How Does CBD Work?

CBD has numerous medical uses and is currently being used by a number of people from all over the globe. For this very reason, we have decided to explain just how CBD actually works.

If you are curious about the benefits of CBD in relation to your particular condition, there are many resources you can find all over the internet.

The human body is complex, and the way it interacts with any compound, including CBD, can be even more so. We’ve only been aware of the system in our body that cannabinoids are part of since the 1990’s.

CBD (Cannabidiol) is one of over 60 compounds found in cannabis and hemp. It’s the second most prevalent compound (second only to THC) in marijuana. CBD is part of a class of molecules called phyto-cannabinoids and these molecules are non-psychoactive. This is the part of the plant that keeps you healthy, not high.

The Endocannabinoid System
The Endocannabinoid System

How Does CBD Work In Our Body?

When someone consumes CBD, the compound goes into your system and makes it’s way to the endocannabinoid system (ECS) which is made up of receptors throughout both the brain and body.

The Endocannabinoid System (or ECS) was named after the cannabis plant. The cannabis plant led to the discovery of the ECS and is perhaps the most important physiologic system involved in establishing and maintaining the health of humans. The endocannabinoid system plays a very intriguing and varied role within the body. At its most basic role, the endocannabinoid system is a huge network of cannabinoid receptors which are spread through the body. The human endocannabinoid system releases cannabinoids that interact with receptors found in virtually all tissues in our bodies. The role of the endocannabinoid system is to bring balance to our tissues, including the heart, digestive, endocrine, immune, nervous, and reproductive systems. You can also take in phyto-cannabinoids (CBD) in addition to those compounds that your body produces to help boost this system. In a nutshell, it’s working to keep your system in neutral. Being neutral is possibly one of the very best things about the CBD – it can have a different impact on different receptors in your body and therefore is becoming a huge area of study and interest.

How Does CBD Work With Cannabinoid Receptors?

Cannabinoid receptors are found all throughout our bodies and are embedded in the cell membranes that are responsible for regulating multiple processes that we experience daily. These processes include mood, appetite, memory, and pain. When these receptors are activated, it can be by naturally occurring endocannabinoids, as well as by the phyto-cannabinoids found in cannabis and hemp. There are two major cannabinoid receptors found in our bodies – CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are concentrated in central nervous system and brain, but they also populate other parts of the body sparsely. CB2 receptors are mostly found in the peripheral organs. Especially cells associated with the immune system.

With this endocannabinoid system already in place, it seems that we have been biologically designed to make use of cannabis from the beginning of time. Really makes you wonder. I hope we were able to help you understand how