What is CBD - Cannabidiol?
CBD is becoming a popular natural remedy that can be used for many common ailments. It has been gaining momentum in the health and wellness world, with many studies confirming it can help with ailments such as chronic pain, anxiety, and depression.
Cannabidiol, best known as (CBD), is a chemical compound that can be found in the flowers of cannabis sativa. It is the second most prevalent of the active ingredients of cannabis (the first being tetrahydrocannabinol - THC). CBD is a cannabinoid that was discovered in 1940. CBD is one of more than a hundred and twenty cannabinoids which are unique to the cannabis sativa plant and it accounts for about 40 percent of the plant’s extracts. Many plants contain cannabinoids, but people most commonly link them to the cannabis sativa plant. Unlike other cannabinoids — such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) - CBD does not get you "high" or produce a “psychoactive" effect. This is because CBD does not affect people the same way that THC does.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis, and causes the sensation of getting “high” that’s often associated with marijuana. However, unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive.
CBD is an entirely different compound from THC, and its effects are very complex. The human body has an endocannabinoid system (ECS) that receives and translates signals from cannabinoids. It produces some cannabinoids of its own, which are called endocannabinoids. The ECS helps with functions such as sleeping, immune-system responses, and pain. CBD influences your body to use its own endocannabinoids more effectively without the “high” associated with THC. This quality makes CBD an appealing option for those who are looking for relief from their ailments without the psychoactive effects of marijuana or other drugs. CBD may change the effects of THC on the body if both are present.
What are the health benefits of CBD?
CBD has been shown to be a great solution for a wide variety of health issues.
Here are the top 10 benefits of using CBD
Can Help Relieve And Treat Different Types Of Chronic and Acute Pain - CBD, especially in combination with THC, may be effective in reducing pain associated with diseases like multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Studies have shown that CBD applied on the skin can help lower pain and inflammation due to arthritis.
Could Reduce Anxiety - Using CBD has been shown to reduce anxiety and stress in both human and animal studies.
Can Reduce Depression - Using CBD has been shown to reduce depression in both human and animal studies.
Can Alleviate Cancer-Related Symptoms - CBD may help reduce symptoms related to cancer and side effects related to cancer treatment, like nausea, vomiting and pain.
May Reduce Acne - Based on recent scientific studies, CBD oil may help treat acne due to its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to reduce sebum production.
Neuroprotective Properties - CBD has been shown to ease symptoms related to epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease. Studies have also shown CBD reducing or eliminating seizures in syndromes such as Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), which typically don’t respond well to anti-seizure medications. CBD has been shown to be able to reduce the number of seizures, and in some cases it was even able to stop them altogether, in a number of studies. Recently the FDA approved Epidolex, which contains CBD, as the first ever medicine for these conditions. CBD was also shown to reduce the progression of Alzheimer’s disease in test-tube and animal studies.
Benefits Heart Health - CBD benefits heart health in several ways, including by reducing blood pressure and preventing heart damage.
For patients who suffer insomnia, studies have shown that CBD helps with both falling and staying asleep.
Some studies have also shown that CBD may help with diabetes, substance abuse, mental disorders and certain types of cancers.
Some studies have shown that CBD is beneficial for weight loss by helping with converting white fat into brown fat which is easier to get rid of.
Side Effects of CBD:
Some side effects of CBD may possibly include:
What are the best ways to take CBD?
Cannabidiol can be taken into the body in multiple ways, including:
Smoking or vaping cannabis
As CBD oil in capsules
As an aerosol spray under the tongue
As a prescription liquid solution like a tincture
As a sexual lubricant or suppository
Topical creams or ointments - You can apply it to muscles, joints, and ligaments and still get a nice, localized release
Is it safe to give to my dog/pets?
CBD has health benefits for pets as well.