The Science Behind CBD and How It Works in Your Body
It is the discovery of the human endocannabinoid system in the 1990s and the relationship between cannabinoid receptors that is now shining light on CBD’s & THC’s biological effects. Scientists are at the beginning stages of knowing how CBD interacts with receptors in our body and how it’s complex cell-signaling system affects our brain, central nervous system, immune system, and organs.
The endocannabinoid system plays a vital role in regulating homeostasis in our bodies. Homeostasis is the chemical and biological balance that controls temperature, blood sugar levels, carbon dioxide, and organs like the liver, pancreas, skin, heart, eye structure, and lungs.
So far, experts have identified two endocannabinoid receptors, CB1 & CB2. Depending on where they are in the body, they are responsible for triggering a specific therapeutic effect when met with any cannabinoid (CBD’s & THC’s). For example, CBD might target a CB1 receptor to stimulate a calming effect for someone suffering from anxiety.
You can see from this chart below that the receptors are throughout the body:
CB receptors are found in every primary system in the body and involved in all human diseases- That says a lot about cannabinoids potential for life-saving health treatments.