CBD is one of the more than 100 Cannabinoids found in the Cannabis plant which is also used to produce hemp and marijuana. It’s extracted from the resin of cannabis through different processes, similar to it’s cousin THC, and then mixed with different oils like coconut oil among others. The major difference between CBD and THC is that CBD is non-psychoactive which means patients don’t get high off of it and there’s no potential for abuse. They also have different medicinal properties.
How does CBD affect the body?CBD works by acting on the body’s endocannabinoid system. This system’s main job is to maintain homeostasis (balance) and help the body adapt to stress. There are two main types of cannabinoids—the ones produced in the body called endocannabinoids and the ones produced by plants called phytocannabinoids. CBD is one type of phytocannabinoid. Phytocannabinoids mimic endocannabinoids, so they can act like a supplement, and boost you beyond what your body can produce. Receptors for cannabinoids are mostly found in the nervous, digestive, reproductive, and immune systems. Since Cannabinoids interact with almost every system in our bodies, some consider it a cure all and even though it cannot heal it all, it can definitely regulate neurotransmitter function, inflammation, mitochondrial function, and metabolism.
Who should try CBD oil?According to recent studies from the World Health Organization, CBD is for almost everyone, since its benefits range from prevention to actually treating and healing some conditions. Patients are taking it to prevent Alzheimer’s, help with their anxiety and chronic pain via it’s anti-inflammatory properties. Here is a list of its benefits:
Improves mood disorders.CBD works directly on the brain receptors for Serotonin and GABA (an inhibitory neurotransmitter). Lower levels of these have been linked to anxiety and depression.
Lowers inflammation.Suppresses cytokine production and induces T-regulatory cells to protect the body from attacking itself, which can help inflammatory and autoimmune conditions.
Decreases chronic pain.Inhibits transmission of neuronal signaling through pain pathways.
Aids gut health.Helps heal the leaky tight junctions that contribute to intestinal permeability and decreases spasmodic activity common in IBS.
Helps treat seizures.May relieve some types of Epilepsy especially in kids.
Side effects of CBD.CBD has very few side effects and is considered a safe substance to take. These are some of them.
- Dry mouth