So, how does CBD work?
We’re often asked, “how does CBD work ?”, well the common understanding is that Cannabinoids interact with internal cannabinoid receptors in your body. That’s because they’re similar in structure to “endocannabinoids,” which are your body’s own naturally produced cannabinoids. The human body has a complex internal system of cannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors that regulate many functions.
THC works directly on your cannabinoid receptors (called CB1 and CB2) to create its effects. It’s chemically similar to one of your endocannabinoids, called anandamide (the “bliss molecule”), so it can interact with the cannabinoid receptors intended for it. Think about it like a key fitting in a lock – provided certain parts match up, it can turn. This is how THC gets you high.
But how does CBD work? It’s a little more complicated. It affects the body’s cannabinoid system indirectly. It activates other receptors (including serotonin receptors), but also reduces the action of an enzyme that works on the cannabinoid system. The result of this last effect is complex, but essentially CBD boosts some of the therapeutic effects of THC while also reducing its psychoactive effects.
This means it’s a pretty useful cannabinoid for people using THC medically.
CBD also prevents the breakdown of anandamide, your body’s main natural cannabinoid.
CBD products, such as CBD Oil, have the potential to positively affect a lot of things.