What is CBD and how does it Work in Your Body?
Updated: Feb 8, 2021
In short, CBD is the abbreviation of Cannabidiol. But what is this new product that has become more and more prominent worldwide in recent years and why are so many people now seeking the benefits?
The Modern World: Embracing the Use of Cannabidiol
In a world filled with much uncertainty and disruption at present, we are all looking to find new and effective ways to reduce stress and positively influence our physical and mental health. Whether you’re a single mother trying to juggle working from home while home schooling, a young adult struggling to cope with the expectations of growing up in a new and challenging environment or a seasoned executive having to adapt to the modern world, we all have one thing in common; the need for balance and well-being. This is where for many, CBD comes in.
With the push for the world to move towards natural and sustainable solutions in all fields,
many are seeking solutions to their health and well-being needs in plant-based solutions
rather than the typical pharmaceutical options used for many years. There are many reasons
for this other than the aforementioned (which will be covered in future blogs) but for now, back to our original question, what is CBD?
So What Is CBD?
Cannabidiol is one of over 115 chemical compounds, known as cannabinoids,
found in cannabis and hemp; with over 130 already known of. Each of which have their own characteristics and effects. Previously the most well-known cannabinoid was THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the main psychoactive element of cannabis and gives the ‘high’ commonly associated with marijuana. However, cannabidiol (CBD) is now stepping from the shadows of its infamous sibling due to the more recently recognised benefits it can provide.
Cannabidiol is one of a number of cannabinoids, others including CBG, CBC, CBN and CBT to name but a few, but is currently the primary focus and most well studied of the non-psychoactive cannabinoids. Both clinical trials and anecdotal evidence continue to point
towards the huge array of positive impacts and although it would be misleading to call it a
wonder drug or miracle cure, it is certainly showing that it can play a vital role for many in
maintaining balance for a happy and healthy lifestyle.
Studies are still in the early stages but, clinical trials show CBD to help
both physically (examples being pain relief, appetite and digestion, immune system functions) and mentally (stress/mood control, memory function). CBD has also shown to reduce or minimize the negative effects of THC and has the ability to block its effect on the nervous system as well as aiding in treatment of the psychological addiction to THC.
How Does CBD Work in Your Body?
Now you may be asking, how does CBD actually work with my body? The short answer to this is by interacting with the ECS, or Endocannabinoid System. This system is found in the body of all mammals and is considered to be an essential regulator of our bodily functions. Essentially it is a system of receptors found in both the central and peripheral nervous system.
CBD interacts and stimulates the 2 receptors of the ECS (CB1 and CB2) found in the brain,
prompting greater function and in turn a happier, healthier lifestyle. For a more in depth look at the ECS and its interaction with CBD, come back soon for further
blogs on this topic.
Until then, stay happy, healthy and live your best life.