What is CBD?
The signaling molecules that carry messages throughout our endocannabinoid system are called cannabinoids. Cannabinoids can be produced by the human body (endocannabinoids), plants, (phytocannabinoids) or by laboratories (synthetic cannabinoids).
The cannabis genus is the most famous plant that produces cannabinoids, but is not the sole producer in the plant kingdom. Cannabinoid and similar compounds can be found in anything from carrots, to echinacea, to mushrooms.
Cannabis contains dozens of different types of cannabinoid molecules, and we are discovering more all the time. Currently the cannabinoids that are getting the most attention are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). THC known for its intoxicating and therapeutic properties, and can be accessed in states that have medical or adult use cannabis programs. CBD products that contain very little (less than 0.3%) or no THC can be purchased nationwide. CBD is not intoxicating, but has a wide variety of activity within the endocannabinoid system such as moderating inflammation, dampening pain signals, and is even available as a prescription medication for seizures.
Dig deeper with this article from The Harvard Medical School Health Blog.
What is the Endocannabinoid System?
Our internal balance
The internal scales of our health, the endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a vast network of receptors, molecules and pathways that maintain our bodies' natural balance. The endocannabinoid system produces signal molecules, called cannabinoids, in response to changes in our environment - stress, injury, illness - in order to help our bodies cope and maintain a healthy status quo.
Ever hear of marathoners experiencing a 'runner's high' that gets them through the last mile? That's the endocannabinoid system at work, releasing a cannabinoid called anandamide to reduce anxiety and pain after intense exertion. There are receptors and pathways for cannabinoids all over our body - in our skin, gut, immune system, central nervous system, muscle, heart and liver to name a few*.
Though it is a part of every living vertebrate, the research into the ECS only began in earnest in the 1990s. Scientists are discovering more every day about this system, its impact on our health, and how we can keep our ECS' healthy and toned with diet, exercise, rest and mindfulness.
If you want to dive deeper into the detail, we recommend starting with this article from the University of California Los Angeles Cannabis Research Initiative.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
How does CBD work in the skin?
The skin is the body's largest organ, and perhaps the most over worked and underpaid. It takes the brunt of our daily interactions with pollution, allergens, chemicals, and sun, not to mention bumps and bruises. If we're being honest we dish out a lot of underserved punishment to our dermis.
Thankfully the skin has a robust endocannabinoid network within it, packed with receptors and molecules ready to set off pathways to counteract whatever we throw at it. The skin contains cannabinoid receptors called CB1 and CB2 receptors, as well as cannabinoid signaling channels called TRP channels. These receptors and channels are found in the cells that give skin its color, moderate immune responses, produce oils, grow hair, and sense pain and itch.
All told the endocannabinoid system works in the skin like it does throughout the body - bringing things back to homeostasis. Think of the ECS in the skin as providing forgiveness to the everyday stress and damage we inflict on our most noticeable feature.
Dig much deeper with this article from The American Chemical Society's journal of Chemical Neuroscience.
Will CBD get me high?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is non-intoxicating, meaning it will not produce any 'high'. CBD is generally safe to use, but it's a good idea to let your healthcare team know that you are using CBD so they understand the full picture of your health, medications and supplement regimens.
Is CBD legal?
All products sold on Lena's site are made from hemp, which was made legal in all 50 states by the 2018 farm bill. All of our products are third party tested to verify they are accurately labeled and comply with federal law. You can learn how to access the test results