It seems as if all of us have a new morning routine: Wake up, look at our phone, wince. The COVID-19 pandemic is circling its way around the world as you read these words. It is, of course, terrifying. There seems to be no stopping it.
We should always pay attention to our health, but in the middle of an active pandemic, it becomes more important than ever that we do everything we can to take care of ourselves. This new world has resulted in many of us looking at non-traditional methods of physical & emotional maintenance. One such example is CBD.
To be as clear as humanly possible: CBD will not cure or prevent COVID-19, and anyone who claims otherwise is trying to sell you snake-oil. CBD may have many benefits, but more research must be done. However, some scientific research – and the experience of countless users – have found that CBD can be very helpful in addressing numerous physical and emotional ailments.
CBD appears to have an impact on many physical functions. For instance, how it works to help your body maintain homeostasis.
How CBD Works
Your body sees the impact of CBD through its affect on your Endocannabinoid System, or ECS. Every human has an Endocannabinoid System, which consists of multiple parts, including:
- Natural Cannabinoids.
- Cannabinoid receptors found throughout your skin, muscles, and organs. Right now, researchers have identified two types of receptors, known as CB1 and CB2. It is highly possible that there are additional receptors.
- Enzymes that break down cannabinoids.
Cannabinoids will bind with cannabinoid receptors in your body. Upon completion of the reaction, enzymes will destroy the cannabinoids.
CBD is a specific type of cannabinoid, one of over 100 types. CBD does not bind directly to cannabinoid receptors. Instead, it alters the normal reaction, making it stronger and last for longer periods.
CBD & Homeostasis
Your Endocannabinoid System is largely involved in keeping your body in a state of homeostasis. This means that it keeps your body operating within normal parameters. In this capacity, your Endocannabinoid System helps to impact numerous sensations like pain, hunger, appetite, stress levels and more.
In this sense, CBD can help a variety of functions operate within more ideal parameters inside of your body. As noted by research, your Endocannabinoid System plays a vital role in this important physical and chemical process. Specific examples of actual physical processes include regulation of your metabolism, appetite, insulin sensitivity and more.
Numerous studies have made it clear that CBD impacts the functioning of your body’s Endocannabinoid System. As such, it follows that CBD can help keep your body in a state of homeostasis. This helps you feel better and can help address unpleasant sensations like pain, nausea, inflammation and more.
CBD oil merits more research. Currently we just don’t understand the specific physical and chemical mechanisms by which it works. Furthermore, available research seems to indicate that CBD does have an impact on your body’s Endocannabinoid System. However, the extent of that impact and the specifics on how it works are not widely understood.
Again, CBD is not a cure or prevention for COVID-19. However, CBD does seem to have many positive impacts on you, your body and your emotional state.
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