This is a bite-sized breakdown of how CBD works.
Don’t worry, it’ll be quick, painless and fun!
You’ll also learn about the newly discovered endocannabinoid system: the superhighway that CBD uses to deliver its awesome health benefits.
Without further ado, this is your body on CBD.
A Mini-History of CBD Research
Scientists didn’t discover how CBD works until the mid-1990s. (1)
At that time, they also stumbled upon an entirely new body system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS).
That’s right, your immune, nervous, digestive, endocrine, skeletal, and muscular systems have a new friend, and it enhances health from head to toe.
What Is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a therapeutic compound in hemp and cannabis plants, and it’s responsible for some pretty outstanding benefits, including:
- Reduces anxiety
- Relieves pain
- Improves sleep
- Fights inflammation
...and much, much more.
Don’t worry, though, CBD is non-psychoactive, so it won’t get you high or cause you to fail a drug test.
In fact, most CBD products, like Batch CBD, are made entirely from hemp, which has a max tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content of 0.3%---not enough to make you high or fail a drug test.
However, other brands contain larger amounts of THC and may trigger a positive drug test.
THC, by the way, is the active compound in cannabis that gets you high.
Always make sure to read your labels carefully, or stick with Batch CBD and know that you’re safe.
A Closer Look At the Endocannabinoid System
The ECS is a network of special receptors that runs throughout the entire body.
Surprisingly, these receptors are involved in a long list of processes, including:
- Reproduction (2)
When you take CBD, it boosts the function of the ECS and reduces inflammation.
You may even experience fewer gut health issues thanks to its effects on the digestive system.
The ECS also improves mental health by affecting neurotransmitters in the brain.
Believe it or not, endocannabinoid receptors are found pretty much everywhere, including:
- Fat tissue
- Immune cells
- Blood vessels (3)
And guess what?
CBD products interact with almost all of them.
This is how just one little compound has such BIG health effects.
How CBD Interacts with the Endocannabinoid System
Experts still aren’t entirely sure how CBD interacts with the ECS, but they’re working on it.
What they do know is that CBD does not bind to regular CB1 and CB2 receptors like THC does.
Instead, researchers believe that CBD may boost the body’s naturally occurring cannabinoids.
Other scientists, however, think that CBD may bind to a new kind of receptor that’s yet to be discovered.
But regardless of the details, CBD has some impressive health benefits.
Here’s how CBD works its magic:
1. How CBD Relieves Pain and Inflammation
CBD directly interacts with TRPV1 receptors to reduce pain and inflammation. (4)
2. How CBD Reduces Anxiety
CBD reduces anxiety by regulating neurotransmitters in the brain.
For example, one 2017 Australian study found that CBD interacts with gamma-Aminobutyric acid (GABA), a calming chemical that reduces stress. (5)
3. How CBD Strengthens the Bones
One study indicates that CBD blocks a protein called GPR55, which is closely linked to osteoporosis. (6)
Keep your bones strong with CBD!
4. How CBD Fights Cancer
As it turns out, the same protein that promotes bone problems (GPR55) also promotes cancer. (7)
By reducing the activity of this pesky protein, CBD may also help shrink tumors.
Plus, CBD activates PPARs (peroxisome proliferator activated receptors), which are known to fight lung cancer.
5. How CBD Prevents Alzheimer’s
As the baby-boomer generation ages, there’s a huge market for supplements that keep the brain fresh, and CBD is one of them.
By boosting PPARs, CBD reduces amyloid beta plaque, a molecule that gunks up the brain and is linked to Alzheimer’s. (8)
Is CBD Right for You?
Even if you don’t have any of the above health conditions, CBD has other impressive health benefits that are worth checking out.
According to a 2016 study published in the journal Frontiers of Pharmacology, CBD increases levels of natural endocannabinoids in the brain. (9)
This triggers a chain reaction that can help treat:
...and even hard-to-control seizures.
To top it all off, preclinical studies show that a cannabinoid called CBDA is especially effective at treating vomiting. (10)
Fortunately, Batch CBD contains a full profile of therapeutic cannabinoids, including CBDA, CBG, CBN and CBC.
When it comes down to it, CBD tinctures can be a great way to fight inflammation and reduce the risk of illness.
Reference 5: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28249817
Reference 9: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27790143
Reference 10: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5576606/