What is CBD?
CBD or cannabinol oil is a non-psychoactive substance generally derived from hemp and contains .3% or less tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Because it has such a minute amount of THC, it cannot get you “high”.
How CBD works
There is hesitation associated with the use of CBD because of its relation to THC, it’s important to understand the difference between the two and how they work in the body. Though CBD and THC are structurally nearly identical, they act differently in the brain. Both THC and CBD work with the body’s endocannabinoid system (CB1 receptors). THC binds to the CB1 receptors to cause the psychological “high” associated with marijuana use while CBD binds to these receptors in a different way which causes no “high” and blocks THC from binding to these receptors.
CBD has another amazing beneficial property; it increases the levels of anandamide in the brain. Anandamide is a cannabinoid found naturally in the human body and is responsible for regulating hormones like serotonin and dopamine. Serotonin and dopamine are responsible for our happiness and joy. Yep, that’s right. Anandamide is the body’s natural antidepressant and CBD lends it a helping hand by giving it a boost.