To best understand the side effects of CBD and its reactions to pharmaceutical drugs, its first important to understand how the human body reacts to and processes cannabidiol. From a neurological perspective, CBD interacts very closely with the endocannabinoid system (also known as the ECS). Generally, the ECS can be described as the system in all mammals that is used to adapt to changes in our environment, and it is responsible for many of our day-to-day bodily processes. Physically, the ECS is one of the most significant systems in the human body. It is made up of thousands of neurological receptors throughout the brain and body, all passing messages to one another in order for the body to function. The ECS is known to be responsible for a variety of motor functions, immune system functions, and nervous system functions as well. Through this intricate network of receptors, various enzymes, proteins, and other components pass signals to and from one another, thus helping us to physically adapt to changes. Through various studies, the plant-based properties found in cannabis have shown a tendency to influence ECS functions in a stimulation-to-structure sort of way, which includes the way that the body reacts to CBD. Studies revolving around the molecular relationship between CBD and the ECS has revealed that cannabidiol can specifically target serotonin receptors, aid in the passage of proteins and enzymes, and help in cell rejuvenation throughout the body’s healing processes.
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.