CBD Science - Why it's Working

Cannabidiol (CBD), a cannabinoid, is beginning to
become extremely popular in health media. New health claims like “Add CBD to
your post-workout smoothie to reduce inflammation” and “Add CBD to your morning
coffee to treat anxiety” are becoming increasingly more common. Conditions like
arthritis, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, seizures, schizophrenia, insomnia and
epilepsy are rumoured to be treatable with CBD,.

Are these grandiose claims necessarily a bad
thing? No- only because there’s science to back them up.

CBD is a cannabinoid from the two kinds of
cannabis sativa plants: hemp and marijuana.
Unlike THC, which is strictly found in marijuana, CBD is non-psychoactive-
meaning that it won’t get you “high”.

Endocannabinoid System

Our bodies have an endocannabinoid system (ECS)
which contains cannabinoid receptors. The main goal of the ECS is to maintain
homeostasis, meaning balanced and stable internal processes. Some parts of our
ECS are related to how we experience inflammation and pain, while others are
targeted towards sleep, mood, or stress

While scientists aren’t completely sure about the
interactions between CBD and the ECS, it is suggested that CBD prevents
endocannabinoids from breaking down so they can have longer and more powerful effects
on your body- aka restoring you to your “normal” faster.


Humans have endocannabinoid receptors throughout
the body that are active whether or not we consume CBD. However, when
cannabinoids bind to these receptors, it activates the ECS.

The two principal ECS receptors are:

  1. CB1: mainly found in our central nervous system (CNS)
  2. CB2: mainly found in our peripheral nervous system (PNS)
The difference in the location of the receptors
explains why CBD is able to treat such a range of health conditions. The
CNS is made up of the brain and the spinal cord, so CB1 receptors can activate
the ECS for something like spinal nerve pain, or anxiety. The PNS is made of
nerves external to the brain and spinal cord, so CB2 receptors can activate the
ECS for things like inflammation in your legs after a tough workout, or

Should I
try it?

Maybe- CBD is generally a very safe drug, but it
is always wise to consult an expert before experimenting. It is recommended to
begin with low doses (10-20 mg/day) and increasing up to 50-100 mg/day if

How can I
use it?

CBD is especially popular as an oil, as you can
rub this into your skin, put it in smoothies and coffee, bake with it, or use a
dropper to swallow it. Other products include creams, pills, joints, candies,
tinctures, drink powders, and more. The sheer variety of products means that
you can experiment with whatever method works best for you.

The next time you’re in pain- either of the mind or of the body, consider trying CBD to bring you back to normal. It may work… or it may not. That said, people are using it right now for a reason. It’s safe, natural, low-risk, and typically, extremely effective. Here’s to taking control of your health!