In traditional aromatherapy, once the essential oils are inhaled, the information about the aroma is carried from the olfactory system, where we actually smell it, to the olfactory bulb by what is called Mitral Cells. These cells also take the same information to an area in the brain called the olfactory complex. This is where we are able to distinguish smells. But the journey doesn’t stop until the information reaches the limbic system, an area that associated with the specific functions like breathing, heart-rate, stress responses and memory. Some mitral cells will travel all the way to the amygdala, the area associated with learning and memory and may explain why certain smells trigger certain memories or feelings. By completing this path, terpenes like limonene or linalool are able to be inhaled and travel to our brains triggering responses like mood uplift, energy, stress relief and mental improvement.
CBD Aromatherapy works in the same way as regular aromatherapy but is absorbed by cannabinoid receptors in our body, more specifically, the olfactory system. While essential oils make their way through our body using mitral cells, CBD uses a different set of receptors to influence the body. As you may already know, CBD requires cannabinoid receptors to interact with our bodies. We have CB1 and CB2 receptors throughout our bodies. Cannabinoids from CBD aromatherapy seek out these receptors to bind with and enter throughout our nasal passages and all the way to our brain using the 1000’s of little receptors available. When CBD aroma or vapor is carried up to the nasal passage, it is immediately bound with the receptors and then carried to our brain to benefit our bodies. Many of the same responses are triggered such as pain and inflammation mediation, mood uplift.