CBD is an abbreviation of the word cannabidiol. Cannabidiol is a cannabinoid. Cannabinoids are a class of chemical compounds that behave in a similar fashion to neurotransmitters in the body. Ok, cannabinoids are similar to neurotransmitters but what do those do?
CBD = Cannabidiol
The cannabioids don’t only exist in hemp, they also exist within the human body. All vertebrates produce cannabinoids. We refer to these cannabinoids found within the body as endocannabinoids.
These endocannabinoids share a similar structure to the cannabinoids found in hemp. Therefore, they have the ability to act within the systems of the human body. The ECS exists throughout all 11 major physiological systems of the body and plays a major role in health.
What does the endocannabinoid system do?
First, it helps encourage the body's systems to work together and in turn create homeostasis. The majority of health supplements work to return the body to a state of homeostasis. Subsequently, in this state all of the body’s needs are met and it can function properly.
To be clear, homeostasis is a state of balance. Because of CBD’s similarity to endocannabinoids, CBD can act as a supplement to the endocannabinoid system and help it and all other systems of the body reach homeostasis.
As a result of this, many doctors and scientists believe that CBD holds promise in creating a radical shift in the way we view human health and wellness.
How Can I Benefit From Taking CBD?
Cannabinoids helps establish homeostasis in the body, but what does that look like? What are the actual effects?
CBD Promotes Mental Health
Cannabidiol acts as a 5-HT1A agonist. An agonist is a substance that creates a response when it interacts with a receptor.2
5-HT1A is a type of serotonin receptor. Hence, when a chemical binds to it, it can cause a change to occur somewhere in the body. 5-HT1A receptors modulate mood, social behavior, appetite, memory, and sexual desire.
There are many periods in life where you may not feel your best mentally. Perhaps this is stress at work, information overload, or just a lack of motivation. Luckily, CBD shows promise in getting you to a positive mental state.
CBD Supports Healthy Skin
Cannabinoids show promise in supporting healthy skin.3 Skin produces a lipid known as sebum. When too much sebum is produced, blemishes can occur. Because hair follicles and skin glands have endocannabinoid receptors, scientists at the University of Debrecen were curious as to how CBD may interact with sebum production. Consequently, the study suggests CBD could support a healthy level of sebum production.4
CBD Supports The Microbiome
The endocannabinoid system works alongside the microbiome in the digestive system. For that reason, it's important to boost an underperforming ECS with endocannabinoids. Consequently, the ECS can enhance its performance and the microbiome does the same.
One study discovered that rats saw an increase in the number of endocannabinoids in their microbiome after taking probiotics.5
This indicates that the microbiome and endocannabinoid system have a symbiotic relationship where improving the functioning of one also improves the functioning of the other. By taking CBD and improving the endocannabinoid system, you can also help improve the function of your microbiome.
CBD Promotes Sleep
CBD supports healthy sleep, can help you fall asleep quicker, and thus can help you stay asleep. For example, a study published in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacology discovered that patients that took CBD slept longer throughout the night. They also woke up in the night less than patients who had taken a control.6
While it may be short for cannabidiol, CBD really stands for a revolution in the way we view health and human wellness.
In conclusion, large populations of people are beginning to utilize CBD for its benefits to balance out the systems of our body, encourage healthy and restful sleep, promote a positive mental state, and support glowing skin.
Give CBD a try today if you’d like to experience some of these amazing benefits.
- H.R. 2642, Agricultural Act of 2014, https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/2642
- Ethan B. Russo, Andrea Burnett, Brian Hall, Keith K. Parker, Agonist Properties of Cannabidiol at 5-HT1A Receptors, Neurochemical Research, 2005 Aug, https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11064-005-6978-1
- Biro T, Toth BI, Hasko G, Paus R, Pacher P, The endocannabinoid system of the skin in health and disease: novel perspectives and therapeutic opportunities, Trends Pharmacol Sci, 2009 Aug, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19608284
- Fred Garner, Cannabidiol As A Treatment for Acne?, O’Shaugnessy’s, 2013 http://www.beyondthc.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/CBD-for-Acne.pdf
- Rousseaux C, Thuru X, Gelot A, Barnich N, Neut C, Dubuqouy L, Merour E, Geboes K, Chamaillard M, Ouwehand A, Leyer G, Carcano D, Colombel JF, Ardid D, Desreumax P, Lactobacillus Acidophilus Modulates Intestinal Pain and Induces Opiod and Cannabinoid Receptors, Nat Med., 2007 Jan, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17159985
- Carlini EA, Cunha JM, Hypnotic and Antiepileptic Effects of Cannabidiol, Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 1981 Sept, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7028792?dopt=Abstract