If you missed our blog post What is CBD?, here are some quick facts about what CBD is:
- CBD is a cannabinoid
- Your body produces its own cannabinoids
- Anandamide is one cannabinoid made by your body
- Your body has an endocannabinoid system
- THC and CBD are not the same thing
- CBD produces no high of any sort
- CBD is NOT a drug, it’s more like a supplement
- If someone takes too much CBD, they typically get tired or sleepy
- No two people are alike, so what works for one may not work for another
- It often takes experimentation to find the right combination for you
- Per the 2018 Farm Bill, CBD is legal to grow, process, and sell – as long as it come from the hemp plant and contains less than 0.3% THC.
First, let’s take a quick look at endocannabinoid receptors:
- CB1 receptors were discovered in 1988 at St Louis Medical University
- CB1 receptors are connected to the brain and central nervous system
- CB2 receptors were discovered in 1996 at Hebrew University in Jerusalem
- CB2 receptors are connected to muscles and organs
- CB2 receptors are associated with the immune system
- Below is a graphic to help you understand receptors a bit better
So Just How Does CBD Work?
CBD works as an inhibitor for the CB1 and CB2 receptors. It does so by plugging into receptor ports where pain and/or anxiety signals would be received from various parts of the body. That means that as it attaches to the receptor ports, it could potentially block pain and/or anxiety.
If you think about a child’s toy where they match shapes to holes, this is the same idea. A pain receptor port might be “square” and an anxiety port might be “round.” So we are looking at the age old problem of fitting a square peg in a round hole – in a very figurative sense.
So in that sense, CBD (or any other cannabinoid) will plug into a port, but it doesn’t always fit exactly. That’s why cannabinoids are called inhibitors, because they do not completely block pain/anxiety. We understand that everyone is different. CBD results vary from person to person. For that matter, aspirin has varying results from person to person too. Our chemical makeup and metabolism have a lot of influence for how effective CBD is. After all, since aspirin and other pain killers do not work the same for everyone, we can see that this variability is common across all sorts of drugs and supplements. The best approach is to try a CBD product, be consistent with it for at least 2-4 weeks, then make changes if that’s not working in an optimum way. Consult with your doctor and CBD specialist to get the best possible results.