Is CBD for me?
You might be looking at CBD for the first time or possibly it has been on your mind for awhile… you could be wondering is this CBD stuff for me? Well I’m here to tell you, YES!!!
It’s for everyone (well in my own opinion). It’s a natural element and helps so many people including children, and the benefits are outstanding. You can do so much research and still learn about CBD, what’s great is the industry is just touching the surface when it come to the benefits and healing.
Here are some things to think about,
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally-occurring compound found in the cannabis plant and is the second most abundant of the active ingredients after tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Unlike THC, however, CBD does not cause any mind-altering effects. According to a report from the World Health Organization, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.” Due to the absence of safety concerns, CBD has not been as strictly regulated as THC.
Why does CBD not produce a “high” like THC?
It has to do with its effects on a web of receptors known as the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS was discovered in the 1960s and 70s, from research into the effects of cannabis on the human body. This led to further discoveries that our bodies actually create their own endogenous cannabinoids, which act as messengers to send signals from different tissues to the brain. Within the ECS there are CB1 and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors are mainly found in the brain and central nervous system, whereas CB2 receptors are most often found on the cells of our immune system. THC is able to directly bind to CB1 receptors, leading to the psychoactive effects or “high.” CBD, however, does not directly trigger either CB1 or CB2 receptors. Instead, it modifies the receptors’ ability to bind to the other cannabinoids. Additionally, CBD plays a larger role in the ECS by influencing other types of receptors and enhancing your natural levels of endocannabinoids. Because of this, CBD exhibits a wide range of potential benefits, including as a preventative medicine.
Types of CBD products
CBD is available as edibles, oils, tinctures, teas, topical creams and patches, and vape pens. Similar to natural supplements, CBD manufacturing is not regulated by the FDA. The best way to ensure the quality of CBD products is to discuss it directly with the company from which you are purchasing. Ask about third party testing and other quality assurance measures.
Research on CBD benefits
As discussed, CBD has been touted for a wide variety of health issues, but the strongest scientific evidence is for its effectiveness in treating childhood epilepsy and other seizure disorders. In numerous studies, CBD was able to reduce the number of seizures, and in some cases, it was able to stop them altogether. As previously mentioned, YouTube videos of the effects of CBD on these children and their seizures are readily available, and they are quite striking. Recently the FDA approved the first-ever cannabis-derived medicine for these conditions, Epidiolex, which contains CBD.
Relief from anxiety and depression with CBD is also supported by clinical research. For patients who suffer through the misery of insomnia, studies suggest that CBD may help with both falling asleep and staying asleep.
CBD is ultimately up to you! you never know till you try, right?// CBD has made a huge positive effect on myself and my family. We will continue to use CBD and share with others!!