Exploring the ECS Connection of Sleep-Supporting Botanicals

It’s commonly known that certain botanicals can promote relaxation and transition into sleep as well as support sound, restorative sleep.  What’s new and intriguing is that we now understand previously unknown mechanisms of action — many of these sleep-supporting botanicals contain compounds that interact with cannabinoid receptors, or share chemical similarity with cannabinoids, or both. These phyto-cannabinoids can provide similar benefits to those provided by hemp cannabinoids through comparable mechanisms in the body.

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Non-Hemp Alternatives to Harness the Power of the Endocannabinoid System

When we think of cannabinoids and the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), hemp and CBD automatically come to mind. However, the ECS is not exclusively responsive to hemp—there are various non-hemp botanicals (other phyto-cannabinoids) and natural compounds like terpenes that interact with this intricate system, offering different therapeutic benefits and promoting homeostatic regulation within the body. Terpenes are aromatic oils produced in a variety of plants, including cannabis, and are responsible for their unique odors and flavors.

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Bridging the Gap: How External Cannabinoids Support and Replenish the Endocannabinoid System

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is an intricate network within our bodies that regulates various physiological processes. While the body’s ECS naturally produces its own cannabinoids, known as endocannabinoids, external cannabinoids derived from the cannabis plant, such as CBD (cannabidiol), may also play a significant role in supporting the ECS. In this blog, we will explore how plant cannabinoids interact with the ECS, particularly beneficial when the body’s ECS tone is compromised, and explore some of the key therapeutic effects that these external cannabinoids have been shown to exhibit.

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Exploring the Potential Health Benefits of CBG: How It Differs from CBD

The body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) regulates a wide range of physiological processes such as mood, appetite, pain sensation, and inflammation. Various cannabinoids found in the hemp plant interact with the ECS and offer both distinct and overlapping activities.

In this blog, we’ll explore similarities and differences between cannabigerol (CBG) and cannabidiol (CBD)—in their chemical structures, effects on the body, and potential health benefits.

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Powerful Properties of CBDa: An overlooked precursor to CBD

As formulas emerge that feature cannabinoids beyond CBD, it has become challenging to match up the different cannabinoid formulations with their potential indications. One such phytochemical, cannabidiolic acid (CBDa), is the focus of this blog. Read on to learn about CBDa — its relationship to CBD (cannabidiol) and the hemp plant, along with its most promising clinical applications.

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The “Skin-ny” on CBG’s Topical Benefits

Today, many topical products include cannabidiol (CBD) due to its diverse health benefits. Evidence shows that CBD can support many skin conditions by modulating inflammation and protecting the skin barrier, while also minimizing breakouts and easing discomfort from pain and itching.1  

As research around cannabis continues to advance, so does further exploration into other cannabinoids found in the plant. Research now supports the significant health benefits of cannabigerol (CBG).

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Address emotional resilience with ECS botanicals

While we can’t always change the stressors in our lives, we can control how we prepare for and manage stress. Beyond common effective ways to combat stress including physical activity, deep breathing and connecting with people, don’t overlook support from therapeutic botanicals.  Saffron and echinacea are two herbs that show efficacy in supporting a range of effects of stress by promoting relaxation, a positive mood and emotional balance.

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Decoding Topical CBD Products: The Bad, The Good and The Best!

No pain, no gain? To your patients, no pain is absolutely gain! Pain requires immediate attention … and relief. Topical hemp products are increasingly popular among patients to target localized aches and pains. But not just any topical hemp product will get the job done well. The CBD (cannabidiol) topical market is crowded with products, complicating the selection process.

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How CBD Supports the Skin Endocannabinoid System

As the largest organ in the body, the skin is constantly being challenged by myriad environmental and cosmetic compounds, climate conditions, internal stress and diet. Most people tend to view their skin as a means of attraction; clean, youthful and hydrated skin is the goal to enhance visual appeal.

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