Taking a Closer Look At CBD and How It Works In the Body
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a natural compound found in the cannabis plant (Cannabis Sativa). Unlike its more well-known relative THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, CBD doesn’t have a psychoactive effect (i.e. it doesn’t get you “high”).
Rather than getting you stoned, CBD has been found to have a number of positive effects on our mind and bodies. Among other things, it is commonly used for decreasing pain, prevent inflammation, improve sleep, ease anxiety and prevent acne.
CBD can be used both internally (drops, capsules, tinctures, oils and so on) and topically (balms, butters, creams, oils etc.). Many people use CBD oil, either orally or topically. CBD oil is made by extracting CBD from a strain of the cannabis plant that contain a natural high level of CBD. Extraction can be done by using an alcohol or CO2-extraction method.
The reason why CBD works so well with and in our bodies (and other mammals) is due to something called the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is our most vital neurotransmitter system and regulates functions such as immune system, body temperature, pain tolerance, memory, blood sugar levels, hunger, thirst and sleep.
The ECS contains of receptors and natural endocannabinoids, which are neurotransmitters that binds to the receptors in our nervous system. As the receptors are stimulated, they respond by triggering a set of actions that will in turn affect our mood, immune system, sleep, experience of pain and so on.
The main function of the ECS is to maintain a stable, balanced environment in the body (this is called “homeostasis”). Because of its size, if for some reason our ECS is out of sync, our physical and mental health will suffer. Many people don’t produce enough endocannabinoids to maintain this stable and balanced environment, this homeostasis. The reasons for this vary, but stress, diet, or toxins are some examples.
The good news is that research have shown that the ECS receptors not only are stimulated by the endocannabinoids that our own bodies produce but also by ones that we add to the body by, say, CBD oil.
In other words, by taking CBD you will boost your body’s own ECS and promote homeostasis in your body. And THIS is why CBD is so amazing.