The main effect that CBD has is on long term health. It’s unlikely that you will ‘feel’ anything when taking CBD – in a similar way to taking a Vitamin C tablet or drinking more water. Whilst both those things will positively affect your body, you might not initially feel any different. Internally, CBD can help regulate the body and help it in its search for balance, meaning decreased inflammation, mood stability and better sleep. These effects are further enhanced as it also interacts with the serotonin and opioid receptors, which also help to regulate and manage pain, sleep and mood.
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a safe and natural compound found in hemp plants. It is just one of over 100 cannabinoids found in the plant, but it’s fast becoming the most famous cannabinoid in cannabis. CBD interacts with receptors in your body, including the endocannabinoid (homeostasis or balancing), serotonin (mood stabilising), dopamine (happiness) and opioid (pain-relieving) receptors.
Once the plant has reached maturity, along with THC, it is the most prevalent cannabinoid, but unlike THC, it is not psychoactive, so it won’t get you high.
One of the main reasons CBD is everywhere you look in the wellness world is because of its diverse therapeutic potential and limited side effects, plus it doesn’t get you high. Along with THC it has received the most research of the compounds due to its prevalence in the plant. While it’s believed to interact with the body in various ways, one of the most talked-about is its impact on the human endocannabinoid system.
Put simply, your endocannabinoid system self-regulates to changes inside and outside of the body to achieve and maintain natural tranquillity. Its main function is to support homeostasis and balance the body’s internal chemistry.
What does the research tell us about CBD?
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Cannabigerol interacts with our body’s receptors to alleviate inflammation whilst also promoting our own natural balance or homeostasis. It helps to regulate sleep, metabolism, temperature, mood and could promote bowel, eye and bone health.
Cannabichromene is a compound in cannabis, thought to have anti-inflammatory and mood-lifting properties. Research shows excitement around this cannabinoid taken alone for issues such as acne, chronic pain, depression, or building your dose in conjunction with CBD.
Relaxing terpenes such as linalool and myrcene all have unique properties and have shown to reduce stress, fight inflammation and support sleep. Terpenes are compounds naturally found in many plants but largely associated with cannabis. They are responsible for the plants smell but beyond that they play important and varied roles protecting the plant.
Energising terpenes such as limonene and pinene all have unique properties and have been shown to relieve pain, boost energy levels and lift mood. Terpenes are compounds naturally found in many plants but largely associated with cannabis. They are responsible for the plants smell but beyond that they play important and varied roles protecting the plant.