How CBD Works

By: Dr. Peter Swanz, board-certified naturopathic physician

I am thankful that more and more people are becoming aware of the potential health transforming properties of CBD (cannabidiol) and other cannabinoids. CBD is available now in every state in the US, and people are experimenting to see how hemp oil may fit into their daily wellness routine.

I think that individuals are catching on that there is no magic, quick-fix bullet that will suddenly improve our health. To create the lasting change we must cultivate healthy habits and lifestyle practices so that our bodies can return to an optimal state of performance. Many people are using supplements to support the body in this process. And I believe that full spectrum CBD oil is a supplement that many more people should consider because of its many health benefits.

I emphasize to my patients that our healing journey is a marathon, not a sprint. It takes time for our body to heal and recover. The cells in our bodies regenerate roughly every 90 days, so that is approximately the amount of time you need to see significant changes when trying to make improvements. This is why Onyx and Rose offers a 90-day satisfaction guarantee. Within that period of time, you can completely transform your body and that’s what Onyx & Rose wants everyone to experience.

One can’t simply wish or hope for transformation to happen, one must work for it. When individuals utilize the right supports and incorporate the right lifestyle practices, it is incredible how the body can heal.

CBD & Our Cannabinoid Receptors

The discovery of CBD and other cannabinoids found in hemp resulted in the discovery of the body’s cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2 in the early 1990’s. The receptors are neurons that function like padlocks and are found throughout the body. The cannabinoids function like keys with the potential to open these padlocks. After discovering the receptors in the body, scientists were able to isolate and identify specific chemicals that are produced within the body that also function as keys for the CB receptors.

These cannabinoids that are produced in the body are called Endocannabinoids – meaning they are endogenous to the human body. The system that consists of the cannabinoids that function as the keys, and the CB receptors that function as the padlocks, is called the Endocannabinoid system. It has already been discovered that the endocannabinoid system appears to help influence our body’s endocrine/hormone system, pain and inflammation, appetite, immune system function, mood, and memory. This system and the role it plays in regulating body functions continue to be explored and better understood.

A Deeper Look Into Our Endocannabinoid System

The endocannabinoid system appears to be a regulatory director within the body. The human body is a complex network of systems all reacting to internal and external stimuli to help keep the body in an optimal state of balance. This balance is called homeostasis.

  • An example would be the body’s thermoregulatory system, which helps to maintain optimal body temperature. The hypothalamus functions as the primary control director in the brain for regulating the body’s temperature. The hypothalamus will release neurohormones to direct the endocrine and nervous systems to either increase body activity to raise the temperature, or to slow down the body’s metabolic pathways to lower the internal temperature as needed to keep the body in the optimal range. The body starts to get a bit too warm and so it perspires to cool down. The body becomes too cold, and the metabolic activity increase, we start to shiver, and the core temperature increases. The thermoregulation of the body is not just about staying in the optimal temperature range. At times, other body systems are engaged in a way that requires temperature regulation for reasons other than basic homeostasis. For example, when our immune system is called into action to fight a cold virus, the thermoregulatory system may increase the temperature by running a fever. This allows the body’s immune fighting activity to ramp up and better control the infection.

The bottom line is that nothing in the body works in isolation, and the endocannabinoid system appears to help all of the body’s systems simultaneously.

The endocannabinoids directly bind to the CB receptors. Exogenous cannabinoids (those not produced within the body), such as CBD, appear to help boost the endocannabinoids that the body is already producing.

So by supplementing with broad or full-spectrum CBD products, we are able to improve the function of our already working endocannabinoid system.

Because the endocannabinoid system interacts with multiple other body systems to help regulate their function, there is a general optimization effect on the body. As we continue to study the effects of the major cannabinoids, our understanding will deepen regarding how they, directly and indirectly, interact with the body’s systems and improve our lives.

Dr. Peter Swanz,
ND, FHANP

For more information on Dr. Swanz and his practice, please visit www.drswanz.com.

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