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November 1, 2021

ECS, CBD, and Your Health

ECS, CBD, and Your Health

Although hemp has been used for medicinal purposes since the dawn of civilization, it wasn't until relatively recently that medical researchers discovered CBD—the main chemical agent in hemp—and began to understand how it interacts with the body. In the early 1990's, scientists uncovered naturally occurring neurotransmitters within the body called endocannabinoids that help regulate a broad range of biological functions, including appetite, inflammation, mood, sleep, memory, and pain. Further research revealed that the body's Endocannabidiol System (ECS) could be stimulated by CBD and other cannabinoids to treat a wide range of ailments.

Do you having trouble sleeping? Feel anxious? Suffer from stiff sore muscles and joints? Many people who suffer from these maladies have reported that supplementing their regular treatment with CBDa therapy has provided relief. Innovative manufacturers have incorporated CBD into a plethora of products that can be taken orally (gummies, oils, drinks) or applied as a topical analgesic (roll-ons, creams, lotions). Unlike marijuana, CBD contains only trace amounts of the psychoactive compound THC, so it acts on the ECS system without producing a "high" sensation.

Although CBD products do not require a prescription (with one exception for specific types of severe pediatric epilepsy), you should always read the label before using any CBD product and follow the instructions to insure your ECS system will receive the full benefit of this natural aid without unwanted side effects. When in doubt, consult a medical professional before incorporating CBD into your health regimen.

Additional Resources:
An introduction to the endogenous cannabinoid system
Endocannabinoid Discovery Timeline