How Does CBD Work?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-intoxicating extract from either the marijuana or hemp plant. It has rapidly become a popular product in a variety of forms, from tinctures, gel caps, edibles, to bath products.
Because of its past murky legal status (the 2018 Farm Bill should change things moving forward), scientific studies have been limited. However, some preliminary work into how CBD interacts with human biology have provided clues.
CBD is one of a large handful of cannabinoids. Most people are familiar with the cannabinoid THC, which is responsible for psychoactive effects in its users.
In the 1990s, scientists discovered the endocannabinoid system. The human body produces its own chemicals, called endocannabinoids, which regulate the nervous system, immune system, and organs. The endocannanabinoid system is involved in the modulation of pain and inflammation.
CBD appears to increase the levels of your own natural endocannabinoids as well as interact with serotonin receptors and pain receptors. The wide uses of CBD could be attributed to its indirect mechanism.
In a review published in April 2018, several neurological uses for CBD individually and in combination with THC were studied. Animal and human research data found neuroprotective, anti-inflammatory, and immunomodulatory benefits.
In other words, studies are finding that CBD seems to help people who have problems with their own bodies' signaling mechanisms and restores them to a state where symptoms are reduced. In the modern world with jobs that demand repetitive movement, working indoors for long hours, inactivity, and cause stress, people wish to restore their bodies' systems to a more balanced state. Cannabinoids such as CBD may help with this goal.
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