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CBD: It is not what you think it is
The first thing that comes to mind for a lot of folks is Marijuana.
They think CBD is along the same lines.
Perhaps leaning more toward the medical aspect but nonetheless, they think “pot”, “weed”, “reefer”, “grass”, “dope”, etc.
So here is an explanation that I hope will help.
Both Marijuana and hemp come from the Cannabis Sativa plant but the two are very different. The Marijuana plant has been developed to encourage higher levels of THC which is the compound that produces the psychoactive properties.
You know, the one you were seeking out when you were a young whippersnapper.
The Hemp plant has been developed for its properties to make clothing, rope, materials, seeds, higher levels of CBD and typically contains less than .03% THC.
There are over 500 naturally occurring compounds in the cannabis plant.
CBD and THC are only 2 of the compounds in the Cannabis plant.
Who knows what benefits those other compounds are providing.
CBD actually works as an antagonist against THC lessening its ability to produce a buzz.
Here is a list of some of the more well-known compounds in Cannabis. But remember there are over 500!
What has changed and why are we seeing this product everywhere?
The 2018 Farm Bill included a provision that legalizes the cultivation of hemp. This has made Big Pharma very unhappy and has opened up the door to an exciting revolution of treatment for many diseases and afflictions.
It has also allowed it to become available to just about everyone! It can be ordered online, picked up at a kiosk in the neighborhood mall, and just recently I see it is available at CVS and Target and there will probably be more by the time I publish this article.
The problem is that unlike synthetic drugs, the explosion of CBD products being developed does not have the same regulatory oversight.
Anybody and everybody is jumping on the CBD bandwagon because, well, frankly it is amazing and it works!!!
Many of these products provide false claims, are produced overseas, lack adequate testing, and contain artificial colors and flavors, corn syrup, toxic solvent residues, pesticides, and who knows what else. On top of that, many of them are mislabeled as to the cannabidiol and/or THC content. And these products are not cheap. Paying that kind of money you want a quality product that you know is going to work.
Fortunately, there are some good quality products and trustworthy companies. Here is an infographic that highlights the 10 most important things to look for when choosing your CBD oil.
I also feel it necessary to emphasize that this is not a magic bullet against pain and disease. It is a plant/herb with wonderful properties but should part of a healthy lifestyle and not used as a panacea and cure-all.
Clean eating and fitness are an extremely important foundation to which plant medicine can be added as an addition to a healthy lifestyle.
So, how does CBD actually work?
Cannabidiol works like a key in a lock
Let me explain-
Did you know our body contains an Endocannabinoid system?
Endocannabinoids are found throughout the entire body. They are in our connective tissues, brain, glands, and immune cells.
These Endocannabinoids contain two types of receptors.
CB1 and CB2
Although perhaps not directly, CBD stimulates our body to make more of its own Cannabinoids that work like a key that fits the receptors CB1 and CB2.
CB1 is found primarily in the brain and central nervous system and other areas of the body to some extent.
CB2 receptors are found mostly in the peripheral organs and have a powerful effect on the immune system and control pain and inflammation.
What types of disease is CBD being used for?
While some studies are stronger than others and some are just in their infancy, the following list shows either current effective treatment or potential for treatment based on new research.
- Epileptic disorders
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Autoimmune disorders
- Neurodegenerative disorders (e.g., Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s)
Like other natural products on this earth, if Big Pharma can’t make a killing financially then the research doesn’t get the funding like it does to develop synthetic drugs that can be manufactured, marketed, and patented. For more information about Synthetic drugs Vs. Herbal Supplements click here.
The legality issue has also played a big part in how these herbs/plants have been studied. Now that we are seeing changes in the increased legalization we should be seeing huge growth in the amount and type of studies being conducted. Hopefully, these studies will show the immense potential for health and wellbeing from this amazing plant.
What Are The Side Effects Of CBD?
The side effects that are present are no more than the side effects that occur when you eat food. Just as when you eat, your body temp, heart rate and blood pressure are all affected minimally.
However, CBD can affect the salivary gland resulting in dry mouth. A relatively small price to pay for reducing anxiety, psychosis, or pain. And the side effects of synthetic drugs typically used are so much worse.
*Now, the caveat is for those already taking synthetic medication. CBD inhibits liver enzymes from metabolizing most of those medications.
For example, if you’re taking heart medication, CBD could prevent your body from using that medication properly. So it could potentially lead to more serious problems.
Before taking any herbal/plant medicine you should first discuss with your doctor. They may be able to closely monitor you while you start a CBD regimen.
So, if you do think you are ready to test the waters and try CBD for yourself you might take into consideration the following tips:
- Talk to your MD before starting any new herbal product or supplement
- Only purchase from a reputable supplier. Here is a guide to help you choose.
- Start with a lower strength and see how you tolerate it.
- Be consistent and take it regularly
InfoGraphic: 10 Things You Need to Know When Buying CBD Oil
I spent a lot of time researching companies to find the right one for my family and friends. There are only 13 companies that are Hemp Authority certified so I would suggest you stick with any from this list. If you want to know which product I decided on click here.