CBD may aid weight loss due to how it works in the body. The body has a built-in endocannabinoid system. This system responds to different compounds in the body through two cannabinoid (CB) receptors, called the CB1 and CB2 receptors. Usually, CB1 receptors exist mainly in the brain and central nervous system and are almost nonexistent in the rest of the body. CB2 receptors, on the other hand, exist throughout the body. In people with obesity, however, CB1 receptors become more widespread, especially in fatty tissue. Because of this, researchers believe that there may be a link between the activation of the CB1...

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What is CBD?

CBD is short for cannabidiol, one of 60 phytocannabinoid compounds found in cannabis. The most extensively-studied compound found in cannabis is THC (or tetrahydrocannabinol), but interest in CBD and its usefulness in medicine and recreation is quickly growing. Every kind of cannabinoid has its own unique function, and CBD works mostly as a relaxant and an anti-inflammatory agent in our body.


What are the possible effects of CBD in the body?

CBD may be

  • Antitumoral (combats tumor and cancer cells)
  • Anticonvulsant (prevents seizures)
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antioxidant
  • Antipsychotic (helps psychotic disorders)
  • Anxiolytic (fights anxiety and depression)
  • Antiemetic (reduces nausea)

What are cannabinoids?

Cannabinoids are compounds that interact with our bodies’ endocannabinoid system, or ECS. It is a recent discovery that all vertebrates have an ECS, and it is a network of receptors that respond to the presence of cannabinoids. These receptors include CB1, CB2, adenosine, serotonin, and vanilloid. This system of receptors is responsible for keeping our minds and bodies in balance. The ECS regulates bodily functions like pain perception, appetite, mood, memory, immune response, and sleep.

As of today, there have been 113 cannabinoid molecules that have been discovered and isolated.

Our body produces its own cannabinoids (called endocannabinoids). In infancy, our bodies source endocannabinoids from our mothers’ milk, to assist our underdeveloped ECS. Like all other bodily systems, our ECS grows less and less efficient as we age, and as the amount of endocannabinoids our bodies synthesize decreases, our bodies slowly go out of balance. We become more prone to issues like insomnia or chronic anxiety as we become more cannabinoid-deficient. Reintroducing cannabinoids into our body in the form of phytocannabinoids (or plant-based cannabinoids) like THC or CBD would help our bodies regain its balance and general health.


What is the difference between the effects of THC and CBD?

The main difference between THC and CBD is the psychoactivity of THC. In other words, THC gives you the feeling of being high. CBD, however, does not. The effects of CBD, therefore, may not be as immediately apparent as those of THC.(so be patient)

CBD may give the body a sense of immense relaxation, and strains which are high in CBD are sometimes considered to be “couch-lockers” because of this. CBD consumption may make you sleepy, lazy, or calm, while THC will make you more alert or active. CBD may also have more prominent analgesic and muscle-relaxing effects than THC.

CBD is non-psychoactive because it does not directly interact with 2 of our body’s main cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2). Instead, it inhibits the enzymes that break down naturally-occurring cannabinoids, leading to an increase in endocannabinoid presence and sensitivity.

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