Cannabidiol or CBD is one of the many compounds inside the hemp and cannabis plants. These compounds belong to molecules called phytocannabinoids. Cannabinoids determine the type of effect on the body. When certain cannabinoids, like THC, or group of cannabinoids bind to specialized CB1 and CB2 receptors; the cell triggers notifying there is a change in cell activity.
Unlike other cannabinoids, CBD does not directly signal these special receptors, instead it has an indirect effect on the CB1 and CB2 receptors. CBD stimulates the body’s natural endogenous cannabinoids which sends signals to activate those receptors to do their job naturally. CB1 receptors are in the nervous system, glands, organs and connective tissue. CB2 receptors have an effect on the immune system and your functioning health.
The natural cannabinoids within your body work with these receptors to prevent your nervous system from misfiring or acting defectively. Natural cannabinoid deficiency will lead to negative effects on your body’s nervous system and body as a whole. Your body needs cannabinoids when endocannabinoid deficient just like when you take vitamin D for bone strength. This is because our body needs the right balance of cannabinoids to keep your nervous system and body in good health.
Many describe CBD as being like THC, just without the psychoactive effects. Although this is true, CBD works as an endocannabinoid modular. This means when a disease starts to take over your body it will create an imbalance within a body system. The CBD then works to get those systems to balance back to where they should be; healthy, working condition.