What is CBD and can it benefit you?
Lets start from the beginning and answer your biggest questions. The questions that led you to reading this blog; What is CBD and can it help me?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of many cannabinoid molecules produced by Cannabis, second only to THC as far as abundance. These plant-derived cannabinoids, or phytocannabinoids, are characterized by their ability to act on our favorite receptors, the Cannabinoid receptors. THC is the main psychoactive component of Cannabis and has certain medical uses but CBD stands out because it is both non-psychoactive and displays a broad range of potential medical applications. These properties make it especially attractive as a therapeutic agent.
The ECS or Endocannabinoid system in the human body is a vast network of cell receptor proteins with many functions. Some describe the ECS as the greatest neurotransmitter system in the body. It lends a hand in seemingly just about everything, including:
- motor control
- immune function
- pain perception
- bone development
Four primary purposes of the ECS include neuroprotection, stress recovery, immune balance, and homeostatic regulation. The last one is a fancy way of referring to a system that creates optimum energy balance in the body.
Somehow, CBD seems to tap into this balancing system to produce its therapeutic effects. CBD is able to interact with cells in our bodies because the molecule has a similar composition to similar chemicals that the human body produces naturally, called endocannabinoids. With CBD's interaction with the ECS, it may help treat a variety of issues including:
- Joint Pain
- Rage/manic behaviors
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It is important to remember that CBD is not a cure-all. With CBD, it's about symptom reduction and relief. There are thousands of stories and testimonials online about the benefits of CBD and how it has helped so many people. A number of clinical trials, testing the effectiveness CBD in human epilepsy patients, are currently underway. But there is also evidence, mainly from animal studies and in vitro experiments, that CBD may have neuroprotective, anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties, and potential therapeutic value in the treatment of mental disorders like depression, anxiety, and addiction.
Right now Cannabidiol (CBD) is gaining a lot of attention worldwide. Some states in the U.S. have even enacted CBD-only medical marijuana legislation. Cannabidiol does not produce a high, so states are more comfortable with legalizing the non-psychoactive substance. It also opens up a larger patient base for those that want the benefits of CBD without the high produced by THC.