The first thing that may come to mind when you think of the hemp or cannabis plant is how it is related to the ongoing debate of legalizing marijuana, but cannabinols (CBD) is a type of cannabinoid—and cannabinoids are a naturally occurring compound that our body creates as part of our endocannabinoid system. There are over 100 cannabinoids, of which THC and CBD are just two.
Our body creates cannabinoids as a type of cellular messengers that assist in the vital process of homeostasis. Homeostasis is the process of keeping our body internally balanced. This includes regulation of temperature, hormones, pH, coordination, pain control, mood, memory, quality of sleep, appetite, and more. There are two main endocannabinoid systems:
- CB1 which is in the central nervous system (brain and nerves of the spinal cord)
- CB2 which is in the peripheral nervous system (nerves in your extremities), the digestive system, and specialized cells in the immune system