Hi, I’m Doctor Phil Slonkosky, Chief Science Geek here at Integrative Health Supplements. And in this video I’m going to answer the question, what is CBD?
Now CBD stands for Cannabidiol, a naturally occurring compound that’s found in the flower of the cannabis plant. Now, it can be found in both hemp and marijuana, but CBD is only one of over a hundred compounds that are known as cannabinoids. And that’s a group of related compounds that can interact with what are called cannabinoid receptors in the cells and these comprise what’s known as the endocannabinoid system.
Now, the endocannabinoid system was discovered in the early 1990s and continues to be one of the most significant discoveries in the human body. The endocannabinoid system is comprised of receptors all over and they interact with what are known is endogenous cannabinoids – that is cannabinoids produced by our bodies.
The human body is made up of cells.
And in our body, those cells have different receptors. And you’ve got to think of a receptor as a part where a key locks in and those chemicals, which is the key in the lock are chemical messengers that direct the cell to providing instructions for processes that should turn on or off.
Now the endocannabinoid receptors, they regulate a number of processes all over the body and these processes help maintain homeostasis. Homeostasis is the process of maintaining balance or equilibrium. A good example of homeostasis is how our body can maintain blood pressure through tiny adjustments to both our cardiovascular and neuromuscular system. An important point to remember is that homeostasis is essential for overall health.
Now throughout history, cannabis has been used medicinally all over the world and it’s recent reemergence into the mainstream has been propelled by both the Internet and I think the public’s desire to find alternative medicines with fewer side effects.
You know, the key reasons CBD is so popular is that unlike it’s fellow cannabinoid THC, it doesn’t make you high.
Now this makes CBD attractive, especially for people looking for similar health benefits without the undesired psychoactive effect of the other cannabis, THC or marijuana. Now, because of its quick ascent into the mainstream, there continues to be a great deal of confusion and misunderstanding.
Now, one point of confusion is how does CBD really work? You know CBD is simply one molecule and it can be sold as a single compound. Those forms are called isolate forms. Now, CBD isolates do help people and there’s a variety of products on the market, but the research continues to show and demonstrate that when CBD is combined with the other cannabinoids and compounds from the same plant, most people experience a better response.
Now, CBD products, which contain not CBD alone but are in combination with all the other cannabinoids, what are known as flavonoids and terpenes and all the other nutrients that naturally occur within the herb, you get a better response.
Now, those types of products are known as Broad Spectrum. Think of CBD like this, in a sport, you have a team and in order for that team to be successful, the players need to work together. You know, within a team there can be one player that at times stands out, but it takes a full team to win the game.
Think of CBD as currently the most popular player on the team with the greatest social media following, the biggest, it’s the biggest influencer. There are other members of the team that are integrative and important for CBD to be effective, just not yet as popular. And those would be like the terpenes, the flavonoids, the other cannabinoids. You know, they contribute