How Does CBD Work?

What is CBD oil used for? How does CBD oil work?

CBD is becoming widely known by the day, but many are not quite sure whether it's right for them. As alternatives to traditional remedies become more popular, it's vital to know how this supplement reacts with your body and how it can be beneficial to you.

But how does it work, exactly?

A Cannabinoid with Many Benefits

Cannabidiol — better known as CBD — is the most prevalent cannabinoid, or chemical substance, that can be extracted from the cannabis plant. When taken alone, CBD provides a wide range of health benefits without leaving you feeling high like the compound tetrahydrocannabinol, better known as THC.

How It Works

When you consume CBD — through ingestion or through the skin — it interacts with CB1 and CB2 receptors throughout your body to potentially produce a variety of positive effects, from boosting and stabilizing your mood to stimulating your appetite and more. CBD doesn’t bind directly with these receptors, but rather interacts with them indirectly to activate TRPV1 receptors that regulate things like pain, body temperature, and inflammation. CBD can also boost the body’s level of anandamide — also known as the “bliss molecule” — which plays role in the brain’s production of pleasure and motivation.

Research suggests that CBD offers a lot of potential, but CBD isn’t the only cannabinoid with possible health benefits. For some treatments, a combination of CBD and THC or other (lesser-known) cannabinoids, can be necessary.