What is CBD?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of over 100 compounds found in the cannabis plant. Unlike THC, CBD is non-psychoactive and does not get you “high.”
What can CBD help treat?
Anti-bacterial resistant infections
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
How does CBD work?
To understand how CBD works, you need to understand the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and the role it plays in our bodies.
The endocannabinoid system is a biological system which plays many important roles in the human body. It consists of a network of receptors spread throughout the body that control some of the most vital functions including immune system, memory, appetite, sleep patterns, mood, and pain sensation. It is also responsible for the overall physical and psychological effects of cannabis.
Cannabinoids are a class of compounds that occur naturally in the body as well as in the cannabis plant. These cannabinoids interact with CB1 receptors (mainly in the brain and central nervous system) and CB2 receptors (mainly in the immune system and peripheral nervous system). This reaction alters the levels of cannabinoids in our bodies and changes the way the endocannabinoid system regulates our bodily functions.
Although CBD does not stimulate these two receptors, it has an indirect approach towards the receptors and activates other receptors such as serotonin, adenosine, and vanilloid.