Introduction to CBD (Cannabidiol)
CBD is an abbreviation for Cannabidiol, a chemical compound found naturally in the cannabis plant. It is NOT mind altering like THC, which means CBD will NOT make you high. Over the past 40 years there have been numerous studies that highlight the potential of CBD. Researchers discovered the human Endocannabinoid System (ECS), which is the system that CBD interacts with.
The health benefits of CBD (Cannabidiol) are well established. We all have an endocannabinoid system.
The human endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a network of receptors spread through-out the entire body that control some of of most vital life functions, including our immune system, memory, appetite, sleep pattern, mood and pain sensation.
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a group of endogenous cannabinoid receptors located in the
brain and throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems, consisting of neuromodulatory
lipids and their receptors. CBD specifically interacts with the CB1 and CB2 receptors that send signals
to wake up and strengthen the immune system naturally. This is because our endocannabinoid system
is intricately linked to our nervous system and immune system, as well as our brain and digestive system.
Quality CBD is an effective form of alternative natural treatment to many ailments and illnesses of various types.
CBD is effective for the following:
CBD AND PAIN RELIEF
The major symptom of many short and long-term illnesses is pain, both chronic and acute. According to Discover CBD, disorders such as Multiple Sclerosis, Diabetic Neuropathy and others, whether derived from the primary or central nervous system, leave patients with unrelenting pain not easily controlled by common pain medications. Although few clinical trials measuring the effects of Cannabidiol oil intake on pain management exist, preliminary studies suggest the use of CBD in chronic pain management to be useful, allowing an increase in quality of life and the ability to rest without pain.
** There is some research out there that suggests CBD might be a good solution for those that are sensitive to other medications as well**
CBD, along with other cannabinoids, was long misunderstood, and took a backseat to the more widely known cannabinoid- THC. What we know now is that CBD is as beneficial and versatile a cannabinoid as THC in addressing many hard to manage conditions such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, epilepsy, antibiotic-resistant infections, alcoholism, PSTD and neurological disorders (O’Shaughnessy’s News Service, 2011). The following is a basic list of how CBD can benefit the human body**:
Potent anti-oxidant that is stronger than vitamins C and E. The combination of THC and CBD make an even stronger anti-oxidant (Lee, 2011).
Powerful analgesic that seems to work especially well for traditionally difficult to treat neuropathic pain (Lee, 2011).
Neuroprotective agent that is thought to help prevent Alzhiemer’s and other age related neurodegenerative disorders (Lee, 2011).
Serotonin balancing agent which acts as an antidepressant, and has a positive impact on reducing anxiety, addiction, appetite, sleep, pain perception,
nausea and vomiting (Lee, 2011). Serotonin also affects your ability to rest, regenerate and find serenity (Eric Braverman, 2004, p. 138)
Regulates blood pressure.
Facilitates bone re-absorptions.
Cytotoxic to breast cancer and other cancer cells while being a cyto-preservative to healthy cells. (Russo, 2011)
Agent against methicillin-resistant Strephylococcus aureus (MRSA), the staph infection that plagues many hospitals today (Lee, 2011).