CBD is short for cannabidiol, which MedlinePlus explains is one of more than 80 chemical cannabinoids found in the marijuana plan Cannabis sativa. Thus, cannabis oil, or CBD oil as it is more commonly know, is an oil that is developed using this particular compound. Although CBD oil is just now becoming fairly mainstream, largely because of the debates surrounding medical marijuana, cannabis actually has a long history of providing relief in many different countries around the world.
CBD: The Long History
In June 2015, National Geographic ran a story about how Siberian burial mounds as far back as 3000 BC were found to contain charred cannabis seeds. Cannabis has also been used in Chinese medicine for thousand and thousand of years. The article went on to explain how American use of cannabis goes back to our country’s founding fathers as well. In fact, George Washington himself grew hemp at his plantation estate and the location of his burial, Mount Vernon.
Because it is somewhat tumultuous history marijuana has had with the law (regarding whether it is illegal or not), research on the positive properties of hemp plants’ derivatives such as cannabidiol oil has been extremely limited. This has caused many people to question its use for modern day ailments, primarily because they don’t know a lot about how it works.
How Does CBD Oil Work In The Body?
According to Medical News Today, the body’s endocannabinoid system has two cannabinoid receptors: CB1 and CB2. A majority of CB1 receptors are located in the brain and are associated with cognitive actions related to coordination, mood, thinking, memory, and appetite. The CB2 receptors, on the other hand, can be found in the immune system. This makes them more responsible for the body’s response to pain and inflammation. Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, attaches to the CB1 receptors, which explains why smoking or otherwise ingesting marijuana affects users on a cognitive level. However, CBD impacts the CB2 receptors. And it does so indirectly, not by attaching to the CB2 receptor, but by enticing the body to make more of its own cannabinoids. This creates a positive effect on the body’s pain and inflammation responses.
Benefits Of CBD For Pain:
Many studies have been conducted on CBD and found that his compound offers individuals diagnosed with arthritis several potential benefits.