By Dr. Bob McCauley
The endocannabinoid system is a group of neuromodulatory lipids and their receptors in the brain that are involved in a variety of physiological processes including appetite, pain-sensation, mood, and memory; it mediates the psychoactive effects of cannabis.
Chemically Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of 85 chemical substances known as cannabinoids, which are all found in the cannabis plant. CBD is the second most abundant compound in hemp, typically representing up to 40% of its extracts.
Do not confuse Hemp with Cannabis. Hemp is a commonly used term for high-growing varieties of the Cannabis plant and its products, which include fiber, oil, and seed. Hemp is refined into products such as hemp seed foods, hemp oil, wax, resin, rope, cloth, pulp, paper, and fuel. Cannabis has also long been used for hemp fibre, for seed and seed oils, for medicinal purposes, and as a recreational drug. But it is higher in THC, the substance that makes a person “high”. Hemp has little THC and a lot of CBD, and Cannabis has a lot of THC and little CBD.
Although nothing conclusive has Research in to CBD is on-going in the following areas:
- Pain Relief