If you’re interested in CBD, here’s what you should know
These days, it’s impossible to discuss health and medicine without bringing up cannabidiol (CBD). Often touted for its beneficial properties, there is still a lot about it we don’t know. Here we discuss what CBD is and how it may be able to help with an assortment of ailments.
What is CBD?
CBD does not have any psychoactive effects, meaning it doesn’t create any “high.”
CBD is one of more than 100 compounds found in industrial hemp, which is derived from the cannabis sativa plant. It is extracted from the plant in liquid form and used to make full spectrum hemp oil. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – the predominant compound in marijuana – CBD does not have any psychoactive effects, meaning it doesn’t create any “high.”
CBD is found in a variety of full spectrum hemp oil products, including creams, capsules, and tinctures. Thanks to the recent Farm Bill, hemp is now completely legal in the U.S.
What medical benefits does CBD offer?
Before we discuss the potential health benefits of CBD, it’s important to know how it affects the body. It is due to our endocannabinoid system that we feel the effects of the chemicals from cannabis. This system has cannabinoid receptors, and it also produces its own endocannabinoids. Unlike THC, which directly connects with these receptors, CBD is subtler.
“CBD increases the circulating levels of your natural endocannabinoids, which, in turn, interact with your cannabinoid receptors,” says Marcel Bonn-Miller, who studies the effects of CBD.
This is why, Bonn-Miller says, CBD may be beneficial for different medical conditions, both physical and mental. And this list could be extensive. Studies have shown that CBD can help with:
Pain and inflammation
Pain is one of the most common reasons why people take CBD rich full spectrum hemp oil. According to a 2011 study CBD – along with cannabichromene (CBC) – “stimulated descending pain-blocking pathways in the nervous system and caused analgesia by interacting with several target proteins involved in nociceptive control.” A study a year later using animals found that CBD “suppressed chronic inflammatory and neuropathic pain without causing apparent analgesic tolerance.”
CBD may even work better than some steroids to treat inflammation, says Dr. Bruce Nicholson, director of Pain Specialists of Greater Lehigh Valley. “Some studies also suggest that CBD oil can function as a nerve protectant and treat nerve injury pain,” he said.
Stress and anxiety
There have been several studies showing what CBD can do for stress and anxiety. A 2012 research review of multiple international studies determined that CBD can reduce anxiety, especially social anxiety. In 2014, a study was conducted involving animals and stress as related to the endocannabinoid system. Researchers found that “augmentation of the endocannabinoid system might be an effective strategy to mitigate behavioral and physical consequences of stress.”
Because CBD interacts with serotonin receptors, it may be able to help with depression, particularly depression linked to chronic stress, as this can cause reduced levels of endocannabinoids. After a study in 2016 was conducted on CBD and depression, researchers concluded that “CBD could represent a novel fast antidepressant drug, via enhancing both serotonergic and glutamate cortical signaling through a 5-HT1A receptor-dependent mechanism.”
CBD helps the body turn white fat into brown fat, spurring on weight loss and promoting sugar metabolism and insulin production. In a 2006 study involving lab rats, CBD was shown to decrease the incidence of diabetes in the rodents. In 2015, a biopharmaceutical collective started stage-2 trials related to the use of CBD to treat diabetes.
CBD could help people who have trouble sleeping, says Dr. Sarah Brewer. “CBD is a popular treatment for insomnia, and promotes refreshing REM sleep (Rapid Eye Movement – the dream phase) to reduce excessive daytime drowsiness,” she said.
In 2014, a study was conducted with four patients suffering from REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD). With RBD, there is a total loss of muscle relaxation during REM sleep, and this frequently results in nightmares. When these patients were given CBD, there was a reduction in the frequency of these events.
We’ve really only scratched the surface when it comes to what CBD can do, but the research is very positive. An important thing to remember is that not all CBD oil is the same. If you are interested in trying it, be sure the product you choose has a full-spectrum extract, as this means it contains more of the compounds and nutrients found in the original plant.
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