CBD is one amazing substance. Researchers are only just beginning to understand the full medicinal value of it in our lives and they are still asking “How does CBD oil work in the body?”
This article assumes that you have a working understanding of what CBD Oil is. If not, I highly encourage you to read our page on that. You can find it by clicking here —> What is CBD Extract?
So, we know that CBD Oil is just one of over 60 cannabinoids in the industrial hemp plant. We know our bodies are designed to use cannabinoids in our endocannabinoid systems. And we know that CBD is not psychoactive at all, unlike its cousin THC. So, now let’s ask, “How does CBD Oil Work in the Body?”
The Endocannabinoid System
All mammals have an endocannabinoid system. This system was discovered in the 90s and is still a system of much research. We often hear people talking about using CBD Oil for dogs. That is because the endocannabinoid system of your dog is basically just like the one inside of you. This isn’t really much different than the fact that our hearts and lungs are basically the same. All mammals have an endocannabinoid system and CBD Oil appears to work the same way in all mammals.
This ECS (Endocannabinoid System) is basically a signaling system that sends signals based on the activity of cannabinoids in our system. These cannabinoids circulate through our system continuously and affect virtually every physiological system in our bodies.
The ECS system is made up of CB1 and CB2 receptors. Cannabinoids bind directly and indirectly to these cannabinoid receptors. The CB1 receptors are located throughout the central nervous system and specifically the lungs, liver, and kidneys. The CB2 receptors are in the immunological system and the circulatory system.
Our Bodies Make Cannabinoids
Our bodies produce substances such as anandamide that bind to these receptors serving as neurotransmitters for cannabinoids. While CBD is a cannabinoid, it does not bind directly to these receptors. It does, however, affect stress genes which control things such as cholesterol metabolism.
CBD also increases the bodies own production, and thus availability, of the cannabinoids made by our bodies. The increase in production of our own cannabinoids allows for greater reception but the CB1 and CB2 receptors. So, a partial answer to the question, “How does CBD Oil Work in the Body?” is by helping our body to produce what it needs.
Researchers know that CBD oil does have therapeutic effects on our bodies. It is antiemetic which means it helps with nausea. It is anxiolytic which means it helps control anxiety. It is antitumoral which means it inhibits tumor growth. And it is an immunological inhibitor which means it helps stop the creation of cancer cells.
Deficiency in cannabinoids is associated with genetic diseases, acquired diseases, and spontaneously occurring diseases.
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The ECS is also responsible for memory networks in the brain. This means that the ECS is responsible for things like pain perception, mood, appetite, taste, physiological needs, and metabolic function. The metabolic system regulates the storage and transfer of cellular nutrition. So, clearly, if the ECS is not operating at peak efficiency, the entire body may be thrown out of homeostasis. The CB1 and CB2 receptors help the ECS system respond to the bodies needs. This is critical to maintaining homeostasis.
The cannabinoids and the phytocannabinoids of the industrial hemp plant are essential components of the endocannabinoid system. While currently, all the attention is on the cannabidiol (CBD) cannabinoid, there are at least 60 other cannabinoids present in the industrial hemp plant. It will be decades before we fully understand what each of those cannabinoids may do in our bodies and health.
Hemp Used To Be Part of Our Diet
Industrial hemp used to be a significant part of our diet. Hemp was so prevalent, even during prehistoric times, that it was a major food source for animals as well as humans. We used to cook in hemp oil, eat ground hemp, and feed it to livestock. At one time we would have been receiving components from hemp in meat, eggs, dairy, and directly. This means that we had been supplementing our bodies with the full range of cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. This, in turn, supplemented our ECS system helping to keep us in a state of homeostasis.
Without that homeostasis, it is possible this deficiency of cannabinoids in our diet has led to countless diseases and problems in our bodies. Research also indicates that CBD has neurological protective benefits.
Cannabidiol (CBD) demonstrates antiinflamatory properties and immune regulating properties.
Cannabidiol has excellent blood brain barrier crossing properties. Within the brain, it acts as an antioxidant, antimicrobial, and neuroprotective. These properties are being studied for use against diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Studies have already shown that patients taking CBD Oil have significantly bettered the ability to recognize people.
The benefits of CBD are only now beginning to be truly understood. Large scale research has only just recently really started to take place. It is almost a daily occurrence where a CBD study links CBD to some new benefit.
The FDA has approved one new drug which is basically an ultra purified CBD Oil. This is being used for epilepsy with amazing results. Many people are simply self-prescribing CBD oil for seizures of all types. I am not a doctor and certainly recommend you work in conjunction with your health care providers when trying any new treatment.
Just turn on your computer and Google CBD Benefits and new links pop up every single day. At this point, I think it is safe to say we do not even know what we don’t know about CBD.
We do know it is helping millions of people live a better quality of life. Personally, I can attest that CBD stopped four long years of chronic debilitating insomnia on the first day I took it. You can read about my personal tests of “Does CBD Oil Help Sleep” here.
You can read more highly detailed and scientific information on CBD Oil at Medical News Today by following this link —> https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/317221.php
So, How Does CBD Oil Work in the Body?
CBD Oil works in conjunction with our ECS to regulate many vital functions in our bodies. CBD doesn’t directly interfere with any systems but rather encourages our bodies to produce the cannabinoids that it needs. This increase in cannabinoids helps bring the body back into homeostasis by encouraging proper communication between the ECS system and our brains. Rather than alternating our chemistry like most pharmaceuticals, CBD simply helps our bodies systems communicate properly so that the proper signals and requests are being sent.
Proper communication within our ECS encourages our bodies to take care of themselves.
Please always remember that I am not a Doctor or medical researcher officially. I have had great personal success with CBD Oil for treating my insomnia, anxiety, and depression. I am interested in getting information out to others who suffer from conditions that CBD may help with. I scour the articles and research and present my summaries here so that others who do not have time to research everything in detail can benefit from my efforts.
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