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Full Spectrum Hemp Oil, CBD and the Endocannabinoid System

Time to learn more about how Hemp derived CBD oil acts on the body to provide you with many health benefits. Find out what the Endocannabinoid system is and how it can help you not only survive but thrive in your busy world and during the Holiday Season!

What is the Endocannabinoid System (ECS)? “The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a group of endogenous cannabinoid receptors located in the mammalian brain and throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems, consisting of neuromodulatory lipids and their receptors.” Wikipedia There are two main types of receptors in the ECS, CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are primarily located in the central nervous system and brains of mammals, and CB2 are generally found in the peripheral nervous system. There are two main cannabinoids mammals produce- 2AG and Anandamide (named after the Sanskrit term “Ananda,” which translates to “peace”). For hundreds of millions of years every vertebrate on Earth has been equipped with this ECS, a crucial system in the body, and it has been known about in the scientific and medical communities since the 1980’s.

What is CBD and How Does it Work? Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is one of over 60+ naturally occurring cannabinoid compounds found in Cannabis, an annual herbaceous flowering plant. CBD primarily interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system, a grouping of millions of cannabinoid receptors found throughout your body, but are primarily clustered in the brain and central nervous system. Amazingly, almost every organ of your body, including your skin and digestive tract, contains cannabinoid receptors. The endocannabinoid system has four primary purposes including neuroprotection, stress relief, immune response, and regulating the body’s general state of balance, impacting faculties such as appetite, sleep, mood, and pain. CBD oil is derived from an organic substance formed in the plant’s secretions. Both marijuana and hemp are forms of cannabis. However, cannabis does not mean marijuana. Cannabis is the genus name and general umbrella term, under which all forms of marijuana and hemp fall. Until recently, delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, was the most well-known and studied cannabinoid due to its abundance in marijuana. As the second most prevalent cannabinoid in marijuana and the top non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in hemp, CBD has been gaining momentum in the scientific community and media. Unlike THC, CBD does not cause any feeling of “high,” which contributes to its legalization across the United States. CBD oil is different from hemp seed oil and organic hemp oil, as these are derived from hemp seeds (not the resin) and do not contain cannabidiol.

Full Spectrum Hemp Oil – How can it help? Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the most important healing substances in the hemp plant, along with Terpenes and Volatile oils which all have a strong anti-inflammatory effect without a psychotropic (narcotic) effect. CBD hemp oil provides relief and support for many ailments.  It is a powerful anti-epileptic, antidepressant and anxiety reducer and sleep aid for insomnia, and restlessness. Plus powerfully anti-inflammatory and a muscle relaxant and sedative for body aches and pains to more severe migraines and headaches and Parkinson's support. CBD is also a digestive soother including anti-nauseate. 

It can be tough to know which products provide the highest quality and care... That's why we are are proud to partner with Good Life Botanicals and BlueBird Botanicals to provide you with organic whole-plant hemp extracts sustainably grown by Colorado farmers and backed by rigorous testing and research while using sustainable growing practices.  All of our partner's Colorado hemp extracts contain over 80 different phyto-cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD), CBC, CBG, CBN, etc.. In addition to the cannabinoids naturally present in the agricultural hemp extracts, there are also many other types of natural molecules and phytochemical compounds such as amino acids, carbohydrates, vitamins (including B1, B2, B6, D), fatty acids (including omega 3 & 6), trace minerals (including iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, potassium), beta-carotene, chlorophyll, flavonoids, ketones, nitrogenous compounds, alkanes, glycosides, pigments, water, and terpenes. The most common terpenes in the hemp extracts are Myrcene, Beta-caryophyllene, Terpinolene, Linalool, alpha-Pinene, beta-Pinene, Nerolidol og Phytol, trans-alpha-Bergamotene, Limonene/ beta-Phellandrene (Co-elution), and alpha-Humulene. Bluebird Botanicals is one of the world's finest industry leaders of oral hemp & CBD extracts based out of Colorado. Listen to Blue Bird Botanicals Greener Grass weekly Podcast discussing hemp and health and all things green with featured guests including experts, scientists, herbalist and pioneers in the growing hemp industry.  Bluebird provides cannabis oil drops of extracted industrial hemp that is abundant in naturally occurring cannabinoids, terpenes, vitamins, omega fatty acids, trace minerals and other beneficial components, emulsified in organic hemp seed oil.

Good Life Botanicals specializes in using organic, wild-crafted herbs to create natural skin care, health and pain remedies.  Melt pain away reduce inflammation and promote healing with Good Life Botanicals MG Butter, Hemp Extract Relief Oils and Salves.  Listen to the founder of Good Life Botanicals, Stacey Donaldson, L.Ac. discuss the benefits of CBD oil and the many ways it can be used for better health and wellbeing. 

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