How CBD oil affects the endocannabinoid system
Much has been written about the effects of CBD oil. Some of it factual, much of it confused and riddled with inaccuracies. Health Rack aims to dispel the common myths surrounding CBD oil, to give you the facts. In this blog, Health Rack explains exactly how CBD oil affects the endocannabinoid system.
What is CBD or Cannabidiol
CBD, or Cannabidiol, is just one of the 85 unique compounds (known as cannabinoids) that are found in hemp plants. You may have heard about the best-known cannabinoid: THC. This psycho-active compound is what produces the so-called ‘high’ associated with smoking cannabis. However, a different compound altogether is CBD, which is totally non-psychoactive and is perfectly legal to be sold and consumed in the UK as a food supplement.
So, how does CBD oil affect the endocannabinoid system then?
Your endocannabinoid system explained
The endocannabinoid system is a collection of cell receptors. These act like miniscule locks on the surface of your cells, and the ‘keys’ to these locks are molecules known as agonists. When agonists bind to a cell they relay a message to give the cell direction. The two main cell receptors that make up your endocannabinoid system are Cannabinoid Receptor 1 (CB1) and Cannabinoid Receptor 2 (CB2). Their specific ‘keys’ are called endocannabinoids.
Endocannabinoids regulate important day-to-day bodily functions, such as pain, memory, sleep, mood, hunger and motor control. They also help to maintain the body’s overall balance; a process known as homeostasis. Enzymes are also crucial in the endocannabinoid system because they break down excess endocannabinoids. While THC binds directly to the fatty acid neurotransmitter, Andamide (known as the ‘bliss molecule’), CBD goes to work on the FAAH enzyme to stop it from breaking down excess anandamide.
This makes more anandamide available for use by your cells, providing natural benefits with none of the psychoactive effects produced by THC. CBD oil is a man-made cannabinoid for consumption, known as a phytocannabinoid. CBD is 100% legal in the UK and is sold as a food product. The benefits vary from person to person because of how it reacts with the endocannabinoid system. This incredible supplement is rapidly growing in popularity and is now widely available across all of our 14 Health Rack stores and on our online store.
For more information about our complete selection of CBD oil products, ranging from CBD gel tabs to CBD vape liquid, visit our website. If you would like further guidance, speak to one of our experts today on 0800 085 6211.