Here’s Some Hempful Information about CBD
You’re not alone in wondering about CBD, and whether you should be taking it to boost your overall wellness, or to treat a specific health issue. Increasing numbers of people are becoming interested in CBD and its healing powers, especially after this simple hemp-derived compound stopped a child’s epileptic seizure on national television. So, what do you need—and want—to know about CBD and its health benefits? Let us tell you.
What is CBD, and how does it work?
CBD is shorthand for cannabidiol, one of the most prevalent chemical compounds in the cannabis plant, second only to THC. In hemp, however, CBD dominates the plant’s makeup, which is one reason we use hemp to derive our CBD. That, and CBD found naturally in non-psychoactive hemp is legal in the United States. Once extracted from the hemp plant, CBD is primarily consumed in oils, extracts, and crystals. It can be taken orally through drops, vaporized to smoke, or cooked into edibles. Hemp also provides nutrition that is tough to find elsewhere from just one source, such as essential amino acids and Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fatty acids.
CBD works by interacting with our naturally occurring systems, including the central nervous system, skin, digestive track, and the reproductive organs, to “unlock” cell receptors that are part of the endocannabinoid system (ECS). You see, the ECS affects just about every aspect of your health and wellbeing, from mood and memory to pain perception and motor control to appetite and sleep. Because CBD has a similar composition to chemicals the human body produces naturally, it can help the ECS with neuroprotection, stress recovery, immune balance, and homeostatic regulation (a fancy way of saying optimum energy balance).
How is CBD different than THC?
Unlike THC, CBD is completely non-psychoactive, which means you can expect to relax with CBD, but you won’t feel intoxicated. In fact, CBD seems to act as a natural barrier against the “high” (and potential anxiety) associated with THC.
What are the benefits of using CBD?
Now to the good stuff—how can CBD help you? In preclinical trials over the past four decades, CBD has been found to:
- Reduce inflammation and swelling
- Inhibit oxidation (In other words CBD is an antioxidant.)
- Mitigate brain damage
- Reduce anxiety
- Treat depression
- Relieve pain
- Reduce vomiting and nausea
- Treat acne
- Treat psoriasis
- Inhibit tumor and cancer cell growth
- Help manage schizophrenia and bipolar disorder
- Promote bone growth
- Reduce seizures and convulsions
- Reduce blood sugar levels
- Reduce risk of artery blockage
And more! The effects of CBD on the body are broad and far-reaching. It is known to directly and indirectly affect the vanilloid receptors (important for pain modulation), adenosine receptors (important to the sleep-wake cycle), and serotonin receptors (important for mood and stress management), which means CBD can positively impact just about every aspect of your physical and mental health. Just a few of the common reasons people use CBD include cancer, diabetes, lupus, nicotine addiction, Parkinson’s Disease, OCD, and osteoporosis. Truly, the therapeutic value of CBD is astounding.