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As explained in previous articles, cannabidiol (CBD) works because it interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is very important to our health and wellbeing, its main function is to maintain homeostasis, that is stability of all our body’s processes and functions.
Using Love Hemp products as a food supplement nourishes your endocannabinoid system and can help improve and maintain health. However, scientists are currently researching CBD in much higher doses for use as a medicine and this requires more detailed understanding.
The ECS consists of endocannabinoids, cannabinoid receptors and enzymes. Until now only two receptors have been identified, CB1 and CB2 but for some time there has been speculation about a third that may be particularly relevant to CBD. It’s now thought that the GPR55 receptor may be the elusive CB3 receptor and it is strongly influenced by CBD.
Receptors are membranes in our body’s cells that enable signals to be passed back and forth, so CBD affects these signals either by stimulating them or blocking them. The GPR55 receptor is already known to be strongly implicated in some types of cancer, osteoporosis and blood pressure regulation, so that suggests some very exciting possibilities for CBD medicines.
Using CBD as a food supplement is not a treatment for these conditions but as with other supplements, its long term effect may be preventative, just as ensuring regular intake of vitamins and minerals can prevent disease and illness.
Also, the very latest research suggests that enzymes within the ECS may be able to convert cannabinoids such as CBD into other cannabinoids which the body needs. So if your endocannabinoid system is deficient in some way, the CBD you take as a food supplement may be converted to make up for a lack of one or more endocannabinoids.
This is the key – regular, moderate consumption of CBD works in a gentle and subtle way to enhance the body’s natural processes. Once you have found the way of consuming CBD that fits in with your lifestyle it becomes a regular part of your health and fitness regime.
Similarly, many people find benefit from taking regular doses of vitamin C. Our body does not manufacture it internally and it has to come from food or supplements. Just like CBD, any excess passes safely through our body but regular consumption means it is always available when needed.
Remember, if you don’t like taking capsules or oil, CBD can always be incorporated into food. You can bake it in cakes or just add a few drops of oil to coffee or in a casserole. In fact, there’s very little that is better for you than a salad dressing made with hempseed oil, crushed hemp seed and some CBD, that really is a health food packed with goodness and nourishment.