Many people take CBD to help them fall asleep. If taken an hour before bed, the phytocannabinoids have time to connect to your endocannabinoid system and tell your body it’s time to rest. CBD is thought to interact with the CB1 and CB2 receptors that are located in the nervous system, where many neuropsychological processes begin. Receptors are chemical structures made of protein that attach to your cells, and when your cells receive stimuli these receptors receive certain signals. While their interaction with the brain isn’t fully understood, the human body has a variety of these receptors.
CBD doesn’t interact with cannabinoid receptors like THC, as it doesn’t appear to bind as strongly to the receptors. Its effects are achieved by binding to serotonin receptors known to influence pain, mood, and sleep. These are conditions known for affecting our quality of sexual pleasure and performance.
The National Library of Medicine states, “that acute CBD induces significant alterations in brain activity and connectivity patterns during resting state and performance of cognitive tasks in both healthy volunteers and patients with a psychiatric disorder.” While they, as well as the FDA, feel more research is needed, CBD is becoming more and more commonly used by many to help with neuropsychological processes.