What is Cannabidiol (CBD)?

CBD and the Endocannabinoid System

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What is Cannabidiol (CBD)?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a part of a class of chemical compounds called cannabinoids. These compounds as well as others, such as terpenes, are what give hemp and cannabis plants their therapeutic properties.


Cannabinoids like CBD can help promote healthy sleep cycles, support balanced moods, help manage stress, and promote a healthy inflammatory response, among other things.


Recent research has shown that these compounds interact with a physiological system in our bodies known as the Endocannabinoid System, or ECS, for short. The main goal of the ECS is to create homeostasis or balance in the body. The ECS is currently understood in a very simplistic way. Research has shown that there are 4 known main components of the ECS. There are the cannabinoid receptors that act like “locks”, the cannabinoid ligands that act like “keys” that fit into these locks, the enzymes that make up our endocannabinoids (cannabinoids that your body makes on its own), and the enzymes that break them down. For a more detailed explanation of the ECS and examples of endocannabinoids scroll down to the ECS graphic below.

What is the Endocannabinoid System?

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Common Questions

Find your individual sweet spot.

The effects of CBD are very individualized. Starting low and working your way up is the best way to start. Adjust your usage depending on how you feel. A normal CBD serving can range anywhere from 15-150mg, depending on your own biochemical makeup and sensitivity to herbal supplements. As always, when starting any herbal supplement or medication, consult your physician for optimal usage.

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