It’s hard to turn on the news these days without hearing reports of cannabis and hemp being legalized around the globe—and with good reason: these two plants have been important to humankind as medicines, food, fuel, fiber and more for thousands of years. They’re incredibly safe, grow wildly and abundantly in most climates, and have an extraordinary list of practical uses. It’s almost as if Mother Nature created them just for us.

In fact, that’s not a terribly far-fetched idea. The human body actually contains special receptors throughout the nervous system that are specifically activated by compounds found primarily in the cannabis and hemp plants. Like, for example, CBD (Cannabidiol), that is currently being heavily researched around the world and is showing promising signs in both animal and human models, as being an overall health protectant and booster.