CBD is just one of more than 113 identified cannabinoids in cannabis. A cannabinoid isn’t just specific to cannabis, though. The human body actually produces cannabinoids. These cannabinoids help regulate important functions like inflammation in the human body and studies have actually shown mice with dysfunctional cannabinoid receptors suffer from increased inflammation.
The mice are what led researchers to better understand the human endocannabinoid system. When the researchers applied a cannabis solution to the mice before and after applying an allergen, the mice didn’t suffer nearly as much from allergen-related swelling.
CBD works much the same way in the human body as it does in mice. It attaches to CB-1 receptors and can actually help to better regulate the bodies own immune response. Because CB-1 receptors are spread throughout the body, CBD affects multiple areas within the body. Just some of the interactions that can occur include:
CBD binds to CB1 endocannabinoid receptors. These receptors are found in the skin, musculature, lungs, brain, bowels, liver, pancreas, and a few other places.
Marijuana strains were historically more CBD heavy before marijuana prohibition. Pre-genetically modified cannabis was even prescribed by Queen Victoria’s physician, Russel Reynolds. He recorded in 1890 that “When pure and administered carefully, cannabis is one of the most valuable medicines we possess.”