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How Hemp Paste Works

CBD, also known as cannabidiol is a compound found in cannabis plants that have been studied and scienticically proven to have various medicinal benefits, without the psychoactive effects of "getting high".  Like it's fellow compound, THC (tetrahydrocannabidiol), CBD is one of over 80 different compounds found within the resin of the cannabis plant.

Once the cannabinoids are injested, they find their way to cells in our body called "cannabinoid receptors".  These receptors can be found in almost every organ throughout the body, especially in the nervous system.

However, certain receptors are more abundant in specific regions.  CBD1 receptors are plentiful in the central nervous system while CBD2 receptors are mostly found in immune cells, the gastrointestinal tract and the peripheral nervous system.  These receptors make up the "endocannabinoid system, with "endo" meaning "inside" and "cannabinoid" refers to the interaction with the receptors.

The variety of receptor locations indicates how intricately important endocannabinoids are for our daily activity and bodily function.  They assist in helping to regulate the following:

  • Appetite, Hunger & Digestion
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Fertility/Reproduction
  • Fibromyalgia
  • IBD & IBS
  • Immune Function
  • Inflammation
  • Memory
  • Mood
  • Motor Control
  • Nerve Function
  • Pain
  • Pleasure/Reward
  • Seizures
  • Sleep
  • and more

Endocannabinoids are the chemical amalgam or messengers that serves to transmit signals to alert the body to begin and halt various tasks.  They are the key to maintaining optimal balance throughout the body, also called homeostasis.

When the endocannabinoid system is out of balance, a wide variety of conditions and illnesses may occur.  The endocannabinoid system theory of disease is called "clinical endocannabinoid deficiency".  The hypothesis is straight-forward: When the body does not produce enough cannabinoids or is unable to regulate them efficiently, the body is more inclined toward dis-ease or illness that may affect one or more of the functions listed.

Our bodies create endocannabinoids with the assistance of fatty-acids.  Omega-3 fatty acids are very important for endocannabinoid health.  Recent research using animal models has found a distinct connection between diets low in Omega-3's and mood changes caused by poor endocannabinoid regulation.

There are many who scoff at the herb's capability of healing so many different and apparently uncorrelated conditions.  Science has proven that these conditions are all regulated, in part, by the endocannabinoid system.  It's what makes the medicinal properties of cannabis vital to so many.


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