In order to have an idea of how CBD oil works in the body to produce its pain-relieving and therapeutic effects, one has to have a general understanding of the endocannabinoid system, or ECS.
Basically, the ECS is the human body’s very own “internal” cannabis system. It includes a network of neurotransmitters and receptors that, believe it or not, are virtually identical to the active compounds found in marijuana. These compounds work together with cell and tissue types all throughout the body to help mediate, regulate, and control things like inflammation, the pain and immune response systems, neurogenesis (new cell production), apoptosis (programmed cell death), and even psychological behavior and response.
In fact, the naturally-occurring neurotransmitters and receptors that make up the endocannabinoid system are so widespread throughout the body that doctors have labeled it as perhaps the most “central component of the health and healing of every human being.” The only reason we haven’t heard much about it over the years is because it’s only recently been discovered – in the 1990’s to be exact, by famous Israeli scientist Dr. Raphael Mechoulam.
On a therapeutic level, CBD works by interacting with ECS receptors in the body’s various cell, organ, and tissue systems. And since its receptors are found literally all throughout the body, it makes sense that cannabis – and CBD oil in particular – has the ability to effectively treat any range of medical challenges.
What are the Health Benefits of CBD?
Since CBD interacts on a cellular level with essentially every system in the human body, it’s no stretch of the imagination to say that its health benefits are truly endless. In fact, in the more than 20,000 published scientific studies involving cannabinoids (cited below in an article released by NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws), it has been documented that CBD oil has the potential to effectively treat:
- Cancer-related symptoms
- Seizures, epilepsy and other neurological conditions
- Anxiety and depression
- Insomnia and sleep disorders
- Pain and inflammation
- Diabetes and associated nerve pain
- Cardiovascular disease
- Spasticity (Uncontrollable muscle spasms)
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Stress relief
And this is by no means a complete list – like we mentioned earlier, the simple fact that CBD oil interacts with endocannabinoids and their receptors in every cell and tissue type in the body, truly does give it the potential to be an all-encompassing therapy for any range of medical issues.