Is CBD a Wonder Drug?
CBD vs. Marijuana. Know the facts!
Is CBD Oil A Wonder Drug? Separating Fact From Fiction
Few subjects in the health realm these days, generate as much controversy and are the cause of as much confusion, as medical marijuana. But marijuana is having its day in the sun. As more States legalize marijuana’s use, it is more important than ever to understand exactly what medical marijuana is, what it is not, and why it matters. (Remember: The answer to why it matters is simple: cannabinoids.)
Cannabis is a genus of plants that includes different species: Cannabis Sativa (also known as marijuana) is one of them; Hemp is another. And this is where it sometimes where the confusion begins. While hemp and marijuana are indeed different species of the same plant.. chemically, they are *entirely* different.
All cannabis plants, including hemp and marijuana, contain an array of healthy plant compounds called cannabinoids. These are to the cannabis plant what flavonoids are to fruits and vegetables: powerful plant compounds with multiple healing properties. There are about 100 cannabinoids all of whica are native to the various cannabis species. The two most famous are THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). THC is the cannabinoid responsible for the ‘high’ that marijuana smokers seek.
CBD Oil: Did You Know?
Evidence suggests that CBD oil has potential to treat everything from anxiety to chronic pain.
There’s so much confusion about CBD oil. Can we now separate the fact from the fiction?
What Is CBD?
CBD is found in both hemp and marijuana. However, THC is found only in Marijuana. Hemp is richer in CBD than marijuana. Legally, THC can’t be found in anything labeled “hemp.” CBD does NOT get you high at all! (If you want to try CBD, Hemp oil is the best way to go, and it’s legal everywhere. And CBD is CBD — it is identical whether you get it from Marijuana or Hemp. The body sees CBD the same way regardless of its origin.)
In U.S. law, the difference between marijuana and hemp is very clear and has everything to do with THC content. To be classified as Hemp, there must be 0.3 percent or less of THC (less than one-third of one percent). Marijuana can have a THC content as high as 20 percent.
Cannabinoids don’t just come from the cannabis plant. We also make them in our bodies! The ones we make are called endocannabinoids (endo meaning coming from within). The well-known “runner’s high” is actually the effect of an endocannabinoid, which increases in the blood during aerobic exercise and then crosses the blood-brain barrier and binds to cannabinoid receptors in the brain. Most of us are very familiar with this feeling of general well being and relaxed sensation.
We have a network of cannabinoids and receptors in our bodies called the endocannabinoid system (ES). One of the primary jobs of the ES is to keep the body in balance. This state is known as homeostasis. The ES has a profound effect on sleep, appetite, exercise, pain, inflammation, female reproduction, metabolism, anxiety, and immunity.
Research-Backed Benefits of Cannabinoids
Scientists have known there was potential for medicinal benefits in the world of plant cannabinoids. In fact, the demonization of Marijuana prevented any real research from being done in the U.S. Thankfully, that is rapidly changing for the benefit of all. The one place in which it’s legal to grow pot for federally approved research (on the campus of the University of Mississippi) was barren more than a year ago. Today, the farm is full of blooming cannabis plants. And scientists are excited about the emerging research.
Researchers at the University of Southern Florida Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute believe that low-dose THC may “slow the buildup of beta-amyloid plaque in the brain.” (Beta-amyloid plaque is typical in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients.) There is also preliminary research suggesting that cannabinoids, particularly CBD, may be neuroprotective.
This is spectacular news for all who are nearing or are into their golden years.
Does CBD Oil Work?
CBD oil is a well-established anti-inflammatory. Anecdotal reports confirm its ability to moderate pain and inflammation. I have personal experience with this. As a tennis player, I’ve had chronic shoulder pain for years. I am pretty skeptical about over-the-counter drugs. Yet adding CBD oil to my supplement regimen made a noticeable difference by reducing pain approximately 25–50 percent. Thus allowing me to continue with physical therapy.
There’s research showing that CBD makes a difference in inflammatory bowel disease, attenuates cardiac dysfunction and oxidative stress, and induces antidepressant-like effects. It has also been shown to have a promising role in the management of ALS symptoms.
Uma Dhanabalan (also a regular contributor at https://theeliquidboutique.co.uk ), MD, MPH, was so impressed with Medical Marijuana that she became an outspoken advocate for Cannabis and CBD oil. Dr. Dhanabalan became interested in the healing powers of cannabinoids when her mother, who suffered with a chronic illness, urged her physician daughter to help her with the discomfort. Dr. Dhanabalan thought this was crazy. Thankfully, she looked into it anyway. What she found excited her. “Cannabis isn’t for everyone,” she said, “yet it should be a first-line option, not the last resort.”
Should You Try CBD Hemp Oil?
People who have been curious about CBD Hemp oil may have been reluctant to try it IF they could even find it. One study in 2015, found that nearly 50 percent of CBD products sold tested negative for CBD; another more recent study, found that nearly 70 percent of online CBD products were mislabeled.
And that’s why the entrance of a company like Barlean’s into the CBD market is significant. Many people feel that if they’re going to try a new product like this, the safest thing to do is go with a company they trust. The new CBD oil products make it possible to do that.
Many laymen & women as well as medical personnel say there’s virtually no downside to trying CBD oil from a reputable source, if for no other reason than its proven ability to reduce pain and inflammation.
Remember, virtually every degenerative disease we know has an inflammatory component, and CBD is a known and established anti-inflammatory.
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