What is CBD?
What exactly is CBD? Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of many cannabinoid molecules produced by Cannabis. It's second only to THC in abundance. These plant-derived cannabinoids are characterized by their ability to act on the cannabinoid receptors that are part of our endocannabinoid system. THC is the psychoactive component of Cannabis and has certain medical uses but CBD stands out because it is both non-psychoactive and has been shown to have a broad range of medical applications.
Humans have special receptors that make up the endocannabinoid system. This mechanism has been shown to modulate many bodily functions including appetite, sleep, anxiety level, and cognition. It's tied to the nervous system and immune system. Particular cannabinoids target specific receptors located in different areas of the body. This targeting is called a binding affinity. Some molecules feature a low binding affinity offering poor or moderate efficacy for a patient, while other pairings have a stronger affinity that when combined with cannabinoids from high-quality plants potentially resulting in superb medical benefits.
CBD for Anxiety
CBD has been shown to be potentially effective in combating psychological issues. Studies have indicated it works as an anti-psychotic and reduces chronic anxiety and depression disorders.
Animal studies have produced evidence detailing how CBD acts in the brain. Human studies of patients with and without anxiety disorders are validating CBD’s efficacy as an anti-anxiety treatment. Given the huge financial costs of anxiety disorders in the U.S., CBD has the potential to play a significant role in treating anxiety-related disorders.
While more research is warranted to examine the long-term effects and potential for CBD, its demonstrated efficacy and highly favorable safety profile, (especially when compared to available anxiety drugs), make it a viable alternative or adjunct to pharmaceuticals.
CBD for Inflammation
As you probably know, inflammation is the root cause of many chronic illnesses. Inflammation occurs when the immune system is compromised, leading to organ, joint, and tissue damage. Several studies have shown cannabis has the potential to be highly effective in treating inflammation and addressing the accompanying pain. A study published by the US National Library of Medicine discovered cannabinoids control the immune system response and suppresses the accompanying inflammatory responses. The human endocannabinoid system has 2 receptors: CB1, located in the central nervous system which is responsible for psychoactive effects; and CB2 located in tissues and is responsible for inhibiting inflammation. THC and CBD may both work in treating and preventing inflammation, however, scientists find that CBD is much more potent, therefore high CBD strains are recommended.
CBD for Skin Care
The hemp/CBD skin care industry has grown exponentially in recent years because cannabis contains a variety of ingredients that are likely in the skin-care products you're already using. Cannisbis' antioxidant properties may minimize skin damaging free radicals from your pores. CBD contains Omega 3 and 6, both strong anti-inflammatory agents. Whether you suffer from dry skin or psoriasis, CBD may help restore your skin's youthful glow!
CBD for Pain Management
CBD has been used for thousands of years for pain management but only recently has its effects been studied by the medical community. CBD influences the body to use its own endocannabinoids more effectively. According to a study posted to Neurotherapeutics, this is because CBD activates or inhibits other compounds in the endocannabinoid system. For instance, CBD stops the body from absorbing anandamide, a compound associated with regulating pain. Increased levels of anandamide in the bloodstream reduces the amount of pain a person feels.
Cannabidiol may also limit inflammation in the brain and nervous system, benefiting people experiencing pain, insomnia, and many immune-system responses.