Cannabinoids are a group of substances specifically named after the cannabis plant family, leading to a great deal of confusion as to their true nature. Scientists first discovered cannabinoids as early as the 1940’s. Since all the known cannabinoids at the time were found in cannabis plants, the group of compounds was named after their supposed origin. Scientists only discovered cannabinoids in the human body much later, uncovering an intricate bodily system dedicated solely to distributing and controlling the levels of cannabinoids in the human body – the endocannabinoid system.
By working in conjunction with the naturally occurring endocannabinoid system in the body, CBD may possibly affect certain nerve receptors called CB1 and CB2 receptors, which can improve health and wellness by restoring balance and good health in the endocannabinoid system when levels of bodily cannabinoids (called endocannabinoids) aren’t optimal. CBD has also been shown to increase the amount of cannabinoid receptors in the body.