Taking CBD for pain relief has become widely popular and for good reason.
Our bodies have what is called an Endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS plays a crucial physiological role within our bodies. That role is to maintain the balance throughout each of our systems so that our cells can maintain optimum performance.
The ECS has three main components: Cannabinoid receptors on the surface of each cell, endocannabinoids which are the molecules that activate these receptors, and metabolic enzymes which break down any unused endocannabinoids. Trust us, it’s not as complicated as it seems.
Basically when something needs regulation, such as pain, signals are sent to the ECS. Endocannabinoids are then produced and sent to bind with the receptors. Once balance is restored, the enzymes break down the leftover endocannabinoids.
The phytocannabinoid CBD is closely related to the natural endocannabinoids produced within our ECS. However, experts believe that when CBD is taken, rather than binding with the receptors, it works to prevent the endocannabinoids from breaking down. This allows the body’s natural endocannabinoids to have more of an effect, thus aiding in pain relief whether chronic or short-term.
You can read more about the Endocannabinoid system here.