CBD is a powerful element found in cannabis that has inspired a lot of curiosity in the medical field.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol or CBD is it is often referred to is one of the most prevalent chemical compounds in the cannabis plant. However, unlike THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD is nonpsychoactive. Which means that while CBD does have an effect on the body/mind it does not produce the same “high” as THC.
How does it work?
To understand how CBD functions within the body we must understand how certain human systems function. The human body contains a vast network of cell receptors that interact with specific compounds and chemicals. These interactions can be negative, a virus, or positive, such as vitamins. A group of these receptors is known as the endocannabinoid system.
The endocannabinoid system ( ECS) is comprised of a group of endogenous cannabinoid receptors located in throughout the central and peripheral nervous system. Responsible for regulating a range of physiological processes ( including mood, memory, pain sensation and appetite) the ECS is known as “the body’s own cannabinoid system” As the largest receptor system in the human body, the ECS is what helps us obtain and maintain homeostasis. Without a proper balance of endocannabinoids in our system, our body begins to feel out of whack.
Enter non-psychoactive CBD. CBD is able to bond to the endocannabinoid receptors because its molecular structure is similar to chemicals that are naturally produced within the human body. By consuming cannabis, patients are able to create a balancing act of sorts inside their own bodies. Once CBD bonds to the cells they can begin their therapeutic duties.
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