CBD works by interacting with a network of cannabinoid receptors found all throughout the body. This network of receptors is called the “endocannabinoid system.” The endocannabinoid system (ECS) works with your body to help it maintain homeostasis, or balance. Since these receptors are found in nearly every major system and organ of the body, it stands to reason that supplementing the ECS may induce health benefits.
CBD and other cannabinoids found in the cannabis sativa plant have been shown to have an effect on the ECS. When the full spectrum of cannabinoids from the cannabis plant, including a little bit of THC, work together on the ECS it is called the “entourage effect.” This maximizes the healing potential of the ECS on the body’s other systems.
CBD is different from THC because CBD only binds to receptors throughout the body, not the brain. When THC binds to receptors in the brain it causes the feeling of being high, but CBD can neutralize the effects of THC and prevent it from binding to those specific receptors.
The World Health Organization (WHO) concluded that high quality CBD is safe and doesn’t cause severe side effects or have risk of overdose. This is why the hemp wellness industry exploded with CBD products after hemp was legalized nationwide in the 2018 Farm Bill. You have to make sure you are getting a genuine high quality product, since there is a lot of harmful fake CBD on the market.
Most people take CBD supplements by taking capsules, or gummies, topicals, or by taking the oil sublingually, but there are much more applications, like cooking with CBD oil!