Learn About CBD

What exactly is CBD?

Cannabidoil (CBD) is a chemical compound from the cannabinoid family that naturally occurs in the cannabis plant. Scientists have isolated over 100 different types of cannabidoids in cannabis.

THC is the best known due to its psychoactive properties; that’s what gives you the “high” sensation. CBD, on the other hand, gives you the therapeutic benefits without feeling the psychoactive effect.

This compound interacts with our body through the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is the system that regulates the body’s natural homeostasis moods, sleep, pain, immune function, amongst many other functions. CBD does not alter the functions of the ECS, but rather it enhances the productiveness of the system; which gives the desired effects.

The endocannabinoid receptors affect many parts of our body:

  • Muscles
  • Skin
  • Gut 
  • Spleen
  • Liver
  • Heart
  • Kidneys
  • Bones
  • Blood vessels
  • Lymph cells
  • Reproductive organs

The Power of CBD

Inside all of us are endocannabinoid receptors. These special parts of our biological system that work within the superhighway of our central nervous system. CB1 and CBD2 receptors throughout the body stimulate the endocannabinoid system, which promotes homeostasis, and then does something awesome: it reduces pain and decreases inflammation. Whatever way you take CBD, the health effects are incredible whether it’s topically for skin and connective tissue problems, or orally via a gummy or dropper. 

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Cymene

Cymene is a secondary terpene and is found in many essential oils including thyme, cumin, and cannabis. The most common form of cymene is p-cymene, which is a colorless liquid that has a soft, musty scent. In cannabis, strains that contain cymene are usually low in concentration, which allows it to be safe for consumption.

Cymene has a multitude of healing properties, including:

Antimicrobial

Cymene’s antimicrobial properties make it advantageous to help as an immunoprotective. This terpene can help ward off free radicals within the body and help prevent new ones from entering the body.

Antifungal

The terpene has antifungal properties and is enhanced by other terpenes and phyto-compounds that share the same property. This phenomenon is known as the entourage effect. This effect plays a role in other healing properties as well.

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cymene can be found in cumin seeds

Analgesic

P-cymene has anti-inflammatory effects that contribute to reducing pain in the body.

A study published in 2012 explains that cymene notably increased the amount of time it took for mice to react to pain caused by inflammation and heat.

Another study published in 2015 shows similar results, speculating that cymene is able to significantly lower inflammation and pain by modulating the opioid system.

AchE Inhibitor

It can aid in the inhibition of AchE, which means that the neurotransmitter Acetylcholine has a longer duration. When this occurs with low doses, it can help improve memory, attention, and motivation.

Taken in excessive quantities, AchE inhibitors can cause problems, but small amounts are helpful for people who have attention disorders, and those who are nervous, stressed, or struggling with mood.

This terpene works best in low concentrations, keeping true to the small amounts found in cannabis.