CBD and the Endocannabinoid System
How does CBD interact with our endocannabinoid system?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the main cannabinoids found in the hemp and marijuana plants. Unlike the other main cannabinoid, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD has no psychoactive properties and won’t get you high. CBD has a variety of different potential health benefits, but how does CBD interact with our bodies?
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Whether you have ever tried any CBD or marijuana products, you have an Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The ECS is spread throughout the entire body and is made up of a series of receptors that are all linked together. Cannabinoids such as CBD and THC enter the bloodstream and bind with these receptors.
The ECS is concentrated in the brain and central nervous system. Many people believe that the ECS is responsible for maintaining homeostasis (balance and harmony) throughout the body. It’s believed that when you are sick or unwell, it’s because the endocannabinoids your body naturally produces are lacking. Cannabinoids can help to top up these low levels of endocannabinoids and boost your ECS.
CBD binds with the CB1 and CB2 receptors. Imagine that the receptors are like tiny locks, and CBD and other cannabinoids are the keys. When you consume products with CBD in them, the CBD enters the bloodstream and the cannabinoid binds with the receptor sending a chemical signal to the brain.
While there are only limited studies into the effects of CBD and the Endocannabinoid System, many of these studies are showing that CBD has a lot of potentials to help with health issues such as anxiety, stress, PTSD, inflammation, chronic pain, nausea, and to help relieve the side-effects of cancer treatments such as chemotherapy.
It’s important to speak with your doctor or healthcare professional before altering, ceasing, or starting any new medications. Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions about CBD or to find out how you can buy CBD products.