CBD is rapidly becoming one of the biggest health trends of the century, and with more studies being done every day, we’re beginning to see why. However, it can be difficult to navigate the growing amount of information surrounding cannabis, hemp, and CBD, let alone what sources are trustworthy. Today we’ll answer a few of the most basic questions everyone has when it comes to CBD:
What is CBD? How does it work, and is it safe? Let's begin with how it works.
Based on anecdotal evidence and building scientific studies, compounds like CBD contained in the cannabis plant are proving to be useful for many ailments, and that’s all because of a little-known thing called the endocannabinoid system. Yes, that’s right. The human body has an entire system that specifically interacts with these compounds! It’s a match made in heaven; but for you skeptics out there, here’s some scientific evidence to back it up…
The endocannabinoid system, or ECS, consists of enzymes that create and destroy cannabinoids, receptor sites that receive signals from these cannabinoids, and molecules naturally produced by the body from lipids. Plant-based cannabinoids like CBD and THC also interact with these receptors to restore balance and stimulate protective and self-healing mechanisms within the body. The ECS is believed to contain the most cellular receptor sites than any other system in the human body, thus its nickname as the “master regulator”. It helps the body achieve homeostasis, maintain optimum health equilibrium, and protect against disease progression. The ECS influences many physiological processes, such as pain modulation, appetite, inflammation, mood, immune system regulation, tumor surveillance, intraocular pressure, bone physiology, and digestion.
Next, what exactly is CBD?
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is one of the main chemical compounds found naturally in the cannabis plant, as well as one of the most well-known phytocannabinoids. Many recent studies and research have shown that CBD is non-psychoactive and has various pharmacological actions as an anti-inflammatory, antipsychotic, anxiolytic, antispasmodic, and antiemetic. It is also a neuroprotectant, which acts to protects against damaging effects of a stroke, neurodegenerative diseases, and chemical addiction.
CBD modulates the CB receptors found in the brain (CB-1) that control central nervous system function, and those that control the immune system and peripheral nerves (CB-2). It influences the receptor response to hormones, neurotransmitters, and other signaling molecules. By targeting these receptors in the brain and immune system, CBD may provide relief from many issues, such as chronic pain, without the intoxicating effects, dependence, or health risks associated with many other medications.
How safe is CBD?
According to the World Health Organization, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential, thus making it a safe alternative to many pharmaceuticals. However, that doesn’t mean you should automatically substitute CBD with any medication prescribed by your healthcare professional. Always talk with your doctor before adding an herbal or dietary supplement to your regimen. This step ensures safety and eliminates the possibility of a negative drug interaction.
You can find many benefits from taking CBD daily, and there are more ways than smoking hemp flower or extract. Some of the most popular methods available are sublingual oils, topical creams and salves, capsules, oral sprays, and edibles.
Be sure to do your homework before purchasing a CBD product, as there are many companies making false claims or hiding the actual CBD content, or lack thereof, in their products. Always buy from a reputable source that focuses on safety, transparency, and honesty. You should be able to easily obtain third-party lab test results for potency, as well as safety concerns and suggested use information.
Scientists continue to uncover the effects of CBD on the ECS and other functions within the body, and the number of people using CBD products continues to rise every day. Here’s a list of conditions that CBD has been shown to positively influence:
- Appetite Loss
- Autoimmune Disorders
- Brain Injury
- Childhood-onset Epilepsy
- Chronic Pain
- Dravet Syndrome
- General Health
- GVHD (graft-versus-host disease)
- Heart Disease, cardiovascular issues
- High Blood Pressure
- High Cholesterol
- Huntington’s Disease
- Lennox-Gastaut Syndrom
- Multiple Sclerosis
- General Pain
- Pain from surgery
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Sleep Disorders
- Smoking Cessation
- Sturge-Weber Syndrome
The scientific community has barely scratched the surface of uncovering the benefits that hemp/cannabis and its constituents like CBD have to offer. We hope that this post shed some light on how the ECS and cannabis create a natural partnership for self-regulation and wellness.
Our team is excited to begin 2021 by continuing to learn and share how it can be used as a healing tool. Stay tuned for more posts that elaborate on specific conditions, the ever changing regulations of the cannabis industry, news related to scientific studies, government policies, and what we’re up to at High Point Acres!
Happy New Year!