CBD And The Body: How It Works
If you are just beginning to discover the wonderful world of hemp products and CBD oils, you might be somewhat confused about how CBD works exactly when it comes to your body and providing the plethora of benefits that have become a topic of discussion throughout the health industry.
Don’t worry, you’re not alone! While many people have heard about CBD oils and are interested in trying them for bettering their health and wellness, not many have been able to decipher how these products work from a scientific perspective.
That is why for this week’s blog post, here at R&R Naturals, we’re uncovering the mystery behind hemp products and how they work alongside your body’s existing health-regulating systems to lead you to better overall wellness.
In order to explain how CBD works, we must first dive into the endocannabinoid system and how exactly CBD plays a role within it in order to provide you with natural relief.
Hemp And The Endocannabinoid System (ECS)
What Is The Endocannabinoid System?
The endocannabinoid system is a regulating system that exists within each person’s biological makeup, along with most living organisms, and it plays a major role in a variety of physiological processes within the body.
What Does The Endocannabinoid System Do?
This complex system that wasn’t discovered until 1992 modulates the body’s energy intake, nutrient transport, metabolism, and storage. In turn, it is involved in the regulation of a variety of functions like appetite, mood, memory, immune system functions, pain sensation, and much more. It performs multiple tasks simultaneously with the ultimate goal of maintaining a stable environment, known as homeostasis, despite fluctuations that occur in the external environment.
How Do Hemp Products Influence The ECS?
The ECS performs all of these functions within the body by responding to the natural cannabinoids that we produce. These naturally-existing chemical compounds transmit information to and from the receptors that exist within the ECS. However, scientists have recently discovered that this system of receptors will also recognize and respond to cannabinoids from external sources, including the plant-derived cannabinoid CBD.
The ECS includes two main receptors that bind to cannabinoids: CB1 and CB2. These receptors are located within cells all throughout our bodies, with CB1 receptors located mostly in the brain and Central Nervous System (CNS) while CB2 receptors are scattered throughout the body’s immune system and Peripheral Nervous System (PNS). Unlike THC, which fits directly into the CB1 receptor in order to increase dopamine levels and induce psychoactive effects, CBD stimulates activity in each of these types of receptors without actually binding to them, meaning it helps your body perform regulation without the “high” associated with THC and cannabis.
Because CB1 and CB2 receptors are located throughout the entire body, whenever we absorb, inhale, or ingest CBD from hemp products along with the other plant-based molecules in CBD oils like terpenes, there is an Entourage Effect, resulting in enhanced, therapeutic benefits and a boost in the efficiency of our endocannabinoid systems (ECS), which balances our bodies.
What Are Terpenes?
Whether or not you may have known, you’ve more than likely been using terpenes in your daily routine. Terpenes are organic compounds that are found in most plants, and they contribute to their flavor, scent, and color. Terpenes are the foundation for essential oils and are used frequently in foods, lotions, perfumes, and aromatherapy. The terpenes that are found in hemp are known to have anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral properties.
Terpenes are the essential oils that give both hemp and cannabis plants alike their natural flavors and aromas. Each strain of hemp and cannabis plants contains different forms of terpenes, which is what causes each to have their own specific scents and tastes. Terpenes play a major role in yielding the Entourage Effect that makes CBD oil so sought-after and beneficial for a wide variety of current and potential applications to come.
Currently, there are over 200 different terpenes have been identified in cultivated hemp plants, and every strain consists of a different terpene profile. The most abundant types of terpenes found in hemp and cannabis plants, though, are myrcene and limonene.
Myrcene has a musky, earthy scent and has shown to help ease the symptoms of chronic pain, inflammation, and even can even combat insomnia.
Limonene has a distinct citrus scent that is also known for giving acidic fruits their pungent smell, and it can play a key role in balancing and elevating your mood as well as relieving stress, anxiety, and depression.
What Is The Entourage Effect?
We discussed how terpenes and the other components of CBD oils combine to offer this experience known as the Entourage Effect, but what does that mean exactly?
In terms of cannabis, it is known to be the combination of cannabinoids (CBD) that counteracts the psychoactive effects of THC. In turn, it is the factor present in cannabis that keeps overdosing on THC from being plausible as it modulates the overall psychoactive elements of the plant.
In terms of non-psychoactive hemp products, the Entourage Effect refers to the feelings and benefits you receive from the various compounds in CBD oils all working cohesively. Each CBD compound and individual terpene performs its specific, delegated duty that, when combined, leads to a much more powerful effect for the user than any compound would be capable of providing on its own. This is what enables CBD oils to provide relief for users experiencing a wide variety of ailments.
Hemp Products: The Future Of Natural Wellness
Here at R&R Naturals, we work to find natural alternatives to the modern, synthetic medicines and supplements that people have been turning to in years past. Luckily, it’s now been made more clear than ever through research that CBD’s influence on the body through the ECS as deem it useful for potentially treating a variety of medical conditions. It could even possibly serve as an effective, alternative solution to many of the health and wellness needs people have today.
As time progresses, more and more information is being released from studies that depict CBD’s benefits in the areas of chronic pain, anxiety, cancer, rehab, epilepsy, and many other areas where traditional pharmaceuticals are failing to give hope. Read our previous post to learn more about the current potential benefits of CBD.
From all of us at R&R Naturals, we hope this information has helped you to obtain a better grasp on CBD oils and how the hemp products containing them can work within your body to provide you with truly natural wellness. Be sure to explore the other R&R Naturals blogs to learn more about CBD oils, and find hemp products to try yourself online today!