Today, there is an outstanding range of hemp oil products available to purchase online in the UK. You can buy CBD oil, CBD vape liquid, CBD capsules, and even CBD chocolates – but it wasn’t always that way. It took quite a journey for cannabis extract products to hit the shelves, and it all starts with getting to know the endocannabinoid system.
A Brief History of the Endocannabinoid System
Dr. Raphael Mechulam was the first person to discover the tetrahydrocannabinol cannabinoid (THC) in the middle of the 1960’s. We know THC today as the psychoactive substance located in the cannabis plant, that since its discovery, has been used for both medicinal purposes and of course, recreationally. At this point in time, science was only just beginning to learn the workings of cannabis and just what it could be capable of.
Moving forward in history, a different side of the cannabis plant was discovered – today responsible for many of the best hemp oils in the UK market. Hundreds of cannabinoids were located in the plant, and it was shown that they interacted with the body completely differently. CBD then became the source of intensive research, it was isolated, and the benefits were discovered by a group of scientists; a process that took decades.
Many years later, the receptors CB1 and CB2 became the source of intrigue, known as the two receptors that react with CBD. These receptors are found on the cell surface in the body and were named the endocannabinoid system. The receptors are primarily located in the brain (CB1) and in the immune system (CB2). CB2 has a very high density in the spleen and is present in immune-derived cells.
Science Behind the Endocannabinoid System
Discovery of the endocannabinoid system led to further understanding of its workings, such as how cannabinoid receptors are able to deliver messages that influence certain functions, including: mood, pain, appetite, and memory. There are also additional benefits to cannabinoid receptor membrane, affecting responses in the immune system and delivering anti-inflammatory effects
It is the presence of the CB1 and CB2 receptors that make CBD oil products so effective. The body can interact with cannabinoids and make its own, with the presence of these receptors identified in many animals around the world. Due to its wide spread presence, it’s thought that it’s possible to be deficient in cannabinoids which could in turn affect the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is already known to play a key role in the maintenance of homoeostasis, with supplementation of cannabinoids believed to be beneficial in establishing a framework to keep our bodies functioning as they should.
What About THC?
To ensure that THC is not present to cause any adverse effects, all the Hempura CBD products keep the presence of THC to the absolute minimum; in accordance to the regulations that all CBD products must have no more than 0.2% of THC present. Unlike THC, the cannabinoid CBD is incredibly beneficial and has none of the negative psychoactive affects.
Our ability to supply the best CBD products UK wide, with just trace amounts of THC, means that you can buy CBD chocolates, enjoy our range of hemp oil, or use Hempura CBD vape liquids without any problems!