How do CBD Products Work?
When it comes to cannabinoids, it can be pretty confusing to figure out how it is they actually work. CBD in particular is a popular alternative to a lot of medications as well as medical marijuana. But how does it work in the human body?
There is a system in the human body called the endocannabinoid system that works with just about every other system imaginable. It is made up of a series of neurotransmitters throughout the human body that help to regulate all of the systems that they interact with.
Both cannabinoids that are found in CBD products are distilled from cannabis, but CBD oil has to have less than 0.3 percent THC in it to be legal in places where recreational marijuana is not legal. Some of them, however, also contain THC. Those products with THC in them are not allowed to be sold in or shipped to states or countries where weed is still illegal.
CBD is the colloquial term for cannabidiol. Products with it in it also often include another cannabinoid called THC. THC is also known as tetrahydrocannabinol. Each cannabinoid works a little bit differently, but both have been found to help with a lot of medical and neurological conditions.
Cannabinoids can be taken in a lot of forms. They can be ingested in a pure oil form or included in food or water. It can also be used as a vaping liquid or as a topical lotion. How it is used, and the THC content in each can change a lot about how it affects you, but it will still work in the same general fashion.
When you take cannabinoids like CBD and THC, they bind to those neurotransmitters throughout the body and brain. THC binds particularly strongly to them, while CBD only does so loosely. Once they bond together, the cannabinoids help each system return to its base normal. This is what helps to kickstart most of the positive effects that happen when someone takes a CBD product.
CBD tends to work as a mild sedative that has been known to help relieve pain, reduce symptoms of anxiety and lower blood pressure. THC is the cannabinoid that gives users the high feeling that they would expect from smoking marijuana. It’s been found to help with epilepsy, reduce inflammation, make it easier for users to sleep and avoid taking other, more addictive substances like opioids or prescription sleeping medications. Sometimes, however, they can have the opposite of the intended effect.
Cannabinoids are also metabolized in the liver and kidneys, so people who struggle with those organs will need to be very careful. CBD products should never be taken without talking to a doctor beforehand to double check that there are minimal risks of interactions with other medications or any already existing medical conditions. If a user experiences negative side effects, they should stop taking the CBD oil immediately and try to treat the symptoms they experience. If they continue, they should seek medical attention.