CBD is seemingly popping up everywhere now, in form of oils, gummies or salves. But what exactly does CBD actually mean and how can it help us to improve our health and life quality?
CBD has shown to quiet a racing mind and therefore help with sleep. Substantial anecdotal evidence suggests that CBD is a safe and effective remedy for a wide variety of conditions, including anxiety, chronic pain, and autoimmune disorders – and the scientific research to support it continues to grow. CBD interacts with CB2 receptors, which operate throughout the nervous and immune system. These receptors are responsible for CBD’s pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effects and play a role in autoimmune disorders and regulating blood sugar. One recent study found that a single 600 mg dose of CBD could reduce psychosis symptoms by modulating activity in relevant areas of the brain. The treatment of seizure disorders – particularly Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome, which often respond poorly to medication – represents one of the most promising and scientifically supported uses of cannabidiol (CBD). Research has also shown that CBD (particularly in combination with THC) can be a useful supplement to traditional cancer treatments. It effectively treats side effects of chemotherapy, including nausea, vomiting, lack of appetite, pain, and insomnia.
To understand CBD, it helps to first understand the human endocannabinoid system, or ECS. The ECS is a fairly recent discovery. Researchers identified it in the 1990s, while exploring the physiological effects of cannabis. They noticed Endocannabinoids interacting with the same receptors as the cannabis molecules. Cannabinoid receptors exist throughout the body: in the brain, gastrointestinal tract, reproductive system, heart, blood cells, muscles, and elsewhere. The body’s own endocannabinoids engage with these receptors to affect a wide range of physiological functions, including appetite, memory, movement, and pain. The ECS is more responsible for maintaining balance and health than any other system. That’s why it is often referred to as the “master regulatory system”. It is responsible for two basic activities: the first is modulating energy and well-being. The second is nudging the body back to homeostasis or equilibrium in the face of stress, injury, or disease.
The two most abundant phytocannabinoids are also the most studied: tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which produces the intoxicating effects typically associated with cannabis, and cannabidiol (CBD). Most strains of marijuana have more THC than CBD, while industrial hemp (used to make clothing, rope, and seed oils) contains only trace amounts of THC and a higher proportion of CBD.
CBD can be derived from both hemp and marijuana, but makers of any products that are nationally available will extract it almost exclusively from hemp. Hemp-derived CBD products are legally required to contain less than 0.3% of THC – far below a level that would impair you.
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