With CBD oil being hyped all over mainstream media, some are still asking “what is cbd oil & how can it help me?”
First, CBD (cannabinoids) mimics the naturally occurring compounds in our body called endocannabinoids. The human endocannabinoid system is responsible for regulating a variety of physiological and cognitive processes.
Human endocannabinoid receptors regulate sleep, appetite, digestion, hunger, mood, motor control, immune function, reproduction and fertility, pain, memory and temperature regulation.
When the body does not produce enough endocannabinoids, you are more susceptible to illness that affect one or several of the functions listed above.
Cannabinoid receptors are found at the intersection of the body’s most important systems, allowing communication and coordination between different cell types.
They promote stabilization and homeostasis. When we supplement our bodies with the missing values of these receptors, they become whole. And, therefore we become healthy.
Not only do they promote general health but they can aid our bodies in times of sickness and injury. Cannabinoids decrease the release of activators and sensitizers from the injured tissue, stabilizing the nerve cell to prevent excessive firing, and calming nearby immune cells to prevent release of pro-inflammatory substances.
Three different mechanisms of action on three different cell types for a single purpose: minimize the pain and damage caused by the injury.
The endocannabinoid system, with its complex actions in our immune system, nervous system, and all of the body’s organs, is literally a bridge between body and mind. By understanding this system, we in turn understand a mechanism that explains how states of consciousness can promote health or disease.