If you’re an adult in America, you likely have heard about CBD-the natural, cannabis-derived substance that users report can alleviate dozens of ailments.
Although the many benefits CBD may deliver is an important and quite exciting point of discussion, it is essential to first understand what is CBD and how does it work to deliver these reported benefits.
What is CBD?
CBD is the abbreviation for Cannabidiol, the second most prevalent of the active ingredients in cannabis.
While CBD is one of the primary active ingredients produced by the cannabis plant, CBD does not deliver the intoxicating effects associated with “being high.” It does, however, deliver many of the therapeutic properties of the plant. While further research is underway, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), “to date, there is no evidence of public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”
The Science of How CBD Works
While it was initially believed that cannabinoids, like CBD, were only produced within cannabis plants, in the mid-20th century, scientists discovered that cannabinoids were also produced in the bodies of most mammals, including humans.
Within our body, there is an endogenous system known as the Endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is comprised of millions of endocannabinoid receptors, which are classified into two groups: CB1 receptors and CB2 receptors.
The ECS is spread throughout the body in core health systems including the digestive system, central nervous system, cardiovascular system, and immune system. By using the CB1 and CB2 receptors to distribute and relay neurological signals, the ECS acts as a regulatory communication system for the body.
The Reported Benefits of CBD
When introduced into the body, cannabis-derived cannabinoids (classified as “phytocannabinoids”) such as CBD can interact with endogenous cannabinoids (classified as “endocannabinoids”) in the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), studies indicate that CBD may alleviate a variety of ailments, including chronic pain, stress and anxiety, epilepsy, sleeping disorders and more.
While the research findings remain inconclusive until the FDA says otherwise, there are thousands of testimonials from actual CBD users who report feeling relief from their conditions with CBD.