CBD products have become the life line for many people. The same people who were left blind without a healthy alternative to over-the-counter prescription drugs, as the baggage that it came with indeed was overwhelming for many. Today we bring to light how CBD can help you shake out that foul mood and make you happy!
What Is CBD?
Cannabidiol or CBD is one of the hundreds of active compound you will get to see on extracting a marijuana plant. The compounds are all grouped as “Cannabinoids”. Other cannabinoids you can find other than CBD include THC, Flavonoids, and Terpenes among others. CBD oil can be extracted from another source as well which is the hemp plant. CBD is highly therapeutic and CBD side effects are few in comparison to CBDs benefits, no question in that!
Using CBD Won’t Get You “High”
CBD has been getting unnecessary flak with rumors stating that consuming CBD products gets you high. This is false. The giddy, disoriented feeling you get when you take in edibles or smoke up marijuana is because of a substance present in marijuana called THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol. The THC is a psychoactive substance, unlike CBD which is not.
CBD And The Bliss Molecule
The way in which CBD works its magic is still being researched, but the idea on its working is sufficiently clear…
CBD works by interacting with the Endocannabinoid system (ECS) which is responsible for our emotional state. The binding to certain receptors of the ECS is the key to preventing breakdown of a compound called anandamide.
Anandamide is a neurotransmitter that is produced from arachidonic acid. The word “ananda” means happiness and satisfaction in the Sanskrit language. This is how it received its “bliss molecule” name.
CBD helps unlock the bliss molecule by working against an enzyme called the fatty acid amide hydrolase or FAAH. Once the bliss molecule or anandamide enter the cell, the FAAH begin by breaking it down and metabolising it. In other words, FAAH is a party pooper. CBD jumps into action and prevents the FAAH from breaking down the anandamide by interfering with this ability. This makes sure that the bliss molecule has a naturally-produced bliss that lasts a whole lot longer.
For those who have to bear with their mood swinging like a pendulum, altering diet, maintaining a healthy sleep and exercise regime will do great in helping. But know that, CBD will be there to lend a helping hand!