CBD is one of the numerous compounds you can find in the Cannabis plant. Undoubtedly the most famous compound is THC, which is also psychoactive (ie: it makes you high). CBD on the other hand doesn’t make you high but it has a lot of therapeutic benefits (actually both compounds have therapeutic benefits, but they are quite different). CBD helps with chronic pain, epilepsy, anxiety, depression and acne to name a few. It is also a good anti-inflammatory so it can help in cases of chronic inflammations. It can act as an analgesic, a relaxant, an antidepressant, an anti-oxidant and provides neuroprotection. But we have to say that everybody can react to CBD in different ways, and that’s because of endocannabinoid system.
What’s the Endocannabinoid System?
The endocannabinoid system is like a combination of sensors spread all over the body. These sensors are the keyholes and the fitocannabinoids are the keys. The sensors react when they come in contact with cannabinoids that come from the Cannabis plant.
The endocannabinoid system is made by two primary cell receptors: CB1 and CB2.
The CB1 receptors are found especially in the brain, the central nervous system and the bone marrow, but also in the nerve endings where they act on the pain;
The CB2 receptors are in the immune system and in the peripheral nervous system, and when they are activated they reduce inflammations.
The endocannabinoid system is involved in regulating a variety of physiological and cognitive processes like appetite, pain sensation, mood, memory but also reproduction and digestion. So that’s why it’s important for our health and why we should keep it lively. A healthy endocannabinoid system makes our body healthy.