CBD stands for Cannabidiol which is a naturally occurring cannabinoid constituent of the cannabis plant. It is one of at least 113 cannabinoids found in the cannabis/hemp plant. CBD is a non psychoactive cannabinoid and does not make you feel “high”. Cannabinoids interact with our endocannabinoid system which research has shown provides us with a multitude of different health benefits.
The endocannabinoid system (ECS)
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is the most widespread system in the human body containing CB1 and CB2 receptors spread throughout our organs and organ systems. The ECS is a vital and important component of the central nervous system that plays a role in everything from cognitive processes and pain sensation to appetite regulation and physical activity.
CB1 receptors are found in the brain, mostly on the basal ganglia and limbic system. They help to influence memory, mood, fear, movement, and pain. They’re also found in the lungs, liver and reproductive glands.
CB2 receptors are found on immune cells as well as the spleen and they help to regulate immunity.