An Overview of CBD & The Endocannabinoid System.


What is CBD?

CBD s short for cannabidiol. It is one of the main compounds derived from the cannabis plant. Cannabis is made up of multiple compounds such as CBD, CBG, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), Terpenes and many others. Unlike THC, that gets you high, CBD does not deliver a Psychedelic High. Instead, CBD interacts indirectly with the receptors in the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) to help you manage various conditions. 

Studies conducted so far have shown that CBD can help with multiple conditions like anxiety, depression, tumors and chronic pain. For you to appreciate how CBD works, knowledge of the ECS essential. 

 

What is the Endocannabinoid System?

The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) regulates multiple functions of our bodies such as mood, pain and digestion system. The system has a variety of receptors that occur in various parts of the body. Two critical receptors found in the ECS include CB1 and CB2 receptors. The CB1 receptors are located in the brain and the spinal cord. The CB2 receptors, on the other hand exist in your digestive system, immune system, nervous system and most of your vital organs.

 CBD and other Cannabinoids bind themself to these receptors to deliver a therapeutic outcome.

 

Why should I buy a CBD?

CBD is a critical compound of the cannabis plant and is useful in the treatment of a variety of conditions including:

 Chronic Pain 

Many people suffering from chronic pain use conventional medicines like analgesics and opioids that are super addictive and used for long periods of time since they only manage symptoms. However, the use of CBD delivers quick natural relief to your pain with minimal side effects. To reduce pain, you can use CBD infused tinctures  to amplify the effects anandamide; a chemical that’s associated with pain reduction and Runners high. CBD inhibits the enzyme that metabolises and destroys the anandamide, allowing anandamide to work freely in the body. The body produces natural self healing compounds that by internal and external interference have been disabled. CBD and other Cannabinoids bring us balance and empower our bodies to function as designed.

 

Inflammation 

When you get injured, your immune system responds by activating the work of the white blood cells at the site of injury. The response results in pain and swelling. Inflammation which happens for a short time is helpful to your body because it helps in fighting off pathogens. However, prolonged inflammation may harm your body. In some cases your body will confuse healthy or normal tissue with a outside threat and attack it with white blood cells(inflammation) causing severe damage over long periods of time. It marks the beginning of specific conditions like cancer and arthritis.

 CBD works by regulating the way your immune system responds to inflammation. It counteracts inflammation by trapping free radical chain reactions or transforming them to less active forms.  Additionally, CBD has properties that enable it to kill free radicals that are produced during inflammation. By binding itself to TRPV1 receptors that transmit pain from the body to the brain, CBD reduces pain associated with inflammation.

CBD and Sleep

CBD is effective in the treatment of insomnia and other sleep related disorders. These disorders are associated with various conditions like anxiety, depression, pain and inflammation. A clinical study including patients with similar sleep disorders suggested that the use of cbd substantially increased the quality of sleep in these patients. CBD treats these conditions and restores sound sleep. CBD not only helps you sleep but it preserves our naturally designed sleep structure.

Depression and Anxiety 

People suffering from anxiety and depression can also get relief through the use of CBD. The chemical binds itself to serotonin and activates its function to optimum levels. New studies on humans have suggested that CBD binds itself to receptors in the body that are associated with Anxiety and Depression to help alleviate symptoms. The study showed very noticeable improvements in Anxiety levels in people with fear of public speaking when compared to instances before taking CBD. Although the results of many of these studies are positive more clinical studies and research is needed to determine the exact way that CBD dosed affect he body and mind.

 

Conclusion 

CBD is an essential chemical in the cannabis plant that helps with a variety of conditions. Cannabis as a whole has been used throughout human history to treat all kinds of issues with the mind and body.  The world view on Cannabis is shifting and past stereotypes associated with Cannabis use are becoming a thing of the past. Although more studies need to be conducted on CBD and the human body. Much of the research already conducted is pointing in the right direction. You should still consult with your doctor (if possible) before deciding to stop any prescribed medication. Feel free to comment below with your thoughts or questions on the subject.


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