It’s thought that CBD might affect your health by attaching to receptors in the body’s endocannabinoid system—a complex biological system involved in maintaining certain aspects of your health. Emerging research shows that endocannabinoids may play a role in regulating such functions as memory, sleep, and mood, as well as metabolic processes like energy balance. In addition, CBD oil may play a role in improving a variety of health conditions.
In a study investigating CBD-drug interactions, CBD’s relationship with the Cytochrome P450-complex enzyme proved especially intriguing. This enzyme is the active compound in over half of the pharmaceutical medications being prescribed today, and it is the method by which the drug can treat physical symptoms. It is also responsible for the processes in which a drug is activated, or “metabolized” within the liver. CBD is metabolized in the body in much the same way – first through the stomach, and then through the liver via special veins. The liver is where the chemical compounds of CBD, THC, and most pharmaceutical drugs are processed and distributed throughout the body, and thus how the benefits of each are obtained. In the study, results suggested that the CYP3A4 enzyme was inactivated in many cases by dosages of CBD. This was due to the fact that CBD and the CYP3A4 enzyme had a defensive reaction to one another, thus causing the metabolites of CBD to become less effective as well. In other words, the CYP3A4 enzyme and CBD seem to “cancel out” the benefits of one another when CBD is taken simultaneously with certain medications. Though this can be a very important side effect to consider if a prescribed medication is vital for everyday functions in patients, there has also been evidence to suggest that the battle between CBD and the CYP3A4 enzyme within the liver is only temporary. According to the same study cited above, test results in rodents have shown that “CBD inactivates cytochrome P450 isozymes in the short term, but can induce them after repeated administration”. Therefore, CBD as a more long-term adjunct treatment may have no effect on the potency of pharmaceutical drugs and may even possess the ability to counteract some of the side effects of the prescribed medications.
Another point worth clarifying is the difference between hemp seed oil (or hemp oil) and CBD oil. There’s confusion on this point for the very good reason that both CBD oil and hemp seed oil are extracted from the industrial hemp plant. But there’s a big difference between the 2. Hemp seed oil has been pressed from hemp seed, and it’s great for a lot of things — it’s good for you, tastes great, and can be used in soap, paint — even as biodiesel fuel.
The CB1 receptors are mostly present in the brain, but some are located throughout your body. These receptors deal with movement and coordination, emotions, thinking, memories, pain, mood, appetite, and other function. The CB2 receptors are mostly in the immune system. They affect pain and inflammation. CBD works in two ways. It attaches itself to these receptors while stimulating the body to produce more cannabinoids on its own naturally. Amazingly, CBD assists the body in learning to heal itself.
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