In today’s world, CBD is all the rage. But why? The cannabis plant is a natural plant possessing tons of benefits. The FDA has even approved Epidiolex, a pharmaceutical made from the hemp plant (where CBD comes from.) Maybe you know a lot about CBD or you may know very little but you have likely heard of CBD!
So how do you keep your balance when it feels like you keep getting thrown off and distracted? A healthy diet, quality sleep, and staying active are all important factors. But there are some other easy decisions anyone can make to add a little extra balance, like incorporating CBD into your daily wellness routine.
Let’s talk about what CBD is and how it can help balance so many aspects of your life in 2020. New year, new things!
Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, is a cannabinoid or compound extracted from the hemp plant known to have significant benefits.
Now, let’s get a bit more scientific.
Israeli scientist, Raphael Mechoulam, is credited for the discovery of what is now known as the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS helps regulate a variety of physiological and cognitive processes including appetite, pain-sensation, memory, and mood. It is also known for facilitating the pharmacological effects of cannabis. In addition, the ECS is involved in mediating the effects of physical exercise contributing to exercise-induced euphoria, movement, and motivational salience.
Okay, so what does all this mean?
Basically, within our bodies, we have the ECS. The ECS helps regulate and encourages homeostasis – any process or reaction that our body utilizes to actively maintain a constant internal environment. Within the ECS, you will find cannabinoid receptors including CB1 or CB2. Our body even produces its own cannabinoids! How amazing are we.
CBD indirectly influences our CB1 or CB2 receptors which are found throughout the body in the central nervous system, immune system, and even in our skin! So, when CBD interacts with receptors, it helps to regulate important bodily functions.
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“CBD boosts your own natural cannabinoids, which improves your mood and overall well being,” says Michele Ross, a neuroscientist and cannabis activist. “Because this system regulates everything—down to your dopamine levels—if it isn’t working, nothing is working. If you don’t know why you feel run-down all the time, despite feeling healthy and exercising, you might have an endocannabinoid deficiency.”
Studies show CBD can provide relief for a range of conditions, including depression, chronic pain, PTSD, arthritis, epilepsy, MS, diabetes, and more. CBD has also shown neuroprotective and neurogenic effects meaning it can help reduce damage to the brain and nervous system while encouraging the growth of new neurons. Research also shows that CBD can act as a sleep aid and help with weight loss. (Check out these blogs for more info on those topics: https://ergohempco.com/blogs/news/cbd-as-a-sleep-aid & https://ergohempco.com/blogs/news/cbd-weight-loss) With tons of research being conducted, the potential benefits could increase!
CBD’s anti-anxiety qualities help reduce stress making it a great way to start your day. Rather than trying to re-balance a stressful morning, taking CBD when you wake can help improve focus and ensure your day never falls off the rails to begin with. Most CBD users also find a second dose in the evening helps them unwind from the day and get ready for a restful night’s sleep.
People use CBD to relax or recuperate, rather than consuming pharmaceuticals or alcohol. Many individuals see this as a way to live a better life. And CBD, which has all the benefits of marijuana without the high, has opened a lot of doors. Thankfully, CBD has softened the introduction of the cannabis species.
Like all healthy habits, the benefits of CBD build over time. More relaxed days and restful evenings typically to feed off one another, leading to an overall sense of feeling better. Getting healthy can be a long road but every step counts. Whether you’re a working parent, an overworked college student or struggling with arthritis, CBD is an easy way to help live a healthier, more balanced life.
Stay healthy Ergo Crew!
Disclaimer: This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.