Updated: Oct 4, 2022
With the widespread legalization of cannabidiol (CBD) throughout the United States, you may be wondering how this powerful compound affects your long-term health and well-being.
Many people know that CBD oil is a naturally occurring oil found in the cannabis plant and that it works to balance your body's Endocannabinoid System (ECS). It does this without the "high" associated with other compounds found in the plant, by regulating the breakdown, deactivation, and reuptake of the ECS' naturally-occurring compounds (known as endocannabinoids).
Let's explore how CBD alters your neural signaling in order to help better balance your overall health.
Understanding the Endocannabinoid System (ECS)
To understand CBD's effects on your long-term neural health, it's important to recognize the vital role the ECS plays in your body.
First discovered in the early 1990s, this system is a kind of 'central command' center for all the other systems in your body. It properly regulates your internal processes through neural and hormonal signaling. The ECS consists of three main parts:
Chemical messengers, or neurotransmitters, known as endocannabinoids
Enzymes to break down these endocannabinoids
At least two key endocannabinoid receptors, known as CB1 and CB2