CBD and Human Endocannabinoid System
What is the Endocannabinoid System?
The endocannabinoid system is a biological system composed of endocannabinoids, which are endogenous lipid-based neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors, and cannabinoid receptor proteins in the body.
How does CBD work with the Endocannabinoid System?
Recent science has found that the endocannabinoid system does not just respond to the endocannabinoids produced in the body, but also respond to external cannabinoids like the phytocannabinoid cannabidiol, or CBD. Introducing CBD to the body can help reduce the symptoms of a wide range of illnesses including epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, chronic inflammation, depression, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, anxiety, and opioid withdrawal.
CB1 and CB2 Receptors
The endocannabinoid system comprises of two types of receptors, CB1 And CB2, which serve distinct functions in human health and well being. CB1 receptors are primarily found in the brain and central nervous system whereas CB2 receptors are mostly in the peripheral organs and cells associated with the immune system. CBD, CBN and THC fit like a lock and key into existing human receptors. THC can fit into the CB1 Receptor, CBN into CB2 Receptor and CBD into both CB1 And CB2 receptors.
Some of the benefits of activating CB1 Receptors can be:
- Helping with depression
- Lowering intestinal inflammation
- Reducing blood pressure
- Helping with anxiety
Some of the benefits of activating CB2 Receptors can be related to pretty much every type of human disease and even a role in the liver and kidney function, bone and skin health, cancer and pain related illnesses.