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May 11, 2019 2 min read

Given the nearly century-long stigma on marijuana and marijuana-derived products, everything that can be associated with it is assigned Schedule I, a category reserved dangerous drugs that have no medical value. It is only until recently that the US government recognized the benefits of this plant.

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the compounds derived from a marijuana plant, having a rich history of medicinal use for thousands of years. And while marijuana is known for getting you high, CBD is different – it’s non-psychoactive. Meaning, you get all the benefits without ever getting high.’

Understanding the endocannabinoid system

To understand how CBD works, it’s important to know what the endocannabinoid system (ECS) is. Essentially, it is part of your regulatory system composed of endocannabinoids, receptors, and enzymes that break down the endocannabinoids. As a homeostasis regulator, it is in charge of regulating a lot of physiological activities and processes such as energy level, bone density, appetite, blood pressure, and a lot more.

Your everyday life is dependent on how this part of your system is working. In fact, its role in our body is so crucial that government scientists have detected that with almost all diseases, there is a malfunction or dysfunction in the ECS.

Where does CBD come in?

CBD interacts with stimuli in the endocannabinoid system and enhances it by binding to endocannabinoid receptors to prevent or even stop disease progression. As a result, any imbalance or deficiency in your ECS is corrected by CBD.

However, like most medicines, CBD also targets other parts of your body outside the endocannabinoid system, resulting in any unintended positive and negative effects that may or may not have been explored by medical research.

The end of consuming CBD is improving your well-being. It does more than prevent or stop diseases – it has a lot of benefits, the most popular of which are pain relief and anti-inflammatory properties.