Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a component of cannabis. You may know this plant by the more familiar term marijuana. CBD is the most-studied compound from this plant for medical purposes. Its success in treating certain symptoms is why CBD oil has been legalized in most states even if medical marijuana is still illegal.
Part of this reason is that CBD doesn’t get you high. But just what does CBD oil do in the brain and body? Let’s break down the science.
The Endocannabinoid System
Cannabis-derived compounds are called cannabinoids. You may be surprised to know that our bodies work very well with cannabis compounds. We even make and use our own versions of these for all sorts of reasons through our endocannabinoid system. This system isn’t just in your brain. Many of the body’s tissues have receptors that work with these chemicals.
When you load your vape pen with CBD oil and take a puff, CBD gains access to your bloodstream and works with these receptors in complicated ways to deliver its effects. The easiest way to think about it is like a key in a lock. When any neurochemical links with a receptor, it can either activate