CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is a natural compound found in plants like marijuana and hemp. CBD belongs to a family of compounds called cannabinoids that work with the endocannabinoid and nervous systems in the body. The endocannabinoid system (ECS) helps regulate responses in the body like pain, inflammation, and stress by deploying cannabinoids in the body to receptors that trigger an enzyme response in cells of the nervous system.
There are cannabinoids that your body creates naturally and cannabinoids that come from external sources like THC and CBD. THC works by binding to the ECS receptors, which also causes a psychoactive effect. CBD does not bind to the receptors, but may encourage the body to produce more of its own cannabinoids.
The ECS works to maintain homeostasis in the body. When internal or external stimuli threaten to throw off the body's natural balance, the ECS deploys cannabinoids to bring the body back to stasis. Research has shown that the ECS plays a role in regulating appetite, inflammation, chronic pain, memory, mood and even fertility. The ECS was only discovered in the 1990s while researching the effects of cannabis, and there is so much to learn about how this complex system works.
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