What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occuring compound found in the flower of the cannabis plant. It is one of many phytocannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. CBD is closely related to another phytocannabinoid, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound that causes the high that cannabis has become widely known for. Both CBD and THC are cannabinoids that have significant therapeutic properties however, unlike THC, CBD does not cause a person to feel "stoned" or intoxicated. The therapeutic properties of CBD are being tested and confirmed by scientists and doctors around the world. These tests are showing that CBD can provide relief for chronic pain, anxiety, inflammation, depression and many other conditions. Research has shown that it can also be helpful as a treatment for autoimmune diseases, neurological conditions, metabolic syndrome, neuropsychiatric illness, gut disorders, cardiovascular dysfunction, and skin diseases.
Structurally, cannabinoids resemble endocannabinoids, compounds our bodies produce naturally to balance and control communication between cells as well as promote cellular health. The primary function of the endocannabinoid system is to maintain homeostasis. It allows cells to communicate with other cells, their external environment and facilitates healthy cellular function. Cannabinoids have been shown to bond to a number of different receptor sites in the brain and body, having different effects depending on which receptor they bond. The most well known receptors are the CB1 and CB2 receptors, which are the primary receptors of the endocannabinoid system. CB1 receptors are concentrated in the brain and central nervous system, while CB2 receptors are concentrated in the peripheral immune system.
As it relates to massage therapy, CBD can be used on a topical level to reduce pain and inflammation as well as decrease anxiety.
If you are interested in learning more, www.projectcbd.org is an excellent resource for current research and findings on the use and benefits of CBD.
Sources: www.projectcbd.org, Mary's Nutritionals