How Does CBD Work?

First, it is important to know that CBD stands for Cannabidiol. It is extracted from the hemp plant and is usually used as an oil. It can be added to a carrier oil and applied to the the skin. Alternatively it can also be ingested as a supplement, sometimes it is seen as capsules. CBD works because our bodies have a natural system that it works with.

The Endocannabinoid System

Our bodies have an Endocannabinoid System or ECS. According to the Journal of Young Investigators our ECS is responsible for maintaining homeostasis throughout our bodies. It can regulate pain, inflammation due to immune response, mental state and more. The ECS is responsible for ensuring that our bodies are operating as they are supposed to. If something is slightly off with the ECS, we can see dramatic symptoms ranging from depression to pain caused by inflammation.

Because CBD is a cannabinoid it can work with specific receptors in the ECS for a variety of outcomes. CBD can essentially help our body maintain homeostasis when our ECS is having  trouble functioning properly. CBD can regulate when we cannot regulate on our own. This is why CBD has a significant role in alleviating symptoms from mental illness, relieving pain, and even providing relief for diseases such as epilepsy. CBD may even have implications in treating some cancers, ALS, and AIDS.

CBD Potential

This is not to say CBD is a cure-all. Much more research is required to understand how CBD works with the various processes in our bodies and how it can be used to treat disease. However, the potential for CBD to be a positive treatment for a great number of ailments is exciting! It is also believed that CBD may be safer than other treatments because it works with our bodies’ natural system and it does not stay in the body as long as other, synthetic treatments.

How Does CBD Work?

Benefits of CBD
CBD versus THC - what’s the difference

The Difference Between CBD and THC

Keep in mind, as you use CBD to take advantage of its benefits, that CBD and THC are different. THC is the cannabinoid that has a mind altering effect. THC does have health implications as well, but it is not legal in all states. CBD is federally legal and must contain less than .3% THC. It does not have any mind altering effects.

Talk To Your Doctor

CBD is likely to have a very positive effect on your health outcomes. If you are considering trying CBD for a specific health condition talk with your doctor to discuss whether or not it may work for your situation. It is important for your doctor to know any supplements or drugs you are taking so that they can determine the best care regimen you. CBD can become an easy part of your care routine so that you can feel healthy and well.