How CBD Works in Your Body?
To understand the benefits of CBD oil, it's important to first understand the endocannabinoid system, a relatively newly discovered part of the human body that naturally produces certain cannabinoids, similar to CBD (cannabidiol) or THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive cannabinoid in the cannabis plant.
"Endo stands for endogenous, originating within the body," explains Stormy Simon, former President of Overstock.com and champion of the cannabis industry.
She notes that the endocannabinoid system has two types of receptors – CB1, which are mostly located in the brain, as well as in the nerve endings, and CB2, which are found in the immune system and in tissues of the spleen and tonsils.
"CB1 receptors in the brain are associated with emotions, moods, appetite, coordination, movement, and pain," she says.
"Think of [the endocannabinoid system] as a bridge between body and mind with its interactions throughout our internal systems."
Research purports that while the human body does produce cannabinoids on its own, adding new cannabinoids from an external source, like cannabis or CBD oil, can help promote a healthy endocannabinoid system.
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