We often get asked about the functionality of CBD. One thing is for certain that it really works. However, if you want the scoop, the answer may be surprising for you.
We will discuss in this article, how CBD affects your body in a positive manner. To begin with, you must understand what CBD really is. Let me explain it to you in a short version.
Cannabinoids - An Introduction
In simple words, cannabinoids are extracted from the cannabis plant. This is a naturally occurring compound which is present in the cannabis plant along with THC and other cannabinoids. These compounds are the reason behind the pros and cons of medical marijuana and other industrial products based on hemp.
In scientific terms CBD, along with the other cannabinoids, is classified in to the phytocannabinoids category. This shows that they are plant based compounds. Different types of cannabinoids affect the human body in a different manner.
Now that we have established what a cannabinoids is, we will move back to the main topic.
The Effect Of Cannabinoid Receptors On The Endocannabinoid System
Your body has certain points which are most receptive towards cannabinoids. These are known as sites for cannabinoid reception. The endocannabinoid system is made up of these sites. This system is responsible for the mental and physiological reactions that occur in your body, naturally. These are mainly known as memory, mood, sensation of pain, appetite etc. The endocannabinoid system spreads throughout major organs of your body and your brain. There are two categories for these receptors, CB1 and CB2.
CB1 is a receptor that is mainly found in the brain. On the other hand, CB2 receptors are present in the immune system.
The interesting thing is that the cannabinoid particles interact with the receptors which results in several functions in the body.
Effects Of Cannabinoids On The Body?
Cannabinoids are present in different types. These are so diverse that scientists are still researching on them. These cannabinoids react with the receptors which causes several effects on your body. These effects may include the feeling of “high”, change of mood or better concentration. However, CBD has little to no direct effect on the endocannabinoid system. Let’s move forward with this point in mind.
Cannabinoids That Have External Effects vs. Internally Affecting Cannabinoids
Our body produces its own cannabinoids, which the endocannabinoid system works with. Arachidonoylethanolamine (AEA) is an example of such a cannabinoids which is associated with functions like eating, sleeping etc.
It is hard to ascertain between the adverse effects therapeutically, and the good clinical effects when cannabinoids are taken externally. This is mainly because the signals are very similar to the natural ones, so it is hard to distinguish them.
Why are external cannabinoids complicated?
As people intake several cannabinoids at once, it gets difficult to distinguish the exact effects of specific cannabinoids. This is because raw cannabis is composed of up to 60 different kinds of cannabinoids along with CBD and THC.
Moreover, few cannabinoids react with each other to create effects that are not found with individual usage. To explain this, THC’s psychotropic effects are prevented when it reacts with CBD. This reaction takes place by CBD not even reacting directly with the cannabinoid receptors. It was initially thought that a third type of receptor was present that reacts with Cannabidiol, however, it gets more interesting here.