What is CBD?

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CBD is a plant-derived substance that works in the management of pain because it activates the two main cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2) of the endocannabinoid system within the body. The CB1 receptors, found throughout the brain and central nervous system, regulate the release of neurotransmitter and central nervous system immune cells to manage pain levels (Russo, 2008).

CBD use is considered appropriate and effective in a number of situations. Categorized as a mild to moderate analgesic, CBD is a non-steroidal, non-opioid, anti-inflammatory drug exhibiting far fewer side effects that strong painkillers. Because CBD and opioids share a number of pharmacological properties, it synergistic effects in working alongside opioids can make it more efficient against inflammatory pain than conventional analgesics.

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