Everything that you ever wanted to know about how cannabinoids such as CBD interact with the Endocannabinoid System!
Every day around the world, scientists are starting to unlock more of the mysteries surrounding
CBD and how it interacts with our bodies. While initial studies and investigations were all
focused on identifying and isolating the different cannabinoids, including CBD and THC,
scientists quickly switched to uncovering how they interact with our bodies.
What they discovered was the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). Before we look at what the ECS
is and how cannabinoids interact with it, let’s take a look at CBD and what it is! In the following
article, we’re going to breakdown what cannabinoids such as CBD are, what the ECS is, and
how the ECS interacts with our body and cannabinoids.
What Is CBD?
There are over 113 different cannabinoids, but the two most prevalent and abundant are CBD
and THC. Cannabidiol (CBD), unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), has no psychotropic
properties. What does that mean? It means that you’re not going to experience the ‘euphoric
high’ with CBD like you would when you use THC products.
Almost all CBD products are made using CBD that was sourced from industrial hemp rather than
marijuana. This is because hemp is high in CBD and low in THC. Legally, in the United States,
CBD products need to contain less than 0.3% THC to be sold as hemp products. Both hemp and
marijuana belong to the cannabis sativa plant family.
What Is the Endocannabinoid System?
Everyone has an Endocannabinoid System, whether they have ever used cannabis products or
not. The ECS is made up of a series of receptors that are spread throughout the body but strongly
focused on the immune systems and central nervous system.
When you take CBD products, the CBD is absorbed into the bloodstream, where it interacts with
the receptors in the ECS. The easiest way to picture receptors is like a lock, and cannabinoids
such as CBD are the keys that unlock the locks.
Scientists believe that the ECS is largely responsible for maintaining homeostasis (balance and
harmony) inside the body. When something isn’t functioning correctly, the ECS can step in and
restore balance and harmony. Receptors sit outside the cells within the body and monitor what’s
happening. They are constantly scanning what’s happening, and when they detect something that’s not right, they send a signal to the cells to respond. This triggers a response from the cell
which corrects whatever is happening—restoring balance or harmony.
Different cannabinoids interact with different receptors, but the two most abundant receptors in
the ECS are the CB1 and CB2 receptors. CBD can reduce the negative effects of THC, such as
anxiety, paranoia, and nausea, by blocking the receptors that THC binds with.
While we know a lot about the CBD and THC, the two most popular cannabinoids, scientists are
only just beginning to scratch the surface when it comes to the Endocannabinoid System. It’s
because of the way the receptors in the ECS are spread throughout the body that cannabinoids
such as CBD are so versatile. CBD receptors are located in all parts of the body, and CBD
products can be taken orally as an oil, tincture, or edible, and
applied as creams and topicals.
CBD and the Endocannabinoid System Conclusion
Every day scientists around the world are uncovering more and more about cannabinoids such as
CBD and THC and how these cannabinoids interact with the Endocannabinoid System.
It’s important if you are currently on medication, that you speak with your doctor or healthcare
professional before taking any CBD as CBD can interfere with the way our bodies process some
prescription medication. We love to hear from our customers, so if you have any questions about
our range of CBD products, then please don’t hesitate to contact us directly. Our friendly and
professional team will get back to you as soon as possible.