Wellness encompasses many areas of life. For now, let’s focus just on physical wellness – and how CBD and other natural cannabinoids can help your body maintain a healthy balance.
Homeostasis – your body’s natural balance point
Your body’s natural balance is called homeostasis – defined as the maintenance of the many systems in your body within an optimal range of functioning. Your physical wellness is a sum total of the health of your nervous system, circulatory system, digestive system, immune system, inflammatory system, skin health, lymphatic system, and skeletal system. These systems work together to make your body “work,” and homeostasis is maintained when each functions within an optimal range. The balance of homeostasis is the hallmark of good physical wellness.
CBD acts on all of your body’s systems
CBD, the natural non-psychoactive extract of hemp acts on many of the body’s systems to restore them to optimal functioning. The most well-known biological activities of CBD in the body are its anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, and anti-seizure activities. However, CBD has also been shown to slow the growth of tumors, reduce vomiting and nausea, reduce blood sugar levels, combat psoriasis, reduce the chance of artery blockage, relieve pain, protect our nerve cells, and promote bone growth – almost all systems in your body.
CBD acts through your endocannabinoid system
CBD supports your body’s homeostasis by acting on its endocannabinoid system, a lesser known, but critical part of nearly every system in your body. Because your endocannabinoid system is ubiquitous throughout your body, it becomes a vehicle to maintain whole body wellness – one that CBD exploits. For example, if you fall and break your arm your body’s homeostasis is disrupted. Your body responds to this disruption by activating the inflammatory and immune systems to begin to repair the broken bone. However, oftentimes your body ‘overreacts’ and you experience excessive pain, inflammation and more. After receiving proper medical attention, you can use CBD to activate your endocannabinoid system to keep inflammation and pain in check, and promote rapid repair of the broken bone.
But CBD’s power goes beyond ‘fixing what’s broken,’ it can leverage your endocannabinoid system to prevent breakdowns in your body’s systems in the first place. CBD and other whole-plant cannabinoids can help maintain healthy blood sugar levels, positively boosting your energy and fending off more severe conditions like diabetes. CBD can protect our nerves against damage from free radicals – even against beta amyloid toxicity associated with Alzheimer’s disease. CBD has also been shown to reduce the chance of arterial blockage and lower blood pressure by relaxing the veins, supporting your heart and circulatory system health.
Because it leverages a system found throughout your body, the power of CBD to help your body maintain homeostasis – a pillar of your physical wellness – is wide ranging. With CBD for your wellness, you can Return to your basic nature!