Both alcohol and CBD suppress brain activity and cause sleepiness. However, they do this by different mechanisms. Alcohol slows brain function by interacting with neurotransmitter receptors. Neurotransmitters are the body’s chemical messengers. The nervous system uses chemical messengers for cell communication. A chemical messenger is made by one cell. The messenger is transported to another cell where the messenger interacts with a receptor on the cell made especially for the chemical messenger. This is sometimes described as a lock and key. Just like your front door lock has a shape the allows a key made for the lock on your door to open the door and not your neighbor’s door. Alcohol blocks communication between nerve cells by interfering with the neurotransmitter receptor.
Cannabinoid oil (CBD) is extracted from the marijuana plant (weed). CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is a cell-signaling system that serves the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system.
There are three parts to the ECS:
The ECS regulates functions such as sleep, mood, appetite, memory, and reproductive and fertility functions. CBD modulates and influences physiological systems connected to the ECS.
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