How Does CBD Work In Our Bodies?
July 15, 2020
CBD has become popular all over the world in the past few years. This is mainly because of the health benefits it provides. CBD is one of the main cannabinoid compounds present in the cannabis plant. It was discovered in the year 1940 and over the years it had undergone several studies to find out how it affects the human body.
We still cannot fully understand the benefits of CBD. However, we do know that it can treat health disorders like stress, anxiety, pain, nausea, skin problems, etc. Some studies have shown that CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system of our bodies.
Let’s take a look at how CBD and the endocannabinoid system work together to provide health benefits.
The Endocannabinoid System
While exploring THC and its effect on the human body, researchers have found a complex cell-signaling system in the body; the endocannabinoid system. Studies are still going on to find the endocannabinoid system’s role in the functioning of our bodies. However, several studies over the years were able to identify the role of the endocannabinoid system in the regulation of our pain perception, mood, sleep, appetite, memory, etc.
There are three main components for the endocannabinoid system; the endocannabinoids, the receptors, and the enzymes. Endocannabinoids are similar to the cannabinoid compounds. The cannabinoid receptors are present throughout the body. The endocannabinoids will bind with these receptors for the regulation of various body functions. The enzyme will break down the endocannabinoids after fulfilling their purpose.
CBD’s Interaction With The Endocannabinoid System
Over the years, CBD is widely used across the globe as an alternative for several health disorders. People are drawn towards CBD products because they can treat many diseases without any side effects or psychoactive effects.
The cannabinoids will bind with the cannabinoid receptors present in the endocannabinoid system. The CBD will interact with the CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors and prevent the endocannabinoid breakdown.
CBD will also modify the ability of CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors to bind with the endocannabinoids. According to some recent studies, CBD stimulates the CB1 cannabinoid receptors, which plays a major role in reducing pain.
CBD’s interaction with the endocannabinoid receptors also has a significant impact on reducing the inflammation throughout the body. This will help in the treatment of several inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, including arthritis. Inflammation in the joints is the main characteristic of arthritis. The use of CBD will help reduce the inflammation and thereby the pain associated with it.