CBD, also called cannabidiol, is slightly different from its cousin compound namely tetrahydrocannabinol. Unlike THC, hemp CBD does not bind to CB1 cannabinoid receptors and CB2 receptors in the human brain; rather, it works by keeping these receptors from attaching to cannabinoids. Consume CBD together with THC, and then it will block some of tetrahydrocannabinol’s effects.
To understand how CBD works, you should first look at the things that make cannabis work.
The key impact of cannabis on the human brain is known as retrograde inhibition, which is the notion that it is possible for brain signals to flow backwards. Scientists felt that when it gets an incoming detail, the brain processes the information and delivers a signal that triggers a corresponding response.
“We thought neurotransmissions only went one way,” states David Bearman, California’s doctor who researches into and writes regarding substances including cannabis.
When it comes to cannabinoids, particularly cannabidiol, things can be weird. When cannabinoids attach to human brain receptors, the consequent signal can go from the brain area that usually gets it to the neurons which usually sends it. This is what we mean by the information ‘flowing backwards’.
If it occurs, it can make issues for overall neural signaling, says Bearman. “This is like throwing sand in the machinery,” the physician says.
In What Way Does Cannabidiol Change Human Behavior?
CBD offsets or reverses some effects of tetrahydrocannabinol, such as the euphoria it causes. When consumed alone, some individuals say that CBD will produce a chilled-out and relaxing effect.
How Is It Used for Recreation or In Medicine?
The effect of cannabidiol on our brain’s signaling process may seem odd, but there are some potential benefits to be had due to that. This is particularly true when it comes to conditions in which the neural signaling process has become otherwise awry. Hitherto, cannabidiol has revealed promise to treat conditions such as migraine, ADHD, chronic pain and epilepsy, as per Bearman is concerned.
The FDA approves CBD to treat seizures seen in only rare and severe forms of epilepsy, which is applicable to a particular product known as Epidiolex®. In other words, only that CBD-infused product is legally allowed to be used for the said epileptic seizures at a federal level. However, cannabidiol is available in the form of an isolate; some individuals claim that the substance can help manage conditions including anxiety and chronic pain.