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CBD – or cannabidiol – is a cannabinoid and a naturally occurring chemical in cannabis plants. While CBD is derived from the cannabis plant, it is different from another cannabinoid, THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), which is usually used recreationally for a ‘high’.

Unlike THC however, CBD doesn’t give you the high that THC is so well known for. CBD has surged in popularity lately, not least because of its many health benefits.

One of the key benefits of CBD is its effect on homeostasis – the body’s process of maintaining internal balance in an ever-changing external environment – which is making CBD oil a healthcare sensation.

CBD & Homeostasis

To understand how CBD oil works, you need to understand the endocannabinoid system and how CBD brings homeostasis to the body.

The endocannabinoid system is well researched and scientifically proven. It’s the reason a plant or plant-based compound can assist with debilitating illnesses, relieve minor symptoms, and so much more. Anxiousness, sleeplessness and related issues could all be eased via daily use of CBD.

The human body has cannabinoid receptors designed to allow cannabinoids to improve health and wellbeing, helping to achieve homeostasis. Activities like yoga, a healthy diet, and consciously focusing on mental and physical well-being also all help bring the body into balance – or arrive at that state of homeostasis – as do cannabinoids such as CBD.

What Is Homeostasis?

There’s also a reason we feel “out-of-balance” when we’re sick or anything in our bodies is out of normal range. In the end analysis, our physical bodies crave balance, or ‘homeostasis’, and can usually self-adjust to achieve it.

Endocannabinoid receptors are smart: they can act only on the bodily functions that are out of whack, to achieve precision homeostasis. The receptors cannot over-function to negatively affect one system while attempting to bring balance to another. They work where and when they need to.

When homeostasis is achieved, the body works harmoniously – from elements in the blood to multiple organ systems, and beyond. When just one thing – like a hormone, for instance – is out of balance, your health can spiral out of control. Just a small change can affect the entire body negatively. 

Without homeostasis, we are simply unable to function at our peak.

How CBD & The ECS Can Help You Feel More Balanced

Homeostasis doesn’t have to be left to chance – The endocannabinoid system can help you achieve it.

Initial research demonstrates the endocannabinoid system’s ability to prevent over-activity in the immune system, which often causes an immune response, mainly inflammation. This inflammation disrupts homeostasis and can cause pain, chemical imbalances, neuro-responses and more.

Therefore, the endocannabinoid system – and adequate intake of cannabinoids, like CBD – could assist your body’s immune system responses.

Choose Quality CBD Oils & Products

RETHINK CBD, by Releaf Pharma, offers South Africa’s first CRI-endorsed (Cannabis Research Institute) range of CBD products – guaranteeing an extensive range of best-in-class CBD products in a variety of dosages and formats, all scientifically formulated using the purest quality CBD.

When you choose RETHINK CBD, you’re assured of seed to shelf integrity and world class innovation aimed at improving your life, with everyday lifestyle solutions for enhanced health management regimes and relief of minor symptoms.

Our oils and capsules are NAPPI-coded – which means that if your doctor prescribes RETHINK CBD, your medical aid may cover your claim. (Dependent on the medical plan you’re on.) Our RETHINK products are quality guaranteed – not only are they endorsed by the CRI, but they also adhere to the latest SAHPRA regulations.

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