Maintaining Balance With CBD

Maintaining Balance With CBD

CBD promotes homeostasis and the healthy functioning of your endocannabinoid system.

As defined by the Oxford English Dictionary, homeostasis, a term ultimately derived from ancient Greek words for "same" and "standing still," refers to the maintenance of "relatively constant conditions in the physiological processes that act to counter any departure from the normal."

Inspired by Claude Bernard's earlier work on the "milieu intérieur," the physician and scientist Walter Cannon investigated what he called homeostasis. In his 1932 book The Wisdom of the Body, Cannon elaborated his understanding of how the human body maintains steady levels of temperature and vital components of the body like water, sugar, salt, protein, fat, calcium, and the oxygen content of the blood. (He charmingly described thirst and hunger as "means of assuring supplies," presumably means of the necessary but not sufficient variety.)

The positive effects cannabidiol (CBD) on the human body are by now well-known. Researchers believe that it works by slowing the breakdown of endocannabinoids, enabling your body use these compounds more efficiently. This in turn enables your body to reduce inflammation in the immune system and nervous system.

CBD also affects dopamine receptors that regulate mood, opioid receptors that regulate pain, and serotonin receptors that regulate mood. In fact, the endocannabinoid system helps regulate fifteen major bodily functions, including mood, motor control, sleep, stress, liver function, and immune responses.

Researchers know that CBD affects these receptors, but they are still discovering exactly how. We do know that the endocannabinoid system helps to maintain homeostasis, a process abetted by CBD. CBD helps our bodies to function more smoothly.

CBD Promotes Homeostasis

Although CBD can be used in many ways, including orally in tinctures and capsules, or topically in lotions and creams.

CBD tinctures and oils are generally made from strains of hemp high in CBD that are blended with alcohol that makes up 60% to 70% of the product. CBD tinctures and oils are used to relieve anxiety and pain. They're convenient, have a long shelf life, and are easily absorbed when taken under the tongue.

In contrast, CBD topicals, being absorbed through the skin, take longer to absorb, but have the advantage of providing targeted relief to joints and muscles like that knee that keeps giving you trouble.

In its many forms, CBD works wonders in helping to maintain the equilibrium of the body. Optimal dosage and frequency of use will vary from person to person. But when used regularly and correctly, users generally give CBD good reviews for its ability to ameliorate discomforts.

If you have any questions about what form of CBD is best for you, how to take it, and the benefits it can offer, feel free to visit our New Orleans smoke shop any day of the week between 10 A.M. and midnight to speak with our knowledgeable and friendly staff.

CBD products are only available in-store and are not available for online purchase.

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