What is CBD?
CBD stands for ‘cannabidiol’ and is one of many components in a complex biological network. This network is known as the Endocannabinoid system and is formed of a multitude of cannabinoids, like CBD and THC and Endocannabinoid receptors that communicate with other biological systems in your body by sending signals to one another.
Each person’s Endocannabinoid system is unique to them which is why CBD and THC can have drastically different effects on each individual’s experience.
There are over 100 different cannabinoids as part of this intricate system and researchers are still uncovering unknown truths about these compounds and the different ways they interact with each other. What they do know is that these receptors are constructed specifically for cannabinoids. The Endocannabinoid system is responsible for many physiological and mental responses our body sends out in response to stimuli; these signals travel mostly to our brains, but also to other organs such as the liver, kidney, and lungs.
THC is the most commonly known and researched cannabinoid, but attention has shifted to CBD Oil over the past couple few years because of its ability to aide in sleep, moods, aches and pains. Part of what makes these cannabinoids so difficult to study is the fact that they send out multiple signals at once when interacting with receptors, so it can be difficult to distinguish the different kinds of receptors: some regulate senses and others are responsible for your nervous system’s sensitivity. When CBD affects more than one of these things at once, the results become increasingly difficult to measure which is one of the many reasons that the medical professionals are still not quite sure what to make of it.
CBD has also been observed to work synergistically with its THC counterpart. Though it may not interact directly with the receptors in the way that THC does, CBD is responsible for helping your body’s Endocannabinoid system run as smoothly as its signals are sent out to receptors in our brains and other muscles in the body.
If you have ever wondered why so many products include both CBD and THC, it’s because of this synergistic relationship. CBD can both dim some of the unpleasant side effects you may sometimes encounter with THC and also amplify its effects when increasing the density of its receptors. The cannabinoid THC interacts with these receptors directly whereas CBD is more subtle and does not attach itself to these receptors in the same way THC does. Instead, CBD directs these receptors by communicating which signals and chemicals to send out to the rest of your body’s receptors. In this sense, THC is like a sailboat and CBD is the wind in its sails; it tells the boat where to go.
There is still much research surrounding the Endocannabinoid system as it was discovered only a couple of decades ago, but researchers are delving into recording the effects of CBD and the way it interacts with the rest of your body’s systems particularly the receptors in your brain responsible for regulating pain and those which regulate your mood.
So, what next?
Since everyone’s Endocannabinoid system is unique and reacts differently to CBD, the only way to know if it’s for you or not is to try it out yourself! Researching your brands ahead of time to ensure you are purchasing a quality product right for you is the most effective way to begin and if you have any questions we have a trained doctor that is supporting our CBD movement and she is on hand to provide advice where she can should you need additional information from a trained and fully qualified medical GP.
When shopping around, select brands that are tried-and-true; this way, you know you are receiving a reliable product.
SOLO CBD for example, has its products independently tested to guarantee potency and purity. When you purchase SOLO CBD products you know exactly what you are getting and are guaranteed a product that is GMO, pesticide, and solvent-free.
The market for CBD products is relatively new, making it especially important to identify brands that keep customers’ health and satisfaction as their top priority.