What is CBD ?
CBD – Cannabidiol is one of the 4 most common Cannabinoids found in the Cannabis Plant.
To date there have been 113 different cannabinoids which have been isolated from cannabis, each cannabinoid exhibits a different and varied effect.
Unlike the more famous molecule, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC),
CBD does not appear to be have any psychotropic (“high”) effects
CBD is a natural anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, anti-fungal, anti-spasmodic, analgesic,
anti-oxidant, anti-emetic, and anti-convulsant
How does CBD work?
Most predominant inside the resin glands (trichomes) of the female cannabis plant, CBD is one of over 80 chemical compounds known as cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are agonists that bind to special receptors on your cells, called cannabinoid receptors.
Certain receptors are heavily concentrated in the central nervous system while others are found in almost every organ of the body. Cannabinoid receptors are even found in the skin, digestive tract, and even in the reproductive organs.
You can think of agonists as keys and cannabinoid receptors as locks. By consuming cannabis, you are taking in agonists that interact with different locks on cells in the body. Together, these cell receptors make up a larger endocannabinoid system (ECS).
The ECS is a vast network of cell receptor proteins with many functions. Some describethe ECS as the greatest neurotransmitter system in the body. It lends a hand in seemingly just about everything, including:
- motor control
- immune function
- pain perception
- bone development
Four primary purposes of the ECS include neuroprotection, stress recovery, immune balance, and homeostatic regulation. The last one is a fancy way of referring to a system that creates optimum energy balance in the body.