The article has been medically reviewed by Doctor Ramlah Tariq FCPS on/gyn, RMP, MBBS, BSc.
How CBD works
Maybe you are already taking CBD, or thinking about trying it, and you are wondering how CBD works. When we asked on an Instagram poll what video people wanted next, this got 100% of your votes!
We’ve broken down how CBD works into an easy to digest video or blog. So, if you are an auditory learner then watch our video below. Or if you prefer to read, scroll on a little further.
For the readers: Here is how CBD works
It all begins with your endocannabinoid system. This is a system in our bodies that is responsible for how we feel.
The system is made up of 3 different parts:
- Endocanabioids – these naturally occur in your body and tell your body how to feel. Read more about this complex process here.
- Endocannabinoid receptors – these are what the endocannabinoids bind to. You have two main ones. CB1 receptors control how you feel. Such as feeling anxious, depressed or can’t get to sleep as well as motor control. CB2 receptors control your pain and inflammation, for example cramps, fibromyalgia, headaches. (It controls the immunity of the body) Read all about it here.
- Enzymes – these are in charge of breaking down the endocannabinoids when they have finished doing their job.
Your endocannabinoid system was only discovered in the early 90s. This means that there isn’t as much research into it as other systems in the body. However, more is cropping up all the time, along with more studies into cannabinoids and their interactions. It is a very exciting time for the CBD industry because of these studies.
How does CBD actually work?
The cannabis plant is made up of more than 100 cannabinoids. You may notice a link in the words here – endocannabinoids in your bodies system, cannabinoids in the cannabis plant.
We are going to focus on two main cannabinoids from the cannabis plant that you may be familiar with – THC and CBD.
THC is what you would have if you tried weed or a hash brownie – this will make you feel different.
The reason why it is making you feel different is THC is binding to your endocannabinoids receptors and telling your body to feel different. It may make you feel hungry, relaxed, happy, sick, dizzy or high.
THC does have some negative effects along with the therapeutic and pain relieving ones. This is where CBD comes in.
It is thought that CBD is doing the same thing as THC. It is binding to your receptors, just as THC is, but without the negative side effects or intoxication. It does not get you high.
We heard a great analogy for how CBD works:
“You’re in your university halls and someone is playing music very loud with the door open. You can’t sleep, it’s making you anxious. You go over to the door, ask them to turn it down and close the door and feel more relaxed and fall asleep.”
Basically, CBD is closing doors in your body that don’t need to be open.
Topping up your bodies cannabinoids
Some researchers believe you can be short of some endocannabinoids in your system. This may cause you to feel anxious, in pain, stressed or depressed. CBD is a cannabinoid that you are putting in your body. You can read more on this here.
CBD is just a way of giving it a little boost when needed.
Summary for the skimreaders
- CBD is thought to interact with your endocannabinoid system
- CBD binds to your bodies receptors
- Your endocannabinoid system was only discovered in the 90’s and is still being researched
- The endocannabinoid system plays a part in how we feel
- CBD gives your endocannabinoids a boost
And, that’s a wrap.
We hope that answered your question how CBD works and that now you have a solid understanding.
Remember, we have a whole blog dedicated to CBD and women’s issues. You will find lots of articles to help you on Unbottled, the blog where we actually talk.
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