What does CBD do?

CBD oil is quickly turning into one of the fastest growing industries in recent memory. With its constant advances in its technology, and as more studies are being published, there’s no question as to why more people are starting to turn to CBD oil to help with their ailments. CBD is one of the 85 cannabinoids found in different parts of the hemp plant. CBD isolate products contain no THC, which means you will not get a light-headed feeling or the munchies.

When psychoactive is used to describe any sort of substance, it is just describing the substance crossing the blood/brain barrier and will cause a chemical reaction in your brain. By this definition, however, coffee, Advil, tobacco and alcohol could be described as psychoactive. CBD will not alter your perception in any way. Despite being molecule cousins, CBD affects our endocannabinoid system differently than THC.

CBD is famous for the many studies indicating that it helps with pain management. It does this by influencing a wide range of receptors in the brain and body that aren’t restricted to just cannabinoid receptors. Your brain receptors are not only sensitive to dopamine and serotonin, they are also sensitive to chemical messengers that are produced outside of your body such as plant cannabinoids. Although CBD is a cannabinoid, it doesn’t interact with receptors CB1 and CB2 directly, which explains why CBD isn’t intoxicating.

Multiple animal studies have shown CBD to directly activate multiple serotonin receptors and have shown to reduce the drug-seeking behavior shown before being given CBD. This in itself is a promising study that could result in aiding the opioid crisis we face as a country. This could account for the studies showing that CBD can help with the effects of anxiety as well. These studies are still fairly new but show promise as to what CBD can possibly accomplish.

Before you start using CBD, like with anything new, talk to your healthcare provider to make sure it’s right for you.