Science

What is CBD, and how exactly does it work? Check out our guides to learn everything you need to know about this natural chemical compound, the plant it comes from, and how it interacts with the human endocannabinoid system.

How CBD Works

The Science of CBD

CBD, and other cannabinoids like it, share a similar structure to the endocannabinoids your body produces as part of the endocannabinoid system. In fact, the human endocannabinoid system was named after the cannabis plant!

The primary role of the endocannabinoid system is to keep your body in a state of balance. It communicates with other bodily systems to regulate your mood, appetite, temperature, sleep, motor control, and a host of other biological functions. When you take CBD, you give your body a boost of extra cannabinoids—enabling this system to do a better job keeping everything in balance. The way the CBD engages your endocannabinoid system depends on what health condition you are taking it for. Learn more:

CBD and Other Cannabinoids

CBD is one of over 100 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Another one is THC, the cannabinoid behind the “high” of marijuana. While CBD and THC both come from the cannabis plant, they affect humans differently. CBD contains no psychoactive properties, so it will not get you high.

Also unlike THC, CBD is very safe and just as therapeutic for pets. Cats and dogs have an endocannabinoid system just like their human owners do, although the makeup of their systems is somewhat different. As a result, pet owners need to follow a few safety guidelines before giving CBD to their pet.