WHAT IS CBD?
CBD short for Cannabidiol is one of many cannabis derived compounds that is extracted from the Hemp plant, but does not make people feel “high" or stoned.” CBD has been making quite a buzz among scientists, healthcare professionals, and medical patients lately for its range of therapeutic benefits as a potential natural/alternative medicine.
WHAT CAN CBD HELP WITH?
It’s important to understand that there is currently no scientific research proving that CBD oil, in any form, can cure diseases. However, there are numerous case studies and testimonials from patients who have claimed that it has helped them with the following conditions:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Bipolar disorder
- Cardiovascular disorders
- Chronic pain
- Epilepsy (seizures)
- Huntington’s disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Nausea (emesis)
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Tourette’s syndrome
HOW DOES THIS AMAZING COMPOUND WORK?
The human body naturally produces compounds called endocannabinoids (like those in the cannabis plant). These molecules wake up the receptors that are most abundant within our central nervous system (CNS), but are also found in our skin, digestive tract, and reproductive organs. This network of receptors is called the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) and helps control everything from our mood, our cognition, our movement, our appetite, our immune response, our sleep, our ovulation and sperm production and so forth. CBD helps the body with no toxic or adverse side effects.
CBD affects the endocannabinoid receptors, which are in both the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system. Endocannabinoid receptors are very important as they function to maintain body homeostasis.
The non-psychoactive substance affects endocannabinoid neurotransmissions, which in turn up-regulate and down-regulate the neural transmissions as needed to maintain homeostasis, helping keep the body in a normal and healthy state. In fact, unlike most pharmaceuticals that only stimulate up-regulation or down-regulation, CBD is unique in that it can balance both.
Plus, since Cannabidiol works toward homeostasis, it rarely produces unwanted side effects and, as a result, has given CBD a good safety record as a result. Still, the most remarkable thing about cannabidiol is the number and variety of its potential therapeutic applications.
CBD is derived from the stalks of the Hemp plant, which are THC-free, so while cannabidiol makes up 40 percent of the plant’s extract, it has none of the psychoactive effects as THC.
CBD is also a rich source of fatty acids and other nutrients that benefit your skin. Many cannabidiol oils and creams also help with inflammation, arthritis, and joint pains.
Unlike other anti-depressants that run the risk of causing addiction, CBD has no addictive properties and no side effects.
WHAT ARE SOME WAYS I CAN TAKE CBD?
- Tinctures (aka CBD Oil) - taken sublingually (meaning you place dropper under your tongue), are for Everybody! This is the most straightforward form of intake and is a great go-to for all users. Whether you want to mitigate anxiety, pain, sleep better, or you’ve got serious problems, this is the place to start experimenting.
- Pills/Capsules - Capsules have risen in popularity in recent months. Users who switch from their typical medicines are often most comfortable with something that looks and feels the same as what they’re used to.
- Vaping - Vaping CBD is a popular method of using CBD because it can provide casual stress and anxiety relieve throughout the day as well as serving as an alternative to smoking cigarettes. Many users describe an almost instantaneous effect when they first vape CBD. It essentially resembles a tincture, but it uses oils that are safe to vape. Do not buy MCT vape oils, it can be toxic when heated. Look for VG from trusted sources. If you’re currently vaping Nicotine, why not switch to something that tastes better, feels better, and appears to have fewer health risks? If you’re a vape connoisseur, give CBD oils a chance.
- Edibles - CBD edibles are especially designed foods that contain hemp extracted CBD Oil. Such foods inlcude but are not limited to CBD Gummies, Lollipops, Chocolate and CBD Coffee
- Topicals - Topical CBD is available in the form of creams, lotions, salves/balms, oils, and Lip balms. When applied to the skin (externally), they have the benefit of providing relief directly to the affected area. Most people use topicals for pains associated with Arthritis, Joint Pain, Back Pain, Shoulder Pain, Neck Pain, Knee pain and so forth.