Have you caught a ride on the CBD wave yet? It’s almost hard to miss as cannabidiol moves its way into the mainstream market and more and more studies are uncovering its amazing benefits. Interestingly, CBD has been used for thousands of years to treat various types of pain, but the medical community has only recently begun to study it again. So, if you live in one of the 46 states that have legalized the sale of CBD, you are probably seeing it everywhere!
Let’s have a look at why you may want to consider how you can feel better from a long list of health issues that CBD may help.
What is CBD?
CBD is one of more than 120 compounds called cannabinoids found in marijuana and hemp plants. Both hemp and marijuana are from the same genus and species (cannabis sativa). Cannabidiol (CBD) is the 2nd most prevalent cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant and is becoming popular as a treatment for many illnesses. A low THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the one and the only difference that distinguishes industrial hemp from marijuana. Otherwise, CBD taken from hemp and marijuana is the exact same compound. [1, 2]
Unlike other cannabinoids — like the THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) in marijuana we are all familiar with — CBD does not produce the psychoactive effects or “high” feeling. Why? Because CBD does not affect the same receptors in the human Endocannabinoid System (or ECS) as THC. Rather, this ECS receives and translates signals from cannabinoids and helps regulate many important functions like the brain, immune-system responses, and central nervous system. [3, 4]
What is CBD Oil?
Makers of CBD use different methods to extract the compound from the plants with each method having its pros and cons, and some methods are better than others. The makers start with the CBD-rich plant material and extract the CBD oil from the cannabis with the use of solvents commonly used such as supercritical CO2, ethanol, hydrocarbons (such as butane) and olive oil. Other oils that can also be used include avocado, coconut or MCT [medium chain triglyceride] oil. Hempseed oil is another effective extraction solvent and a carrier vehicle that mixes well with CBD. The extract is then added to a carrier oil and you have — CBD Oil.
Medicinal Benefits of CBD Oil
Here are just 15 of the amazing reasons why CBD oil may be so important for achieving optimal health:
CBD oil is a strong COX-2 inhibitor. COX-2 is the main enzyme in the body that initiates an inflammatory response to pain, injuries, or other autoimmune disorders. CBD oil has shown therapeutic potential in a variety of chronic inflammatory conditions, including inflammatory bowel disease (IBS), Crohn’s disease and colitis, arthritis, autoimmune disorders, multiple sclerosis, HIV-1 infection, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease.
2. Pain relief
Because CBD works with receptors in your brain to prevent inflammation, it directly affects the level of pain you feel including chronic pain associated with various diseases like cancer, arthritis, and multiple sclerosis. It also works with opioids to further decrease pain for longer periods of time.
3. Immune system booster
In studies, CBD has been known to suppress TH17 dominant cells that contribute to autoimmune disorders.
4. Anxiety buster
CBD has been effective in helping with anxiety in healthy people as well as social anxiety.
CBD can calm you down and helps your body get into the much-needed REM sleep.
6. Neurodegenerative diseases
CBD has been found to prevent the toxic effects of free radicals in the body that can cause brain cell death. It also has been shown to have antioxidant capacity far greater than vitamin C. Neuroinflammatory conditions such as multiple sclerosis, ALS, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s, Down Syndrome, and stroke show upregulation of CB2 receptors in affected tissues, and positive benefits by modulating inflammation and immunity.
Research has found that CBD has an antidepressant effect comparable to tricyclic medication imipramine giving you a more natural way to feel happier. CBD encourages the body to balance its production and secretion of neurotransmitters such as acetylcholine, dopamine, GABA, histamine, serotonin, glutamate, and noradrenaline. Balanced neurotransmitters support a healthy mood, a positive outlook on life, and sharp memory and cognitive function.
8. Anti-Seizure properties
A recent randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial published in The New England Journal of Medicine explored the effect of CBD medication on young adults with a rare type of epilepsy with seizures that are often induced by fever. Seizure frequency dropped 38.9 percent in those who were given CBD.
CBD blocks the endocannabinoid receptors in your brain that allow you to absorb the “feel good” chemicals from smoking that keep you addicted. When you crave a cigarette, you can take CBD instead.
CBD reduces blood sugar levels by working on a cellular level and preventing the cells from becoming insulin sensitive.
11. Nausea and Digestive Issues
The digestive tract is shown to have high levels of endocannabinoids. In low doses, CBD decreases nausea and vomiting and can help with food sensitivities, upset stomach, and other digestive issues.
12. Hair loss
CBD oil is rich in fatty acids (omega 3 and omega 6), vitamin E and high doses of calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and potassium which are all great for the skin and hair. It nourishes the scalp and strengthens hair, so the great news here is that it may also encourage hair growth.
13. Schizophrenia symptoms
Research on patients with schizophrenia show CBD, as an adjunct therapy, reduces psychotic symptoms, improves cognitive performance and overall functioning.
14. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
CBD improves several symptoms associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) including reducing acute heart rate and blood pressure, persistent fear memories and frequency of nightmares.
15. Fight against cancer
CBD oil is approved in many countries as an adjunctive treatment in those with progressed cancer and malignant diseases where standard opioid treatment is ineffective. The research shows that CBD oil is effective at fighting cancer because it changes how cells grow and can reduce cancer cells from multiplying.
What is Hemp Used for?
How to use CBD Oil
There are a number of ways you can use CBD oil with positive effects:
Vaping – inhaling CBD oil is the fastest way to deliver it to the body and get the most immediate results usually 5-10 minutes. Vaping works this fast because the CBD enters the bloodstream directly through the lungs.
Sublingually – CBD oil taken under the tongue, is another very fast way to feel the effects of the oil. Here it is absorbed by mucous membranes, going directly into the bloodstream – bypassing metabolizing in the liver and the digestive system.
With food or drink – CBD oil can be added to food and beverages creating an edible product like a gummy or even a health-boosting “cocktail” or you can take a soft gel. This has become the preferred way as it is easy and convenient, but it will take longer for the effects to kick in – usually 20 minutes on an empty stomach or about an hour with food.
Topically – Slowly appearing on the shelves are many CBD products in an ointment, cream and lotion form that you can rub right into your skin. This is a great delivery system if you are looking for anti-inflammatory effects as the CBD lasts much longer because it is absorbed more slowly through the skin over time.
How much CBD should I take per day?
Everyone is different so taking into account many variables like weight, diet, metabolism, genetics, environment, product consistency, and more makes a universally prescribed dosage an impossibility. That said – for now, rough estimates officially created by the CBD Oil Review (COR) through an extensive analysis of hundreds of CBD products are:
- 25mg of CBD, taken twice daily.
- Additionally, COR suggests increasing the amount of CBD you take every 3-4 weeks by 25mg until you attain symptom relief (inversely, decrease by 25mg if symptoms worsen).
- Adverse reactions are rare with only occasional headaches and fatigue. In those cases, it is best to cut the next dose in half to optimize performance.
- While drug interactions are rare and generally related to dosages above 200 mg.
- There is no such thing as CBD tolerance, addiction or withdrawal.
- For some people, they may find they need less CBD over time to maintain the same effective results they sought initially.
Does CBD Oil work right away?
The answer is – yes. For most, it takes just about an hour to feel the effects, but it is good to consider HOW you are using your CBD.
Timing is irrelevant as well unless the person has some special issues. CBD can be taken with or without food, throughout the day and even before sleep. CBD won’t necessarily make someone sleepy, but it can help get better quality sleep and recovery.
Choosing a CBD product
My aim is to help you experience the wonderful benefits of CBD oil safely. Besides full spectrum products, I recommend working only with brands who you can trust. That is why I am recommending the Cannab-FS™ line to my patients. It contains a full spectrum of phytocannabinoids, which are the beneficial compounds naturally found in the aerial parts of the hemp plant and comes in liquid form, infused in a base of organic cold-pressed hemp seed oil, yielding 10 mg active phytocannabinoids per serving. Here are some products worth considering:
CannabOmega™ is a unique omega-3 formulation, combining a 1:1 ratio of EPA/DHA, along with standardized phytocannabinoids found in hemp oil. The omega-3 fatty acids found in this product are best known for their neuroprotective properties and their roles in brain health, including support for healthy mood and cognition.
Cannab-FS™ 300 provides 300 mg per bottle of full spectrum phytocannabinoids, which are the beneficial compounds naturally found in the aerial parts of hemp. This product is offered in liquid form, infused in a base of organic cold-pressed hemp seed oil, and yields 10 mg active phytocannabinoids per serving.
Cannab-FS™ 450 provides 450 mg per bottle of full spectrum phytocannabinoids. The phytocannabinoids are infused in a base of organic cold-pressed hemp seed oil, with each easy-to-swallow softgel yielding 15 mg active phytocannabinoids.
CONTACT ME today and let’s discuss what is best for you. Unlike other treatments, “one size fits all” doesn’t work with CBD. Through understanding your needs and goals we can develop a treatment plan that “fits your needs.”
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