CBD and human physiology: it’s a match made in heaven. Health and wellness heaven, at least. That’s because CBD connects with the body on a deep, innate level through its activation of various cellular messengers, especially the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). [link to that article] The ECS is a network of cannabinoids, receptors, and their enzymes spread throughout our entire body.
SUMMARIZING THE ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM
The Endocannabinoid System is most easily explained as a lock and key system; cannabinoids are the keys, and their receptors are the locks. There are two cannabinoid receptors that are known to exist in the body. These receptors are simply called CB1 and CB2, with CB1 found mostly in the brain and CB2 found primarily in the body. Along with the messages they receive, these receptors control more of life than you might ever imagine.
CB1 receptors are found in the brain and central nervous system. They affect sensations like appetite, motor activity, thinking, short term memory, pain and more. CB2 Receptors are found in the immune system and the vital organs associated with healthy immune functioning. These receptors aid in regulating pain and other immune responses. Overall, CB1 and CB2 are responsible for modulating many physiological processes.
Along with two receptors, there are also two endocannabinoids: anandamide and 2AG. These naturally-occurring endocannabinoids interact perfectly with the endocannabinoid system; in fact, 2-AG behaves much like CBD does.
SCIENTIFIC DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THC AND CBD
THC binds directly to CB1 receptors in the brain, which is why it causes such an intoxicating high. Think of this interaction like a key fitting perfectly into a lock, where THC is the key and the CB1 is the lock. CBD, on the other hand, does not directly bind to the CB1 or CB2 receptors, which keeps its effects intoxication-free.
Going back to the key example, CBD clicks into its locked receptors (the lock)… but doesn’t necessarily turn to open them. Instead of directly binding to the receptors like THC, CBD regulates the flow of beneficial messages into them. It may even change a receptor’s shape and sensitivity, in the process helping endocannabinoids work better!
HOW DOES CBD WORK?
CBD acts as a chemical messenger within the ECS to signal the body’s own endocannabinoids to activate the CB1 and CB2 receptors. This signaling improves and strengthens communication between cells and improves the already-efficient function of endocannabinoid receptors.
CBD essentially promotes the normal function of the endocannabinoid system, which in turn helps maintain hemostasis. This gives CBD the potential to help reduce pain and inflammation, calm anxiety, improve sleep, reduce muscle spasms and seizures and lessen redness and inflammation of the skin.
If your endocannabinoid system is a battery, then CBD can be thought of like its high-powered charger. Daily charges have the potential to provide long-term benefits that can significantly improve the quality of life. Give your health a boost with Olakino CBD.