How does CBD work in our bodies?

It might be that you heard of CBD before, it might be that you have never heard of it before. How does CBD function in our bodies? That the component cannabidiol, abbreviated to CBD, from cannabis (hemp and weed plants) can be considered a natural and useful substance, is something that more and more people are experiencing, and despite the fact that some people are still reluctant to use CBD products from hemp, interest in this unique plant is growing rapidly. The most special fact that one experiences after use is that no unpleasant situations, such as a psychoactive effect, occur. Something that many people expect because they confuse hemp with the psychoactive weed. Incidentally, the body absorbs CBD quickly. In some situations, the body absorbs CBD oil noticeably within minutes. Moreover, it is remarkable and very unique that hemp is so widely applicable. How does CBD function in our body? The physiological process of cannabidiol explained.

The physiological process of CBD

Despite the fact that the useful properties of cannabis plants have been known around the world for centuries, the physiological process of their constituents only became somewhat clear after the discovery of the endocannabinoid system in the 1990s, because during this extremely important discovery, people came to the conclusion that there are substances present in cannabis, they are the cannabinoids, and they are almost identical to bodily substances. The body produces these substances itself, naturally, and these are the endocannabinoids. You also have the plant cannabinoids, which are the Phytocannabinoids. These are the imitations of the body’s own cannabinoids, so the body does not consider them dangerous. For the body they are not dangerous intruders but known visitors. The result is that the natural immune system does not have to produce any antibodies that it does have to produce when harmful substances enter the body. The plant and the body’s own cannabinoids are able to bind to cannabinoid receptors. These are a kind of antennae on cells and they occur throughout the body. They are mainly found in the brain and also in immune systems. After binding to the specific cannabis receptors, reactions will be generated. As a result, certain processes in the body are set in motion again and they can influence the memory, for example.

What else is the effect of this?

The receptors are also involved in many other physiological processes. Think of appetite, motor skills or also mood. While studying the endocannabinoid system it was discovered that THC is a kind of copy that has nicknamed anandamide. This neurotransmitter shows THC binding affinity with a CB1 receptor and this is mainly located in the brain, think of the central nervous system but also think of the following organs:

  • Lungs
  • Deliver
  • Kidneys

There is also a second cannabinoid receptor called CB2. Mainly, these receptors are also involved in many other physiological processes including appetite, motor skills and mood. It has also been discovered that CBD can affect the body by activating the adenosine receptors. These receptors relate to the heart and blood vessels, oxygen consumption and blood flow. 

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