What is CBD?

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is one of about 100 identified naturally occurring compounds, called cannabinoids, found in the Cannabis Sativa plant. Its more famous cousin, THC, is the cannabinoid responsible for the ‘high’ associated with the cannabis plant. Unlike THC, CBD does not make you high, or have mind-altering effects.

Nervous System pain perception, neuroprotection, memory processing
The Immune System immune cell activation, especially in response to inflammation
Cardiovascular System blood pressure, heart rate, vascular tone
Digestive system gut health, appetite, nutrient transport, digestion, energy storage
Endocrine System stress response, hormonal balance
Skeletal system bone formation and growth
Muscular system muscle relaxation, reducing spasticity, anti-inflammation

The Endocannabinoid System

Scroll over the infographic to see some of the body systems and processes that the endocannabinoid system plays a role in regulating

How Does CBD Work?

Both cannabinoids CBD and THC interact with your body’s endocannabinoid system, or ECS. This vast network of receptors is a homeostatic regulator, meaning that it plays a key role in the maintenance of balance and equilibrium in nearly all of your body systems. CBD is believed to affect the ECS by preventing the breakdown of anandamide, an important endocannabinoid nicknamed the bliss molecule due to its positive effects on mood and mental wellness. Therefore, anandamide can remain in our bodies for longer, and support the endocannabinoid system’s functioning.

Cannabinoid Receptors

Endocannabinoid System Receptors

Scientists believe that CBD works by stimulating your CB2 cannabinoid receptors, which line the outside of cells throughout our bodies.



Sending neuron that releases neurotransmitters



Chemical messages that pass information from one cell to another



The part of the neuron that receives the neurotransmitter



Receiving neuron that is activated by neurotransmitters



Natural chemicals produced within our bodies (endocannabinoids) or in plants like cannabis (phytocannabinoids), that either bind to, or stimulate, the cannabinoid receptors found in the brain and around the body.



CB1 Receptors – found in the brain and central nervous system
CB2 Receptors – found throughout the peripheral organs and body systems, but especially in the immune system.

CBD Can Help With Your:

In terms of general wellness, CBD helps maintain harmony and balance in the body. Both scientists and consumers around the world have provided supportive evidence that CBD can help with a range of issue, including:

General Wellness


Everyday Stress



Substance Abuse



Which other benefits and effects do you feel from CBD?

I feel more calm


I have decreased pain


I feel less depressed


I focus better


My muscles relax


My self-esteem is better


I take less of my other medications


Increased energy


I have a better memory


Sexual enhancement


I have reduced symptoms of PTSD


Decreased nausea


*Moltke, Julie & Hindocha, Chandni. (2021). Reasons for cannabidiol use: a cross-sectional study of CBD users, focusing on self-perceived stress, anxiety, and sleep problems. Journal of cannabis research.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will CBD make me high?

No, CBD is non psychoactive so you won’t feel a high. However, many users describe a subtle relaxed, mellow, and calming sensation.

Why should I take CBD if it doesn’t even make me high?

This is your personal choice of course, but CBD is a cannabinoid like THC that does interact with your endocannabinoid system, which plays an important regulatory role in many body systems and functions. While they don’t interact with your ECS in the exact same way, CBD does have a real physiological effect and there is supportive scientific evidence, as well as anecdotal evidence from millions of people across the world, about CBD’s many positive health and wellness benefits.

I don’t feel anything from CBD. What should I do?

Remember, CBD affects every person differently. We suggest you use CBD consistently and slowly up your dose, before giving up on CBD. One alternative way we suggest you to think about CBD, is not about what feeling it gives you, but about what feelings it relieves you from.

Is CBD safe to use?

Yes! The World Health Organization considers CBD to be safe, non toxic, and have limited side effects. Maison Kannavis also puts our CBD through strict quality control and third party lab testing to make sure that our products are safe for consumption.

Is CBD legal?

CBD products with less than 0.2% THC, like those at Maison Kannavis, are completely legal in most of Europe. However, we cannot guarantee that our products are legal in your country of residence

Can I overdose on CBD? What happens if I take too much?

We strongly encourage you to consult with your doctor before taking CBD to determine a safe and proper dosage for you. We also provide a reference on our product page. CBD is generally considered safe and non toxic at dosages far greater than what is needed to feel its positive effects. However, negative effects can include excessive drowsiness, so moderation and proper dosage is important.

How long do the effects of CBD last?

The effects of CBD can last anywhere from 2 to 6 hours.

Check out our blog for an in-depth exploration of the current academic research on both CBD and the endocannabinoid system.