Cannabidiol, or CBD as it is more commonly known, is a phytocannabinoid (a compound or cannabinoid) and is one of approximately 113 known cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. Discovered in 1940, it accounts for up to 40% of the plant’s extract.
CBD will NOT make you high or cause you to be in a euphoric state.
CBD works by interacting with our body’s receptors and compounds (the endocannabinoid system). These receptors and compounds send messages through the body, like neurotransmitters. The CB1 receptors are highly concentrated in the brain and nervous system as well as our sense organs, moods, emotions, pain and appetite while the CB2 receptors, found in the peripheral tissues and cells of the immune system affect inflammation and pain in our bodies. Think of these receptors as signaling pathways for our anxiety, stress, pain and inflammatory responses.
According to the WHO (World Health Organization), Page 5, CBD exhibits no effects of abuse or dependence potential and no evidence health related problems associated with CBD.
Cannabidiol and the Endocannabinoid System: A Brief Tutorial
This short video provides an overview of the endocannabinoid system and cannabidiol (CBD).
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