CBD – What is CBD and what does it do?
CBD or to give it it’s proper name, Cannabidiol is one of around 113 active cannabinoids found in the Cannabis Plant. Most people have heard of THC. Which is the part of Cannabis that gets you “High”. Cannabidiol doesn’t get you high and is gaining a lot of attention recently for it’s Medical benefits.
Cannabidiol is such a great medicine as it doesn’t have any side effects. Traditional Cannabis with high THC levels can be associated with stoners, hippies and generally people who rebuff society to sit around and get high. They are classed as lazy and drug takers by many. (not me of course as I’m a productive stoner :)) C.B.D provides Medical benefits without the high feeling and is considered by many as Medicine. As more and more studies look into CBD the Medical Benefits are stacking up. A non psychoactive Medicine that is used Worldwide to treat and relieve almost any Medical problems. In fact C.B.D has been classified by the UK Government as having Medical Properties. Read all about C-B-D and the UK Government.
CBD acts upon the Endocannabinoid system found with the human body. What is the Endocannabinoid system? Well in short it is a system that helps maintain/ regulate the body and basically keeps everything running in tip top shape. All humans have one and it consists of Cannabinoid receptors found in the brain, and nervous system. Not many people know that we already have little Cannabis molecules circulating around the body that bind to receptors and release signals to the body. These signals include appetite, mood, memory and pain.
CBD and the Endocannabinoid System
CB1 and CB2 receptors primarily make up the Endocannabinoid system. CB1 receptors are found primarily in the brain and nervous system whilst CB2 receptors are found in the immune system. They are basically tiny little receptors that work off a lock and key system. When the key fits they release signals and alter the way the body functions. Consuming Cannabis tops up the body’s natural Cannabinoids and interacts with the bodies CB1 and CB2 receptors.
THC fits perfectly into the receptors and causes different effects. When THC binds to a CB1 receptor the user will experience psychoactive effects and the typical high feeing associated with Cannabis. This can lead to significant relief from pain, nausea, or depression while delivering a strong euphoria high.
When THC binds to the CB2 receptors it acts upon the gastrointestinal system and can provide great relief from inflammatory diseases like Crohn’s and IBS.
CBD however does not bind to the CB1 or CB2 receptors as it is not a perfect fit. CBD is a bit more complex and works different to THC. It works in many different ways by binding and suppressing different receptors. Firstly it stops the psycho-activness of THC by suppressing FAAH. FAAH is a fatty acid that breaks down anandamide. As CBD reduces FAAH there will be more Anandamide present. This binds to receptors and really loves the CB1 receptor. It actually stops or inhibits THC from binding properly hence the psycho-activness is removed.
CBD binds perfectly to the TRPV1 receptor or the The Vanilloid Receptor as it is commonly called. This receptor is a Cannabinoid receptor that when activated relieves pain and has antiseptic and analgesic properties. No wonder Medical Marijuana is a great pain reliever.
CBD is great to treat depression
CBD also activates the 5-HT1A receptor which is responsible for the serotonin levels in your body. Serotonin is basically the feel good factor, it is the bodies natural way to elevate depression and is responsible for mood. When CBD is consumed the 5-HT1A receptor gets a boost and in turn releases more of the feel good endorphin Serotonin. This is the reason Cannabidiol can relive depression and generally give you a boost.
CBD is commonly known as an anti anxiety solution. This is because once again the clever little Cannabinoid receptors are at work. In this case anxiety is stopped or greatly reduced due to the adenosine receptor A2A. CBD binds perfectly to this receptor and activates its many functions. Including anti inflammatory effects that regulate the heart and oxygen levels and blood flow.
CBD also greatly helps in the treatment of Cancer cells and Alzheimer’s. This is due to the PPAR receptors. These are located on the surface of cell nuclei and when activated regress tumours and degrade unwanted activity in the cells.
CBD reduces THC’s psycho-activity
In conclusion CBD does not bind to the CB1 or CB2 receptors in the human Endocannabinoid system. It alters other chemicals that then bind onto these receptors. Causing a reduce in psycho-activity. Combating the high effect of THC.
CBD does bind to the following Endocannabinoid Receptors
- TRPV1 receptor reducing pain and inflammation.
- TRPV1 receptor and greatly reduces pain.
- 5-HT1A receptor relieving depression and greatly boosting your mood.
- A2A receptor which relieves anxiety.
- PPAR receptor which can help treat Cancer and Alzheimers.
Here at 420 Cannabis Seeds we have a great interest in Cannabidiol. We know of many people who effectively use it to treat many different Medical illnesses including Arthritis, depression and anxiety. If you choose to use high CBD Cannabis this is your own choice. We do not condone growing Cannabis in any way. You may need to check your own countries laws regarding C-B-D as a medicine. Also please note we are in no way doctors or scientists so what we have wrote about CBD is purely our opinion and what we have researched and heard about.
CBD Cannabis Strains are definitely on the up. Charlotte’s Web is a prime example. Cannabidiol can be use to treat childhood epilepsy, cancer, arthritis, ADHD, Chron’s, MS. To be honest the list could go on for ever. As more and more research is being done Worldwide CBD is becoming more and more accepted as a medicine. We would highly recommend CBD-Crew, Medical Marijuana Genetics Seedbank and Super CBDx as great Seedbanks to get Medical Marijuana Cannabis Seeds from. In particular we would CBD-Therapy and Medical Marijuana Genetics Candida CD-1. However do your research and find the perfect strain. Everyone is different and may react differently to C.B.D as a medicine.
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