Many plants contain cannabinoids but people most commonly link them to cannabis. Here, I explain the ways one can use CBD oils for pain
Does CBD oil give you a “high”?
CBD is an entirely different compound than THC ( the essential part of the marijuana plant). It is not a psychoactive substance, meaning it does not stimulate a “high” or change a person’s state of mind, but it influences the body to use its own endocannabinoids more effectively.
The Endocannabinoid System and Balance
We all produce cannabinoids naturally. These compounds called endocannabinoids help regulate everything from our moods to pain and inflammation, to appetite.This ECS or endocannaboinoid system is responsible for keeping all of your other body systems in balance with one another, as you encounter stress in your daily life. The ECS is made up of receptors all over your body, including your brain, your organs, connective tissues, immune cells and others. When these receptors are stimulated by cannabinoids it can more readily maintain balance in the face of stress.
CBD and the Cannobinoid System
When you consume CBD oil you are supporting the receptors’ activity and your body’s naturally occurring system(ECS). Once it is in your bloodstream, CBD reaches the brain to impact neurons with a matching molecular structure. Some of these include your opioid receptors hence its role in pain regulation. What it does, is it stops the breakdown of our own cannabinoids allowing our bodies to use more of what it’s already naturally producing.
What the Research says
In conclusion, a study in the Journal of Experimental Medicine found that using CBD oil can reduce pain and inflammation.
The researchers also found that subjects were not likely to build up a tolerance to the effects of CBD so they would not need to increase their dose continually. Hence, the vital role CBD plays in regulating pain.