Cannabidiol (CBD), is a phytocannabinoid found in argictural hemp. It has been recognized for it’s benefits in human and animal health. CBD is non-phychoactive (i.e. it does not result in feelings of euphoria) and has been found to have a remarkable safety profile. Endocannabinoid System When scientists set out to study the effects that cannabis has on the brain, they made an exciting discovery. They discovered a system within the human body that had previously been relatively unknown. It became known as the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). At its most basic, the endocannabinoid system is a communications system in the brain and other parts of our body. It has an impact on how one moves, feels, and reacts. It also reacts in response to the presence of cannabinoid compounds like CBD. What makes the system an “endo”-cannabinoid system is that our bodies naturally produce neurotransmitters that are similar to CBD and other cannabinoids. Compounds we get from cannabis hemp are called “phyto”- cannabinoids, as they come from a plant source. A comparable analogy is how our bodies produce endorphins that are chemically similar to opiates but are much weaker. Similarly, the general consensus is that although our body creates its own endocannabinoids, it’s not as strong as phytocannabinoids. Thus, when we use cannabis hemp, we’re creating a stronger response to something our bodies are naturally creating. This is why phytocannabinoids such as CBD is considered to have such promising medical benefits!