How does hemp extract work in the body?

Hemp extract, or CBD, has grown in popularity in the past year, and for good reason! We've explored the science-backed benefits of hemp extract before, but now we're taking a closer look at how hemp extract (CBD) works within the body. 

Hemp extract and its effects on the body

Hemp extract, or cannabidiol, and marijuana work on the endocannabinoid system within the body. The endocannabinoid system is responsible for maintaining many of our physical and cognitive processes, including homeostasis, mood and memory. It is also responsible for the body's response to outside stressors. 

The endocannabinoid system communicates and works through the interaction of cannabinoids (a type of neurotransmitters) and their receptors throughout the body. There are two types of cannabinoids: endo (those created within the body) and phyto (produced by a plant). CBD/hemp extract is a phytocannabinoid that mimics endocannabinoids, meaning it can produce similar effects within the body. 

Endocannabinoid system and receptor locations - where hemp extract affects the bodyReceptors for the endocannabinoid system are found throughout the body, in both the central and peripheral nervous systems.

In this diagram from Terra Vida, the receptors for the endocannabinoid system are shown. These are all the possible areas throughout the body which hemp extract may work.

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