Today, everyone seems to want to know about CBD oil. The press constantly praises the incredible healing capabilities of cannabis-derived supplements. Some believe it can cure cancer. It may seem extravagant but it is not just the press and anecdotal reports that talk about the power of CBD oil.
Researchers, scientists and even doctors are also praising the healing potential of CBD oil. Among this tumult, there is a lot of confusion regarding the effects of CBD on the body. We wrote this article to clear up any confusion on the effect of CBD.
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a chemical compound that comes from the cannabis plant. Scientific research discovered great qualities such as anti-inflammatory, antidepressant and neuroprotection, as well as many other positive health effects.
Contradictory to the famous THC, CBD does not modify your perception at all, even at high doses. CBD is then a very attractive substance for people who suffer from many medical pains, such as epilepsy, depression, sleep disorders, chronic pain and so on… CBD is just like coconut oil or olive oil. It is extracted from hemp, very low levels of THC cannabis. The absorption of the CBD in your blood is helped by the carrier oil in CBD. It is an effective way of taking CBD.
The fact that CBD oil is from cannabis makes people believe it’s the same thing as medical cannabis but let’s talk about the differences.
Medical cannabis englobes different forms of cannabis, used to treat specific medical states. Medical cannabis can be from flowers or buds, extractions, oils… they contain different levels of cannabinoids, mainly THC but CBD as well.
Medical cannabis contains THC, the blend that gets you high; as it has not been legalized for medicinal use in most parts, it is still illegal. Contrarily, CBD oil has a very low level of CBD (less than 0.3%) and is legal all over the world. The CBD in CBD oil has been extracted from hemp, which has very low levels of THC. Hemp is legal in most countries in the world, which is the case in the US, thanks to the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015.
EFFECTS OF CBD ON THE BODY
Even if scientists have been studying CBD for more than 20 years and learnt a lot about it, we are still searching to find out to sharpen the way CBD acts. We know that CBD is a pleiotropic drug; it produces different effects through multiple molecular pathways. THC binds the two cannabinoid receptors in the body (CBD1 and CBD2). CBD activates many non-cannabinoid receptors and ion paths.
These include :
· adenosine receptors (help promote bone and heart health)
· serotonin receptors (act in regulating mood)
· TrpV1 receptors or capsaicin receptors (also stimulated by spicy food). It helps regulate body temperature, inflammation and pain management.
CBD affects the body in different ways:
· Reduces anxiety :
Most people use CBD to reduce anxiety. CBD can reduce stress and make you feel happier by activating serotonin receptors.
· Lowers inflammation:
CBD promotes homeostasis in the body, to bring it into balance. In case of chronic inflammation, CBD can be more effective than known anti-inflammatories.
· Improves bone health
New research shows that CBD helps bones repair35 to 50% faster than healed naturally.
· Protects the brain
Some research found CBD neuroprotective, it protects the brain from neurodegenerative disease and can also reduce negative consequences after head injuries.
· Lowers blood pressure
In a study from 2017, a small dose of CBD reduces blood pressure, which makes it a possible way of improving cardiovascular health.
· Reduces pain
CBD provides relief from pain in general especially reduces chronic neuropathic pain.
· Promotes brain cell growth
From a 2013 study on mice, CBD protects the brain from damage and promotes the growth of new brain cells, it induces neurogenesis.
· Improves sleep
CBD facilitates a good night’s sleep by lowering anxiety.
CBD has OTHER BENEFITS
Besides all the positive effects mentioned, CBD has a tremendous potential, not yet realized. As most studies have been conducted on mice, this molecule has still plenty to be learned about. Surely, future research will enhance other benefits such as:
Helps treat addiction
As cannabis has always been seen as an addictive drug, CBD surprisingly helps people with addictions, such as reducing cigarette consumption or even opioids like heroin and morphine.
Reduces epilepsy seizures
Studies have well proven that CBD reduces the number of seizures for epileptics like Dravet’s syndrome. In the UK, where medical cannabis is still illegal, they have used CBD medications for those cases.
Scientific research has back up the fact that CBD has great anti-arthritis reducing pain capacities.
New for PTSD
CBD has proved to be a new treatment for PTSD patients.
Even though research is done in labs and not on humans, it is obvious that CBD helps fighting or slow down certain cancers.
Actually, no. It is incredibly safe, even when taken in high doses. It may be sedating for some people at high doses, but a small dose can be energizing.
What dose of CBD SHOULD YOU TAKE?
People are different and CBD effect varies depending on the reason why they take it.
Normally, people should start slow, maybe 3 to 5 mg and see how it feels. It may even fill not much, so increase the dose until the desire effect. You should take time to really determine the right dose for you. Consulting a doctor first is advised when incorporating something new in your daily routine.
HOW fast DO THE EFFECTS TAKE?
Generally, CBD is a acting fast, from a few minutes to a couple of hours. It depends on the application method and the dose. A fast way is through inhalation such as a vaporizer. A second fast way is sublingually. Balms and salves are the slowest ways, but they allow a longer absorption over time.
CBD edibles may take some time, depending on the dose and on how long from your last meal it is. Food has to be digested fist before CBD can be absorbed in the blood. The effect is therefore faster if you eat CBD on an empty stomach.
As everyone’s body is different, varying the dosage and consumption method is the best way to know what is best. Feel your body.
CBD is unique. Even if it comes from cannabis, it has no intoxicating effects. However, it has incredible therapeutic value. It can be used in different ways to put back your body in balance. It helps a tremendous range of medical conditions.
Even though we know a lot about CBD, there is still much to discover. We know how CBD acts on the receptors and pathways, but scientists are still working on details of these effects.
Meanwhile, it is worth exploring how CBD can improve your health and well-being.