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CBD 101: How Does CBD Work?

October 30, 2020
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In our first blog in this series, “CBD for Beginners: How to Use CBD for Health & Wellness,” we showed you the basics of CBD and how it can support your self-care routine through better sleep, better digestion, and more. Now let’s look more closely at how CBD actually works.

What Is CBD?

Nature is full of so many simple things that are great for our bodies. CBD is the perfect example. The hemp plant, which is part of the cannabis family, is made up of at least 144 different compounds. These compounds are known as cannabinoids, and CBD (cannabidiol) is just one of them. CBD is actually one of the most abundant cannabinoids in the hemp plant, with others like THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBG (cannabigerol) being much less prevalent.

The cannabis family of plants has been known for THC much longer than CBD, even though CBD seems to have much more to offer. Unlike THC, CBD is more recognized for its reported health benefits than its euphoric effects. With hemp being naturally high in CBD and naturally low in THC, hemp has grown to be the obvious choice for harvesting CBD and using it in health and wellness products.

A Look at How CBD Works in the Body

CBD is thought to interact with the brain and body because of the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is made up of cell receptors that act as neurotransmitters that send signals out to different parts of the body. To date, researchers have found CB1 and CB2 receptors in the ECS. CB1 receptors are mostly concentrated throughout the brain and in certain areas of the body. CB2 receptors are found in the nervous system and the immune system.

The ECS is thought to help encourage a certain balance in the body known as homeostasis. Cannabinoids, including CBD, work by interacting with the cell receptors of the ECS, and encouraging the system to produce its own cannabinoids called endocannabinoids. The CB1 and CB2 receptors respond differently to different cannabinoids. In the case of CBD, the action seems to be an indirect one. In other words, receptors aren’t reacting to CBD, they are reacting to the body-made endocannabinoids CBD encourages the body to release.

A lot remains to be studied about the ECS in the human body, but so far, we know that the ECS plays a role in things like:

  • Mood
  • Memory
  • Sleep
  • Appetite
  • Reproduction

Basically, you don’t have to be taking in cannabinoids for the ECS to be working. But, sometimes, the ECS does not get enough natural endocannabinoids to maintain a steady balance in the body. For example, someone who is having a hard time sleeping may not be producing enough endocannabinoids for their ECS. In this scenario, taking CBD may help.

CBD Effects and Possible Benefits

The role of CBD in the body is to stimulate the ECS, so the possible benefits could be an impressive list. CBD is thought to affect everything from feel-good receptors in the brain to immune system responses in the body. While the cannabinoid may not be a cure-all, there are many people who are working CBD into their everyday lives and enjoying the benefits.

In a study of CBD for seizures, researchers found secondary benefits like:

  • Awareness improvement
  • Better sleep
  • Better mood

CBD has also been identified as something that could possibly help with pain and inflammation. CBD for mental health is also a growing area of study. The cannabinoid is being examined to help with everything from addiction to anxiety and social phobia. While the research is just getting started, the future sure looks bright for CBD.

Enhance, Simplify, and Support Your Best Life With CBD

One of the greatest things about CBD these days is just how accessible it is. Whether you’re looking for peaceful sleep, a little rejuvenation, or a natural way to support a healthier you, CBD may have a spot in your life. If you’re ready to get started on a new self-care journey, take a look at My Riviera Life’s collection of full-spectrum CBD products to try out for yourself.

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