What’s in CBD?
CBD is one of the two main compounds found in cannabis plants (the other being THC). While THC has psychoactive properties that produce feelings of euphoria or a “high”, CBD does not cause any such effects. Instead, it interacts with receptors in your body and brain to help promote homeostasis: that is, optimal balance between all systems in our bodies. Cannabidiol can be extracted from hemp or cannabis plants through distillation processes and then used in many different ways—from skin care products to infused edibles!
How Does CBD Work?
CBD works by interacting with the body’s endocannabinoid system. This system is made up of natural receptors that are spread throughout the body and brain. The receptors are called CB1 and CB2, and they’re responsible for regulating many important functions like pain, mood, appetite, sleep, immune function, and more.
When CBD is consumed, it interacts with these receptors to help regulate these bodily functions and keep everything running smoothly.
What’s the Endocannabinoid System?
The endocannabinoid system is a network of receptors, enzymes, and other compounds that interact with cannabinoids.
Cannabinoids are chemicals that interact with the endocannabinoid system. They’re found in cannabis plants, but your body also produces its own cannabinoids.
The endocannabinoid system has many functions, including regulating pain and moods, controlling appetite and digestion, and protecting against damage from infections or injuries.