This article was originally published in MaryJane’s Post.

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of over a hundred chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant, collectively known as cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are defined based on their role in and ability to impact the endocannabinoid system, a complex system of cells and chemical messengers responsible for everything from regulating cognitive processes, pain-sensation and mood to maintaining homeostasis and regulating stress. 

While the actual picture is relatively complex, it is not misleading to imagine cannabinoids as keys. Neurons—cells that make up the central nervous system—have a membrane that separates their insides from the outside much like how your skin keeps your muscles, bones, and organs inside. 

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