CBD – What is it?
So many questions, so many choices, where does one start?
The first place I would like to start is…. As each person is different and because CBD’s effects are still under study, I strongly encourage you to do your own research and talk with your physician especially if you are being treated for anything, before incorporating CBD into your daily life. All of the information that I may present in my blogs was easily collected from various sources and is for educational purposes ONLY!
The other very important point you should CLEARLY UNDERSTAND is CBD Oil and Drug Testing
No Reputable CBD company or salesperson will guarantee that you won’t test positive on a drug test. If a company or salesperson makes you this guarantee, ask them to put that in a legally-binding document that will make them liable for damages if you fail. I will follow up on this topic in a later blog. I just feel it is very imporant that you understand this fact whether it is a full spectrum CBD product or even an isolate (just CBD with no THC), there still could be a very slight chance for testing positive.
What is CBD? CBD (Cannabidiol) is a compound found in the Cannabis plant. It can be used in several different ways including vaping, tinctures, capsules, topicals and edibles. Unlike its close relative, THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD is completely non-psychoactive. This allows us to benefit from the many health properties of the Cannabis plant without the negative side effects of “getting high.” At first, many were skeptical, thinking that a natural compound, let alone a Cannabis-compound, could effectively treat such a wide range of conditions. But as medical researchers learned more, and the stories from tens of thousands of people began to stack up, the truth was undeniable. CBD works.
But how does it work? The human body contains an endocannabinoid system (ECS) (newly discovered).
In 1988 researchers discovered the first cannabinoid receptor in the brain of a rat. Researchers found that these receptors reacted specifically to THC, and were primarily found in regions of the brain responsible for mental and physiological processes such as memory, high cognition, emotion, and motor coordination.
The second cannabinoid receptor was found in 1993 as part of the immune and central nervous systems. It was then that researchers started to realize that they may have been onto something.
In 1995, researchers discovered that these receptors, now officially referred to as the CB1 receptor and CB2 receptor, were found not only in rats, but within thousands of other species, including humans.
Thanks to advancements in technology and knowledge and tons of clinical trials, researchers were able uncover an entirely unknown signaling system between the CB1 and CB2 receptors in our bodies and receptors found in Cannabis compounds, which they called “endocannabinoids.”
Due to the role of endocannabinoids in this system, the system was officially named the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). As researchers learned more, they discovered that it was a vital component in maintaining the body’s homeostasis, which is a term used to describe the process of maintaining internal balance in an every-changing external environment.
To help you understand how the ECS helps maintain homeostasis, here is an example. When we become stressed, our mind releases cortisol, which is the compound responsible for how we feel when we are stressed. Cortisol can be helpful when we need to react quickly to a dangerous situation; however too much disrupts the natural balance of our body and mind can result in serious health problems.
When certain endocannabinoids are introduced into the body, it not only helps provide stress relief, it helps manage our perception of stress so that we can look at the situation with a clear mind and make the best decision.
What has some evidence shown so far….CBD is effective in creating a state of calm and relaxation. Strictly as a checmical substance, CBD has a strong antioxidant properties. Conditions reported to benefit from internal use of CBD include: epileptic seizure, cancer, diabetes, lupus, motor idsorders, nicotine addiction, Parkinson’s disease, insomnia, chronic and neuropathic pain, obsessive compulsive disorder, osteoporosis, and various pediatric conditions just to name a few. For some types of chronic pain and skin conditions topical applications allow users to go right to the source. Topical CBD can also work faster, since it does not have to travel through the digestive system first.
More to come….Stay tuned….
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