How CBD Affects The Body
CBD Affects the Body in Many Ways
Cannabidiol (CBD) is responsible for maintaining health by regulating the many systems within the body. It achieves this by interacting with the Endocannabinoid System using a complex signalling network. Endocannabinoids are produced by the body on demand, so they are always available when needed, and CBD is able to replicate many of the biological functions carried out by them.
The system works like a lock and key, the receptors being the lock and the Endocannabinoids and Phytocannabinoids (Cannabis/ Hemp based Cannabinoids) acting as the key, which join together and start interacting with each other. This interaction with the receptors allows Neurotransmitters to relay messages to nerve cells throughout the body and make the adjustments needed to keep us balanced and healthy.
CBD doesn’t bind directly with CB1 or CB2 receptors; but sits inside the receptors and is able to prevent other chemical messages from binding to the receptors. CBD interacts with many other receptors throughout the body, such as 5-HT1A, the receptor linked to the release of serotonin (the feel good hormone) within the body.
CBD, as a food supplement has many health benefits such as ;
- Mood, anxiety and depression
- Inflammation and immune response
- Pain relief
- Appetite suppressant
CBD is still a relatively new discovery (only 5 years ago) and as such, new research is finding more and more things about CBD and its health benefits. The scope for this product is huge and who knows what the mountains of research are going to uncover!
All humans and mammals have an Endocannabidiod System (ECS) which has receptors in the Central Nervous System of the Brain, the Spleen and also on our White blood cells.
The Endocannabinoid System was discovered by an Israely scientist called Dr Ralph Michoulam in 1990.
He discovered that the CB1 and CB2 receptors were both linked to the Endocannabinoids that our bodies produce naturally, and the Phytocannabinoids (Cannabis/Hemp based) like THC and CBD.
CB1 receptors are found predominantly in the Central Nervous System, although they are also present in the Reproductive organs of both men and women. CB1 receptors are activated more by THC, and moderates pain, and pain intensity when it is present.
CB2 receptors are activated more by CBD, and are found in the Immune System with the highest concentration of CB2 receptors in the Spleen. The immune boosting functions of CBD are as of yet, not fully understood as it has only been 5 years since it emerged onto the Medical Cannabis scene. It is now known that CBD has a moderating effect on THC, and has the ability to knock THC off the CB1 receptors if someone is suffering from THC intoxication, and can neutralize the THC effect.
THC and CBD are only 2 of the many Cannabinoids that we already know about, and possibly hundreds that we know nothing about yet.
We know that the Endocannabinoid System is responsible for balancing and regulating all the systems that make up our body, including the Endocrine (hormone), the Circulatory, the Respiratory, the Renal and the Reproductive, and creates Homeostasis helping to fight off illness and disease.