Why does my body need hemp?
Our bodies support a complex network of receptors. This system, only recently discovered by scientists in 1992, is called the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and interacts directly with the compounds found in cannabis. The ECS is responsible for re-balancing essential systems in your body to control pain, mood, inflammation, energy, wellness, and illness – essential functions for human health.
Now, imagine a complex series of musical notes inside your body. With a full spectrum hemp product, those notes are the bodies’ internal receptors that are struck by the phytocannabinoids found in the cannabis plant (or hemp). Rather than hitting one note with an isolated single compound phytocannabinoid; using a full-spectrum product to preserve the plants chemical diversity, the phytocannabinoids, terpenes (the compounds that give cannabis its smell, think aromatherapy) and flavonoids kick off an entire symphony within your ECS.
The phytocannabinoids along with all of the other compounds in hemp enhance your bodies’ endocannabinoid system by restoring balance in the face of illness and injury.
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1. Cannabidiol, or CBD, is defined as a common non-intoxicating compound produced by cannabis, with a wide range of medical applications. CBD is the second most commonly produced compound in cannabis varieties bred for their medicinal use, and the most common in varieties bred for agriculture (commonly known as hemp). It is of interest to many people for its medicinal value, especially its anti-epileptic, anti-anxiety, and anti-inflammatory effects.
Cannabidiol. (n.d.). https://www.projectcbd.org/cannabis-terms/cannabidiol
2. Cannabis, also known as weed, ganja and marijuana, is a common plant that has been utilized for food, fuel, fiber, and medicine for the last 12,000 years. The scientific name, cannabis sativa L., refers to the botanist, Carl Linneaus, who first identified cannabis in 1753.
Cannabis (n.d.). https://www.projectcbd.org/cannabis-terms/cannabis