When ingested, CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system, a grouping of millions of cannabinoid receptors found throughout your body. While CBD is a plant-based cannabinoid, your body also naturally produces cannabinoids, known as endocannabinoids. The endocannabinoid system is key in regulating the body’s general state of balance, impacting faculties such as appetite, sleep, mood, and pain.
Unlike THC, CBD does not interact directly with the two principal cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2), which helps to explain why CBD does not cause any psychoactive effect. Instead, CBD inhibits the enzymes that break down endocannabinoids, leading to an increase in your body’s naturally-produced cannabinoids.