What is CBD
Cannabidiol is a chemical found in the hemp plant. It is called CBD, for short. The CBD compound acts with the endocannabinoid system within our body. The endocannabinoid system ranges from the brain to the gut. There are over 60 chemical compounds found in the hemp plant, but CBD works directly within our bodies with positive benefits.
A common way to extract CBD from the plant is hot water extraction. It is a green solution for the process and is friendly to the environment and human consumption. The hot water extraction method also yields a pure product.
Other methods to extract CBD are CO2, alcohol, and an oil such as coconut or olive oil.
Cbd is a compound extracted from the hemp plant to help with seizures, anxiety, mental focus, and gut health. We already have a system in our body called the endocannabinoid system located throughout the brain and gut that directly responds to CBD.
How the CBD compound works within the brain and body.
Cbd interacts with the neurotransmitters that are associated with serotonin. By interacting with these transmitters, the body creates a sense of calm and relaxation. Cbd helps regulate mood because of these direct interactions.
Serotonin receptors play a role in pain and inflammation throughout the body. CBD studies show that, unlike THC, which binds to CB1 and CB2 receptors in the body, CBD is associated with serotonin and helps to reduce inflammation and ease pain.
When inflammation is under control, the brain begins firing its neurons and can function fully. Inflammation causes brain fog and the inability to concentrate, which is why CBD is a solution to mental focus and clarity.
CBD interacts with serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates mood, pain perception, and inflammation. Inflammation may cause brain fog, fibromyalgia, pain, and other related issues. CBD helps regulate homeostasis to decrease inflammation, elevate mood, control pain, and clear brain fog.
Because CBD is non-intoxicating, it can be used regularly without the side effects that may slow a person down. Because it has a positive interaction with serotonin, it may stop cravings from addiction. CBD does not contain any chemical compound that would interfere with a drug test, so it is safe to use without worrying about a job or drug tests.
Where are the receptors within the body
CB1 receptors are primarily found in the central nervous system, and the CB2 receptors are in the peripheral nervous system and immune cells. The compound most associated with relief in these receptors is THC. CBD, however, responds to serotonin which is a neurotransmitter.
CBD does not boost serotonin, but it is known to interact with the serotonin in the body to help increase its anti-anxiety effects.
Tryptophan is the natural body chemical that stimulates sleep. Tryptophan also helps to convert serotonin which is a neurotransmitter for mood. Studies also show that CBD interacts with tryptophan.
CBD also binds with the GABAa receptor, a major inhibitory neurotransmitter of the central nervous system. How CBD responds is to calm the central nervous system from anxiety. It also helps with addiction tendencies, seizures, muscle spasms, and alcohol withdrawal.
GABAa is responsible for fear, anxiety, and convulsions. CBD interacts with the receptors to create a sense of calm.
Why does CBD stabilize homeostasis to ease anxiety and reduce body aches and pains?
CBD helps to stabilize homeostasis because it reduces inflammation within the body. The homeostasis system is our natural regulatory system that says either ‘YOU are DOING GREAT or INFLAMMATION IS COMING AND YOU NEED TO ACT FAST.”
When our body is out of whack, we begin to feel the effects of body aches and pain, inflammation in the joints, and brain fog that can eventually lead to anxiety and depression. When the body is not entirely homeostatic, the long-term effects will wear on us over time.
Since CBD reacts well with serotonin, a neurotransmitter, it aids the body’s ability to get in alignment faster and keep it functioning for longer.
It also interacts with dopamine and opinion receptors. Dopamine is associated with emotions, the reward center of the brain, and movement. Opioid receptors are our natural receptors to help control stress and keep it calm within our bodies. It acts with the GABA receptor.
CBD interacts with all these essential functions that control mood, inflammation, pain, anxiety response, etc.
CBD is not a new product to the market. Over the years, it has been studied to confirm or deny its benefits. Because CBD works with neurotransmitters in the body, it is an excellent solution to reduce anxiety and inflammation, clear brain fog, and bring the body back to a healthy homeostasis.
CBD’s three main benefits are that it positively interacts with serotonin, which helps regulate mood, reduces inflammation, and gives the body an overall calming effect. It also interacts with tryptophan which is our body’s natural sleep neurotransmitter. Interacting with tryptophan and serotonin simultaneously helps regulate sleep and ease anxiety in the brain. The Gaba transmitter is also associated with anxiety, fear, and convulsions. CBD interacts with this neurotransmitter bringing a sense of overall calm to the body.
Look for the following three blogs to drop this week about serotonin, tryptophan, and the Gaba neurotransmitters and how CBD may help with anxiety, brain fog, rheumatoid arthritis, and overall health and wellness.
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