CBD has taken the health and wellness industries by storm, and the rise in popularity is well founded. CBD or cannabidiol is one of many naturally occurring compounds in cannabis and hemp plants. Though CBD is still in the early stages of scientific research and trials, there is promise in the direction of pain management, inflammation reduction, anxiety relief, and sleep aid. So how do we maximize the effects of this naturally relieving gift? It could be as simple as Omega-3s.
WHAT IS CBD? HOW DO FATTY-ACIDS HELP CBD WORK?
CBD is one of over 100 compounds that are derived and can be extracted from hemp and cannabis plants. CBD is often confused with another popular and well-known cannabinoid, THC which is best known for its psychoactive properties. Both CBD and THC interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS), but they can impact the human body and brain much differently. CBD is becoming more and more well known for its ability to impact cell metabolism through the ECS. This bodily system is responsible for managing a range of physiological functions like an inflammatory response, mood regulation, pain management, metabolism, etc.
Research and scientific studies are still limited but continue to emerge surrounding CBD and its interaction with the ECS and potential therapeutic benefits. Based on anecdotal evidence and the studies readily available today, CBD is believed to work with the ECS by attaching to receptors that transmit messages to the brain, mimicking the body’s own endocannabinoids, and releasing serotonin. The human body’s endocannabinoid system is made up of lipids that are naturally comprised of a cell’s omega-3s and omega-6s. These lipids stimulate the receptors of a cell, promoting a specific response from the body and brain, similar to the way CBD can impact the receptors in the ECS.
Omega-3s and Omega-6s are fatty acids vital to the human body and its cellular function. Our bodies build up these fatty acids, the endocannabinoids or lipids in the human body are created readily in response to stimulating brain activity. Because CBD and omega-3s both directly with the endocannabinoid system, the connection between one improving the effectiveness of the other is becoming more prevalent.