The human body is a complex machine and the way it interacts with the CBD is even more so. Having said that, here are the basic scientific aspects we know about it.
If there is one thing we have learned from scientific research on cannabis, it is that we still have a lot to learn about the human body. Research on cannabis keeps finding new and exciting potential benefits from this incredible plant, focusing on CBD and the endocannabinoid system.
The endocannabinoid system performs various and valuable functions within the body. Although this is not questioned, more recent research also suggests that there is a third force in the control of these disorders: the endocannabinoid system.
What is the endocannabinoid system ?
Simply put, the endocannabinoid system is a network of receptors extending throughout the body: it is present virtually everywhere in the central nervous system. These receptors interact specifically with cannabinoids, creating the many effects that accompany cannabis use. But this system is not designed by the body to get you high, oh no. Studies have found very positive evidence that suggests the endocannabinoid system is essential in the regulation of many body functions. Also, quite interestingly enough, apart from the few cannabinoids produced naturally by the body, there is no other known natural source other than cannabis. As if nature did it on purpose!
The role of CBD in the endocannabinoid system
Within the endocannabinoid system, two major types of receptors exist. These are receptors CB1 and CB2. Contrary to THC – marijuana’s main psychoactive substance – CBD is unable to fully link to both receptors. This causes stimulation in the cells where the receptors are activated, without the CBD being fully bound to them. Because CBD is transported through the bloodstream and endocannabinoid receptors are found throughout the entire body, including the brain, these interactions can take place throughout the body, causing widespread and varied effects. This is why CBD oil has become such a popular dietary supplement.
CBD outside the endocannabinoid system
Although the endocannabinoid system is the main point of interaction of the CBD, it is not the only one. Therefore, we thought it was useful to briefly mention the other aspects of the CBD’s interaction with the organism. These additional interactions are caused by the stimulation of other receptors by the CBD.
What is certain is that CBD is a complex cannabinoid and how it interacts with the body is nothing short of amazing. It’s amazing to have an internal system that appears designed specifically to operate with the CBD. Scientific research on the CBD has so far only found positive results.