Cannabis is everywhere these days. Chances are you’ve been exposed to it at least once in your life so far. Most commonly, cannabis is enjoyed recreationally with friends or – heaven forbid – it is used for medical purposes when suffering with a health concern.
What if I told you were seeing it all wrong? Perhaps not “wrong” – but rather: “small-mindedly”.
What’s the Deal?
Cannabis, and in particular one of the compounds in the plant: CBD (otherwise known as “cannabidiol” for those science-y folks), deserves a place in your wellness pantry regardless of if you’re looking to “heal” anything. Just like you can take vitamin C to boost your immune system, or fish oils (or a plant-based omega-3) for your nervous system, you should seriously consider adding CBD to boost your endocannabinoid system.
It’s true, we all have an endocannabinoid system. The system’s main task is actually regulating all of our other internal systems. This includes: the immune system, nervous system, and even the endocrine system which regulates our hormones (hello stress modulation!).
So why have we never heard of this epic sounding system before? Well, it was only discovered in the 1990’s, hence why you never learned about it in school – none of us did.
The good news is, science is beginning to catch up.
Cannabis and Your Body
Our bodies are literally wired for cannabis. We naturally make endocannabinoids, and if/when we become deficient, we can take phytocannabinoids that are naturally found in…you guessed it – cannabis!
How do you know if you’re deficient, or if you could benefit from taking the CBD phytocannabinoid in particular?
Well, in today’s high-stress ‘go-go-go’ world, chances are you could use a little more balance in your life. That is where CBD comes in; it literally allows your body return to a state of balance by helping its internal systems communicate more effectively with one another. Specifically the process is called “homeostasis”. CBD also just so happens to be anti-inflammatory – and since the root cause of disease is usually inflammation, it’s an extremely valuable longevity and preventative tool to have on hand for ongoing, optimal health.
CBD vs. THC
Now you’ve probably clocked on to the fact that I haven’t mentioned “smoking” or “getting high” at all in this post, and that’s because it’s definitely not necessary (nor recommended) – at least from my “wellness” perspective.
See, CBD contains ZERO psychoactive effect; taking it will NOT have you feeling intoxicated to any degree. The “pot” or “weed” you may have otherwise been thinking of contains another phytocannabinoid, known as THC, which can cause that “high”.
While THC does have it’s healing benefits and may serve a place in your medical cannabis regime, CBD is a supplement you can take to bring your body back into a state of balance, helping with everything from sleep to anxiety to IBS – all without the “high”.
It’s been proven as entirely safe, you literally can’t “overdose” on it – so why not give it a try?
Want to learn more about the wellness benefits of CBD? Join Kiki’s workshop happening in Kensington Market on November 8th, 2018 @ 7pm – details and tickets here.