In the 90s, scientists discovered that our bodies have an entire regulatory system called the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), or the Endogenous Cannabinoid System. In fact, the ECS is the largest, self-regulating system within our bodies. The ECS includes cell receptor sites—CB1 and CB2—found throughout the body in the skin, gastrointestinal, reproductive, immune, and central and peripheral nervous systems. The ECS uses Cannabinoids to transmit certain signals to regulate homeostasis within us. The ECS balances our mood, appetite, sleep, and hormone production. Plant-based Cannabinoids (Phytocannabinoids) have analogues in the human body, meaning that our bodies produce Cannabinoids too. You could say our bodies were designed to interact with Cannabinoids. The CB1 neurotransmitter receptor site in the brain has more receptor sites than ALL OF THE OTHER neurotransmitter sites COMBINED! Thus, our bodies are designed to accept plant-based Cannabinoids
Cannabinoids are special compounds found in the Cannabis plant family. There are over 100 known Cannabinoids, CBD is just one of them. There are nearly 400 other chemical compounds in Cannabis that are common to all plants and are potentially beneficial, like chlorophyll, terpenoids, flavonoids, and plant waxes. Cannabinoids and Cannabinoid-like compounds are found in a handful of other plants such as Echinacea, Flax, common tea, Kava, and Hops.