What is Cannabidiol (CBD Oil)?
CBD is an abbreviation of cannabidiol and is 1 of 113 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. It accounts for up to 40% of the plants extract. It is a naturally occurring substance that is used in products like oils, vapes and edibles to impart a feeling of relaxation and calm. It has been scientifically proven to aid with an increasing number of physical and mental health issues.
How does CBD work?
Cannabidiol works by entering the body and connecting to receptors. These receptors are named CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors assist in helping with health and disease, cardiovascular and motor control, and are primarily located within nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. CB2 receptors help with the immune system by managing pain and inflammation. CB2 receptors are mainly found within white blood cells in the tonsils and the spleen.
The receptors work through something know as the Endocannabinoid system. The Endocannabinoid system is a molecular system responsible for regulating and balancing many processes in the body including immune response, communication between cells, appetite and metabolism, memory function and more. It is through this system of receptors and metabolic enzymes that cannabinoids interact with the human body and trigger beneficial effects. The Endocannabinoid system was only recently discovered, and its full importance is still unknown. Studies are ongoing and discoveries will continue to be made.