CBD HEMP OIL AND THE ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM
With all the buzz around CBD hemp oil - a type of non-psychoactive phytocannabinoid - there is still a lot of confusion about how it works and why it is so effective at relieving such a wide variety of symptoms. But, before we can look at why CBD hemp oil works, we first have to look at how it interacts with our bodies.
All of us have what is know as an endocannabinoids system (ECS) which is a collection of receptors and endocannabinoid agonists in the body. The receptors are like little locks on the surface of cells to which the endocannabinoid are the keys. Each time an endocannabinoid binds to a cell, it “speaks” to it and causes different types of chemical effects. These messages and chemicals regulate a whole range of biological and physiological systems, constantly striving to create a state of balance within the body.
It is this state of balance or homeostasis that acts as a kind of “Goldilocks” zone for our bodies in which we exist in a state of optimal health and wellness.
But unfortunately, sometimes this system doesn’t work properly, either because there are not enough (or even too much) endocannabinoids being released to relay messages accurately and effectively communicate with the cells, or because the cells are not releasing the right amount of chemicals to cause the “right” type of effects. This is when we can experience things such as disease, pain, or anxiety.
Phytocannabinoids and the ECS
When we introduce a phytocannabinoid such as CBD hemp oil, they act as a type of dimmer switch, helping to reset and moderate the ECS to restore balance and communication between cells and systems within the body. And, unlike pharmaceuticals and other chemicals, cannabinoids are deployed exactly where and when they are needed. Once they have done their job, they get metabolised leaving no side effects or adverse reactions that can kick the system out of sync again.
It is this ability of CBD hemp oil to interact with, reset the ECS, and restore homeostasis that allows for it’s ability to relieve such a wide variety of what seems to be unrelated symptoms and conditions. Just a few of these include:
Insomnia and Other Sleep Disorders:
CBD has been shown to regulate the wake-sleep cycle helping to relieve sleep disorders such as insomnia and hypersomnia
Appetite and Digestion:
CBD regulates appetite and digestion, helping to mediate hunger signals and aid digestion
CBD is directly involved with a variety of neurotransmitters involved with mood, helping to alleviate things such as anxiety and depression
CBD has been shown to relieve a wide range of different neurological illnesses ranging from epilepsy to Alzheimers disease
Probably one of it’s most widely used properties, CBD is an effective and natural pain killer, being especially effective at relieving neuropathic pain.
Take Home Message
This is only a brief summary of the ECS and each year new studies reveal different ways in which cannabinoids, and especially CBD hemp oil, can help to maintain optimal health and wellness as well as aid in relieving a range of different types of symptoms and diseases.