05 Jan How CBD Works
Are you curious about CBD? You’re not alone. According to recent data on search frequency of the topic, search rates grew 126 percent from 2016 to 2017, and 160 percent the following year! Now that most states have legalized marijuana in some form, CBD oil is being touted as a therapeutic treatment for everything from heart conditions to PTSD to pet anxiety. Does this miracle substance live up to these claims? What is CBD and how does it work?
CBD, short for “cannabidiol”, is just one of the over 100 cannabinoids found in cannabis plants. It’s non-psychoactive and used for a wide range of medical applications. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) doesn’t regulate its purity or safety, but CBD is considered safe. It works by influencing a person’s endocannabinoid system.
If you weren’t aware that your body has an endocannabinoid system (ECS), don’t feel bad. Medical researchers only discovered it in the 1990s, and its workings are still not completely understood. Experts know now that the ECS impacts processes like sleep, appetite, mood, and memory, but there’s much more to learn. The ECS helps your body maintain homeostasis, a stable internal environment, by using three components: receptors, enzymes, and endocannabinoids.
The two types of cannabinoid receptors are known as CB1 and CB2. Found throughout the body, these receptors bind to endocannabinoids. CB1 receptors are highly concentrated in the nervous system and brain, so they’re responsible for regulating things like mood, emotions, movement, and memories. CB1 receptors can also be found in connective tissue, gonads, glands, and some organs. CB2 receptors are located primarily in the immune system, though they’re also in several major organs. They’re responsible for regulating pain and inflammation, among other things.
Your endocannabinoid system works precisely, regulating systems that are out of balance, in order to restore homeostasis. It doesn’t affect systems that are already working properly. It does this in the following way:
- When something is not right, the ECS activates and your enzymes create the endocannabinoids your body needs.
- These endocannabinoids attach to the CB1 or CB2 receptors, stimulating the appropriate responses.
- Once homeostasis is restored, specific enzymes break down the endocannabinoids, so they’ll stop sending signals.
Where does CBD fit into all this? Because it’s a cannabinoid like the ones your body produces, it can stimulate and indirectly influence your ECS. When your body has an endocannabinoid deficiency, CBD acts as a supplement, helping your body achieve homeostasis.
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