoids from the plant (in the form of CBD oil) enter your system they immitate many actions of the Endocannabinoid system (enhancing their action) and simulate the ECS into producing it own endocannabinoids, so the Phytocannabinoids act as an Endocannabinoid supplement.
To put a complex system simply, they mediate communication between cells, and when there is a deficiency or problem with our endocannabinoid system, that’s when we notice something in ourselves is not quite right. When CBD is consumed, cannabinoids bind to receptors throughout our brain and body. Different cannabinoids have different effects depending on which receptors they bind to. This concept is the cornerstone of CBD as a wellbeing supplement.
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The Tonic CBD products contain all the cannabinoids available from the cannabis plant, which makes them full spectrum. This can only be done by processing the entire plant, not just parts of the plant. The Tonic provides an all-natural CBD oil supplement that allows the cannabinoids to work together to achieve the entourage effect.
This entourage effect results when hundreds of natural components within a plant interact together, and with the human body, to produce a stronger influence than any one of those components used alone. It’s a synergistic effect. When we combine multiple compounds in their natural state, we don’t end up with the sum of the parts; we get a multiplying effect instead. The different compounds can amplify each other ís effects, making the overall plant more effective in maintaining balance in the Endocannabinoid system.