What is CBD
Woven throughout the human brain and body lies a vast network of densely packed cellular receptors and chemical signals. called the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). Currently at the center of renewed international research and drug development, the ECS regulates and controls many of our most critical bodily functions, such as memory and learning, emotional processing, sleep, metabolism, reproduction and fertility, pain control, inflammatory and immune response, and temperature regulation. And while research continues into understanding all of this system’s functions and potential, it is believed that maintaining overall bodily homeostasis is the primary role of the ECS.
Our bodies naturally produce molecules called endocannabinoids to stimulate the receptors of the ECS, which have a structural similarity to the cannabidiol molecules in the cannabis plant. The exact influences of CBD on the ECS are still being explored, it has only been accepted that CBD does not bind to the known receptors of the ECS. Instead, many believe it works by preventing endocannabinoids from being broken down, sustaining their effects for longer periods. Others believe that CBD binds to a receptor that has yet to be discovered.
CBD does currently have limited applications in regulated pharmaceutical medicines for the treatment of seizures. And although the potential related to health benefits of CBD have been long acknowledged, with ongoing clinical exploration, we may have only just begun to understand its full potential.
If you have a specific medical condition, or are in any doubt about your health, please do consult your doctor.