How Does CBD Work?
CBD (short for cannabidiol) is an organic compound found in hemp and cannabis plants. It is called a cannabinoid because it is unique to these plants, but it is in a class of common compounds produced by all plants, called terpenes, which give plants their aroma, flavor, and color.
Terpenes connect to cellular receptors throughout your body, achieving different effects. They are used as neurotransmitters, sending signals from one part of your body to another. One of the things that makes CBD unique is the fact that it connects with over 65 different receptors in your body, which is very high. As a result, CBD impacts many different body systems and functions, from sleep, to pain, to mood. This is why CBD offers so many treatment options.
Understanding CBD + Terpenes
The primary bodily system that CBD works within is the endocannabinoid system.
We all have an endocannabinoid system and its main function is to help regulate the other body systems for maximum health. The goal of the endocannabinoid system is to help your body maintain stable, healthy functioning despite outside influences and stressors. For example, your endocannabinoid system tells your immune system to calm down once it has killed invaders and you no longer need a fever. It tells your body to relax its muscles and lower your blood pressure after a perceived threat is gone. When your sleep schedule is thrown off or you appetite is out of whack, your endocannabinoid system works to bring them back into balance. Basically, your endocannabinoid system tells your body when to get certain processes started and when to stop them. It is a communication system and CBD is one of its most effective messengers.
“The discovery of the endoccanabinoid system is the single most important scientific medical discovery since the recognition of sterile surgical technique. As our knowledge expands, we are coming to realize that the ECS is a master control system of virtually all physiology.”
– Dr. David B. Allen
CBD works both within and beyond the endocannabinoid system to increase your health. CBD functions as a neurotransmitter within your endocannabinoid system assisting in sending signals to body systems that are over or under performing. For example, CBD can stimulate CB1 receptors in your brain resulting in mood stabilization and feelings of well being. CBD can also bond to CB2 receptors throughout your body making anandamide, your body’s natural pain-killer, more available by preventing it from being reabsorbed. Given that the cannabinoid receptors in your endocannabinoid system are the most plentiful receptors in your whole body, CBD is a helpful tool for communicating and meeting the needs of your various body systems.
How CBD Works in your Body
CBD also connects with receptors beyond your endocannabinoid system. For example, it directly stimulates the serotonin receptors in the brain that impact anxiety, mood, pain, and sleep. CBD also interacts directly with receptors in your body that mediate inflammation and body temperature. Its functions go beyond these, including anti-oxidant and neuroprotective properties, and much more.
CBD can positively affect:
- Vanilloid Receptors, which modulate pain levels
- Serotonin Receptors, which impact anxiety, depression, and mood
- Adenosine Receptors, which regulate the quality and depth of sleep
- Endocannabinoid Receptors, which influence energy, memory, and appetite
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