CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a naturally occurring compound found in the cannabis plant. Unlike THC, another common cannabinoid found in marijuana that produces psychoactive effects, CBD does not produce any intoxicating or euphoric effects.
When you consume CBD products like oils or tinctures, it interacts with your body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), which regulates various physiological functions such as sleep, mood, appetite, and pain sensation.
CBD works by activating certain receptors within the ECS called CB1 and CB2 receptors. These receptors are located throughout the body and when activated by CBD can help to reduce inflammation, and alleviate pain and anxiety symptoms while promoting a sense of relaxation.
Additionally, studies have shown that CBD may also have antipsychotic effects on individuals suffering from schizophrenia and other mental health disorders due to its ability to affect serotonin levels in the brain.
Research on how CBD works is still ongoing but what we do know is that it offers numerous potential benefits for both physical and mental health without producing any unwanted psychoactive effects.