CBD is a cannabinoid. What’s a cannabinoid?
Posted on March 19, 2018
Cannabidiol —a.k.a. CBD —a.k.a. CBD oil is one of a family of compounds found in cannabis called cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are compounds which are both produced by the human body (endocannabinoids) as well as in plants such as hemp (phytocannabinoids). More than 100 cannabinoids are found in cannabis.
While studies have shown that CBD may provide health benefits, CBD does not have psychotropic effects such as those caused by the more well-known cannabinoid called delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC for short. THC, which is found in marijuana, is the cannabinoid that causes a high. Hemp, the plant from which we extract CBD, has negligible amounts of THC and our products contain zero THC.
Phytocannabinoids are known to mimic some of the effects of the body’s own natural endocannabinoids. In fact, the two kinds of cannabinoids evolved together. And the cannabinoids that we get from plants are just as important in maintaining health as the cannabinoids made by our own bodies.
The Endocannabinoid System
The human body has evolved a vast system of signalling molecules and receptors - microscopic sockets on the surface of cells called the endocannabinoid system. A deficiency of cannabinoids can result in imbalances in the body and are thought to be responsible for various disease states.
Using the analogy of a lock and key, a cannabinoid is the key, and the receptor is the lock. Each receptor is like a tiny switch that can be flipped from outside the cell, but controls what happens inside the cell. Depending on which switches are flipped, the cells will take different actions. These actions can be anything from speeding up metabolism, to creating antibodies to fight off infections, to reducing proteins that play a role in inflammation, and even ordering cells to stop reproducing and die.
Think of the nervous system as a giant control panel. It has a myriad of sensors that measure all kinds of bodily states. It also has switches that produce different actions in individual cells. And cannabinoids are the keys. When the brain senses an imbalance of some kind, it creates particular cannabinoids and other signalling molecules which enter the bloodstream and very quickly find their way to cells throughout the body.
How CBD Works
Phytocannabinoids can mimic the effects of endocannabinoids and other signalling molecules created by the human body. A perfect example is a signalling molecule called anandamide. Anandamide signals the body to produce serotonin. Serotonin is often referred to as the “bliss molecule” because it brings about a state of serenity and happiness. People who suffer from depression often have low levels of serotonin. By mimicking the effects of anandamide, CBD can increase levels of serotonin. That’s just one example of the effects of CBD on the human body.
Other ways that CBD may affect the body include pain response modulation, metabolic modulation, inflammatory response, immune system response, neuroprotection, antioxidant action, and much more.
As you can see, via your body’s endocannabinoid system and other signalling pathways, CBD can have a wide variety of effects on the human body.
We specifically developed Meds Biotech products to provide your body with pure and natural CBD. All of our CBD is sourced from naturally-grown industrial hemp and all of our products contain zero THC and are 100% non toxic. Give it a try!