Whether you’re struggling with anxiety, having trouble sleeping, or simply looking for fresh ways to prioritize your wellness, CBD may be a helpful tool in your self-care toolbox. It’s still new to the wellness scene and there are tons of misconceptions out there about how it actually works in your body. Here are some basics.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of many cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. We have a system in our bodies related to these compounds: the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). Let’s break down what this system is and everything you need to know about it.
WHAT EXACTLY IS THE ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM?
In the 90s, scientists discovered endocannabinoids, molecules similar to cannabis that are naturally produced by our bodies. The ECS is a cell-signaling system where endocannabinoids bind to receptors throughout the body. These receptors can be found in our brain, nerves, skin cells, immune system, bones, liver, GI tract, and more.
The ECS’s big job is to maintain homeostasis, supporting harmony and stability in the body. This keeps essential functions in check (for example: body temperature, water & oxygen levels, pH, and blood sugar).
WHAT DOES IT CONTROL?
It helps regulate sleep, mood, stress, metabolism, memory, immunity, pain, inflammation, muscle formation, and reproductive health. Some refer to it as the bridge between Body & Mind.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Your body produces endocannabinoid molecules and they bind to receptors. The two main receptors are CB1 and CB2, and these are found in different places throughout the body. When the molecules bind to receptors, you’ll begin to feel the effects.
HOW DOES CBD AFFECT THE SYSTEM?
Researchers are still exploring how exactly CBD impacts the ECS. They believe it may help stimulate the system and can prevent endocannabinoids from being broken down, enhancing their positive effects.
Scientists are still uncovering more about the ECS — because it’s a pretty new discovery, there is still so much to learn! Bottom line: CBD works with your body to help you feel balanced, calm, and healthy from the inside out.