There’s a whole lot of news out there on cannabidiol (CBD) a non-psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant. However you’re probably still wondering how it might work for you.
Whatever your reasons for digging deeper, we want to simplify it for you with a CBD for beginners guide. Here’s your chance to learn a bit more on CBD and where to start.
CBD for Beginners
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a natural compound found in the cannabis plant, and in large quantities in the hemp variety. Hemp is different from other cannabis strains because it contains very low levels of THC. The chemical compound THC has psychoactive properties. CBD extracts are considered legal in Europe and the US when it contains no more than 0.2% and 0.3% THC (laws may vary US state to state)
The Endocannabinoid System
Believe it or not, the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) actually got its name from the cannabis plant. In the 1990s, Israeli researcher Dr. Ralph Mechoulam first discovered the ECS while researching cannabis, and went on to proclaim it to be “one of the most important physiologic systems involved in establishing and maintaining human health.”
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How Does it Work?
Our ECS is made up of chemical compounds and receptors that all act to maintain a healthy mind and body. When an imbalance occurs, the body naturally synthesizes cannabinoids to interact with cannabinoid receptors, sparking a chemical response that works to ease our systems back into balance.
Researchers have found evidence which suggests that by taking supplements containing phytocannabinoids —cannabinoids from plants —such as CBD, we might be giving our bodies the best chance to maintain balance and maybe even ward off chronic illness and disease.
What Can CBD Potentially Help With?
So you know how it works, but you’re thinking CBD Where do I start? here are a few things that CBD may have the potential to help with.
Anxiety disorders may affect many of us at different times in our lives, with symptoms ranging from brain fog, shortness of breath to heart palpitations. These are physical manifestations of an overloaded, stressed out system and need to be addressed before more serious complications occur.
A study in 2015 indicated that CBD could treat a number of different types of anxiety disorders and might help to reduce heightened levels of restlessness and stress. The report noted that in animal studies, CBD had an anxiolytic effect and helped to regulate fear and anxiety-related behaviors.
In human studies, CBD was shown to reduce anxiety in subjects with SAD (seasonal affective disorder), which is a type of depression related to the change in seasons. Don’t brush your winter blues under the carpet, unchecked they could lead to more serious mental health issues.
Inflammation is the body’s immune defense response to what it thinks is an attack on the body. Inflammation affects everyone and is a necessary part of the healing process. However, when it becomes chronic, it may cause more serious illness.
Research is starting to reveal the positive effects that CBD may have on chronic inflammation. If you’re suffering from any of the conditions below then this is your perfect guide to CBD and where to start.
Arthritis is a common inflammatory disease of the joints. A study from 2018 found that there is “a growing body of scientific evidence to support the analgesic potential of cannabinoids to treat OA (Osteoarthritis) pain.”
PMS or premenstrual syndrome causes symptoms like bloating, mood swings, lethargy, food cravings, and cramping. Research suggests that many of these symptoms are due to an increase in prostaglandin that can lead to inflammation. While over the counter painkillers are the most common quick-fix solutions, there is increasing evidence that CBD may help by decreasing prostaglandin levels in the body.
IBS is an increasingly common digestive disorder that can cause gas, bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and constipation. Some research points to low-grade inflammation inside the digestive tract as one the causes of IBS. According to one study, cannabidiol supplements could provide some concrete relief from this often debilitating condition.
Author: Vicky Collier