How medicinal cannabis works
CBD (cannabidiol) is one of 104 known chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant, known as cannabinoids.
Unlike THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid that gives users a ‘high’, CBD is non-psychoactive meaning it is not mind-altering. CBD is being explored s a therapeutic medicine with a range of health benefits.
So how does CBD work? All cannabinoids, including CBD, produce effects in the body by attaching to certain receptors in the Endocannabinoid system.
The Endocannaboid system, present in all humans and animals, is a system of receptors that doctors are only just beginning to study – what we do know is that this system is responsible for fine-tuning most of our vital functions, and that cannabinoids, most importantly CBD, work directly with this system to produce profound effects and benefits.