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Cannabiniols or CBD is an extract from the hemp or cannabis sativa plant, which many people confuse with the marijuana plant.  For thousands of years, cannabis has been used in a variety of ways, from sustainable paper to clothing. 

The cannabis plant contains a variety of phytocannabinoids. Cannabidiol - or CBD - is just one form that has received increasing attention in recent years. Other cannabinoids that are gaining in popularity are CBG (cannabigerol) and CBC (cannabichromene). 

CBD binds to various receptor cells, which can then change the information passed on in the body. Such receptors are responsible for pain, seizures and sleep, among other things. Cannabinols can be used to support the endocannabinoid system (ECS), a biological system made up of communication cells (known as neurotransmitters) found in the human and animal body. 

CBD is being researched more and more. Although studies are limited, there is some evidence to suggest that CBD may be beneficial for a range of musculoskeletal conditions, as it is said to relieve pain and inflammation. It does this by binding CBD to the transmitters that affect messages to the brain, freeing the receptors from their 'pain' signals. Further scientific research still needs to be conducted before the medical efficacy of CBD can be proven.

CBD and THC? A common misconception about CBD is that it is a drug. In fact, CBD is one of many active ingredients in the hemp plant and is quite safe to use. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the psychoactive ingredient that causes the so-called "high." THC is usually extracted from the marijuana plant, while CBD is extracted from the cannabis plant. 

The World Health Organisation's (WHO) Committee on Drug Dependence reports on CBD: "The substance has been found to have no psychoactive properties and no potential for abuse or dependence"  

The primary use of CBD is to support the ECS. Read more about the ECS in the following blogs. Follow the ImPuls method or visit our website: to stay up to date 

Adrienne Tomkinson

ImPuls Methode, we have a holistic physiotherapeutic approach to health and wellbeing in horses. Through treatments, consultations and courses we support owners and horses in achieving their performance goals. Natural remedies mean no unhealthy risks whilst successfully boosting the body's own self-healing process. Our new product 'Balance Plus CBD Gel for Horses', is the first in our developing range of CBD Products. With Balance Plus, your horse is soon feeling good again, naturally.