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How Does CBD Oil Work Anyway?

How Does CBD Oil Work Anyway? 

Chances are, you’ve heard someone rave about the new CBD oil they’re taking. While we’re learning more everyday about the detrimental effects of stress on health, our hectic lifestyles show no signs of slowing. CBD is gaining popularity as a non-medical option for managing a host of symptoms, from stress and anxiety to chronic pain and insomnia. 

So how exactly does it work? 

CBD (or cannabidiol) is derived directly from the hemp plant, which is a cousin of the marijuana plant. Unlike marijuana, CBD contains no tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the psychoactive cannabinoid that gets you “high.” Instead, CBD attaches to receptors in the endocannabinoid system (ECS), a complex cell-signaling system that includes three main components: endocannabinoids, receptors, and enzymes. 

Endocannabinoids are molecules made by your body. Cannabinoid receptors are found all over the body, including the brain, stomach, nervous system, and skin. When endocannabinoids bind to these receptors, they signal that the ECS needs to take action. Enzymes break down endocannabinoids once they’ve done their work. 

Unlike THC, which produces that “high” feeling by activating the brain’s reward system, CBD influences the body to use its own endocannabinoids more effectively. For example, CBD stops the body from absorbing anandamide, a compound associated with regulating pain. Increased levels of anandamide in the bloodstream may reduce the amount of pain a person feels.

CBD may also limit inflammation in the nervous system and brain, which can reduce symptoms of pain, insomnia, and some immune-system responses. 

Unlike traditional pain medication or sleeping pills, CBD oil has shown little risk for either dependency or side effects. In fact, according to a report from the World Health Organization, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”





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