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CBD and the master control system

March 24, 2019

CBD is the hot product in supplements these days, but we can’t really talk about CBD without talking about our body’s own endocannabinoid system. Our bodies produce endogenous cannabinoids, or endocannabinoids, and we have endocannabinoid receptors all throughout our body.

Many natural health practitioners refer to our endocannabinoid system as our master control system. That name makes a lot of sense being that our endocannabinoid system seems to have a lot of influence on so many other systems of the body. From inflammation response to mood support and beyond, there is a good chance that the endocannabinoid system plays a role.

Plant derived cannabinoids, or phytocannabinoids, can be found in foods like chocolate and citrus fruits and even herbs like echinacea in small amounts. So you have probably already been supplemented with phytocannabinoids in a roundabout way. The most common and plentiful source of these compounds in the nutritional supplement world is hemp. Industrial hemp is bred to have only trace amounts of the psychoactive cannabinoid THC, making room for an abundance of cannabidiol, also known as CBD, and other non-psychoactive, but beneficial cannabinoids and terpenes.

I suggest full-spectrum hemp extract that has been standardized to CBD. Full-spectrum CBD products contain many of the other beneficial cannabinoids and terpenes found in hemp, but should guarantee a specific amount of CBD per dose. Research is showing full-spectrum CBD to be better absorbed than its isolated version. The CBD in a raw hemp extract is about half active CBD and half of its inactive form, CBDA. Though data on inactive CBDA is showing its own promising benefits. Many prefer a CBD product that has been fully activated by a natural process called decarboxylation.

There is no set-in-stone dose for CBD, so start low and work up as you need to. Our dose is largely dependent on how many receptors that we have and how active they are, so more isn’t always better. Look for products that guarantee a specific milligram of CBD per dose, so you will know exactly how much you are getting. Common doses can range anywhere from 1 mg per day up to 15 mg two to three times a day.

In my next column I will be sharing some tips on what to look for when shopping for a hemp-based CBD product.

Travis Lemon is a certified herbalist and co-owner of Tulsi at The Market in Huntington. He has worked in the natural health and wellness industry for over 14 years. He can be contacted at travislemonmh@gmail.com.