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How CBD Oil Works And How CBD Oil Works For Anxiety
CBD oil has a positive impact on mood patterns and sleep cycles. This helps promote a feeling of calm and relaxation to combat stress and anxiety. It is known for its anti-inflamatory properities which help to moderate pain and aches in your joints. Reduced pain also help to reclaim some of the lost flexibility and mobility.
What Is CBD OIl?
CBD (Cannabidiol) is a compound found in the Cannabis plant. It can be used in several different ways including vaping, tinctures, capsules, and edibles.
Unlike its close relative, THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD is completely non-psychoactive. This allows us to benefit from the many health properties of the Cannabis plant without the negative side effects of “getting high.”
HOW CBD OIL WORKS
For starters, CBD inherits many of the medicinal properties of Cannabis such as being anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiolytic. This allows it to provide natural stress, anxiety and pain relief.
But this alone isn’t what allows CBD to benefit so many conditions.
What allows it to effectively treat so many conditions, and maintain health and wellness in the body, is how how the cannabinoids found in CBD interact with receptors throughout our body.
Let’s talk about the Endocannabinoid System.
The Endocannabinoid System
In 1988, the first cannabinoid receptor was discovered in the brain of a rat. Researchers found that these receptors reacted specifically to THC, and were found primarily found in regions of the brain responsible for mental and physiological processes such as memory, high cognition, emotion, and motor coordination.
Two years later, in 1993, the second cannabinoid receptor was found as part of the immune and central nervous systems. It was then that researchers started to realize that they may have been onto something, but these receptors were only found in rodents, so what’s the big deal right?
Fast forward to 1995, researchers discovered that these receptors, now officially referred to as the CB1 receptor and CB2 receptor, were found not only in rats, but within thousands of other species, including humans.
Thanks to advancements in technology and knowledge and tons of clinical trials, researchers were able to reverse engineer what they’d discovered, trace back through the metabolic pathways of various cannabinoids, and uncover an entirely unknown signaling system between the CB1 and CB2 receptors in our bodies and receptors found in Cannabis compounds, which they called endocannabinoids.
Due to the role of endocannabinoids in this system, the system was officially named the Endocannabinoid System (ECS).
To give you an idea on how the ECS helps maintain homeostasis, Let me give you an example. When we become stressed, our mind releases cortisol, which is the compound responsible for how we feel when we are stressed. Cortisol can be helpful when we need to react quickly to a dangerous situation; however too much disrupts the natural balance of our body and mind can result in serious health problems.
How CBD Oil Works For Anxiety
When certain endocannabinoids are introduced into the body, it not only helps provide stress relief, it helps manage our perception of stress so that we can look at the situation with a clear mind, and make the best decision.
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