HUMAN ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM
Research suggests that regular doses of naturally occurring CBD may help relieve pain, speed recovery, reduce stress and regulate sleep.
Having only been discovered in recent decades, the endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a biological system composed of endocannabinoids (endo meaning they occur naturally in the body), or neurotransmitters, that bind to cannabinoid receptors present throughout the body. The main function of the ECS is to maintain bodily homeostasis, a state of internal balance and physical wellbeing.
Research has shown that the ECS is involved in a wide variety of processes including pain, memory, mood, appetite, stress, sleep, metabolism, immune and reproductive functions. Science has proven that endocannabinoids support the body’s inflammatory response by targeting CB1 receptors in the central nervous system and CB2 receptors found in the peripheral nervous systems, especially immune cells.
It has also been found that natural cannabinoids from Hemp and other plants help support the ECS and enhance its signaling. CBD is believed to augment the action of endocannabinoids thus supporting their effect on the body. This suggests that regular doses of naturally occurring cannabinoids might act as a tonic to our most central healing system.
Common Hemp CBD Health Benefits
Muscle and Joint Support
CBD has been found to modulate the levels of cytokines and chemokines—key mediators of the inflammatory response. In addition, CBD and other phytocannabinoids interact with vanilloid type-1 receptors (TRPV1), also called the capsaicin receptor, which is responsible for sensations of pain, heat and inflammation.
It is well-known that high stress can lead to problems with relaxation, sleep induction and sleep maintenance which all impact how easy it is to fall and stay asleep. In recent clinical evaluations, a majority of individuals with self-reported anxiety and poor sleep were found to have improved sleep scores after consuming CBD.
Anxiety and Stress Relief
Emerging evidence continues to explain the anxiolytic (anxiety reducing) effects of CBD, even though all of the details are yet to be defined. Preliminary research demonstrates that elevated doses of CBD can impact cortisol levels—which, when properly moderated, can help you deal more calmly with stressful situations.
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Hemp CBD for Athletic Performance
We push ourselves both physically and mentally in sport, training and strenuous activity, which can lead to exhaustion, soreness and even pain. As an inflammation modulator, Hemp CBD has the potential to hasten muscle recovery and can help provide relief from occasional aches and pains which limit athletic performance.
Another essential component to physical fitness is sleep—it aids in both muscle and energy recovery. Hemp CBD has the potential to support sleep regularity by modulating cortisol levels that can heighten stress when not properly balanced. In turn, more restful sleep further strengthens the body’s response to stress in a type of CBD virtuous cycle.
Hemp CBD + Botanicals
While Hemp CBD has many physical and mental benefits—and can provide immense amounts of support—it’s not a cure-all for all ailments. At Windward, we combine Hemp with other therapeutic botanicals and adaptogens, which are plants that help the mind and body cope with stress. Our proprietary formulations create a greater effect than CBD alone, and we believe the synergy between plants and their active compounds is what truly enhances the entourage effect when taken in combination.
Learn More in our Botanical Glossary