Think of CBD as a food supplement, a herbal remedy, a pure plant extract that, unlike other known plant-based remedies, happens to be more effective on our health than anything we’ve experienced from nature.
Even though it seems like cannabidiol (CBD) is something new, it has been used by humans since the dawn of civilisation. CBD is a natural constituent of hemp and cannabis, a plant that has been utilised for centuries as medicine. It’s not uncommon for old medicinal practices to be reestablished in cultures, more so now it seems as we turn back to nature for nurture.
CBD itself was only identified in the 1930s and its specific chemical structure was not documented until 1963. Since then research has continued and many scientists now consider CBD to be the single most important cannabinoid ever discovered.
Cannabis is predominantly associated with the cannabinoid THC (Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol) - it’s the one that gets you high. And it’s the one which we do not include in our CBD products. It's the one which is illegal in the UK. However, when we hear of medicinal cannabis, which is prescribed to treat severe pain and nervous disorders, although the THC has medicinal benefits it’s the non-psychoactive cannabinoid CBD that’s working its magic across a wide range of issues.
CBD is overwhelmingly responsible for most of the health and wellness benefits of the cannabis plant. And new benefits are being discovered all the time.
As yet, pharmaceutical laboratories have been unable to synthesise CBD, which is why you’ll only find it through health food stores and dedicated producers and sellers like ourselves.
As we’ve just learned CBD (Cannabinoids) are the chemical compounds in the cannabis plant and are, surprisingly, already present in our bodies, and all mammals for that matter. Cannabinoids come in 2 forms, both of which are very similar, but have completely different origins;
Phytocannabinoids - are the cannabinoids from the cannabis plant
Endocannabindoids - which are naturally produced in our bodies
Both Phytocannabinoids and Endocannabinoids respond to the CB1 and CB2 receptors that reside in our brains, central and peripheral nervous systems and organs and tissues. So why take CBD when we are already producing Endocannabinoids? Most mammals are deficient in CBD. It's a condition called clinical endocannabinoid deficiency (CECD). When Phytocannabinoids enter your system they immitate many actions of the Endocannabinoid system (enhancing their action) and they also activate the CB1 and CB2 receptors. So the Phytocannabinoids act as an Endocannabinoid supplement.
Once the CB1 and CB2 receptors are activated, our system balances out to create homeostasis - internal stability and health.
For example, if our adrenal gland is producing too much Adrenalin, making us feel anxious or stressed, the CBD ingested finds the associated ECS receptor and asks the endocrine (hormone producing) system so reduce adrenalin production. Any aspect of your health that may have come out of balance due to physical or emotional stresses, will trigger an immediate response from your ECS to modify your physiology in an attempt to restore homeostasis.
To put a complex system simply, they mediate communication between cells, and when there is a deficiency or problem with our endocannabinoid system, unpleasant symptoms and physical complications can occur. When CBD is consumed, cannabinoids bind to receptor sites throughout our brain and body. Different cannabinoids have different effects depending on which receptors they bind to. This concept is the cornerstone of CBD therapy.
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The Tonic CBD products contain all the cannabinoids available from the cannabis plant, which makes them full spectrum. The Tonic provides an all-natural CBD oil supplement that allows the cannabinoids to work together to achieve the entourage effect.
This entourage effect results when hundreds of natural components within a plant interact together, and with the human body, to produce a stronger influence than any one of those components used alone. It's a synergistic effect. When we combine multiple compounds in their natural state, we don't end up with the sum of the parts; we get a multiplying effect instead. The different compounds can amplify each other ís effects, making the overall plant more effective in maintaining balance in the Endocannabinoid system.