Go back in time 25 years and ask anyone, “How does CBD work?” and most people would probably respond with, “What is CBD?” In fact, up until the passage of the Farm Bill in 2018, most people didn’t know what CBD was, let alone how it works.
Nowadays, most people know that CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is a non-psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant. There are plenty of compounds (both psychoactive and non-psychoactive) found in the cannabis plant, but the two that have gotten the most press have been CBD and THC.
THC has been popular for a long time, dating back 45 centuries when records showed ancient civilizations using cannabis and marijuana medicinally. And once the Farm Bill was signed into law in 2018, CBD’s popularity skyrocketed. It was hailed as a miracle drug that could help with an impressively wide range of ailments like pain, depression, anxiety, inflammation, sleeplessness and recovery. But how does CBD really work to accomplish all of these amazing things?
To understand how CBD works, we have to understand what CBD works on, and that’s our endocannabinoid system.