There is a lot of buzz around CBD (cannabidiol) but a large portion of the population remains uneducated and confused. Read on to discover exactly what CBD is and how it is different from Marijuana and THC.
If most Americans can agree on one thing it is that: Times Have Changed.
Less than 20 years ago you were driving past billboards that warned of the usage of marijuana and how smoking will scramble your brain like that of an egg in your morning omelet.
You would also be driven to correlate the possession of the drug with handcuffs, blue lights from patrol cars, and hefty fines.
But as we are all too familiar with in the Google era, we clearly see that hype often travels much faster than that of science.
So why are 50-75 year olds scurrying into CBD shops to purchase this liquid gold?
Probably because CBD is currently one of the most potent down regulators of inflammation that we know of that is NOT a pharmaceutical drug, nor carries horrendous side effects.
And before we dive in, let's be clear:
Now, that we have that out of the way, onward with the education!
What is CBD?
The acronym “CBD”, short for cannabidiol, is a non-psychoactive component of the cannabis plant. From a chemical perspective, CBD looks almost exactly like it’s more famous sibling, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC.
Cannabidiol oil is an extraction from the cannabis plant that is then diluted with a carrier oil such as hemp seed or coconut oil. Though it can come from marijuana plants (a type of cannabis), it doesn’t have to, which is why some CBD products are legal for sale and use.
THC is what gets you "high" or "stoned". CBD does not.
So what's with the hype?
Well, it turns out that given the vast amount of research thus far performed on CBD, it shows that it could have some significant health benefits, especially with that of seizures or child epilepsy.
CBD users may claim that is has helped with chronic pain, increase deep sleep, decrease inflammation, decrease anxiety, or help burn fat (just to name a few).
Some experts, such as Dr. Mike T. Nelson, even claim that CBD is going to be super critical in contact sports due to its ability to maintain and heal the blood brain barrier.
And this is just the tip of the iceberg - Why?
Given that most states are still behind the ball on legislation, CBD is still seen as a Schedule 1 narcotic. This makes it extremely difficult and expensive to run quality research trials on it. (But that is all about to change as the southern state governments educate themselves on what the western states have been knowing for years)
That lack of education hasn’t stopped a legion of new CBD oils from coming to market, however.
And that’s where most consumers face an even bigger unknown:
What’s actually in the CBD bottle?
More on that in a different blog post where we educate on how to choose the best CBD product.
But for now, let's stick to the basics of CBD.
CBD acts on what is known as the body's endocannabinoid system by attaching to the receptors CB1 and CB2. This system is important for a wide range of overall human health.
CBD touches on the most intricate bodily systems such as the hormonal, the immune, and the neuronal networks.
CBD also plays a role in the serotonin, dopamine and opioid receptor pathways, along with playing a key role in genetic transcription.
Forms of CBD
CBD is offered in the following forms:
How do you know if you should try CBD?
Well, that is up to you, but, if you are asking yourself the following questions, CBD may be something you want to look into trying to see how you respond (CBD manufacturing is just like any supplement on the market):
Is my nagging joint pain is bad enough to where I can't continue my existing quality of life?
Why can't I wind down after a stressful day at work without having a glass of wine or a drink?
Do I feel like my anxiety or depression is getting worse but I am not ready to take pharmaceutical drugs for the problem?
If you have found yourself asking these questions or know of a friend or family member that has recently, they may want to ask more questions around if CBD oil could be of benefit.
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