Learn About CBD

What exactly is CBD?

Cannabidoil (CBD) is a chemical compound from the cannabinoid family that naturally occurs in the cannabis plant. Scientists have isolated over 100 different types of cannabidoids in cannabis.

THC is the best known due to its psychoactive properties; that’s what gives you the “high” sensation. CBD, on the other hand, gives you the therapeutic benefits without feeling the psychoactive effect.

This compound interacts with our body through the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is the system that regulates the body’s natural homeostasis moods, sleep, pain, immune function, amongst many other functions. CBD does not alter the functions of the ECS, but rather it enhances the productiveness of the system; which gives the desired effects.

The endocannabinoid receptors affect many parts of our body:

  • Muscles
  • Skin
  • Gut 
  • Spleen
  • Liver
  • Heart
  • Kidneys
  • Bones
  • Blood vessels
  • Lymph cells
  • Reproductive organs

The Power of CBD

Inside all of us are endocannabinoid receptors. These special parts of our biological system that work within the superhighway of our central nervous system. CB1 and CBD2 receptors throughout the body stimulate the endocannabinoid system, which promotes homeostasis, and then does something awesome: it reduces pain and decreases inflammation. Whatever way you take CBD, the health effects are incredible whether it’s topically for skin and connective tissue problems, or orally via a gummy or dropper. 

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CBD reduces the effects of coffee jitters

Too much caffeine, whether from coffee, tea, or energy drink, can ruin your day.

This is why coffee companies have started infusing their beans with CBD. The anti-inflammatory and anxiolytic properties of CBD reduce the uncomfortable jitters and anxiety that come with too much coffee.

Interestingly enough, both CBD and caffeine engage with adenosine receptors. Adenosine is a neurotransmitter that tells your body when to wake up and when to wind down.

Caffeine can be anxiety-provoking because it blocks adenosine receptors, and prevents them from functioning. This means that other stimulating neurotransmitters go unchecked, as adenosine is blocked.

CBD has the opposite effect. By delaying the reuptake of this neurotransmitter, CBD boosts adenosine levels in the brain, which regulates adenosine receptor activity.

We look forward to the day when more research is done on CBD.

In the meantime, you may find that CBD mellows out the caffeine rush.

Studies

2015: Molecular Targets of Cannabidiol in Neurological Disorders