We all have a self-regulatory system in our bodies called the endocannabinoid system (ECS), and that system is responsible for homeostasis, or balance, between all bodily functions like pain, sleep, mood, appetite, immunity, and recovery. Researchers believe that the major cause of many ailments, particularly those related to the immune system and inflammation, could be a disorder called clinical endocannabinoid deficiency syndrome.
So how do we feed this critical system within our bodies? With plant-based cannabinoids found in hemp. Hemp and marijuana are different varieties of Cannabis Sativa, a flowering herb indigenous to many parts of the world. Marijuana is cultivated for high levels of THC. In contrast, hemp is cultivated mainly for its fiber and has trace levels of THC and comparatively higher levels of CBD and other cannabinoids that will not make you high. Hemp has been grown and cultivated worldwide for thousands of years for industrial and medical purposes, making useful items like rope, clothing, sails, paper, fuel, building materials, and thousands of other products.
As laws are changing, millions of people around the world are now experiencing all the health benefits associated with consuming cannabinoids found in hemp, like CBD, CBG, and CBN, and this opens many entrepreneurial opportunities in the industry.
Even though it seems like cannabidiol (CBD) is something new, it has been used by humans since the dawn of civilization. CBD is a natural constituent of cannabis, a plant that has been utilized for centuries as medicine. CBD itself was first identified in the 1930s, and its specific chemical structure was not documented until 1963. Many scientists now consider CBD to be the single most important cannabinoid ever discovered. We may hear more about THC (Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol) in the news—it’s the cannabinoid that gets you “high”—yet CBD is the real cannabinoid superstar. CBD is responsible for most of the health and wellness benefits of the cannabis plant without the psych activity of THC. And new benefits are being discovered every day.
Let’s talk about some newer cannabinoids that are making headlines that many people are not yet aware of.
Cannabigerol (CBG), known as the “Mother” Cannabinoid, has several nicknames. It’s been called the “Rolls Royce of cannabis,” the “stem cell cannabinoid,” and even the “mother of all cannabinoids .”While it’s been historically ignored for more popular cannabinoids like CBD and THC, new research has unveiled that it, too, has unique benefits that deserve to be recognized.
CBG products are rare because it’s a compound that’s challenging to extract from the plant.
It appears that CBG’s influence on the endocannabinoid system enhances the expression of serotonin, the “feel-good hormone”. So those that experience “blue moods” like stress, anxiety, etc., may experience a benefit. CBG is also non-intoxicating.
Now let’s talk about sleep. Cannabinol (CBN) has a natural sedative effect that can help promote better sleeping cycles. CBN’s natural sleep-promoting properties combine beautifully with CBD, as the two cannabinoids interact differently with cells’ cannabinoid receptors to naturally encourage better, more rejuvenating sleep through different means. A well-operating endocannabinoid system leads to better, more consistent sleep cycles.
How do we know what products to choose? There is so much on the market now. Quality and quantity matter, which is why you want to consult with someone who is knowledgeable about this industry. Where is the product grown? Is it certified organic? Are certificates of analysis readily available, and is the product tested by independent labs? How much CBD or other cannabinoids like CBG or CBN is in the product, and what is the price per milligram?
Not all products in this category are created equal. You may also need to experiment with how much CBD daily is necessary for your particular situation to get optimal results. The cannabis industry is booming for a good reason. Hemp-derived products such as CBD, CBG, and CBN are nature’s superfoods and are good for you and for the planet. This industry holds many entrepreneurial opportunities, and you, too, can participate.
Valerie Aloisio is the founder of Hemp Lifestyle and a pioneer in bringing education and information about the endocannabinoid system and cannabinoid products to medical and healthcare professionals and the public in the US and abroad. Her business is represented in over 40 countries. She is available for complimentary consultation, educational sessions, and speaking engagements. Connect at 203-521-2396, Valerie@HempLifestyleNetwork.com or HempLifestyle.net.