If you’ve been researching CBD, you’ve undoubtedly heard these buzz words regarding how CBD works with your body. But what do they actually mean? Here’s your CBD Buzz Word Dictionary.
Cannabinoids – Any molecule that can interact with the cannabinoid receptors in the human body. Cannabinoids are chemical compounds found in the cannabis family of plants and produced by the human body, that interact with our body’s receptors.
Endocannabinoids – Cannabinoids produced by your body, and are produced by all mammals.
Phyto-cannabinoids – Cannabinoids produced by plants. These mimic the action of endocannabinoids, and stimulate your Endocannabinoid system, because your body takes them up the same as naturally-occurring endocannabinoids.
Endocannabinoid System – Your body’s internal system of receptors that help you self-regulate responses to triggers like pain, anxiety, stress, and also maintains general homeostasis in the body. This system uniquely ties together and affects multiple dimensions of your body, including your immune system, brain and endocrine system.
Research so far has found associations between the Endocannabinoid System and these body functions and processes:
- immune system responses
- cardiovascular system function
- muscle formation
- bone remodeling and growth
- liver function
- chronic pain
- reproductive system function
- learning and memory
- motor control
- appetite and digestion
- skin and nerve function
Cannabinoid Receptors – Naturally occurring receptors throughout your body that permit your Endocannabinoid system to take up cannabinoids. Cannabinoid receptors are a class of cell membrane receptors in the G protein-coupled receptor superfamily. G proteins regulate metabolic enzymes, ion channels and transporter proteins, which regulate diverse systemic functions. There are two main endocannabinoid receptors – CB1 Receptors and CB2 Receptors – and endocannabinoids can bind to either receptor. The resulting effects depend on where the receptor is located and which endocannabinoid it binds to.
Bioavailability – The rate and speed at which a substance is absorbed by your body. Actual absorption is unique to your body and may be influenced by your weight and other lifestyle factors.
Full Spectrum – CBD that contains the full profile of the terpenes, cannabinoids, flavonoids, and fatty acids found in hemp, all of which have therapeutic value of their own, and work together to create the entourage effect. Full-spectrum CBD can give you every potential benefit the plant has to offer.
Entourage Effect – Research suggests that CBD’s therapeutic effects in the body are stronger when combined with other cannabinoid compounds, including terpenes and minor cannabinoids (such as CBG, CBDa or CBDN).
Isolate – CBD that has been further processed to remove all other cannabinoids, leaving only pure CBD.