How Can CBD Oil Help You?
We visited this topic earlier in the year, but with a growing interest in medicinal cannabis and many of you asking what CBD oil actually is and how it can help you we thought we would recap with our top ten list of things you need to know about CBD!
1. CBD is a Main Component of the Cannabis plant
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a primary component of cannabis. It is one of more than 85 compounds unique to the plant and grouped under the umbrella term cannabinoids. CBD and THC are the most prominent cannabinoids found in cannabis and as such have undergone the heaviest scientific study.
2. CBD Oil Won’t Get You High
CBD does not cause the feeling of being ‘high’ that is often associated with cannabis because the high is caused by THC and CBD does not bind to the receptors CB1 and CB2 (which THC does) and instead causes therapeutic actions through more indirect means.
Because CBD will not make you feel high or stoned therefore it is a great option for parents, workers and anyone else who does not want to compromise their mental clarity.
CBD may offer non-toxic and virtually side-effect free natural benefits for people who want to avoid or reduce the number of medications they are taking.
3. CBD Oil from Hemp is Legal
CBD oil drops and products are legal in the UK and you do not require a permit or recommendation from your doctor to buy our products.
4. The Human Body Produces Cannabinoids, and CBD Oil Helps
Phyto cannabinoids are cannabinoids derived from plants. Endocannabinoids are cannabinoids produced naturally in the human body.
One example of an endocannabinoid is anandamide or ‘the bliss molecule.’ This molecule activates the CB1 receptor.
Benefits of activating the CB1 receptor include:
Lowering intestinal inflammation
Decreasing intestinal permeability (Leaky Gut Syndrome)
Lowering blood pressure and Lowering anxiety
Reducing fear and paranoia
5. CBD Oil Effects Several Neurotransmitter Receptors
CBD is an allosteric modulator at several receptor sites in our bodies and can change the shape of specific receptors to alter their ability to interact with neurotransmitters.
Cannabidiol is a positive allosteric modulator of the mu and delta opioid receptors therefore it enhances the ability of these receptors to receive endogenous enkephalins which can increase quality of life and naturally reduce pain.
At high doses, CBD activates the 5-ht1A receptor. The 5-ht1A receptor helps regulate anxiety and addiction, appetite and sleep, pain perception, nausea and vomiting. CBDA (the raw form of CBD) shows an even higher affinity for the 5-ht1A receptor than CBD.
6. CBD Oil May Help with Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency (CECD)
Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency is a condition where an individual has a lower amount of endogenous cannabinoids than is considered necessary to promote health and well-being.
Scientists now believe CECD may play a role in the following conditions:
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
As research develops, if CECD is found to be the culprit behind these conditions, CBD would help increase endocannabinoids in the body without many of the risks associated with pharmaceuticals.
7. CBD Oil Has Numerous Natural Benefits
Cannabidiol is one of 85+ cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant and much of the ongoing research has found it to be a promising potential therapy for many illnesses that medical professionals have previously thought to be untreatable, including:
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Depression and Anxiety
Substance Abuse or Withdrawal
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
8. CBD Is But One Part of the Entourage Effect
The entourage effect describes the phenomenon where the 400+ compounds in cannabis work in concert to have a synergistic effect on the body In other words, it is the sum of its parts that make cannabis so effective, But while it may be cheaper and more cost-effective to extract CBD from industrial hemp, some users may ultimately experience fewer benefits due to the absence of clinically significant levels of terpenes and other compounds which occur in abundance in high-CBD cannabis.
Agricultural hemp is much closer to the kind of cannabis that one would find growing naturally whereas high-CBD cannabis is hybridized and altered by growers to produce the highest levels of the desired compounds.
9. CBD and THC Have Different Benefits for Pain
Research suggests CBD may be better for inflammation and neuropathic pain while THC may excel with spasticity and cramp-related pain.
High doses of THC can exacerbate current pain symptoms therefore making micro-dosing with THC a more reasonable pain management strategy.
Many people experience difficulty managing the side effects of THC and because CBD can mitigate these side effects some experts to suggest a combination of THC and CBD as a more manageable approach to treating pain.
THC is illegal and carries considerable immediate and long-term cognitive side effects including impaired thinking and reasoning, a reduced ability to plan and organize, altered decision-making and reduced control over impulses.
Overall the lower health risks of CBD, combined with its efficiency therefore make it a better candidate for natural supplementation than THC.
10. CBD Oil Helps Children with Seizures and Epilepsy
Perhaps one of the most exciting applications of CBD oil is its potential impact for adults and children with epilepsy as some Individuals who were experiencing dozens of seizures daily have found that CBD can dramatically decrease the these numbers.