In addition to valuing our own experiences with cannabis and hemp, we are grateful to the persistent scientists that further our understanding of this human-plant relationship.
CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) are the most common cannabinoids found in hemp and cannabis respectively. CBD and THC are just two of 100+ cannabinoids found in these plants, and as science advances, even more are being discovered.
Everyone has an Endocannabinoid System (ECS)
Humans process these cannabinoids through the endocannabinoid (ECS) system, which is active in your body even if you don’t use cannabis. A complex cell-signaling system made up of endocannabinoids, receptors, and enzymes, it is responsible for maintaining homeostasis (functions like sleep, mood, appetite, pain, and more.)
Both THC and CBD interact with the ECS in different ways and produce different effects. THC binds to ECS receptors (just as endocannabinoids would) and allows for a range of effects on your body and mind. It’s the compound that gets you “high”.
On the other hand, CBD doesn’t produce the same psychoactive feeling, and rather than binding with ECS receptors like THC, it’s believed CBD prevents endocannabinoids from being broken down.
There’s more to discover about cannabis & hemp and the effects they have on the human body, but one thing's for sure—our body already has the foundation to utilize it.