How CBD Interacts with the Human Body
In today’s fast-changing industry of cannabis and marijuana, CBD— or cannabidiol—is a hot topic. While it’s a very common term in the industry, many people don’t know what CBD means, or how it actually interacts with the human body when it’s used. Here is a breakdown of what CBD is, how it works, and some of the benefits of using CBD products.
Before we get too far, let’s get a solid understanding of what CBD is. In a nutshell, CBD is one of the main active compounds in cannabis. It gives cannabis many of its famous properties. In the last several years, scientists have figured out how to isolate it from the rest of the plant and add it to many different products—everything from pills, to edibles, to lotions and creams.
CBD is entirely separate from THC. THC is the part of the plant that has psychoactive properties that make you high. Without THC, you can safely get all the benefits and healing properties of cannabis without getting high or stoned. This is great because many patients want to be able to get the benefits of a cannabis-based product without experiencing any unpleasant or brain-inhibiting side effects.
Cannabinoids, including CBD, attach to certain receptors in the body to produce their desired effects. Your body actually has an entire biological system that responds to CBD and other cannabinoids! This system is called the endocannabinoid system, or the ECS. You have ECS receptors all over your body: in your brain, nearly all of your organs, your nervous system, immune cells, and connective tissues. The endocannabinoid system links your brain to the rest of your body, which can explain how CBD can effect both your mind and body.
While THC interacts directly with CB1 and CB2 receptors, CBD reacts slightly differently. CB1 receptors are mostly found in the brain, while CB2 receptors are mostly used in the immune system. Instead of directly attaching to the receptors like we see with THC, CBD seems to influence the body to use more of its own cannabinoids.
So what does all this mean in relation to CBD? CB1 and CB2 receptors play an important role in the human body. CB1 has the potential to affect sensations like pleasure, memory, appetite, concentration, and pain tolerance. CB2 has the potential to affect pain tolerance, organs like the liver and kidneys, and the nervous system.
Because CBD interacts with these positive receptors in the body, there are several benefits of using CBD! And, like we said, you won’t have to deal with the psychoactive side effects that you would get from other cannabis products.
Now that you know how CBD works and how it actually reacts with the human body, you can start to check out products that might aid you in your everyday life. Check out some of our CBD Hemp products and get started today!