What Does CBD Do?

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It’s no secret that Cannabidiol (CBD) has helped hundreds of thousands of people worldwide and its popularity is still growing.

The question is, what does CBD ACTUALLY do to the human body?

In this article, we’ll review exactly what Cannabidiol does and how it affects:

  • the human body
  • our endocannabinoid system
  • how the method of intake can affect deliverability

The Answer:

Cannabidiol interacts with receptors in the human body known as the CB1 & CB2. These receptors work within a system, a system we all have inside of us, known as the Endocannabinoid System.

These receptors are located throughout, including in the central and peripheral nervous systems (particularly the brain and spine) as well as in the respiratory system, pancreas, spleen, liver and digestive system. These receptors also exist throughout the entire immune system. [1]

All cannabinoids, including CBD, produce effects in the body by attaching to these receptors in various cells.

CBD works by modulating the transcription of over 1100 genes that make the signaling molecules that naturally reduce inflammation in our central nervous system and throughout our immune system.

This process restores homeostasis to both our immune and central nervous systems. Homeostasis refers to a balanced equilibrium in your body’s other systems and is crucial for optimal health.

CBD upregulates the genes the create anti-inflammatory biochemicals for our immune system and upregulates the GABA system in our central nervous system, which brings calmness to our central nervous system. CBD also downregulates the genes that create the inflammatory biochemicals in our immune system and downregulates the glutamate system in our central nervous system which causes over excitement. [2]

Now that you have a better understanding of what Cannabidiol does within our bodies, we thought it was imperative to offer a visual aid as well.

Please enjoy the video below titled, “What Does CBD Do?

Video Credit: Asher Milgrom, PhD

Quick Summary & Introduction Of Next Topic

CBD helps regulate the various systems of our body by causing a cascade of homeostasis throughout our entire central nervous system, and our entire immune system.

This is how CBD helps regulate overall health by promoting synergy among all our inner systems of the body.

It’s important to know that CBD will have a similar effect on the body regardless of how it is taken (absorption method). However, the effects that one could experience may vary from one intake method to the next.  This brings us to the following topic of discussion.

How does the method of CBD intake affect the deliverability and effectiveness of CBD within our bodies?

CBD & Deliverability Based On Intake Method

Anecdotal evidence and scientific research suggest that the specific effects of CBD within the body can vary depending on the form of intake as our body processes cannabinoids at different rates.

Below are the varying methods of how CBD works based on intake method used:

In the next section, we go into further detail of each of the three above.

CBD Edibles

When Ingested (Orally/Sublingually)

Taking CBD orally, or under the tongue, can provide longer, lasting effects. Although, because the CBD must be digested and metabolized first by the liver, it can take longer to feel the effects when compared to inhalation. [3] 

On average, you should feel the effects of CBD Edibles within 25 minutes to 45 minutes.

CBD Smokeables

When Inhaled 

The benefit of taking CBD through an inhaler or another device is that it allows the user to feel the effects more quickly. As CBD vapor passes into the lungs, it passes more quickly through the blood-brain barrier allowing the effects to be felt almost immediately. [4]

While these effects are often more immediate and intense, they also are not as long-lasting when compared to those of oral ingestion.

On average, you should feel the effects of CBD Smokables within 1-5 minutes.

CBD Topicals

When Applied Topically

There currently isn’t enough reliable information about cannabidiol when absorbed through the skin, but anecdotal evidence suggests there are no harmful effects. [5]

Through personal experience and from the report of our customers, on average, you should feel the effects of CBD topicals as quickly as 5 minutes, all the way up to 25 minutes.

Final Thoughts from the Author

Founder & CEO at Cannabidiol Life

If you are considering trying CBD for the first time, the most effective route, in my personal experience, is a full-spectrum CBD product.

There is a reason why the Cannabis Sativa plant has over 113 naturally occurring cannabinoids all offering something unique to the table. It’s because they all work in synergy with one another. Most complement and enhance each other while others, CBD specifically, actually block the binding of another Cannabinoid (THC) for what I could only assume to be a type of safety mechanism.

This type of teamwork, at a molecular level I might add, has been around for centuries!  Purely designed to work with one another in the promotion of complete body homeostasis.

I hope you enjoyed this information about What Does CBD Do and for more information about the three types of CBD products, I highly advise that you take a moment to read, Full Spectrum vs Broad Spectrum vs Pure CBD.

Healthy Regards,
Christopher Visser

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