How CBD Works - How does CBD work?
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The media and web are all abuzz with stories on CBD.
Pretty amazing stories.
The list goes on and on:
So how does it do this?
Its effects are so widespread in the body that there must be something “upstream” that’s being affected.
We’ll then zoom in to see what research shows at an individual system level.
That will start the ball rolling on how CBD works.
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We promise not to get lost in the weeds here (terrible pun – our apologies).
If you search online for how CBD works, many websites throw an alphabet soup of words at you that require a biology course.
We’ll keep simple, Maam!
It’s very rare that a chemical can affect so many different areas of the body.
CBD appears to have a balancing effect on:
First, how does it affect all these different systems?
That’s a mouthful!
Basically, you have a network that runs through the entire body.
Organs, blood cells, neurons, bone, muscle, genitals….you name it.
There are two types of receptors.
CD1 and CD2.
Let’s start with a quick visual, please!
About 600 million years old.
Clearly, nature only holds on to something this long across the arc of living beings if it’s important.
So…why so important?
Every system in the body works with opposing forces that balance each other.
Occasionally, we need one to overpower the other as needed.
For example, there’s a chemical messenger that signals a need for food (appetite increases).
As we eat, there’s a separate chemical messenger (or sometimes just the depletion of the “hungry” messenger) that signals it’s time to stop eating (appetite decreases).
Otherwise, the two messengers are in balance and we feel neither!
This is called homeostasis.
It’s just a big word for “in balance”.
There’s no movement either way because both forces are pushing against each other equally.
Almost all our modern diseases, ailments, and discomforts are a result of an imbalance in one of these systems.
Take one example that’s becoming a bigger and bigger issue these days…
CBD has been found to be very effective with anxiety as it helps to restore the balance between the two (and other actors).
CBD doesn’t actually bind to the receptors but it does stimulate the body’s natural system to be for productive.
It’s a swift kick to the endocannabinoid system to do its job.
Learn more specifics about CBD and Anxiety here.
In all fairness, most of our systems are under attack in today’s modern world:
There’s almost no way to avoid it in the modern world.
The endocannabinoid system is overworked and stressed.
It needs some assistance!
That is EXACTLY what CBD appears to do.
Stimulate our existing system which governs all the other key systems.
Even cooler, let’s look at an actual example based on real research.
Most of our newer, modern diseases originate from the immune system.
The immune system protects us from intruders. It has to be very vigilant and monitor everything that goes in us and on us.
When this system is faulty or gets stressed from over-use, it starts to make mistakes.
It attacks us!
You may be saying…wait a minute…these can’t all be related.
Let’s look at a small example…arterial clogging.
You may say…
You and millions of other people.
Until they actually did a much more sophisticated genetic scan of the fat that was being lined in the artery.
It came from bacteria!!
Bacteria were most likely from the mouth which accounts for the link between poor dental health and heart issues.
In fact, they just found that bacteria in our gums may be causing Dementia and Alzheimer’s.
How does the immune play into this?
The mouth bacteria’s waste products are small lipids or molecules of fat that can cross the blood barrier from the mouth.
The immune system catches them and panics…
Foreign bacteria attackers!!!
Attack attack attack.
It creates an inflammatory response which is what it’s supposed to do and locks the foreign invader in the lining of the artery. Imprisoned forever.
If it does this too much for too long, we have a problem!
Reference to the research can be found here:
What does CBD have to do with the immune response??
Recent research shows that CBD has two big impacts on the immune system.
This makes sense.
The gut is the primary way that our body interacts with the outside world, both good and bad actors!
The bacteria are literally allowed inside us!
It’s our biggest vulnerability (behind skin and lungs).
The immune system is the cop and it needs to be in the high crime area.
So…back to CBD.
The researchers found that CBD impacts the immune system and gut inflammation in two ways:
This is huge!
Many of the modern diseases are a result of a stressed-out immune system.
Furthermore, too many toxins from the environment and body that get stuck behind the lining of the intestinal wall and that cause…
The whole leaky gut syndrome.
Taking out the trash!
CBD spurs this activity which means fewer toxins in your bodybuilding up in the gut.
There are two basic “states” of the immune system.
T1 is defcon 4…highly aggressive and called into action when we’re potentially under attack.
T2 is less belligerent.
CBD helped to switch from T1 to T2.
The change from T1 to T2 reduces this tendency.
That’s one example born out by research.
One of potentially 100’s in the body!
This is very exciting stuff!
Remember that there are CBD receptors throughout the body, brain, and nervous system!
Learn all about CBD and the Immune system here.
There’s no free ride in the universe…are there any side effects from using CBD?
This is what sets CBD apart from all the medications doctors prescribe for corresponding issues.
It’s very safe by itself!
The more common side effects (usually moderate) for CBD are:
Compare that to even the back of Tylenol or Aspirin.
Heck, compare that to caffeine or sugar!
Clearly, CBD ties into a system that’s integral to the body.
You can read more about CBD safety here.
How much CBD does it take to work?
First, there are different ways to take it and they have varying effects:
The common ways to take CBD are:
Regardless of how you take it, the dosages are pretty standardized.
Here’s a general guideline but make sure to check out CBD dosage page for much more guidance.
We want to focus on the total amount of CBD per usage.
This is usually given in a milligram or MG of CBD.
Everybody’s chemistry is different and the dosage also depends on what you’re trying to address.
You can always adjust up or down from there.
What’s the expected time before CBD works?
This also depends on how you take it.
Here’s a rough estimate:
A few notes.
The topical (applied to the skin) will last longer and start slower.
The effects of CBD can last for days depending on what is being addressed.
You can check out the Best Of list from our screened CBD brands here:
This question comes up quite a bit.
In the States where it is legal (such as California), you can find products that have THC and CBD in them.
Usually, there’s a ratio of THC to CBD.
In fact, there is evidence that CBD counters some of the negative effects of THC.
We have an entire article on the THC versus CBD discussion here.
Almost all of the positive research is on CBD by itself which is called CBD Isolate on the market.
Make sure to check out our buyer’s guide to CBD.
We go through:
And much more.
CBD is new to many people and there are so many products out there!
We want to make sure everyone has a great introduction to this substance that just might revolutionize health care and health.
We could have written for 100’s of pages to really capture everything CBD is doing in the body.
Instead, we took one powerful example based on hard research.
It’s a big one though.
Pay attention to the medication ads next time.
It will probably have something to do with diseases listed as potential targets for CBD!
Also listen to the side effects (arm may fall off, uncontrollable levitation, etc)
CBD has tremendous promise to address some of these issues without the side effects!
We’ll have entire articles based on existing research for CBD and Different Issues here.
And more coming every day!
The one take away is this…
CBD impacts a system-wide network called the endocannabinoid system.
This network has crucial work to do in today’s modern world (toxins, pesticides, stress, etc).
It’s very easy to see if CBD will work for you.
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