Medical marijuana has many different compounds. You’ve probably heard of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is the part that gets people high. But cannabidiol, or CBD, is a more prevalent chemical compound in the marijuana plant. Unlike THC, CBD doesn’t give you a high; CBD relaxes the nerves and muscles and provides stress relief. Here’s how it works.
The Endocannabinoid System
CBD is the general name for more than 80 chemicals within the female cannabis plant. Cannabinoids reside within the resin and act as agonists when they are introduced into the body, which means they stimulate a certain action in the cells. Your cells have receptors called cannabinoid receptors specifically designed to interact with CBD. They are found all through your body but are heavily concentrated in your central nervous system. All the cannabinoid receptors together make up the endocannabinoid system (ECS).
You might be wondering why your body has an ECS. Your body already has cannabinoids inside it. These natural chemicals that interact with the cannabinoid receptors are called endocannabinoids, or “inside” cannabinoids. Because your body is already made to interact with cannabinoids, the phytocannabinoids (or “plant” cannabinoids) from cannabis plants work on the cannabinoid receptors the same way as the endocannabinoids do. So, if your body doesn’t have enough endocannabinoids or they aren’t working the way they should, CBD supplements your body’s natural chemicals and produces the effects it needs.
CBD Is the Key to Unlock Stress Relief
CBD works like a key to unlock the receptors so your body can work the way it was meant to. CBD, whether it comes from endocannabinoids or phytocannabinoids, unlocks the receptors within the ECS to help deliver neurotransmitters throughout your entire body. These neurotransmitters help control stress reactions, increase immune function and optimize energy levels.
Serotonin receptors are one of the main receptors that help regulate stress and mood. Serotonin helps decrease cortisol, which is known as the stress hormone. CBD works directly with the serotonin receptors to unlock them and let your body deal with stress instead of holding onto it or creating more. Some studies have found that CBD can work the same way as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). These antidepressant medications prevent the reuptake of fatty acids that break down the anandamides, or “bliss molecules.” Another study found that CBD works in a different manner by binding to the anandamides themselves. Either way, the results are the same, making more of your happy cells available to your body.
Less Stress Equals Increased Relaxation
When your happy cells are available to you, your muscles relax and you tend to be in a better mood. CBD also helps relax body and mind by unlocking pain modulation receptors and receptors that regulate sleep cycles. Managing pain helps your body avoid the “fight or flight” response and keeps cortisol levels low. And if you’ve ever had to make it through the day after a bad night’s sleep or not enough sleep, you know how beneficial it is to get a good night’s sleep. CBD helps you feel refreshed and lessens pain so you can remain calm and relaxed throughout the day and night.
CBD helps your mind and body relax and reduces your stress. To start living a more relaxed life today, try some of the safe and legal CBD oil products Citizen CBD has to offer. Your whole body will thank you for it!