How Does CBD Work?
The human body has two receptors for cannabinoids, called CB1 receptors and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors can be found all throughout the body, but many of them are in the brain. The CB1 receptors in the brain deal with movement, coordination, pain, emotions, mood, thinking, appetite, and memories. These are the receptors that the widely known THC attaches itself to.
CB2 receptors are more common in the immune system where they effect pain and inflammation. Most people used to think that CBD acted on CB2 receptors but further research has found that this is not the case. Rather, CBD's chemicals encourage the body to use certain cannabinoids that the body creates on its own.
Because of the way CBD acts in the body there are several ways the body can absorb it. Normally CBD may be applied topically, it may be taken orally or it may be inhaled through vapor. Up to date, it has been used to manage chronic pain and inflammation as well as to help people who suffer from anxiety, mood swings and insomnia.