Our bodies are hard-wired with a network of receptors called cannabinoid receptors, they are spread throughout our entire body creating a system called the Endocannabinoid system (ECS). CBD taps into this system to produce its therapeutic effects.
The endocannabinoid system is the greatest neurotransmitter system in the body.
The endocannabinoid system is part of many physiological body processes; these include appetite, mood, memory and pain sensation. Our bodies produce endocannabinoids to stimulate these cannabinoid receptors.
In order to kick-starting the appropriate cellular response, Cannabinoid receptors sit on the surface of cells and “listen” to conditions outside the cell.
Then, they transmit information about changing conditions to the inside of the cell.
There are two major cannabinoid receptors: CB1 and CB2. These aren’t the only cannabinoid receptors, but they were the first ones discovered and remain the best-studied.
CB1 receptors are one of the most abundant receptor types in the brain. On other hand, CB2 receptors are more abundant outside of the nervous system, in places like the immune system. However, both receptors are present throughout the body.
So, the endocannabinoid system in the body exists to respond to internal cannabinoids that the body produces. However, scientists and researchers have discovered that this system also recognizes and responds to external cannabinoids.
CBD is a cannabinoid, for this reason it can stimulates activity in the body’s endocannabinoid receptors, offering a systemic effect. The activation of adenosine by CBD is what gives the substance its anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety effects. If you want to know more health benefits that CBD can give you, please go to our section CBD & Your Health.