For many that are new to the wonderful world of CBD, you may be curious about how CBD works when it comes to your body and how it is able to provide the benefits that have become a growing topic of discussion in the medical realm.
In order to understand fully how CBD works in the body, we need to dive into what is known as the endocannabinoid system.
CBD and the ECS
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) influences a great number of our physiological processes.
It is an intricate system that modulates our energy intake, nutrient transport, metabolism, and storage. In turn, it is involved in the regulation of appetite, mood, memory, immune system functions, pain sensation, and a whole lot more within our bodies.
This system exists naturally in human biology, as well as in every other mammalian species, to respond to natural cannabinoids produced by the human body. These cannabinoids bind to receptors in our central and peripheral nervous systems and relay info to our body to perform certain actions, whether it be to limit inflammation to reduce pain levels, produce more serotonin to uplift our mood, or a myriad of other actions. Each cannabinoid can produce different effects on a person’s body as they are each responsible for different things. Think of the endocannabinoid system as a workforce with specific jobs delegated to each individual component.
Our bodies have been using endocannabinoids to regulate our internal ecosystem for all of time. However, scientists have only recently discovered over the past few decades that the body’s ECS will also recognize and respond to cannabinoids from external sources, including the plant-derived, or “phyto” cannabinoid, CBD oils.
The ECS includes two main receptors that bind to cannabinoids: CB1 and CB2. Unlike THC, which fits directly into the CB1 receptor, CBD doesn’t fit into either receptor perfectly. Instead, it stimulates activity in both without actually binding to them.
Because CB1 and CB2 receptors are found throughout our entire body, when we absorb, inhale, or ingest CBD along with the other plant-based molecules in pure CBD oils like terpenes and essential oils, there is an entourage effect, resulting in the enhanced therapeutic benefits and a boost in the balance and efficiency of your endocannabinoid system.
What are these terpenes you might be asking? Terpenes are the elements that give both the hemp and cannabis plants their natural flavors and aromas. Each strain of these plants contains different terpenes, which is what leads to having different scents and tastes with CBD oils from different cultivators and producers. Terpenes play a vital role in providing you with the entourage effect that makes CBD so beneficial for a wide scope of current and potential new applications.
CBD: The Future Of Medicine?
More than ever, it’s been made clear through research that CBD’s impact on the ECS as well as other parts of our bodies deem it useful for treating or relieving a variety of medical conditions.
More studies are being released constantly as time goes on the beneficial applications of CBD oils in the areas of chronic pain, anxiety, cancer, rehab, epilepsy, and many other areas where pharmaceuticals aren’t giving hope.