What is CBD?
CBD (cannabidiol) is the cannabinoid in the cannabis plant that holds the majority of the medical benefits. This cannabinoid can be used without the user feeling the commonly known “high” effect, which is caused by the cannabinoid called Tetrahydrocannabidiol (THC). CBD can be extracted from both the marijuana and hemp plant. Our pure CBD products are both non-psychoactive and lab tested THC free - making them safe to treat pets & children. Quartz Trading Co. uses American grown industrial hemp certified organic by the USDA and is in compliance with the Industrial Hemp Farming Act (IHFA).
Research is slowly confirming CBD’s future as a treatment for an abundant range of conditions including: anxiety, arthritis, autism, diabetes, drug & alcohol recovery, Chron’s Disease, MS, chronic pain, schizophrenia, PTSD, Parkinson’s disease, depression, antibiotic-resistant infections, epilepsy, and other neurological disorders.
What do Cannabinoids do?
We all know that the goal of any medical dream is positive homeostasis. What is homeostasis you ask? Homeostasis is the tendency of organisms to regulate and maintain a stable state and optical functioning of the body despite the fluctuations in the environment. Cannabinoids have been found to promote homeostasis through their presence in the intersection of the body’s various systems and ability to interact with our cells. This allows for communication and coordination between different receptors and cell types that alter the release of chemicals in the brain.
Therefore, cannabinoids are like the traveling nurses of the body aiding the systems that are in need! If there is injured tissue, cannabinoids can be found stabilizing and calming cells to prevent inflammation from occurring or spreading and minimizing damage and pain.
How does CBD affect your body?
Believe it or not, your body already makes its own cannabinoids! We have what is called an endocannabinoid system that is producing these cannabinoids and also able to absorb additional cannabinoid receptors. These are located throughout our body: in our brain, organs, glands, and immune system. Researchers have identified two cannabinoid receptors known as CB1 and CB2 receptors.
CB1 receptors are throughout your entire body; the bulk of them being inside the brain.
The CB1 receptors in the brain deal with coordination and movement, pain, emotions and mood, thinking, appetite, and memories, among others. THC attaches to these receptors also.
CB2 receptors are more common in the immune system. They affect inflammation and pain.
It used to be thought that CBD acts on these CB2 receptors, but it appears now that CBD does not act on either receptor directly. Instead, it seems to influence the body to use more of its own cannabinoids.