You’re here so you’ve probably heard about the enormous health benefits of CBD, especially as compared to to opiates or other addictive substances, but what actually makes it work differently? Opiates work by imitating neurotransmitters to block pain by tricking the brain into releasing dopamine but become dangerous when used over long periods of time because they don’t actually do anything to regulate the pain, they just stimulate the brain to cover it up in a way that breeds addictive tendencies.
CBD, or cannabinoids, are also produced naturally in our body but are used specifically regulate our inflammatory response. Inflammation is the body’s response to injury, essentially the swelling and redness caused by the rush of white blood cells to the site of injury or a foreign substance in the body (like a virus), so it’s usually a great thing. The problem begins when an inflammation becomes chronic, this usually manifests in issues like arthritis, epilepsy, heart disease and cancer. What’s happening in those cases is that our C-Reactive Proteins (a localized protective response from the liver) are released by injury or destruction of tissues, in order to destroy, dilute, or wall off both the destructive agent and the injured tissue to protect the surrounding healthy tissue. Those responses, while lifesaving in short bursts, can cause chronic pain when they go in inevitably. Cannabinoids are made for C-Reactive Proteins, they have CB1 and CB2 receptors that are used to regulate that immune response and CBD fits them perfectly, quieting the response and stopping the underlying cause of inflammation & chronic pain