So what does CBD actually DO?
Ha. good question.
You’ve probably heard that CBD helps just about everything. From stress, to aches, to sleep, to your kids SAT’s. Sounds like a cure-all, right?
You might have thought, “but how can one nutrient help fix just about everything? Sounds kinda sketch….”
Well, we are going to break down and hopefully eliminate the confusion about what CBD does and how it works.
Can CBD help all those issues? YES, but not directly.
You see, there’s a system in your body called the ENDOCANNABINOID (en-doh-kuh-nab-uh-noid) SYSTEM, let’s call it the ECS for short, this system is what actually affects the responses that we mentioned before.
Let’s break it down.
Your body, YOU, your life is result of processes that are happening in your body 24/7, 365. And the way these processes function effectively, in large part, is being driven by this system in your body, the ECS.
Think of all the systems in your body, ie, digestive system, nervous system, cardiovascular system, etc… as an orchestra, and think of your ECS as the conductor.
In an orchestra, a good conductor makes the orchestra work harmoniously, same with your ECS. It makes sure each of your systems are not playing too loud (overreacting), or playing too soft, (underreacting), or playing too long (excess or chronic response).
The ECS provides your body balance, harmony, or as the science geeks call it, homeostasis. You need a strong, confident, healthy conductor to make your orchestra play magnificent music.
Let’s say your ECS is weak or impaired, when it messages the nervous system to do its job, either creating sympathetic (fight or flight) or parasympathetic (chilling or calming) responses, the message won’t be received very well. So if was telling the nervous system to calm down, unwind, chillout…”it’s time to go to bed”, it won’t hear it, it’ll just stay in that active, mind all-over-the-place, wound up state…so you won’t be able to sleep well.
If you can’t sleep, you won’t be able to recover, which will keep you highly inflamed, which destroys your immune system, which now makes you at risk of infections, viruses, bacteria, etc.. Not to mention, you have no energy which makes a lotta people feel “blah” about their day (and life!), and causes crappy workouts, less “carpe diem”, and overall a bad mood and mental state.
Moral of the story is….you need a healthy endocannabinoid system to allow for the systems in your body to work optimally.
You: “Okay…. super fascinating…. BUT how does CBD fit into the picture?”
Let’s look at a word you can find in ENDOCANNABINOID. What word do you find in that mouthful?
Correct! CANNABINOID. (ENDO means “within”, so it’s the cannabinoid “within” your body)
CBD is a type of CANNABINOID.
CBD stands for Cannabidiol. (canna-bah-die-ol)
Your endocannabinoid system is fueled by cannabinoids, just like CBD.
Your body makes its own cannabinoids that support + maintain your ECS. They are called 2-AG and Ananamide. We’ll talk about them another time.
You also feed more cannabinoids into your body through your diet. You can find cannabinoids all throughout the plant kingdom such as carrots, ginsing, broccoli, pepper, and especially in abundance in cannabis. These are called phyto (plant) cannabinoids. CBD is one of them.
The issue Americans face, is that we as a population, we are not consuming the adequate amount of plants and therefore we can be what we call “cannabinoid-deficient.”
Enter cannabis. Specifically hemp.
You see, the cannabis plant family has two plants: marijuana and hemp. Mariana is mainly grown for the cannabinoid THC, and hemp, is mainly grown for its rich-abundance of the cannabinoid, CBD.
THC is useful, but its main use is for its psychoactive effects aka, it gets you high. CBD on the other hand is completely the opposite, it activates the health and wellness systems of the body and has NO psychoactive effects. Fun fact: If someone was too “high”, you would give them CBD, because it brings them back “down” and into balance.
PRōZE products are made from organically-sourced hemp that is rich in CBD and all of the other great components that the hemp plant carries, other cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, phytonutrients, etc, but we won’t get into that now.
Point is: Supplemental CBD like PRōZE helps your ECS be in tip, top shape to help harmonize all the systems in your body, and when the systems in your body are working efficiently, you will feel less aches, stress won’t affect you in the same way, you will have an easier time getting into rest, etc…
Life is just better with CBD.
SO hopefully this blog has helped you understand CBD, how it works, and how it helps! We are super passionate about this and therefore have crafted each product with CBD to ultimately help folks live out their passions, their dreams, their life.
Ultimately people aren’t buying CBD, because they like CBD…they are buying CBD because they are looking for an end-result. a benefit.
And they may not even know, that truly what they are looking for is to live organically fierce.
And we are here to help folks do just that… with you!