How It Helps and Why It Helps
It’s legal and has become so common that it can be found on the counter at Walgreens or even at the convenience store where you stop to get gas on the way to work each morning. It’s true, CBD is everywhere, but what exactly is it and what can it do you?
What Is CBD?
CBD is the acronym of cannabidiol, which is a phytochemical found in the cannabis family of plants like known as Hemp or Marijuana. Hemp is primarily used for the purposes of making CBD products, hemp has virtually no THC in it but is very fortunate to be high in CBD.
Hemp is very low in THC and highly concentrated with CBD. That is why the use of CBD so has become so popularized, thousands of tests and research documents came to the conclusion that it was the CBD, not the THC which was playing the most important role in pain relief. The difference between the two plants led to a movement that pushed for the legalization of Hemp. Which led to the federal government finally recognizing the differences between the two plants and as a result Hemp was take off the schedule 1 drug list.
Thanks the 2018 Farm Bill all hemp-derived CBD oils are now available nationwide. The bill allows everyone including those who live in marijuana legal states to reap the benefits of CBD products that won’t make them high. When choosing a CBD Oil to manage pain, anxiety, or mood, always verify the product is labeled as full-spectrum oil or labeled with the new terminology PCR oil — Phytocannabinoid Rich Oil.
Regulation on the hemp CBD oil industry is relatively new but it is strict when it comes to the .3% rule. CBD products must contain less than .3% of THC in order to be legal. Oils that contain more than this amount are not considered legal so be sure to check bottles label and make sure that you’re getting an oil that is legal. Better yet, check the 3rd party lab results if they have one to verify what your getting.
PCR oils, sometimes still labeled as whole-plant CBD oil or full-spectrum CBD oil, are prized because they are extracted from the entire plant and contain all the cannabinoids present in the hemp plant.
It isn’t just CBD and THC in there! In fact, hemp has over 400 phyto-compounds and more than 100 phytocannabinoids. Why does this matter? Because all of the other cannabinoids, it’s been discovered, also have healthful benefits that can be therapeutic. When all of these phytocannabinoids are present they work together as a team. This has been dubbed the Entourage Effect and seems to make the benefits of taking CBD oil even more beneficial.
For this reason, full-spectrum oils are now being referred to as PCR to make the point that all of the phytocannabinoids are present in rich numbers. T
What Evidence Is There For CBD
If you’ve heard conflicting stories there is no proof CBD works, then you haven’t done any due diligence. Because the the reality is that there have been thousands of research studies conducted on CBD, here is one such study regarding the entourage effect.
In fact, the FDA has even approved a medication made with cannabidiol as the primary ingredient for the treatment of Epileptic seizures. This medication, Epidiolex, is now being prescribed for the treatment and control of seizures.
Harvard Health Publishing, a publication of Harvard Medical School, cites studies done by the European Journal of Pain on animals that when applied to the skin, CBD could reduce inflammation and pain from arthritis.
Another research study the journal reported was the way in which CBD worked, it could inhibit pain and inflammation that resulted from the pain of neuropathy, which is one of the most common types of pain associated with chronic conditions.
There are reports of credible nature, just
like these above, all over the internet that you can download and read. Some of
them are quite dry with a lot of scientific terminologies that might make them
difficult to decipher, but they are there.
The one thing that all researchers agree on is that more study is needed and it needs to be conducted with actual humans. Right now, the few studies that have been done with humans have mostly consisted of Q&A done by universities and private corporations. The fact that CBD has only been legal for a short time has sent scientists scrambling to catch-up on research that hadn’t been available to them before.
How Does It Work?
The way that CBD works in the body is
fascinating because it is complex yet a very simple concept. It isn’t fully
understood as of this moment; however, scientists continue to learn more each
It revolves around a body system that most people have never heard of – the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). Endo means inside, or within.
The ECS acts as a supervisor within the body. Its job is to maintain homeostasis. When the body is out of balance in any way, the ECS kicks into gear and it needs endocannabinoids to keep it operating at an optimum level to provide support to the body, moving it back to a balanced state, known as homeostasis.
The ECS is made of three parts. These are:
- Enzymes that breakdown cannabinoids after they are used and removes their debris from the body.
- Receptors that bind with cannabinoids to activate the system and go to work inside cells, bringing balance at a cellular level.
- Endocannabinoids that are manufactured in the body, at the behest of the ECS.
What scientists have discovered is that phytocannabinoids are capable of activating the ECS as well as endocannabinoids. Remember that ‘phyto’ means plant, so were talking about plant-cannabinoids. And which plant to do you suppose has a high concentration of cannibnoids? You guess it, it just so happens that Hemp has the highest amounts of CBD.
In the times when the body is enduring exceptional health challenges, supplementing with phytocannabinoids can help boost the ECS to help manage the body more effectively.
Phytocannabinoids are not just present in cannabis. They can be found in many other plants too, some of which humans eat on a regular basis. Some are herbs that we season food, such as rosemary, and some are foods that we prepare and eat such as carrots. Therefore, our ECS is stimulated by many types of phytocannabinoids at all times.
One caveat is that while some cannabinoids found in cannabis are also found in other plants, CBD is only found in cannabis plants, which would be hemp and marijuana.
Once CBD or other cannabinoid enters the body, it looks for a receptor to bind with. There are two types of receptors, endocannabinoid receptor 1 (CB1) and endocannabinoid receptor 2 (CB2).
CB1 receptors are affected by Marijuana, and are located primarily in the brain, THC will actively seek out these CB1 receptors, which explains why it has a psychoactive effect on the brain.
CBD2 receptors on the other hand, looks for CBD first and these are located mostly in the gut region and along the neural pathways of the spinal column. It travels the neural pathways and in doing so, blocks the pain signals from reaching the brain. The CBD molecule binds to a receptor and a lipid is created that travels in the neural network.
This lipid can travel in either direction, while nerve impulses always travel toward the brain. Just by being there, it blocks the constant signals of pain, as well as the constant signals of thought patterns, nerve twitches, and many other things. When the brain doesn’t get the messages, it simply cannot respond. This is how CBD works, for the most part, albeit a simplified description of the process for the layman.
The Top 7 Things CBD Positively
This is a partial list of the things that CBD can help with.. The reason that people turn to CBD is that it is able to impact their condition in a positive way without risking addiction or nasty side effects like you get from prescription pain pills. CBD is not addictive, it doesn’t cause side-effects, nor does it add chemicals to the body. You can take it when you want and stop it when you choose, without any ill-effects. This is the primary reason that people are choosing it over other common therapies.
- Appetite stimulant/anti-nausea – CBD helps to improve the appetite of those who have lost their appetites due to treatments for cancer, such as chemotherapy. It will also help digestive disorders, such as IBS. Those with chronically upset stomachs report that CBD has helped them be more productive and have fewer stomach issues. Chemotherapy patients have been using marijuana or CBD to help with nausea, a side-effect of chemotherapy and often the reason for extreme sickness and weight loss after chemo treatments.
- Anxiety – Those who suffer from social anxiety, situational depression, stress, and PTSD are all using CBD with much positive impact. Those with anxiety find that they can use CBD to ease their anxiety, improve focus, mental clarity and relax. PTSD trauma-induced reactions are fewer as patients find they can relax and not dwell on the triggers in their environment. Children with ADHD and autism are being given CBD to help with their focus, bring them clarity and the ability to function more productively in school and in group activities.
- Slows the spread of Cancer – This is based on research studies done on lab rats with tumors. In several studies, rats were given massive doses of CBD and their tumor size was reduced. CBD dramatically slowed the progress of their cancer and in some cases, even shrunk cancer cells. Far more research needs to be done in this regard. Human test subjects need to be studied and at this point, there is no way to determine the massive doses that would need to be given to humans to have the same impact as large doses had on the rats, gerbils, and mice in the studies that have been concluded so far.
- Anti-psychotic – Many people suffering from mental conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar have reported that they are managing their symptoms better by incorporating CBD into their regimens. Those with addictions to illegal drugs, as a result of self-medicating mental illness, have been able to beat addictions as well.
- Inflammation – The body’s response to injury and chronic conditions such as neuropathy, arthritis, fibromyalgia, muscular sclerosis, and many others, is inflammation. The body attacks itself in chronic conditions and the result is often constant pain, joint swelling, and permanent damage to muscles, bones, and joints. Neuropathy can lead people with chronic conditions such as diabetes to lose toes, legs, and even their eyesight.
- Pain – Pain is the body’s reaction to an attack. Whether it is physical trauma, such as from a car accident or it is internal pain from organs that are failing or fighting damage from a chronic condition. CBD has been able to block the pain signals and relieve pain for many people who use it as part of their daily therapy. It can relieve muscle cramps, migraines, spasms, seizures, and more.
- Diabetes support – Metabolic support is a primary function of the ECS and CBD stimulates the body to metabolize food and produce insulin more effectively. When those with type two diabetes, also known as diabetes mellitus, find themselves to be insulin resistant, CBD can be used in conjunction with their normal prescriptions, helping the body metabolize and use that medication more effectively, helping to lower A1C numbers and blood glucose levels.
These things are just a few of the ways in which CBD can effectively work in conjunction with other therapies to support the treatment programs. CBD is not a cure for any condition but using it as a therapeutic aid, it can help to bring the body back into balance at a cellular level. You should speak to your doctor before you begin using CBD when taking medications.
Choose a product that is full-spectrum, organic and CO2 extracted as that will be a reliable, safe product that you can be assured has not been contaminated with toxins or heavy metals, grown under the watchful eye of FDA regulations on organic crops, here in the USA.