HOW DOES CBD WORK?
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a stable and non-toxic compound found in hemp. Unlike its counterpart THC – which is another naturally-occurring compound in the cannabis plant – CBD does not stimulate euphoria or make you “high”.
CBD is known to interact with and mimic the effects of naturally-occurring receptors inside the body. These receptors have been found on essentially every cell type in the human body, which helps to explain the seemingly endless capabilities that the plant-based cannabinoid possesses.
The receptors associated with CBD are CB1 and CB2; both of which are involved in stimulating multiple processes throughout the body. CB1 receptors are spread throughout the body – mainly in the brain and central nervous system – while CB2 receptors are found primarily in organ and tissue systems.
How CBD Actually Works
Unlike THC, CBD is not known to directly act upon CB1 and CB2 receptors. Rather, it is believed to influence receptor action by indirectly associating with behavioural neurotransmitters.
As a plant-based phytocannabinoid substance, CBD’s main role is believed to be in supporting the body’s endogenous (endocannabinoid) system, which is an innate molecular network that (amongst other things) helps to regulate various elements in the body..
Also, CBD is widely known to act on FAAH enzymes, which readily inhibit the function of CB1. For this reason, CBD is recognised as a powerful component able to reduce the psychoactive effects induced by THC.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) CBD is generally regarded as being safe and well-tolerated. In a general sense, it is also routinely used by healthy individuals to help provide the body with a state of balance and homeostasis.