While THC usually gets all the attention, studies shedding light on the potential benefits of CBD have forced us to take another look at the non-psychoactive compound.
Cannabidiol, abbreviated CBD, is a cannabinoid found in cannabis. When absorbed into our bodies cannabinoids interact with our endocannabinoid system by binding to our CB1 and CB2 receptors, regulating everything we feel, think, and do.
Just like a key fits into a lock, cannabinoids are designed to bind with these receptors and spur them into action. Once triggered a set of events are put into place to send out messages and carry out cellular responses to provide support for our brain, immune, and central nervous system.
Our bodies naturally produce cannabinoids, referred to as endocannabinoids. These are made specifically to bind with our CB1 and CB2 receptors. However, phytocannabinoids (originating from plants) such as CBD can also effectively stimulate these receptors.
It is theorized that a deficiency in our endocannabinoid system can lead to various cognitive and immune problems later in life. Administering cannabinoids such as CBD can help our systems maintain healthy functions and provide therapeutic benefits for our health.