[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]CBD oil, despite its ease of use, safety, and accessibility, is still not widely understood by people who aren’t familiar with this all-natural, non-addictive supplement. It’s widely credited with helping to relieve the symptoms of chronic pain, anxiety, nausea, seizures, and an impressive number of other medical conditions. But how does it work? Keep reading if you have questions about the effect of CBD and the endocannabinoid system, including “what is CBD-1?”
The Endocannabinoid System
Your endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a network of neurotransmitters and receptors throughout the body that interacts with cannabinoids, like CBD and THC. The ECS plays a major role in helping your body to achieve and maintain homeostasis. That is, it works to ensure that stable and healthy internal functions continue in a state of equilibrium as the body reacts or adjusts to conditions that affect the body – like sickness, disease, degeneration, inflammation, and more.
The ECS doesn’t just respond to cannabinoids that are produced naturally in the body. It also responds to those introduced from external sources, like THC and CBD oil. Once ingested, the CBD attaches to fatty acids and is broken down by a metabolic enzyme. After that, it begins to bind with receptors in the ECS, including CBD-1.
What is CBD-1?
Alongside CBD-2, CBD-1 is one of the primary receptors that interact with CBD in the endocannabinoid system. These receptors, on receiving CBD molecules, send out neurotransmitters or “messages” throughout the body and its various systems to establish balance. Though both receptors perform similar roles, there are several key differences between the two.
Where CBD-1 Receptors are Located
Unlike CBD-2 receptors, which are found largely in the immune and gastrointestinal systems, CBD-1 receptors are located throughout the brain, lungs, liver, and central nervous system.
Effects on CBD-1 vs. CBD-2
CBD-1 receptors bind readily with our own natural endocannabinoids and THC. They also react with CBD by helping to relieve the symptoms of:
- Intestinal inflammation and “Leaky Gut Syndrome”
- Anxiety, Fear, and Paranoia
- Blood Pressure
- Appetite Loss
- Lack of Focus and Concentration
CBD-2, on reacting to CBD molecules, can also help to alleviate pain, but also helps to regulate responses tied to cardiovascular, neurological, autoimmune, and gastrointestinal issues. Additionally, it aids in bone and skin health, and the function of your lungs and kidneys.
CBD and Your Body
Every person’s ECS is slightly different, with a unique concentration of receptors and balances that affect how CBD is received. That’s why it’s important to be cautious when beginning CBD or when changing serving sizes, product type, or frequency of use. What works for one individual may not be optimal for another. Know what to expect, but don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t work right away.