The Science Behind CBD Oil
Aches and Pains
If your research leads you to believe that CBD can benefit almost any health and wellness goal you have, then you might be a little skeptical. Seems too good to be true, right? Well, here are some of those benefits and a little bit of the science behind CBD to explain them.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is the non-psychotropic phytocannabinoid of Cannabis sativa and the subject of a number of studies for various health benefits. CBD is available in an oil form, added to edible items, or used topically for a variety of benefits.
The Endocannabinoid System
The human body contains its own natural endocannabinoid system. This internal structure assists in the regulation of other systems such as the nervous, immune, digestive and endocrine systems. All of these have an effect on the body’s various responses to internal and external stimuli.
The endocannabinoid system consists of endogenous cannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2) as well as enzymes that break down cannabinoids. This system determines the way we process and utilize cannabinoids within the body both internally and topically. Therapeutic applications of cannabinoids have been heavily linked to CB2 receptors given their connectivity to the immune system. HERE is more on the science of the endocannabinoid system.
You may have heard about the effects of CBD when you are feeling sore. CBD binds to CB2 receptors, inhibiting production of the enzyme that breaks down the neurotransmitter called anandamide. The purpose of anandamide is to block pain receptors. More anandamide equals less pain.
Discomfort in the body is often the result of inflammation. CB2 receptors are found with the greatest density in the spleen. The spleen handles the filtering of old blood cells to assist in boosting the body’s immunity. The spleen is also responsible for producing an anti-inflammatory response. When assisted by CBD, this response can be greater. Check out what the science behind CBD says about pain and inflammation HERE.
That being said, we are often our own worst enemies when it comes to inflammation. It is a warning sign produced by the body rather than a direct disease or illness correlation. Inflammation can be stress-induced (mental or physical), nutrition-related or be derived from environmental toxins. These are areas we can control.
“I didn’t know a lot about CBD until May when I tore my MCL and broke my hand. I had surgery and I couldn’t even move my fingers, let alone make a fist. As an MMA fighter that was tough. Receptra Targeted Topical is my favorite product. I get bumps and bruises all the time. I take the droppers before and after workouts. It helps ease recovery for my body.” – Jose “Shorty” Torres (Professional MMA Fighter)
Feeling Stressed Out
Sometimes it is just tough to get out of that funk. When envisioning cannabis for its mood-boosting properties, what commonly comes to mind is a picture of stoned hippy characters without a care in the world. Again, CBD does not have the psychoactive effects of THC, so it will not get you high.
Research has shown correlations between CBD and boosting the production of serotonin through its positive interaction with 5-HT1A, which is a subtype of the serotonin receptor. Check out what the science behind CBD says about stress HERE.
"I am always looking for something new (and preferably natural) to quell my anxious thoughts and obsessions. While this benefit took a little while longer to notice, I can honestly say that now having taken CBD oil regularly for 4 weeks, my mood has changed. I get less physical symptoms, my mind is more free of cyclical thinking patterns, and I feel happier overall. I don’t know how to describe it really, but I just feel calmer, not as high-strung, and more like MYSELF.” - Kaila (Happy Helper)