How CBD Works
The first thing anyone should know about CBD and hemp products is that they are legal in all 50 states thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill. Second, they will not get you high.
CBD, or Cannabidiol, is one of over 110 naturally occurring cannabinoids and is a non-psychoactive component of the hemp (cannabis) plant. It possesses many of the healing properties without the “high” that is delivered by THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol).
Cannabinoids such as CBD interact with our bodies' endocannabinoid system (ECS), a system that all vertebrates share which connects brain activity with physical health and disease. This system is responsible for the regulation of various physiological and pathophysiological processes, including neurotransmission, mood, appetite, nerve function, addiction, inflammation, metabolism and reproduction.
What is the ECS?
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a cell-signaling system, made up of a network of three key components: receptors, endogenous cannabinoids, also referred to as “endocannabinoids,” and enzymes designed to break down these endocannabinoids when they have performed their duty. Endocannabinoids are a finite resource and deficiency results in a lack of regulation and balance provided by the endocannabinoid system. In addition to following a healthy diet and participating in stress-relieving activities such as yoga, meditation, and acupuncture, phytocannabinoids can also stimulate the cannabinoid receptors.
Phytocannabinoids (phyto = plant in Greek) are cannabinoids found in plants which mimic or counteract the effects of some endogenous cannabinoids. THC and CBD are the most prevalent (and most researched) phytocannabinoids found in cannabis.