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CBD: What is it and how can it help?


Did you know you could target localized pain without the use of over-the-counter pills or creams filled with chemicals you can't pronounce? Well, you can in the form of a CBD balm. CBD has been making headlines for a while now and researchers continue to learn more and more about the compound.

First things first, CBD stands for cannabidiol and is derived from the Cannabis Sativa L. plant. Cannabis contains over 80 phytocannabinoids which are compounds that naturally occur in the plant. Finding out more about these phytocannabinoids is one of the many reasons why institutions, like the Food and Drug Administration, are supporting scientifically-based research on CBD. Studies have shown CBD is one of the many compounds that interacts organically with your body’s endocannabinoid system without making you feel…you know, high. More on that to come.


You may be more familiar with CBD’s cousin, Tetrahydrocannabinol a.k.a THC, the phytocannabinoid in cannabis that makes someone ‘high.’ Rest assured, federally legal CBD contains less than 0.3% THC. While CBD can be absorbed in multiple ways, like eating or vaping, the topical or CBD balm application, like those created by Co-pothecary, is most effective for targeted pain relief. When CBD is applied to the skin, it binds to receptors your body naturally produces and, according to HealthTechZone.com, "...help to alleviate both pain and inflammation." But what are these receptors?


Did you know your body comes with a built-in cannabinoid system called the endocannabinoid system? The endocannabinoid system is involved with regulating an assortment of physical and mental processes including but not limited to appetite, pain sensation, mood, and memory. How does it do this? Receptors. There are receptors all over your body labeled CB1 and CB2. Some are internal and others are closer to the surface of your skin. The phytocannabinoids, mentioned above, activate these cannabinoid receptors, creating anti-inflammatory effects. Now, they didn’t teach you that in science class while going over your nervous or respiratory systems!


Full-spectrum CBD balms with essential oils, like those produced by Co-pothecary, give the receptors in your skin a hug. According to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, "People want safe, natural and inexpensive treatments that stimulate our bodies’ ability to self-heal and help our population improve its quality of life." Well said.

"People want safe, natural and inexpensive treatments that stimulate our bodies’ ability to self-heal and help our population improve its quality of life."

-National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws

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