What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a type of cannabinoid, which are naturally occurring compounds, found in the cannabis sativa flower. CBD is generally harvested from hemp, a subgroub of the cannabis sativa family, which has been used for millennia in natural medicine. The compound has recently come back into the spotlight as research has indicated its effectiveness in supporting a variety of issues and its lack of side effects.
Ok, so how does it work?
CBD works through the endocannabinoid system (ECS), modulating the response of nerotransmitters that send signals about inflammation, sleep and anxiety, all over the body. The ECS includes two types of receptors that CBD is known to work on, as well as endogenous cannabinoids (cannabinoids that originate within the body).
Central cannabinoid receptors type 1 (CB1) – are found in the CNS (central nervous system), the small intestine and the vascular endothelium (the interface between the blood and vessel wall)
Peripheral cannabinoid receptors type 2 (CB2) – are found in the immune system