Cannabidiol aka CBD works by interacting with the various cannabinoid receptors which are present in the body. CBD enhances how the body optimises how the body uses the existing cannabinoids, thereby enhancing certain bodily functions and processes.
In this article, to get an idea of what CBD actually does we will be covering a few topics, namely
What is health (scientific perspective)
A brief look into the Endocannabinoid System
How exactly CBD works in the human body?
How long does it take to work?
WHAT IS HEALTH?
- When we speak of health or a healthy person, we get an image of fit athletic person with bulging muscles or maybe a person who doesn’t miss a day from work. According to WHO (World Health Organisation) health is defined as “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not only the absence of disease or infirmity” or a state of balance (Homeostasis).
Our body is in a state of constant change, constantly regulating the biological changes and processes in order to adapt to the various external factors like germs and viruses. When there is an imbalance or in other words too much of one thing and little of the other the body reacts by feeling unwell or showing signs of poor health.
Scientifically speaking, we are healthy when the body maintains balance or homeostasis. Homeostasis is when your body is keeping an equilibrium or a delicate internal balance which allows the body to function optimally. A single change can affect numerous functions, not just the one we notice the most. One of the primary system which is responsible for regulation is the Endocannabinoid system.
WHAT IS THE ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM?
The Endocannabinoid system is a messaging system that helps sends signals throughout the body and also helps in maintaining your health (HOMEOSTASIS). The system comprises of three parts
The human body has two endogenous cannabinoids, 2-arachidonoyl glycerol(2-AG) and arachidonoyl ethanolamide or Anandamide. Anandamide is also more popularly known as The Bliss Molecule, this creates the feeling of runners high or the feeling you experience while meditating and when this molecule is broken down the feeling dissipates. There are two main cannabinoid receptors CB1, in the central nervous system and CB2 in the peripheral nervous system. It is thought that there are more endocannabinoid receptors in the body as compared to any other receptors.
When something goes wrong, the endocannabinoids travel to the receptors to assist with bringing the body back to homeostasis or balance. THC acts mainly on the cannabinoid system in our body, whereas CBD reacts with several receptor systems in our body and thus has a wider impact on our system
HOW DOES CBD WORK?
Though research into how CBD works is ongoing, scientists believe CBD works by slowing down the breakdown of the cannabinoids in the body and not by bonding with the either or the cannabinoid receptors (CB1 or CB2) as a a result of slowing down the breakdown process the body can use the available cannabinoids more readily and efficiently. As a result of the higher efficiency in our system, the body has the ability to reduce inflammation in our immune and nervous systems.
In addition to modulation of the cannabinoid receptors CBD also affects the:-
Opioid Receptors which regulate pain
Dopamine Receptors which regulate mood
Serotonin Receptors which regulate mood and anxiety
Research shows that the Endocannabinoid system helps regulate about 15 bodily functions, though the research has not been able to show how CBD effects each of these functions.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR CBD OIL TO WORK?
In reality this answer is based on a lot of different factors such as
How you consumed the CBD (Sublingually, topically, ingestion or inhalation)
The quality of the CBD oil
The strength of the dose and consumed how often?
Under normal circumstances you will be able to feel the effects from 15-30 minutes after consuming Terragano CBD oil.
The Endocannabinoid system as we have read earlier helps keep the body in balance or homeostasis and consuming CBD gives a boost to our Endocannabinoid system and helps it function better. CBD works by preventing the breakdown of cannabinoids thus ensuring the availability and helping the body to use the available cannabinoids more readily. Using CBD is a great way to maintain holistic wellness and will make you have a better day.