How Does CBD Work?
The cannabis sativa plant has been used for millennia by people across the globe for practical uses, such as an oil-seed or fiber crop, and for its medicinal and psychoactive properties. It is a shaggy yearly plant with small green flowers and palmate leaves.
Today, cannabis has taken on a renewed importance, especially in the medicinal realm, due to some recent scientific discoveries. Cannabis sativa contains a variety of complex compounds, known as phytocannabinoids, and can be separated into three groups: terpenoids, flavonoids, and over 60 kinds of cannabinoids.
The most commonly extracted phytocannabinoids from cannabis are CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). While both have medicinal applications, CBD is non psychoactive, while THC does have psychoactive effects.
Cannabidiol especially has been distinguished for its ability to act on the body's natural regulators, the Endocannabinoid System, to enact a host of physical and mental benefits.
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) plays a major role in balancing our bodies’ most important functions from sleep cycles to mood regulation, from inflammation to focus, pain and much more.
The ECS was discovered in the 1990’s when scientists were researching how cannabis affected the brain to produce a psychoactive state. The ECS’s main role is to maintain bodily homeostasis – biological harmony in response to environmental changes such as physical and mental stress. Science has since found the ECS present in most animals - mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and even fish.
The most basic way CBD works with our body is by blocking the breakdown of our own endocannabinoids, allowing our bodies to use more of what it is already naturally producing.
Initially, research showed endocannabinoid receptors were only present in the brain and nerves, but have since been found throughout the entire body including our skin. Today we know that the endocannabinoid system is involved in a number of processes including pain, memory, mood, appetite, stress, sleep, metabolism, immune system, and our reproductive function. Endocannabinoids are arguably one of the most widespread and versatile molecules.
The Endocannabinoid System is not a simple system, it is beautifully complex and when in balance, offers us physical and mental well-being.
How long does it take CBD take to work?
How quickly your CBD produces results thoroughly relies on the method of delivery and the quality of your CBD. For example, vaporizing CBD is the fastest way into your body, and may provide quick effects on the symptoms being targeted. Other methods of ingestion, like tinctures, will take longer to have an effect, due to needing to be metabolized first.
You should always buys from reputable sources to ensure you CBD is of high quality and meets the percentage being advertised. Full-spectrum CBD is usually regarded as more beneficial than CBD isolate, in which terpenes and flavinoids are selectively filtered out.
While people use CBD for specific issues, such as insomnia, anxiety, chronic pain, etc, others choose to use it every day as a preventative measure. Research into the long term effects of using CBD is still in its infancy. However, there are some promising indicators that CBD may have an effect on brain aging, cancer risk, mental health, and possibly more.