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The CBD Basics

The Endocannabinoid System. Maybe you’ve heard of it, maybe you haven’t. It’s one of the most vital systems in the human body. And while it may sound complicated, it isn’t. Let’s break down exactly what it is, and why it’s so pivotal to our everyday health and wellbeing.


noun    en·​do | \ ˈen-(ˌ)dō  \

: short for endogenous, meaning naturally produced inside the body.


noun    can·​na·​bi·​noid | \ kə-ˈna-bə-ˌnȯid  \

: any of various naturally-occurring, biologically active chemical constituents of hemp or cannabis

Endocannabinoids. We all have them. They’re a specially designed system of receptors located in some of the most critical parts of our bodies — where everything from memory, cognition and motor coordination to movement, appetite and emotions are regulated.

Each Cannabinoid in this system performs a different task. But the end goal is always the same: homeostasis. The maintenance of a stable internal environment despite external conditions. 

When you take Cannabidiol (more famously known as CBD), you trigger those balance-inducing receptors to promote both your physical and mental stability. CBD throws your Endocannabinoid System into overdrive (a.k.a balance), so you don’t have to. The result? A holistic delivery of good health.


  • What is CBD?

    CBD, or cannabidiol, is a naturally formed non-psychoactive compound found in the leaves and flowers of the hemp plant. It’s revealing itself as a promising alternative for improved health and overall well-being.*
  • What is CBD oil?

    CBD oil is created with the phytocannabinoids extracted from the hemp plant. Phytocannabinoids are chemical compounds that interact with the body’s regulatory system, known as the endocannabinoid system (ECS). When you take CBD, you enhance your body's natural endocannabinoid system (ECS) to promote both physical and mental well-being. Hemp-based CBD throws your ECS into overdrive, so you don’t have to. Please keep in mind that while the FDA grants hemp Generally Considered As Safe (GRAS) status, hemp and CBD do not meet Recognized Consensus Status at this time, so these statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Meridian Life Balance’s Restoring Botanical CBD Tincture is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
  • What are the benefits of CBD and hemp-based products?

    Many people integrate CBD into their daily routines to help support their physical and mental health.* Of the many benefits people see, a few noteworthy ones include: relief and recovery from exercise-induced issues, heightened clarity and a sense of overall balance.*
  • Do your products contain THC?

    All Meridian Life Balance products contain 0% THC. This means they don’t have intoxicating effects.
  • Will CBD make you tired during the day?

    Simply put, no it won’t. CBD works by helping to induce a calmer mind, not a sleepy one. Because Meridian Life Balance products contain no THC, it doesn’t have psychoactive or intoxicating effects. CBD is centered around cellular and molecular homeostasis, which means it will help support clarity and focus during the day and a better night’s sleep in the evening.*
  • How does CBD affect focus and concentration?

    Studies and findings have shown CBD may help as an aid for attention issues due to its ability to help calm the nervous system and induce internal homeostasis.
  • What is the Entourage Effect?

    The synopsis of the Entourage Effect is that cannabinoids have been scientifically proven to not work as well individually as they do when delivered completely, as they naturally exist within the cannabis sativa plant. So simply put, different components of the cannabis plant work better together than apart.
  • What are phytocannabinoids?

    A phytocannabinoid is a molecule synthesized by plants, with 113 known in the cannabis plant. Phytocannabinoids differ from endogenous cannabinoids, which are produced naturally in the body's endocannabinoid system. Each phytocannabinoid affects the body's endocannabinoid system differently.
  • What other compounds are in hemp?

    Cannabis contains over 500 distinct compounds, which include cannabinoids, terpenoids, flavonoids, and omega fatty acids. The predominant compounds are THCA, CBDA and cannabinolic acid (CBNA), followed by cannabigerolic acid (CBGA), cannabichromenic acid (CBCA) and cannabinodiolic acid (CBNDA) (ElSohly and Slade, 2005). THCA is the major cannabinoid in the drug-type Cannabis, while CBDA predominates in fiber-type hemps.
  • What are terpenes, and where do they come from?

    Terpenes are aromatic metabolites that are found in the oils of plants. There are over 20,000 terpenes, and over 100 of them are produced by the cannabis plant.