What Is CBD?
CBD interacts with our bodies in a variety of ways. One of the main impacts is it mimics the effects of the compounds in our bodies called “endocannabinoids”. These “endocannabinoids” are part of a regulatory system in our bodies called the “endocannabinoid system”. The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a widespread neuromodulator system that plays an important role in central nervous system.
The discovery of the endocannabinoid system has significantly advanced our understanding of health and disease. It has major implications for nearly every area of medical science and helps to explain how and why CBD and THC are such versatile compounds.
What happens if the endocannabinoid system doesn’t function properly? What are the consequences of a chronically deficient or overactive endocannabinoid system? In a word, disease.
CBD acts upon CB1 and CBD2 receptors located throughout the body to produce a variety of potentially positive outcomes. CBD does not bind directly to either of these receptors but instead impacts them indirectly.
Endocannabinoids are made in our bodies and work like a lock and key to the CB1 and CBD2 cannabinoid receptors. By stimulating the endocannabinoid system, CBD promotes homeostasis, the ability of an organism or environment to maintain a state of internal balance and physical well being in spite of changes or outside factors.
CBD can also increase the amount of anandamide in the body. Known as the “bliss molecule,” anandamide plays a role in the neural generation of pleasure and motivation.