How does Cannabidiol work molecularly?
How does CBD, the non psychoactive compound in Cannabis plants, provide therapeutic benefits to the body on a molecular level? Cannabidiol is “pleiotropic” which means that it provides its beneficial effects through multiple channels of the body by binding and activating receptors as well as ion pathways. It’s a lock and key method. Some cells are quiet until Cannabidiol binds and activates them. In large quantities Cannabidiol directly activates the “5-HT1A” receptor relieving feelings of anxiety and depression. This particular receptor is the cause of other symptoms like nausea, vomiting, pain awareness, sleep and addiction. Conversely Cannabidiol inhibits the growth of cancer cells by binding and deactivating orphan receptors known as “GPR55”. Currently scientists are studying CBD’s anti-cancer effects, it’s ability to break down amyloid-beta plaque in Alzheimer’s patients, and regulating problematic metabolic functions caused by diabetes.
CBD binds to our body’s receptors by hitching a ride with fatty acid binding proteins which pull it through to the cells interior. Thanks lipid molecules!! … now CBD can activate our quiet cells and start the healing process.