Yeeha! So, you’re interested in learning more about CBD?
It can be confusing, right? You’ve probably heard about CBD all over the news and seen people raving about it online. But what the heck is it and will it work for you?
Hi, Tim Skwiat here. My clients call me “Professor Tim” because I’m a health practitioner who has earned a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology, Sports Science and Nutrition. I’m also CSCS and Pn2 certified, and over 2 million men and women, from around the world, read my weekly health-tips newsletter and view my “watch dog” nutrition breakthrough videos online.
As an anti-aging specialist and preventive health-care practitioner, one of the most frequent CBD questions I get is…
What does CBD do to my body?
And what a profound, important question it is. So, let’s dive in…
But before we get too thick in the weeds, let’s talk about what CBD is and where it comes from. I mean, all the media hype notwithstanding, you might still be needing a little more information on this powerful health compound that comes from a 10,000-year-old plant.
CBD is short for Cannabidiol, and it is the most prevalent active phytocannabinoid in the hemp plant. This compound occurs naturally in hemp, and due to recent discoveries unveiling its powerful potential, the use of hemp-derived CBD extracts has exploded.
Before going any further, let’s clear the air on something that seems to lead to a lot of unnecessary confusion: No, CBD does not get you high, as it is not psychoactive.
And you don’t have to look very far or hard to discover the why so many men and women across the world are avid users of hemp-derived CBD.
The truth is, in all my years as a health-care practitioner, working with thousands of clients ages 8 to 88, I’ve never seen a breakthrough quite like CBD. (And truth be told, I think we’re just on the brink of understanding the vast healing potential of the hemp plant, which has quite a bit more to offer than just CBD.)
So many people have been helped in a short amount of time.
What many people don’t know is why CBD works so well for people. You see, hemp holds a treasure trove of phytonutrients -- from phytocannabinoids to terpenes to flavonoids, over 100 have been discovered, and there’s certain to be even more — what does CBD do in your body?
Here’s a quick backstory on CBD that shows why everyone is now buzzing so much about this herbal remedy. In the 1990s, a team of medical researchers at St. Louis University uncovered a hidden signaling network in the human brain and throughout the body.
This network is called the Endocannabinoid System, or ECS for short.
This formerly unknown system reaches all parts of your body, kind of like how cell towers connect cell phones from all over the country. Simply put, the primary role of your ECS is to regulate pleasure, energy, mental well-being, pain, immunity, and inflammation.
Wherever your body is agitated, your ECS network works to get it back in balance.
Now, here is the amazing part of this discovery: your body produces its own version of cannabinoids like CBD that stimulate the ECS network to keep you in balance.
Here’s something even more fascinating: for millennia, our bodies also had a regular supply of CBD and the other phytocannabinoids in hemp. You see, hemp used to be both a part of ancient cuisine, and it was used as fodder to feed animals, like chickens and cows.
The BIG problem is today’s society.
We live crazy-busy lives that use up our body’s limited supply of internal CBD, leaving us deficient like a car without gasoline. Even more, we don’t eat the right foods to naturally nourish our ECS and fill up our internal CBD tanks. Of course, we don’t include any hemp or CBD in our diet or that of our livestock.
And that’s when things don’t seem to work right anymore…
This is where CBD comes into play, as research has revealed that consuming CBD from hemp helps to support the health and function of the body-balancing ECS, which can get depleted from the hustle and bustle of life. That’s right, CBD and the other cannabinoids from hemp are basically fuel for the ECS, which you can think of as the symphony conductor for ALL the body’s systems.
Bear with me as we take a little deeper dive.
You see, CBD and the other cannabinoids from hemp act like keys that fit into ECS-specific locks called CB1 and CB2 receptors, which are found in every part of your body including the brain, immune system, cardiovascular system, endocrine glands, and reproductive organs. Unlocking these receptors means providing support for all the body-balancing effects that the ECS offers.
That's why many health-care practitioners are turning to CBD to help support a balanced ECS, which has wide-ranging effects on the body.
Pretty amazing: this ancient botanical extract was designed to work with your body!
Why not try CBD for yourself to see how YOUR body responds to an ancient botanical that Mother Nature designed to work in harmony with your body?
Simply put, CBD naturally works with the body to help balance the ECS, arguably the body’s most important system. In fact, CBD and the other cannabinoids from this ancient botanical known as hemp were designed to work with the ECS, which was actually named after these very compounds. Long story short, CBD (and its hemp-derived phytochemical partners) provide nutritional support that promotes a balanced ECS, which has wide-ranging effects in the body.
It’s no wonder so many people have jumped on the CBD train… all aboard!
MEd., CSCS, Pn2.