Cannabidiol, popularly known as CBD, is a cannabinoid which is found in hemp. You may already be familiar with the other cannabinoid, THC. The difference between CBD and THC is that CBD has a non-psychoactive effect as opposed to THC. So CBD does not get you high! On the contrary. CBD and THC are antagonists. So if someone has mixed some THC into your sandwich, you can use CBD to reduce the psychoactive effects of THC.
HOW DOES CBD WORK?
CBD is just one of many cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. These cannabinoids fit into human receptors like a key in a lock. These receptors are part of the body’s endocannabinoid system. Yes, that’s right! The body has its own cannabinoid system that can dock to the cannabinoid. The body can even make some cannabinoids itself.
Every human has such an endocannabinoid system (ECS). Exactly this system has effects on physiological processes, which influence for example the pain modulation, the memory, the appetite, the inflammation inhibition and still many further ranges of our immune system.
The ECS comprises two types of receptors, called CB1 & CB2 receptors, which have different functions in relation to our health and well-being. Due to the many “docking points” of the body, the CBD can unfold its extensive effect in the respective areas.
WHAT BENEFITS DOES CBD HAVE?
CBD is used successfully in countless areas. The research and study situation is very extensive and promising.
Diseases and ailments in which CBD is used:
- skin diseases
- drug addiction
- amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
- multiple sclerosis
- anxiety states
- Pathological stress
- Bipolar disorder
- Crohn’s disease
- cardiovascular diseases
- digestive problems
- motion sickness
- obsessive-compulsive neuroses
- Parkinson’s disease
- Posttraumatic stress disorder
- sickle cell anemia