Since its 2018 legalization via The Farm Bill, Cannabidiol (CBD) products have become more prominent. But what does CBD do for your body?
CBD (Cannabidiol) is one of over 100 Cannabinoids identified. CBD, like most Cannabinoids interact with receptors (CB1 and CB2) within a bodily system known as the Endocannabinoid System, one of the body’s largest neurotransmitter networks. The Endocannabinoid System is responsible for balancing/regulating a variety of physiological functions, some of which include:
- Immune system response
- Movement and coordination
- Appetite, hunger, and metabolism
- Memory and cognition
- Sensory processing
The CB1 receptor is found throughout the nervous system. It mediates psychoactivity, pain regulation, memory processing and motor control (Morales et al., 2017). The CB2 receptor is found mostly at the periphery (in tissues and cells of the immune system, hematopoietic cells, bone, liver, peripheral nerve terminals, keratinocytes), but also in brain microglia (Abrams and Guzman, 2015). While many Cannabinoids (like THC) attach to CB1 and CB2 receptors, researchers believe that CBD does not directly attach itself to the receptor. Studies indicate that CBD works to suppress these receptors, effectually activating the qualities of other Cannabinoids and allowing for many health benefits.
According to the National Institute of Health, manipulating the Endocannabinoid System by introducing external cannabinoids like CBD could be useful in treating a variety of medical ailments, including:
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
- Broken Bones
- Mad Cow Disease
- Bacterial Infections
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Substance Abuse/Withdrawal
- Heart Disease
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
As promising as cannabis derived remedies have been thus far, it’s always important to remember that CBD products are supplements, not a cure or substitution for prescribed medications. We strongly encourage you to consult your doctor before utilizing CBD products.