How does CBD work?

CBD has become increasingly popular in recent years because of its health and wellness properties. Users and scientists alike have claimed that amongst many health benefits CBD promotes relaxation, joint mobility, skin health, better sleep patterns and relief from anxiety.

The following paragraphs describe how CBD oil works.

You may be unfamiliar with the term Endocannabinoid System (ECS). It is a function within all mammals, with a role to maintaining a healthy balance in the body. It does so through a series of receptors called CB1 and CB2. Otherwise known as cannabinoid receptors.

Cannabinoids, like CBD and CBDa (from the hemp plant), act as neurotransmitters to tell our body's receptors what to do. (This applies both to humans and animals.)

The result? Regulation of various processes in the following areas:

  • Brain
  • Spinal Cord
  • Lungs
  • Liver
  • Kidneys
  • Immune System
  • Bones
  • & More

If the ECS is not functioning properly, it can affect us in many different ways. We can relate many health symptoms to a faulty ECS and this is where the assistance of CBD can be helpful.

When our body isn’t producing enough cannabinoids of its own, the cannabinoids found in the hemp plant can be used to speak to our body's own receptors.

That is right, our body produces its own natural equivalent of the compounds found in the cannabis plant which is why cannabinoids from hemp can become a powerful and natural way to support our ECS.

CBD in Summary:

Cannabidiol, also called CBD or Hemp Extract, is a popular natural remedy used for many common ailments.

CBD oil is made by extracting CBD (and also small amounts of other cannabinoids) from the hemp plant. In most cases the CBD extract is mixed into a secondary carrier oil like hemp seed oil or MCT and used orally as liquid drops. It can also be manufactured into various foods, beverages and topicals to be ingested or applied to the skin.

There are three different types of CBD oil on the market: full spectrum, broad spectrum and isolate.

Full-spectrum CBD oil, which contains all compounds of the cannabis plant, including THC (but at a very low level).

Broad-spectrum CBD oil, which contains all the same compounds as full spectrum with it does not contain THC at all.

CBD isolate oil contains only one compound and that is the CBD compound.

CBD products are gaining momentum in the health and wellness world, with some scientific studies confirming it may help treat a variety of ailments like chronic pain and anxiety.

Several clinical studies have discovered a number of medical advantages from using CBD oil.

Some of these are:

Anti-inflammation

Analgesic

Antiemetic

Anti-inflammatory

Antipsychotic

Antidepressant and anxiolytic

Anticonvulsant

Anti-tumoral

Antioxidant

References:

Cannabidiol as a Potential Treatment for Anxiety Disorders
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4604171/

CBD's effects on Anxiety https://med.nyu.edu/faculty/esther-blessing

CBD for cancer https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324745.php

CBD for Epilepsy https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5767492/