Your endocannabinoid system works in a very precise way, impacting exactly and only the things that it needs to in order to reestablish homeostasis. It will only regulate certain systems that are out of balance while leaving alone those that are working properly.
Pretty amazing, right?
How CBD Works With Your Body
CBD is a cannabinoid much like those that your body produces on its own, which means that it has the ability to stimulate and influence your endocannabinoid system just like your body’s endocannabinoids. Unlike THC, however, CBD does not bind directly to your ECS receptors. Binding directly to receptors over stimulates them (unless, of course, it’s your body’s own endocannabinoids that are attaching) and results in the well-known THC “high” feeling. By influencing your ECS receptors indirectly, CBD can stimulate your receptors enough to restore homeostasis without any over stimulation.
But CBD doesn’t stop there. Not only can CBD interact with your ECS receptors, but it can also stimulate several other receptors within the brain to achieve homeostasis. For example, CBD can stimulate your serotonin receptors, particularly the 5-HT1A receptor, to help ease nausea, addiction, sleep disorders, pain, and anxiety. It can also stimulate nuclear receptors in the brain to create the same effects as antidepressants.
Why Do We Need CBD If Our Bodies Make Cannabinoids?
Excellent question! If our bodies are designed to make their own cannabinoids that create and maintain homeostasis on their own, using CBD seems almost irrelevant. Well, you see, there are a lot of things that can disrupt your ECS and make it so that your body does not produce enough endocannabinoids to fully create homeostasis. In fact, having a lack of endocannabinoids or having an ECS that doesn’t function optimally is a condition called endocannabinoid deficiency.
When you have an endocannabinoid deficiency and it becomes difficult for your body to regulate everything properly, it is easier for you to develop diseases and illnesses. You can also experience systemic issues, such as irritable bowel syndrome; mental disorders like migraines; or even motor and cognitive disorders, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
That’s where CBD comes in. By supplementing your body’s natural endocannabinoids with phytocannabinoids (those taken from plants, like CBD), you can help stimulate your ECS to work properly and provide your body with enough cannabinoids to achieve homeostasis. Not only that, but CBD also prevents enzymes from breaking down your body’s natural endocannabinoids. As a result, your body can retain more endocannabinoids and thus be able to function properly on its own.
All in all, CBD is the perfect supplement to help your body’s endocannabinoid system function properly when it can’t quite do it on its own. Why? Because CBD works with your body. Its similarities to your body’s own endocannabinoids, and its ability to influence receptors indirectly instead of attaching to them makes CBD a safe, natural, and effective way to help your body achieve and maintain balance in every way.
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