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Mammals have two types of cannabinoid receptors; cannabinoid receptor type 1 (CB1) and cannabinoid receptor type 2 (CB2). These two components of the endocannabinoid system may sound similar, but they both have unique roles when it comes to how they interact with our bodies.
Most CB1 receptors are found in the brain and spinal cord. Research has shown that CB1 receptors play a role in mood, sleep, and pain sensation. The activation of CB1 receptors is also thought to have neuroprotective benefits.
Most CB2 receptors are found in the immune system, as well as the central and peripheral nervous systems. Activation of these receptors may work to reduce inflammation.
Scientists believe that CBD is more effective when THC is present—a phenomenon known as the “entourage effect.” THC is an agonist, while CBD is an antagonist. Simply put, the two work in tandem in our bodies to exert an array of benefits. By taking a full plant extract, your endocannabinoid system may get the support it needs to regulate the bodily systems that impact mood, insomnia, inflammation, and more.
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Studies show that CBD affects many bodily functions, including the sleep-wake cycle, chronic pain, and the racing thoughts of anxiety – all of which can contribute to a night of poor sleep.
Chronic stress and anxiety wreak havoc on your body. Research has shown that CBD may boost signaling through serotonin receptors, which may help restore your body’s equilibrium.
CB2 receptors are well known for their ability to modulate inflammation. When activated by CBD, these receptors have the ability to help reduce inflammation and pain for some.