What is CBD?
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a naturally occurring compound from the Cannabid sativa plant.
CBD is non-psychoactive, unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), Meaning it doesn't have a strong effect on cognitive brain activity and doesn't cause the "high" associated with marijuana.
How Does CBD Work
Our bodies have what is known as an endocannabinoid system. This system is made up of naturally occurring cannabis-like molecules called endocannabinoids.
The endocannabinoid system has two main receptors, CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors in the brain are involved with cognition, memory, motor skills and pain. Other CB1 receptors are found in the peripheral nervous system, liver, thyroid, uterus and other areas in the body.
The endocannabinoids in the system act like neurotransmitters across the body/system to help maintain homeostasis and regulate several metabolic functions in the body.
How does exogenous CBD help?
Exogenous CBD helps the system by supporting our existing endocannabinoid system. The exogenous CBD (CBD oil in our case) allows our body to use more of what it is already producing as well as supplement with additional endocannabinoids to help regulate our system