CBD interacts with our natural chemistry in several ways. One of the main ways it works in the body is by mimicking and augmenting the effects of thenatural compounds in our bodies called endogenous cannabinoids or endocannabinoids - so named because of their similarity to the compounds found in the cannabis plant. These endocannabinoids are part of an internal regulatory system called the Endocannabinoid System.
The discovery of the endocannabinoid system has given arise to significant advancements in our understanding of health and disease. It has major implications for nearly every area of medical science and helps to explain how and why CBD, and other cannabinoids are such a versatile compounds.
The endocannabinoid system plays a critical role in regulating a range of physiological and psychological processes that affect our everyday experience – our mood, our energy level, our intestinal fortitude, immune activity, blood pressure, bone density, glucose metabolism, how we experience pain, stress, hunger, and more.
Some may ask what happens if the endocannabinoid system doesn’t function properly? Or, what are the consequences of a chronically deficient or overactive endocannabinoid system? In short, the body will not work as efficiently or as effectively as needed and can result in disease and decreased levels of well-being.
Recently, science has shown that the endocannabinoid system is dysregulated in nearly all pathological conditions. Thus, it stands to reason that “modulating endocannabinoid system activity may have therapeutic potential in almost all diseases affecting humans,” as Pal Pacher and George Kunos, scientists with the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), suggested in a 2014 publication. In summary, science suggests that by modulating the endocannabinoid system and enhancing endocannabinoid tone, CBD and other cannabinoids can potentially slow – or in some cases stop – disease progression.
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