Straight answer is No! In this, the third part of "Your Essential Guide to Cannabis Wellness" we learn how CBD affects our bodies and minds.
Did you know that there is a system in our bodies comprised of receptors that interact exclusively with cannabinoids like CBD?
The discovery of receptors in the brain that respond to cannabis – and the subsequent identification of endogenous cannabinoid
compounds in our own bodies that bind to these receptors – has significantly advanced our understanding of human biology, health, and disease.
This concept is the cornerstone of cannabis as medicine.
These active ingredients in Cannabis directly interact with a complex network of receptors in the human body called the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). Think of it as a system of docking sites located in the brain and throughout the body, specifically designed to interact with substances like CBD. The receptors in the ECS are the most prevalent neuro-receptors in the brain and are prolific in the immune system, organs, bones and skin.
Studies in humans and animals have shown that CBD has effects which are simply astounding. In contrast to THC, CBD has no effect on heart rate or blood pressure under normal conditions, but in certain cases of stress it reduces heart rate and blood pressure.
All natural lock & key
Think of the ECS like a lock-and-key system inside your body. The lock (or internal receptor) is always present, waiting for the key. We know of two forms of ‘keys’ that can activate the receptor, one of them being endocannabinoids. These are naturally occurring compounds found in the human body. Phytocannabinoids are the ones found in plants that interact with the body in the same way. These phytocannabinoids found in cannabis that make up our CBD products.
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