How CBD Works
It’s a very exciting time for research into hemp plants and cannabinoids like CBD.
CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is one of many chemical compounds called cannabinoids (also known as phytocannabinoids) found in the hemp plant. But did you know that our body produces its own cannabinoids known as endocannabinoids? These include compounds like anandamide.
We have been taught that there are 11 major systems in the human body. They include the circulatory, respiratory, urinary, reproductive, integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, lymphatic, and digestive systems.
Endocannabinoid System (ECS) – Bringing the body to a balanced state
We weren’t taught, however, that we also have an ECS, so unless you are a research scientist or work with medical cannabis, it is unlikely that you will ever hear of it. Even your GP may not have heard of it! The ECS is quite a recent discovery having being first discovered in the 1990s, by Dr L.A. Matsuda.
Our ECS consists of receptors in our brain, spinal cord and nervous systems, among other areas. Its regulation of different biological processes is still being studied, but the apparent overall goal is homeostasis, or bringing that area of the body to a balanced state.
How CBD interacts with our biological receptors to contribute to our wellbeing
There are two receptors that make up this system, called CB1 and CB2. CB1 activation controls several physiological functions like sleeping, appetite, vomiting, mood, pain perception, and memory; CB2 activation controls inflammation since these receptors are predominantly found in the immune system. CBD and other cannabinoids work by interacting with these receptors.
It is believed that CBD also has the ability of delaying the reabsorption of important neurotransmitters or brain chemicals. As a result, CBD gives these chemicals more time to stay in your body so their effects can last longer.
Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, is an appealing natural food supplement.
We hope that this brief overview has been helpful and will encourage you to continue your own research into the benefits that these natural compounds may offer.