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Canabinoids 101

Cannabinoids, made simple

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So, what exactly are cannabinoids?

When you hear the term ‘cannabinoid’, it’s likely you think of the cannabis plant. And that’s reasonable, given that plant species cannabis sativa L. is an abundant source of cannabinoids like CBD, CBG and THC. But did you know that your body also produces cannabinoids of its own? Cannabinoids can be classified as either endogenous (produced naturally by the body) or exogenous (derived from plants, biosynthesis or chemical routes). Exogenous cannabinoids can be applied topically or taken orally.

How do they work?

Cannabinoid compounds exert their numerous effects by acting on the various receptors present in the human body. The archetypal receptors CB1 and CB2 belong to a critical self-regulating system known as the endocannabinoid system.

What do they do?

Believe it or not, our bodies are naturally designed to engage with cannabinoid molecules. They function as a means to help regulate and fine-tune the vital components of wellbeing, including things such as our appetites, sleeping patterns, mood and immunity. Certain cannabinoids like CBD and CBG also provide antioxidant, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory effects, which have unlimited potential advantages for skincare.

Why should I use them?

The aim is to promote homeostasis — the body’s pinnacle state of balance, as this is where we are at our prime.

Incorporating cannabinoids into our daily routines can work to stabilise any off-setting external factors which may cause our bodies to feel out of sorts — whether that be relieving pain from a gym injury, combating hormonal breakouts, or helping you to switch your mind off before bed for a full night’s rest. When used correctly, cannabinoids even have the ability to further enhance our memory and communication skills.

Whether you find yourself wanting to make a major lifestyle change or are simply looking for an effortless way to boost your day-to-day wellness practices, lab-made cannabinoids can be the start of your journey towards brighter skin, a healthier body and calmer mind.

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