CBD Oil For Women’s Libido:
How Does CBD Affect Your Libido?
The effects of cannabis are not just limited to its psychoactive properties. Its non-psychoactive components have been found to have many health benefits. One such component that has received attention is cannabidiol (CBD). Cannabinoids like THC and CBD act on different receptors within the brain, but they share similar mechanisms of action. They all work together to produce their effects.
In the human body, cannabinoids bind with cannabinoid receptors located throughout the central nervous system. These receptors are present in areas of the brain involved in memory, pain sensation, appetite regulation and other functions. Cannabinoid receptor sites include those that control mood and emotions; these are called endocannabinoid systems (ECS) because they involve CB1 and CB2 receptors. Endocannabinoids are produced naturally in the body and regulate normal physiological processes.
However, when these natural endocannabinoids become overproduced or abnormal levels accumulate, they can lead to various symptoms including anxiety, depression and psychosis.
One of the most well known ECSs is the reward pathway. When cannabinoids activate this system, it produces feelings of pleasure and euphoria. This mechanism is responsible for producing many positive aspects of life such as motivation, addiction resistance and learning abilities. These are some of the mechanisms behind why people continue to use cannabis despite the potential health risks.
While these effects seem beneficial, cannabinoid receptors can also be responsible for negative effects, such as anxiety, depression, reduced appetite and even psychosis. These effects are often linked to too much THC and not enough CBD.
CBD is considered to be a major part of the “entourage effect” that occurs when using cannabis.
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