You Use CBD- What Is Happening In Your Body? Does It Help?

With so much info on CBD, this series of short articles helps to break it down. This is Part 2.

So you have used or you are using some CBD product and you wonder what is really going on with your body? Maybe, so far, you feel nothing. Why? Because unlike THC, which is the compound that gets you high from Marijuana- CBD is actually supposed to be its I-have-no-sensation-cousin.

This is why CBD is legal in topical products.

You may not be feeling anything from CBD, but this doesn’t mean CBD isn’t useful.

Cannabinoid is produced naturally within our bodies!  The endocannabinoid system regulates it.

Da Vinci's Historical Image of the Human Body
Da Vinci’s Historical Drawing of the Human Body

 A little further explanation. Within our bodies, we have this huge system called endocannabinoids. This system comes in 3 parts:

  1. the molecules that are like CBD,
  2. the receptors that interact with these molecules and
  3. the enzymes that break them down for absorption.

What exactly is the endocannabinoid system? This huge network of receptors is at the cellular level. It is found throughout the body.  There are cannabinoid receptors found in the brain- but they are also throughout the organs, skin, bones and our connective tissues.

In the endocannabinoid system, there is a back and forth of substance transmission and regulation. In other words, our body is continuously regulating our naturally produced cannabinoid. 

According to UCLA, scientists confirm that this system is in basically all our parts:

the receptors are present throughout the body, including our skin, immune cells, bone, fat tissue, liver, pancreas, skeletal muscle, heart, blood vessels, kidney, and gastrointestinal tract. We now know the endocannabinoid system is involved in a wide variety of processes, including pain, memory, mood, appetite, stress, sleep, metabolism, immune function, and reproductive function.Endocannabinoids are arguably one of the most widespread and versatile signaling molecules known to man.”

A Mouse Endocannabinoid Receptor Site Courtesy NIH

Simply put, receptor sites in our bodies work like a lock and key. If they fit together, they work well. With so many receptor sites throughout our bodies, scientists are believing that CBD may prove useful in many ways. Another theory developing is that CBD is helping the receptor sites and not necessarily entering it like the key theory. Either way, it may also explain why people self-report so many different types of wellness from it. 

And if our bodies are off balance- this can explain why so many people need CBD and experience relief after using it. 

The human body seems to appreciate CBD

As most of you know, epilepsy is the only medical application and there are not enough FDA controlled studies on the benefits of eating CBD. 

Let’s focus on topicals. The news is really good. CBD has many of today’s most well respected and effective skincare, haircare and nail ingredients available. 

The Vitamins A, C, & E – Vitamin A participates in properties that keeps skin firm and healthy. Vitamin C has a long reputation for collagen stimulation, and reducing the signs of aging. Lastly, Vitamin E is a known anti-oxidant and used on scars.

For hair and nails, it is rich in the highly beneficial fatty and amino acids. The main fatty acids detected in CBD are omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9.

So, if you are using and enjoying a CBD product as an anti-ager you can be confident that it is definitely useful.

It is extremely exciting to know that there is another natural source for our youthful ambitions. 

Want to make sure your product does indeed have CBD in it? Read the 1st article in this series to understand the ingredient label.