CBD has numerous medical uses, and is currently being used by a great multitude of people from all levels of society across the Globe, each one treating a particular medical condition or health issue. For that very reason we have decided to highlight certain which will answer the question, “How does CBD work?”
The active Compound in hemp is Cannabidiol (CBD)
Cannabidiol or CBD, which is the active compound in hemp, is unique in the sense that, unlike THC, it does not feature psychoactive (or narcotic) properties.
Due to the absence of this feature, it is possible to utilize the healing properties of Cannabis without getting high.
The reason for this difference between the two substances is the fact that, while THC directly interacts with the CB1 (mostly found in the brain) and CB2 (mostly found in the immune system) receptors in the body, CBD follows a rather indirect approach towards the receptors.
It is to be kept in mind at all times that CBD does not produce any psychoactive effect. This desirable feature makes it more preferable over THC for the purpose of treating a medical condition.
Moreover, the beneficial impact of CBD is in no way associated with the presence of THC. This is why the health benefits can still be relished if you choose to purchase a product that completely lacks THC but not CBD.
The anti-anxiety or anti-inflammatory impact of CBD is mainly associated with the activation of Adenosine receptor. By stimulating adenosine, CBD promotes the release of dopamine and glutamate neurotransmitters.
But these are not all the functions that are performed by CBD inside the human body. It is also involved in the stimulation of 5-HT1A serotonin receptor that is known to produce the anti-depressant effect. This receptor is common to a huge range of other processes such as appetite, pain perception, nausea, anxiety, and addiction mechanisms.
Last but not the least, it has also been found that CBD has a tendency to reduce the proliferation of the cancerous cells and bone reabsorption via inhibition of GPR55 signaling.
GPR55 is dominant inside the brain and has been associated with vital processes like controlling the blood pressure, modulating the bone density, and preventing the proliferation of cancerous cells.
This is just an overview of the, still being researched and studied, way CBD works.