CBD’s are generating a lot of buzz and it seems this trend is here to stay. CBD’s are expanding rapidly into all different area’s of lifestyle.
What are CBD’s?
CBD’S or cannabidiol, is a non-psychoactive extract from cannabis that won’t actually get you high. The benefits of the non-psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, or the other half of THC, have been shown to treat several ailments, from neurological disorders to cancer. It has a ton of benefits. Marijuana contains both THC and CBD, but the compounds have different effects. THC is well-known for the mind-altering “high” it produces when broken down by heat and introduced into the body, such as when smoking the plant or cooking it into foods. CBD on the other hand can make you super chill, calm, happy, and it can also relieve severe anxiety without getting you high. Wellness products are being infused with CBD’s everywhere.
Science behind CBD’S
The “miracle compound” is more than 80 cannaboid compounds found in the marijuana plant. CBD produces its effect by interacting with specific receptors on cells in the brain and body: The CB1 receptor, found on neurons and glial cells in various parts of the brain; and the CB2 receptor, found mainly in the body’s immune system. It does not bind to the CB1 and CB2 nerve receptors in the brain, meaning it won’t get us high. CBD levels can vary between plants. For example, marijuana plants grown for recreational use tend to be high in THC, and vary in amounts of CBD. Industrial hemp plants are very low in THC, while medical marijuana plants are high in CBD.
Benefits of CBD’s
Natural pain relief or anti-inflammatory properties
People commonly use prescription or over-the-counter drugs to relieve pain and stiffness, including chronic pain.
CBD offers a more natural way to lower pain. Researchers suggest that the non-psychoactive compounds in marijuana, such as CBD, could be a new treatment for chronic pain.
I personally had great benefits with the Lord Jones CBD cream to heal a hamstring injury.
Quitting smoking and drug withdrawals
There is some promising evidence that CBD use may help people to quit smoking. Researchers noted that some symptoms experienced by patients with substance use disorders might be reduced by CBD. These include anxiety mood symptoms, pain, and insomnia.These are early findings, but they suggest that CBD may be used to avoid or reduce withdrawal symptoms.
Patients with chronic anxiety are often advised to avoid cannabis, as THC can trigger or amplify anxiety and paranoia in some people.
A study on CBD’s found that a 600mg dose of CBD helped people with social anxiety give a speech. Other early studies done with animals have shown that CBD may help relieve anxiety by:
- reducing stress
- decreasing physiological effects of anxiety, such as an increased heart rate
- improving symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- inducing sleep in cases of insomnia
Acne treatment is another promising use for CBD. The condition is caused, in part, by inflammation and overworked sebaceous glands in the body.
CBD could be a future treatment for acne vulgaris, the most common form of acne. A human study found that the oil prevented activity in sebaceous glands. These glands are responsible for producing sebum, a natural oily substance that hydrates the skin. Too much sebum, however, can lead to acne.
Before you consider CBD oil for acne treatment, it’s worth discussing with your dermatologist. More human studies are needed to evaluate the potential benefits of CBD for acne.
Some studies have investigated the role of CBD in preventing cancer cell growth, but research is still in its early stages. The National Cancer Institute says that CBD may help alleviate cancer symptoms and cancer treatment side effects. However, the NCI doesn’t fully endorse any form of cannabis as a cancer treatment. The action of CBD that’s promising for cancer treatment is its ability to moderate inflammation and change how cell reproduce. CBD has the effect of reducing the ability of some types of tumor cells to reproduce. CBDs however aid in the relief of nausea and vomiting from Chemotherapy.
Understandably, many women are prepared to try just about anything to achieve relief for menstrual pain. While marijuana has long been used by women to alleviate period pain—including Queen Victoria herself—the advent of CBD-specific products has opened new doors for treating this monthly torment.
It’s only a matter of time before the magic of CBD might just be in everyday things like food, creams, wine, oils, etc. Its really exciting to see how creatively CBD’s are being infused to enhance our lives.