Humans have evolved with an endocannabinoid system or ECS. The ECS, a crucial system in the body, is a group of endogenous (means within the body) cannabinoid receptors located in the brain and throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems.
There are two main types of receptors in the your body's endocannabioiod system or ECS; CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are primarily located in the central nervous system and brain, and CB2 are generally found in the peripheral nervous system.
CBD from cannabis enhances endocannabinoid system by supressing the breakdown of the endogenous cannabiods, thereby making them more available to the body. By inhibiting the metabolism of your body's endocannabinoids, CBD enhances the body’s innate protective endocannabinoid response.
CBD also stimulates the release other endocannabinoids that activates both CB1 and CB2 receptor. CB2 receptors are predominant in the peripheral nervous system and the immune system - this is why you can rub a topical on your skin and experience remarkable pain relief in minutes!
The ECS has been known about in the scientific and medical communities since the 1980’s although not taught in most medical schools. A patent awarded to the U.S. Health and Human Services in 2003 (US6630507) also covers the use of CBD as a treatment for various neurodegenerative (parkinson's, alzheimer's etc) and inflammatory disorders.
CBD is an incredibly versatile tool and can be used to regulate any given issue within the body as it aims to bring about homeostasis (balance) in these ways:
an effective treatment for neuropathic pain and inflammation
triggers an inhibitory response that slows depression, anxiety, addiction, appetite, sleep, pain perception, nausea and vomiting
has broad anti-inflammatory effects throughout the body
may act to decrease both bone reabsorption and cancer cell proliferation.
can decrease dopamine release, thereby minimizing schizophrenic symptoms
CBD also opposes the action of THC at the CB1 receptor, thereby muting the psychoactive effects of THC
In short, your body is deficient in cannabinoids due to prohibition of cannabis (includes hemp) by the government for decades. The cannabis deficiency manifests itself in numerous diseases and aliments. Pharmeceuticals fail many, are addiciting with unpleasant side effects. For this reason, you should try hemp extract with full spectrum cannabinoids and less than .3% THC. You won't experience a head high, but your body will thank you and you will experience relief.