Many people already have heard of CBD, aka cannabidiol. Amazingly enough though, there are many people who still have not heard of hemp or CBD products. I also believe many people are just misinformed about these products and the benefits of cannabidiol (CBD). I hope to shed a little insight as to what CBD is and how it is different from marijuana, its benefits, how it affects the body, and the different types products that can be used.
What is the difference between CBD and marijuana
Let us start with the common question what is CBD (cannabidiol), and how is it different from marijuana? Cannabidiol is one of several chemical compounds (cannabinoids) found in the cannabis sativa plant. Many people get the misconception that CBD is marijuana; although, this is somewhat true. But there are distinct differences between to two, even though they both come from the cannabis sativa family. You can think of hemp as a cousin of the cannabis plant. Now, both plants do contain the chemical compound Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). So, just to clarify, that the hemp plant only contains about .3% or less of THC; with this percentage there are no psychoactive properties in CBD. However, some oils and extracts may have a higher THC percentage in it, which will give psychoactive results in some people. On the other hand, the marijuana plant contains a bit higher percentage of THC, .3% to 4%, in the plant which make it psychoactive or what they call “the high”. So, as we can see in laymen’s terms, the difference is in the percentage of THC and the chemical compounds between the two.
There are quite of benefits that come from both CBD and marijuana, however, here I want to discuss the benefits of CBD. CBD has many medicinal benefits to it, such as pain relief, inflammation, nausea, depression among a few other ailments. Many studies have been performed whether CBD works, and results have shown that there are many benefits in CBD. In fact, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration passed the first FDA approved CBD medicine Epidiolex in 2018, which is being used as treatment for some seizures. However, more studies need to be conducted in order to prove the effectiveness of CBD’s.
Other studies have shown to help in the use of opioids, although there is no scientific proof of this, there have been some testimonials of people saying it had helped. I personally know of 3 people CBD with a combination of marijuana had reduced the amount of prescriptions they were taking. I also found there are many opinions on this topic, however, with the right regiments and diets and medical advice, do work with certain ailments. Its just a matter of time when we start to se more scientific proof that CBD’s do have great benefits. So, if you’re interested in using CBD’s for yourself, seek medical advice and do a little more research.
How CBD affects the body
In the 1990’s studies found that our bodies have what is called an Endocannabinoid system (ECS). ECS is a complex cell signaling system that have two main receptors CB1 and CB2 receptors. These receptors are found throughout the body but have mainly been found in the brain and central nervous system. The ECS can play a role in a multitude of functions and processes which include:
- Gut health
The ECS also helps to maintain homeostasis in the body. Now, CBD does not directly affect the CB1 and CB2 receptors, but it in-directly affects the signaling on the CB1 and CB2 receptors. Therefore, most CBD’s are non-intoxicating. CBD works by activating other receptors in our bodies:
- Serotonin receptor
- Vanilloid receptor
- Adenosine receptor
CBD can activate these receptors which have many health benefits when activated. There also is a receptor that CBD aids in the positive blockage of GPR55. GPR55 can promote bone resorption and cancer cell proliferation, hence CBD has been known to aid in the spreading of cancer cells. CBD has also been found to aid in increasing the bodies naturally produced cannabinoids. Essentially, CBD’s help the body do what it was naturally designed to do.
With the popularity and more studies of CBD and marijuana, there are more and new products coming out every day. CBD comes in a variety of forms and different applications. You can come in:
You can use these products orally, topically, and respirational. There are pros and cons to each way it is dispensed to the body. Therefore, it is recommended to always do more research about the products that you’re interested in and find what best suits you.
Is CBD right for you?
As previously stated, take the time, and do your research, to learn more about CBD and their benefits. You can use CBD in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise to help with different ailments. It is not a miracle cure for everything nor will it help everything, but studies have shown that they can help in many things.
It can help the body function as it should through the Endocannabinoid system, which does exist in our body naturally and it is a naturally based product that has less harmful side effects than most prescription drugs. So when it comes to your health, ask yourself,