How CBD Works in the Body
CBD stands for Cannabidiol and is a substance found in Cannabis plants. This is a non-psychoactive compound that is believed to have various benefits for both body and mind. Also, unlike THC, it does not instil a “high” when ingested.
While you may have heard of CBD, you may not be fully aware of what it actually does, how it works in the body, and the benefits it provides. We look at this in detail in the article below and discuss the uses of products like our full spectrum CBD tincture – enjoy!
Understanding the Endocannabinoid System and CBD
To understand how CBD works in our body, you must understand the Endocannabinoid system and how it works, and second, you must then understand how CBD interacts with said system, and the effects it has during interaction:
What is the Endocannabinoid system in our body?
The ECS is a biological system that contains endocannabinoids that interact with our central nervous system and peripheral nervous system.
In the scientific community, the ECS is a relatively new discovery and was only properly understood in the 1990's. The ECS was discovered when Scientists were researching different molecules like cannabinoids and how they are produced in our body. During this research it was discovered that the ECS is present throughout our body, including our brain, nervous system, and skin.
The ECS is meant to maintain balance within our bodies – a state of homeostasis. This is a state of biological balance in reaction to our surroundings. Things like stress and physical strain can affect the ECS. As a result, it is directly involved in numerous bodily processes like memory, metabolism, sleep, and our reproductive function.
Endocannabinoids are hugely important in our wellbeing and play a large role in the repair, rejuvenation, and maintenance of our bodies.
How does CBD interact with our Endocannabinoid System?
What does this have to do with CBD you may ask? As mentioned, the ECS’s primary function is to maintain bodily homeostasis. Our ECS can easily become unbalanced due to external factors, such as a particularly stressful day, or a poor night’s sleep that leaves us feeling lethargic in the morning.
Our body naturally produces endocannabinoids to rebalance our ECS if it is affected by external factors, but like with any substance in our body, our own production alone may not be enough. Depending on your body’s ability to produce endocannabinoids, you could have a deficiency and simply need “topping-up” to maintain balance.
This is where CBD plays a vital role. CBD contains phytocannabinoids which also interact with our ECS. They effectively prevent the breakdown of our endocannabinoids and allow our bodies to use the ECS more effectively.
Think of CBD like a vitamin or nutrient. While Vitamin C, for example, can help blood pressure and skin conditions, CBD helps maintain our ECS and provide balance to our bodies.
In addition to this function, CBD also interacts with other molecules and compounds in our body. For example:
- CBD binds to TRPV1 which helps with pain and inflammation
- CBD blocks GPR55 which is known to break down bone
- CBD activates 5hT which is a serotonin receptor
These relationships with different molecules in our body are complex but they provide numerous benefits and most importantly, do not have the “high” effects of cannabis.
How CBD benefits your body
Now that you understand more about CBD and your body, we can look at the benefits it provides. If you take full-spectrum CBD tinctures or other products, you could experience a range of health benefits, including:
Reduced anxiety and depression
One of the main uses of CBD is to help with anxiety, depression, and stress. These are common mental health disorders that plague millions of people worldwide.
CBD offers a potential alternative to traditional medicines that can have negative side-effects and can also become addictive. Full spectrum CBD tinctures and CBD oil has shown great promise as a treatment for these conditions. Several studies have shown that it has a positive effect and can work better than placebos.
CBD is also widely used to treat muscle pains and provide pain relief. As mentioned above, CBD interacts with our ECS and one of the results of this interaction is thought to help reduce inflammation. If you suffer from conditions like arthritis or MS, some studies have shown that CBD is beneficial.
Acne is a skin complaint that affects 9% of the human population. Whilst studies show CBD can be an anti-inflammatory for pain relief, these same properties could also help reduce the production of sebum.
An overproduction of sebum in our skin’s oil glands is one of the main causes of acne. Studies show that CBD does help, but its application as a treatment for acne scars is minimal.
Healthy heart maintenance
Heart problems such as heart disease and high blood pressure are deadly, and many people across the world have poor overall heart health.
Various studies have been undertaken to show the effects of CBD on our heart and circulatory system. For example, one study displayed that a dose of 600mg of CBD reduced the resting blood pressure of the study’s participants.
If you suffer from insomnia or have trouble sleeping, CBD could help in several ways. Firstly, CBD could reduce the cause of sleeplessness like stress and anxiety. Secondly, it can reduce daytime sleepiness and ensure that your body is ready to sleep at the appropriate time.
We hope you have found this article enlightening, as you should now have a clearer understanding of how CBD works in our bodies. Products like our full spectrum CBD tinctures and CBD oils can play an important role in our daily routine and provide various benefits.
How CBD Works in the Body