For the uninitiated, cbd stands for cannabidiol – a naturally occurring essential oil extracted from the hemp plant. But how does cbd work in the human body? We asked the guys at Beam CBD UK to break it down for us…
Cbd works together with our bodies’ many internal systems, the endocannabinoid system. This system is made up of tiny receptors throughout our bodies that interact with cannabinoids – substances that are both produced inside of us (endocannabinoids) and found in certain plants (phytocannabinoids).
Supplementation with phytocannabinoids such as cbd may help the body and mind in many ways. In fact, cannabinoid receptors are spread throughout our bodies and found in the central nervous system, peripheral nervous system, gastrointestinal system, and connective tissue. Beam CBD UK is created using a proprietary extraction method that allows it to be thc-free.
How does cbd work in the human body?
CBD, the brain and central nervous system
Our central nervous system is responsible for processing and transforming information into activity throughout our entire bodies. The endocannabinoid system’s receptors fall into two categories: cb1 and cb2 receptors. cb1 receptors are found primarily throughout our brain and nervous systems.
CBD and the Peripheral nervous system
Anxiety and depression can be debilitating. Cbd’s effects within the central nervous system suggest that it may provide fast-acting relief for anxiety, balancing out levels of stress hormone cortisol, improving behavioural responses to stress, and helping to boost overall mood.
CBD and the Gastrointestinal system
Our gastrointestinal system is responsible for the body’s intake, digestion, and absorption of food and nutrients. cb2 receptors are found throughout this system and may play a role in our intestinal inflammatory responses. Cbd may offer benefits for those with gastrointestinal issues by helping to regulate inflammation throughout our digestive tracts.
CBD and the Connective tissue
Connective tissues surrounds our muscles, bones, nerves and blood vessels, and recent research has begun to explore the presence of cb receptors throughout this tissues”. The anti-inflammatory effects of cbd may work with receptors in connective tissue to positively influence and protect against cartilage degradation or inflammation in skin and joints.
What are the benefits of CBD on the human body?
By tapping into how we function biologically, cbd can work to regulate pain, mood, appetite, anxiety, and inflammation. It also eases discomfort, helps you to find your sense of calm, catch some extra zzz’s and help your skin glow from within.
For more information visit the Beam CBD UK website
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