What Will CBD  Do for Me?

by Mike Barker, Director of Communications, Aromaland Wellness, Santa Fe, NM


Are you anxious, stressed and irritated? Do you often get angry at little things? Does everyday seem like a struggle?


Would you rather feel calm, joyful and at peace with whatever life throws at you?


The answer is already here. It is like having the benefits of sustained aerobic exercise without the grueling effort.


You can produce your own "feel good" molecules. You too can radiate wellness.


You can fully express your awesome potential of the real you!

Cannabinoids, and their special receptors living deep within your body, will deliver the most basic "homeostasis"  which ultimately expresses

"Who You Are".

anti stress, anti anxiety
CBD and emotional wellness

In this current age of existence, we are facing a tidal wave, an onslaught,  of chronic stress.

Modern industrialized humans are bombarded with poor nutrition and toxins everywhere, our air, water, and food.

This affects affect our bodies ability to adapt and respond healthily and harmoniously. It interferes with DNA perfect replication patterns.

We express a lot of static and are limiting the essence of what it means to express the higher nature of our self.





CBD and The Endocannabinoid System

Israeli chemist Dr. Raphael Mechoulam discovered some active materials in the cannabis plant. CBD was discovered in 1963 and THC in 1964.

The journey of research to determine how these molecules work led to the discovery in 1990 of a human system, deep within, called the ECS (endocannabinoid system). The ECS works where human message transfer takes place. These messages are transferred at the end of a neuron across a space called the synaptic cleft.  These messages called neurotransmitters are both electrical and chemical.

As you will see, the ECS is affected by the phytocannabinoids (CBD, THC) and greatly affected by molecules we make in our bodies, called endocannabinoids (anandamide and 2-AG).


Dr. Raphael Mechoulam is a pioneer in the field of cannabis research and a discoverer of the endocannabinoid system. Dr. Mechoulam is an Israeli organic chemist and professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel

The ECS exerts its influence at the most basic level whether we feel joy, bliss, and contentment or we are burdened with anxiety, stress, and forebode.


A strained ECS expressing itself in trillions of neuron firings (action potential) every millisecond will determine many aspects of health and dysfunction.


This strain now has a name. It is called  CECD, clinical endocannabinoid deficiency

“Deficient cannabinoid levels may be the underlying cause of numerous conditions alleviated by cannabis.”

Dr. Ethan Russo - Senior Medical Advisor at GW Pharmaceuticals



In 2004 Dr. Russo proposed the idea of clinical endocannabinoid deficiency (CECD) in a study published in

Neuro Endocrinology Letters  He suggested that deficient cannabinoid levels may be the underlying cause of numerous conditions



‘The endocannabinoid system regulates many key physiological processes, perhaps extending to the biochemistry underlying individual personalities.’

  Dr. Raphael Mechoulam




1. the tendency toward a relatively stable equilibrium between interdependent elements, especially as maintained by physiological processes.


Phytocannabinoids to the rescue.


CBD is the single most important herbal discovery in the history of botanical science.  CBD enhances the way we feel as we interact with our world.


CBD is a completely natural molecule from legal hemp that enables humans to maintain ongoing state of joy, bliss and contentment.


The phytocannabinoids from hemp, including CBD play an important role in balancing basic enzymatic metabolism within the ECS (endocannabinoid system)


CBD from hemp enhances our basic nervous system function. It does this in a gentle way. THC enhances our nervous system also but leaves a person feeling intoxicated or “high”.


The important idea to know and learn now are the select areas where the ECS works.


Relax, Eat, Sleep, Forget and Protect


These basic human functions are balanced within a properly “tuned” Endocannabinoid System. This balanced feeling is a result of internal homeostasis.





The place where emotions are created. The place where wellness, health and balance begins.


The CB receptors.

In our body are 2 receptors sites where the phytocannabinoids (CBD,THC) and endocannabinoids (anandamide, 2-AG).


These receptor sites are aptly named CB1 and CB2.


These molecules and these sites are the main players along with enzymes, such as FAAH.


CB1 is primarily expressed in the brain.  It exists on the neuron at the synapse.


CB1 is the most abundant G coupled receptor in the brain and has major neuromodulatory functions.


CB 1 Modulates pain, memory, movement, emotion, appetite, emesis, seizure threshold, GI motility/secretions


THC fits into the CB1 receptor like a lock and key mechanism. Our natural endocannabinoid anandamide activates this same CB1 receptor.

CBD does not fit into the CB1 neuron receptor the same way as THC. Until very recently many were saying CBD can not attach to the CB1 receptor directly. New science clarifies this.



The Bliss Molecule


More than two decades after the phytocannabinoids in hemp were discovered the endocannabinoid anandamide was found. Yet, once they isolated the chemical, they faced another challenge. What should it be called? They turned to Sanskrit. Anandamide comes from the Sanskrit word Ananda, which means bliss. So, basically, anandamide means bliss molecule.

Since the initial discovery of the CB1 receptor site by Allyn Howlett and William Devane in 1988, it has been an “accepted” fact that CBD, unlike THC, has little binding affinity for the CB1 receptor. Unfortunately, this assumption was not based on science. New data emerging from the international cannabinoid research community indicates that CBD interacts directly with the CB1 receptor site in ways that are therapeutically relevant. CBD parks at a different docking site on the CB1-R that is functionally distinct from THC’s orthosteric binding site. CBD attaches to what’s known as an “allosteric” binding site on CB1-R. When CBD docks at the receptor, it does not initiate a signaling cascade. It does, however, influence how the receptor responds to stimulation by THC and the endogenous cannabinoids. Allosteric modulation of CB1-R changes the conformation (shape) of the receptor, and this can have a dramatic impact on the efficiency of cell signaling.

CBD does enhance our endogenous anandamide production.

CBD can chaperon this neurotransmitter within the ECS.


Thus CBD enhances neuronal message transmission without the intoxicating effect of THC. You do not have the intoxicating side effects created by THC which are short term memory loss and motor function impairment.


CBD a modulator of the ECS boosting the amount of anandamide and inhibiting its breakdown.


“Endocannabinoids are produced on demand, travel in retrograde fashion to inhibit neuro transmitter release.”

Dr. Ethan Russo

The Endocannabinoid System in Health and Disease - Dr Ethan Russo - Part 1

Hemp, Health & Innovation United in Compassion 2016

Medicinal Cannabis Symposium Sydney, Australia

Dr. Russo and other researchers have confirmed an astonishing fact about how endocannabinoids physically function across the synaptic cleft.


To understand “retrograde transmission” we must now examine some fundamentals of how nerves work.


In the nervous system, a synapse is a structure that permits a neuron (or nerve cell) to pass an electrical or chemical signal to another neuron. ... In many synapses, the pre synaptic part is located on an axon and the post synaptic part is located on a dendrite or soma.



The action potential is a pulse of electrical energy that is the core of how our nervous system works. They are illustrated as light is the photo above. This is how our nervous system speaks.

Action potentials are generated by special types of voltage-gated ion channels embedded in a cell's plasma membrane

The synapse is the meeting point of 2 neurons.


The synaptic cleft is the space between neurons at a nerve synapse across which a nerve impulse is transmitted by a neurotransmitter.


The impulse can be electric or chemical and can change from one form to the other, and back.


Action potentials are generated by special types of voltage-gated ion channels embedded in a cell's plasma membrane.


An action potential is an electrical impulse traveling down and across the synaptic cleft to a dendrite or soma.


Endocannabinoids, such as anandamide, travel against this flow of this electrical energy. They travel in retrograde.


As thus they are the volume control. Endocannibinoids establish the frequency of a functioning intracellular messaging system.


This function defines who we are and how we express ourselves. It defines the basic pathway as to how we react to everything.


Indeed the endocannabinoid system is the core to defining who we are, how well we are.


The phytocannabinoids from hemp CBD enhances anandamide which in turn controls the volume. CBD works in a peaceful nonintoxicating way.



The numbers are mind boggling. The human brain has over one billion neurons and each of those has 1000 to 10,000 synapses.


Firing every nano second are as many as  1000 trillion synapses.


Also let us place molecules in perspective. Every breath we take contains more molecules than stars of the known universe.


A lot of energy transfer happens at the very small scale.


Daniele Pomelli, Professor, Anatomy & Neurobiology, University of California Irvine, School of Medicine.



Dr, Pomelli understands the power. He provides evidence based science to prove the following benefits.


Endocannabinoids control feeding, emotion, pain, memory and pleasure


“Chronic pain is profoundly manipulated by the endocannabinoid system.”


“Endocannabinoids influence many fundamental physiological processes and activate a rich repertoire of intracellular transduction mechanisms.”



The endocannbinoids, enhanced by CBD fire against the powerful  voltage of the "action potential". This creates a calming of excess energy at the most basic level.

Cannabinoid receptors are involved in a series of processes inside the human body, including the regulation of mood, pain sensation, appetite and memory.

These receptors can be activated by endocannabinoids (produced by the human body) as well as by plant cannabinoids (like those found in hemp or cannabis), and they’re grouped in two main categories: CB1 and CB2.


The activation of adenosine receptors by CBD gives the anti-anxiety and anti-inflammatory effects of cannabidiol. Adenosine receptors are also involved in the release of dopamine and glutamate, two neurotransmitters that play major roles inside the body. Dopamine is involved in cognition, motor control, motivation and reward mechanisms, while glutamate is one of the major mediators of excitatory signals, being involved in memory, learning and cognition.

“Cannabinoids promote homeostasis at every level of biological life, from the sub-cellular, to the organism, and perhaps to the community and beyond.”


 By comparing the genetics of cannabinoid receptors in different species, scientists estimate that the endocannabinoid system evolved in primitive animals over 600 million years ago.


Endocannabinoids are the substances our bodies naturally make to stimulate these receptors. The two most well understood of these molecules are called anandamide and 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG).

Endocannabinoids and Pain Modulation

7 Tips for a Healthy Endocannabinoid System


1. Exercise supports production and raises levels of endocannabinoids in both people and animals. Find a rhythmic light weight bearing form of exercise.


2. Consume less alcohol – alcohol interferes with your endocannabinoid production.


3. Ingest Daily potent hemp oils containing cannabinoids such as CBD, CBG along with full spectrum terpenes, flavonoids and waxes. These hemp oil factors directly and indirectly affect the endocannabinoid system.


4. Regularly ingest plants containing cannabinoid like compounds such as Echinacea, Black Pepper, Cacao and Hemp Seeds.


5. Engage in stress reducing activities such as meditation and yoga.


6. Increase Omega-3 fatty acid consumption which has been linked to upregulation of CB1 and CB2 receptors as well as increased levels of endocannabinoid synthesis.


7. Decrease unhealthy sugar and simple carbohydrate consumption which interferes with basic human metabolism.


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