What is CBD, really? And the Endocannabinoid system?

CBD is a type of cannabinoid. Wait, let’s back up. What are cannabinoids (kuh·na·buh·noydz)? Cannabinoids are a group of naturally occurring compounds that can be found in hemp, other plants, and even the human body. Phytocannabinoids are cannabinoids derived from plants including hemp while endocannabinoids are cannabinoids produced by the human body. The total collection of endocannabinoids and their receptors in the human body is known as the endocannabinoid system or the endocannabinoidome. (The prefix endo- means “from within” while phyto- means “plant”.)

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The endocannabinoid system is crucial in regulating homeostasis for the immune and central nervous system and can be altered through different ailments like neurological diseases. Since phytocannabinoids are similar to endocannabinoids, they can interact with the human endocannabinoid system thereby enabling potential therapeutic benefits for humans.

How did we discover it?

Interestingly, the human endocannabinoid system was only discovered due to initial research into the effects of phytocannabinoids on the human body in the 1990s. Had scientists not investigated the potential role of phytocannabinoids in humans, we might not know of this signaling system today. And indeed, it is not yet taught in most medical schools worldwide. Even more interesting is that the increased use and efficacy of CBD being reported by more and more people is helping to drive the much-needed research in the hemp plant. In 2005, the use of CBD for the treatment of pain and/or spasticity in multiple sclerosis (MS) was first approved: a huge milestone for hemp research.

Why Asha?

We know that nothing good comes easy! That’s why we are dedicated to pushing the scientific field forward to transparently translate its progress into our formulations for optimal efficacy and purity. Humans have co-evolved with hemp for millennia using it for numerous applications, and we couldn’t be more excited for the next phase in understanding our relationship with this amazing plant. Head over to our Shop page to learn more about our Premium Hemp CBD products!

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