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On today’s feature of CBD 101 by Norwood Naturals, we’ll be learning how CBD works in the body. Now if you’re newly venturing into the world of CBD. You’ll quickly discover CBD and the Endocannabinoid system is a love story.

What is the Endocannabinoid System?

According to Wikipedia, The Endocannabinoid System, abbreviated as the ECS, is a naturally occurring bodily system composed of endocannabinoids, which are lipid-based neurotransmitters.  Now, the Endocannabinoid System does not magically appear or become active on exposure to Cannabis.  It’s a fully active system functioning since our birth.  There are two main receptors found in the body CB1 and CB2.   They are expressed throughout the vertebrate central nervous system and peripheral nervous system:

  • The brain and central nervous system contain the CB1 receptors.  Lungs, liver and kidneys may also contain CB1 receptors.

  • The immune system’s proteins are responsible for the production of CB2 receptors.  Our Endocannabinoid receptors are very intelligent.

The functions of these receptors are solely focused on bringing a balance to out-of-balance, abnormal bodily functions in order to maintain homeostasis at all times.

Overall, the Endocannabinoid System plays a crucial role in regulating a vast range of bodily processes, as shown in the picture above. These processes affect our everyday life, our mood, energy level, immune activity, blood pressure, bone density, stress, hunger, metabolism, and much more.

So where does CBD come into play? 

CBD interacts with the Endocannabinoid System, or more specifically with one (or more) of its receptors to exert its vast range of effects on the body.

Lipid molecules are a main component of the ECS(endocannabinoid). The human body produces these molecules naturally. Most experts believe that Cannabinoids (such as CBD) mimic endocannabinoids by attaching to the endocannabinoid receptors. This not only increase their concentration in the body but also helps in combating diseases.

Other experts believe that CBD inhibits the breakdown of the body’s endocannabinoid. This allows them to keep exerting their effects on the body. To understand how it works and interacts with the body, we need more research. Although the information thus far suggests that there are absolutely no harmful effects of CBD on the body. (only positive ones!)

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