How CBD Affects the Body
Learn How CBD Affects the Body
In recent years, more and more people have been talking about CBD. Most people know that it is a non-psychoactive compound in the cannabis plant – meaning it doesn’t get you “high” the way THC does – and many people understand that it delivers a range of health benefits. But exactly how it does all of this is a mystery. So, how does CBD affect the body?
Let’s take a look at the specifics, without getting too technical.
How CBD Interacts with Receptors in the Brain
The human brain contains countless cells used to communicate a wide variety of information between its different parts called neurons. When one neuron wants to communicate with another, it releases a neurotransmitter chemical that binds to the second neuron via a receptor structure called a synapse. For two neurons to communicate, they must have corresponding receptors to which the neurotransmitters can attach.
This is how naturally occurring neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin send signals that accomplish things like regulating mood, hunger, and sleep. Sometimes, however, this chain of communication becomes damaged (by any number of causes), disrupting the body’s ability to regulate itself. In other words, communications aren’t being sent or received, usually due to a lack of the necessary neurotransmitters.
As it turns out, brain receptors can interact with transmitters introduced from outside the body. This is where CBD and THC come in. While both of these compounds – called cannabinoids – affect receptors when ingested or smoked, only THC affects receptors that will get you high (called CB1 and CB2) directly. CBD has an indirect influence that involves pushing the body to increase its own naturally produced cannabinoid neurotransmitters by inhibiting the enzymes that break them down.
To simplify that, if your body is having a problem regulating itself due to low neurotransmitter levels, CBD can be introduced to boost those levels and facilitate communication.
CBD Can Have Many Positive Effects on the Body
If that all seems like a mouthful, that’s because it is. But here’s another way to put it – when your body is having trouble regulating itself, CBD can help.
And its benefits are many. Studies have shown that CBD can help regulate mood, alleviate depression or anxiety, limit or increase hunger, combat PTSD, and regulate the body in numerous other ways.
Bottom line – its benefits are many.