Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring cannabinoid constituent of cannabis.
Discovered in 1940 and initially thought not to be psychoactive, it is one of at least 113 cannabinoids identified in hemp plants, accounting for up to 40% of the plant’s extract.
What and how does CBD affect you?
The human brain is composed of billions of individual cells called neurons. These neurons communicate with one another through structures called synapses. Synapses are made up of a transmitter and a receptor – When a synapse is off, or inactive, no communication occurs between the transmitter side and the receptor side much like your light switch at home.
When a synapse is on, or active, the transmitter (sending) side releases molecules that travel across the synaptic space to be absorbed by the receptor (receiving). These actions cause an effect somewhere else in your body or brain. CBD interacts with your brain in a similar…
When introduced into your bloodstream, CBD molecules activate specific groups of receptors:
- CB1 and CB2
These receptors influence such body functions as appetite, pain sensation, mood, memory, and anxiety and have a great deal to do with the effects that CBD offers. Serotonin for instance has long been associated with feelings of well-being and happiness.
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