All About CBD
What is CBD & what does it do?
- CBD stands for cannabidiol and is one of the primary natural cannabinoids found in the industrial hemp plant
- It is a non-intoxicating component of the cannabis (hemp) plant with enormous therapeutic potential
- Unlike the Tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC) strain of marijuana, CBD oil does not produce any psychoactive effects
- In order to extract CBD oil from the cannabis plant, producers isolate the CBD from the THC to ensure that the oil will not be psychoactive
- CBD works on the basis of something called the endocannabinoid system
- This body system exists in all humans and is an integral part of our neuro-immuno-endocrine network
- Scientists made the discovery of our endocannabinoid system only in recent years — we did not always know of its existence.
- Essentially, the endocannabinoid system is a network of neurons and synapses throughout your body and brain
- These emit and respond well to cannabinoids — a chemical that the hemp plant produces and, yes, a chemical our own bodies produce!
So, while our bodies produce their own cannabinoids—endocannabinoids—primarily anandamide, and 2-AG (2-arachidonoylglycerol) a “phytocannabinoid” or plant-derived cannabinoid like CBD or THC can activate the same receptors in the body and have similar or stronger effects than our own endocannabinoids.
- This is similar to how morphine derived from the poppy plant can reduce pain by activating the body’s endorphin receptors.
- CBD works because the cannabinoids it contains bind with the the endocannabinoid system (CB1 and CB2 receptors) to create a fully functioning network of neurons in your body
- That’s why our bodies respond so well to CBD when we provide it with extra cannabinoids — these chemicals occur naturally in our own bodies!
- There are over 113 different cannabinoids in hemp
- The Endocannabinoid System regulates processes in body like appetite, pain, mood, memory, and peripheral nervous system
- The Endocannabinoid System has many different tasks, but the main goal is always homeostasis
- Homeostasis, in a general sense, refers to stability or balance in a system
- When you get stressed your mind releases cortisol, which can be helpful in dangerous situations
- It is also important for long term health to bring your body back into homeostasis
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Dr. Michael Buch Update 2.5.19
With all the interest in CBD lately, I thought we should discuss how it works in the human body. I'll apologize in advance for the lengthy post ...this is a very complex subject.
We humans have a complicated neurological network and an important part of this network is the endocannabinoid system. The word "endocannabinoid" is a contraction for "endogenous cannabinoid". Endogenous means something that occurs naturally in all our bodies. So the endocannabinoid system is an important part of our bodies and we are all born with it. To understand what it does, we need to talk a little bit about our neurological system. As you know, our nerves transmit signals all over our bodies. They do this by generating small electrical signals, called action potentials, or nerve impulses. The grade school model for nerves is kind of like electrical wires, conducting electricity throughout your body. But this model is far too simplistic.
In fact, the individual nerve cells that make up the "wiring" in your body are all lined up head to tail, but they don't touch (there is a space between them called the synapse), and you all know that you can't conduct an electrical signal through a broken wire. Instead, there is an elaborate chemical system that transfers the coded messages in the electrical impulses from nerve cell to nerve cell. Here's how it works: The electrical signal in the nerve cell travels from the head of the cell (called the axon) to the tail of the cell (called the dendrite). When the signal gets to the end of the cell, chemicals are released, which float across the space between the cells (the synapse) and bind at special proteins (called receptors) at the front of the next cell. These chemicals "transmit" the signal to the next cell, where the whole process is repeated until the signal gets to its final destination (e.g, the brain). This entire process happens in milliseconds, so it's extremely fast. The chemicals that transmit the signals from cell to cell are called "neurotransmitters". There are many, many different neurotransmitter compounds and special receptors to bind them in every nerve cell, and each binding event at a particular receptor generates a particular electrical signal (a particular frequency) in the nerve. It's like a molecularly coded message!
The endocannabinoid system is a particular group of these neurotransmitters and their corresponding receptors that help transmit billions of signals across your nerves. Your body makes a chemical called 2- arachidonoylglycerol (that one just rolls off the tongue doesn't it?) which is a neurotransmitter that binds at receptors on the nerve endings to help carry nerve signals in the nervous system. The receptors to which 2- arachidonoylglycerol binds have been identified and named CB1 and CB2. Another endogenous neurotransmitter that binds to the CB1 and CB2 receptors is a compound called anandamide. Anandamide can produce some minor alterations in perception or behavior while
2- arachidonoylglycerol does not produce any mind-altering effects (different coding for the nerve impulses).
Now here's where it gets interesting. Think of receptors as a lock, and the neurotransmitters as the key. Only neurotransmitters with the proper size and shape can bind at the receptor, just like only the proper key can fit into a lock. Both CB1 and CB2 are specially shaped to allow 2- arachidonoylglycerol and anandamide to bind to them, and when they do, the neurons produce electrical signals with the frequencies that are coded by these molecules. For some unknown reason, it just so happens that two molecules produced by plants (not endogenous to humans) also fit into the CB1 and CB2 receptor binding sites (like duplicate keys in the lock). These molecules are tetrahydrocannabiol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). THC mimics anandamide and CBD mimics 2- arachidonoylglycerol. So these compounds mimic two of our endogenous neurotransmitters, and, therefore, they can impact nerve signals and affect different functions in our bodies. CBD, because it mimics 2- arachidonoylglycerol, does not produce any hallucinogenic responses and does not have any negative cognitive impact. Scientists are still studying the effects of CBD in humans, but I think you can see that if a chemical can act on neurons, it has the potential to impact a great many systems in the human body.