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Understanding How CBD Works

What does CBD stand for?

Let’s start from the top. CBD is the abbreviation for ‘cannabidiol’, which is an active compound that naturally occurs in cannabis plants. At the moment, the scientific community is aware of around 113+ of these compounds, which are called cannabinoids.

This also includes THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), which have psychoactive properties (i.e. produces a ‘high’) and CBN (cannabinol). Each of these compounds play a different role when it comes to the endocannabinoid system.

CBD may be more readily available these days, but many people still don’t quite understand how CBD works and what benefits it holds. We explain it in a nutshell.

If you’re wondering how CBD works, you are certainly not alone. Since the legalisation of both medical and recreational cannabis has become more prevalent around the globe, CBD is a lot more readily available. However, there are still many people out there who don’t quite know how CBD works and what benefits it holds.

What is the Endocannabinoid system?

The endocannabinoid system refers to a biological system inside of all of us. It consists of three parts, namely:

  • Endocannabinoids – molecules produced by your body that are similar to cannabinoids found in cannabis plants.
  • Nervous system receptors that bond with endocannabinoids that are inside the body already and cannabinoids that are ingested voluntarily as CBD products.
  • Enzymes that help us to digest endocannabinoids and cannabinoids to make it available for use around the body.

According to findings by researchers from respected tertiary education establishments such as John Hopkins University and the University of California, this system is in place to help our bodies achieve and maintain homeostasis, i.e. keep all of our biological processes in balance.

What does CBD treat?

Because of the impact it has on maintaining a healthy balance within the body, CBD is said to be beneficial in countless ways. By contributing to the maintenance of homeostasis it can improve everything from appetite and digestion, to immune function, inflammation, sleep, mood, and memory.

There is also ongoing research into the use of cannabinoids as potential treatments for a variety of diseases. Studies that are currently in progress are looking at applications that may reduce the symptoms and severity of conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disorders, and more.

Researchers also believe it may be effective in providing relief from mental health conditions such as anxiety, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and schizophrenia.

It is important to realise that CBD is not a cure-all. How well it works depends on the overall lifestyle of each person who uses it. It cannot undo the damage of a frenzied schedule, poor diet and zero movement all by itself.

However, If you enjoy a healthy diet, do at least some moderate exercise, drink enough water, and get sufficient rest, CBD is likely to contribute to your overall sense of well-being. In this way, it becomes a helpful aid in an established self-care regimen. 

How do I take CBD?

There are various ways to take CBD. This includes:

  • Oils and tinctures that are a great option for people who don’t like to take pills or capsules.
  • Topical creams and lotions that are normally preferred by people with muscle- and joint pain, as well as certain skin conditions.
  • Capsules and pills that are easy to ingest on the go.
  • Edibles like gummies and cookies that make for a more tasty experience.
  • Vaporised CBD oil that can be inhaled via an e-cig for quick effect.

It is important to note that there is a difference between CBD oil VS hemp seed oil. CBD oil is extracted from the leaves, flowers, and stalks of the cannabis plant and contains the active compound that affects the endocannabinoid system.

Hemp seed oil, on the other hand, is a cold-pressed seed extract which is sometimes called cannabis sativa seed oil. While this seed oil is certainly very healthy (it contains plenty of mood-boosting omega 3 and 6), it does not contain any cannabinoids.

There you have it – a short and sweet guide to how CBD works, in a nutshell. Keep an eye on the blog in the coming weeks and months for more interesting insights into the benefits of CBD, how you can incorporate it into your lifestyle to boost overall health and wellbeing, and much more.

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