The Special Relationship Between CBD & the Endocannabinoid System

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The Special Relationship Between CBD & the Endocannabinoid System

What you may not know is that cannabis is the only source of cannabinoids -- chemical compounds found to trigger various physiological actions in the body. The most commonly known cannabinoids are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), however, they serve completely different purposes.
Due to its non-psychoactivity, there is much to be learned about the medical efficacy of cannabis’ CBD in particular. Scientists have evaluated that the cannabinoid is not only rich with therapeutic properties, but it may be able to for a range of health conditions.
Due to the fact that the plant has been demonized so heavily since being outlawed, we understand why you might be reluctant about giving cannabis-based therapy a fair trial.
This is of course nothing short of a modern-day tragedy, however, as research continues to grow, so too will the health-boosting potential of the herb -- not to mention the fact that it poses virtually no risk of dependence, immune tolerance, overdose potential, or harmful side effects.
If you’d like to learn a little more, in this article, we aim to share all of the amazing insights found in preliminary research on how cannabis’ CBD affects your body’s natural endocannabinoid system.

CBD's Action in the Human Body

The discovery of the endocannabinoid system started to unfold during the late ’80s. As we mentioned earlier, the body has an endocannabinoid system. In fact, all living mammals including vertebrates have an existing endocannabinoid system. Human Body This molecular system produces its own cannabinoid receptors (called endocannabinoids -- endo meaning “within”), which are grouped in two main categories: CB1 and CB2 and involve in the regulation of our biological functions such as mood, sleep, appetite, pain, and more. Recent science has found that these cannabinoid receptors do not just respond to the endocannabinoids produced in the body, but also respond to like the plant (exocannabinoids) cannabinoids, such as CBD. Note that CBD doesn’t bind directly to either of these receptors but, instead impacts them indirectly. There are 60 different cannabinoid molecules identified in cannabis that also have the ability to bind to cannabinoid receptors, however, CBD is the most abundant (aside from THC) one that we are currently learning more and more about. What is so intriguing about this is how similar these naturally occurring compounds found in nature are to the ones that our human body already produces. CB1 receptors are spread throughout the central nervous system and play a role in the production and release of neurotransmitters, while CB2 receptors are mainly found in the immune system. Although different, both cannabinoid receptors seem to play a significant role in the maintenance of homeostasis. Various studies suggest that by activating or inhibiting these cannabinoid receptors, CBD has the ability to influence the ECS to work more effectively and efficiently, thus, achieving homeostasis. A deficient ECS will cause the body to struggle to reach homeostasis, which could bring about a number of illnesses in the body, including but not limited to anxiety, inflammation, epilepsy, chronic pain, depression, and others.

Research Shows the Health Implications of CBD

Researchers believe that the root of many conditions is related to the cause of some clinical endocannabinoid deficiency in the body called, clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency (CECD). This condition is characterized by an individual having an extremely low cannabinoid count than considered essential for optimal health. Luckily, CBD contains anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiolytic, antiproliferative, antibacterial, antioxidant, antispasmodic, antibacterial, anti-diabetic, anti-psoriatic, anti-ischemic properties. Current research has found that CBD’s effect on many areas of the human body may be able to address this deficiency by improving the ECS’s ability to function. Although we are still in the infant stages of research,  cannabinoids such as cannabis’ CBD have proven effective in managing over 50 different conditions and counting.

Final Thoughts

Although cannabis’ CBD is readily available and completely safe for human use, admittedly, it’s no walk in the park – especially if you’re a complete newcomer to the world of cannabis. From all that you learned here today, if you’re curious and are thinking about giving this extraordinary cannabinoid a try for the first time, we recommend that you explore your options first by speaking with a healthcare professional to find what will work best for you.