We're back talking about CBD & Our Bodies! For Part 2 of this blog series we're digging further into how and why cannabis affects us the way that it does, particularly in our brains.
All Cannabinoids, CBD included, react with certain receptors in the brain and body. Receptors are structures on or in a cell that react and bind to a specific substance. The receptors that react to Cannabinoids are called CB1 and CB2.
CB1 receptors are found throughout the body, but are mainly in the brain. They affect emotions, thoughts, coordination, pain, memory, appetite and other functions. THC, one of the main cannabinoids in Marijuana, attaches to these receptors. CBD does not interact with CB1 receptors, which is why it does not have the same effect on the body as THC.
CB2 receptors are commonly located in the immune system and affect pain and inflammation. Researchers used to believe that CBD attached to these receptors. But after further research, it appears that CBD directs the body to use it's own cannabinoids and does not attach to either receptor.
Our bodies are truly amazing and are naturally equipped to handle the natural benefits of CBD!
Source: Medical News Today