What is CBD?
A) “What is CBD actually?” is a basic question that many people doing research ask right off the bat. CBD is an acronym meaning ‘cannabidiol’, a compound found in the cannabis plant. Unlike THC however (the ingredient with psychoactive abilities), the effects of CBD on the brain do not produce the high feeling that is typically associated with cannabis use.
A) Smoking is an efficient way to introduce CBD to your system. CBD interacts with our endocannabinoid system to help maintain a state of homeostasis. With vaporization, the CBD enters through your lungs and filters directly into your bloodstream, surpassing the gut and liver. This allows for a higher concentration of CBD to enter your circulation.
CBD doesn’t actually directly bind to any of the endocannabinoid receptors; scientists instead believe that the real potential in it lies in the ability to boost the endocannabinoid system. They have observed how CBD blocks a specific enzyme that breaks down the body’s endocannabinoids. The theory and result being that by taking CBD oil, our own natural therapeutic chemicals will remain longer in the body, thus strengthening our overall endocannabinoid system.
In addition, CBD interacts with non-endocannabinoid receptors that regulate such powerful human reactions like mood and anxiety levels, as well as pain and inflammation. With the potential to positively impact so many different physical and mental responses, it is not surprising that scientists are just beginning to scratch the surface of unlocking the full benefits of this extraordinary compound.
What effects does CBD have on the body?
A) We cannot and will not make any medical claims about what CBD oil can do. Instead, we will focus on existing research that has been done and what actual users have reported. As always we encourage you to conduct your own research and read the powerful testimonials out there, making your own informed decision about whether a CBD Oil regimen is right for you or a particular health condition.
1. Can CBD reduce seizures? – Stretching back to the 1980s, scientific evidence has existed proving that CBD can reduce seizures in epilepsy.
Even news sites reported a 12-year-old girl with a rare form of epilepsy had stopped suffering from her life-threatening seizures after doctors treated her with cannabis oil. There are many similar stories of powerful relief.
2. CBD may reduce anxiety – It is little surprise when one considers that CBD activates receptors associated with mood and stress levels, that scientists have noted CBD to have an anti-anxiety effect. CBD seems to act on a very wide range of brain sites. It could be acting on serotonin receptors, making its mechanism of action similar to that of anti-depressants and anxiety medication. Pharmaceuticals, however, can be highly addictive.
Anxiety – very few of us are untouched by it these days in some shape or form. These are common experiences for most of us, until the problem starts to negatively impact everyday life and wellness.
Chronic and acute anxiety are often debilitating to a person’s well being and mindset, manifesting itself in sometimes overwhelming feelings of panic and terror, a loss of control where sufferers can often report feeling like they are dying in that moment. A racing heart, irrational thoughts, and distorted perceptions of reality in a lightning flash attack, just losing all concepts of time and self-awareness; it is a horrible seize of the present. It’s easy to understand why people often run to the nearest doctor for the highly prescribed but addictive benzodiazepines, a sometimes vicious cycle of temporary relief where often times the end result just becomes a compound problem.
Long term sufferers learn to recognize their own triggers, some embarking on a personal mindfulness journey towards that inner peace of the self, but always in the back of the mind wondering, still unpredictable. Detrimental to health and affecting daily life, an anxiety disorder can leave a person feeling hopeless. Many long-term sufferers report periods of stifling sadness impacting their daily life, anxiety co-existing with major depression and other mental health attacks often. Exploring new options, many are turning towards the natural pharmaceutical industry and CBD products in their arsenal to seize back their lives.
3. CBD can reduce pain and inflammation – People purchase CBD for many reasons, but one of the most common reasons is for natural relief from chronic pain associated with conditions such as fibromyalgia, IBS, and migraines.
Why might CBD reduce pain levels? Research shows that CBD activates the TRPV-1, the receptor known for pain and inflammation control in the body.
More research is being targeted to empirically prove CBD as a more natural alternative to current addictive pharmaceuticals being prescribed for pain relief.
4. CBD has potential anti-cancer effects – Some studies have investigated the role of CBD in preventing cancer cell growth, but research is still in its early stages. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) says that CBD may help alleviate cancer symptoms and cancer treatment side effects. The action of CBD that’s promising for cancer treatment is its ability to moderate inflammation and change how cell reproduce. CBD has the effect of reducing the ability of some types of tumor cells to reproduce.
5. Quitting smoking and drug withdrawals - There is some promising evidence that CBD use may help people to quit smoking. A pilot study posted to Addictive Behaviors found that smokers who used an inhaler containing the compound CBD smoked fewer cigarettes but did not have any additional craving for nicotine.
Another similar study posted to Neurotherapeutics found that CBD may be a promising substance for people who abuse opioids.
Researchers noted that some symptoms experienced by patients with substance use disorders might be reduced by CBD. These include anxiety, mood symptoms, pain, and insomnia.
These are early findings, but they suggest that CBD may be used to avoid or reduce withdrawal symptoms.
6. CBD may protect our brains – Known for its antioxidant nature, CBD Oil may protect our brains against neurotoxicity, a common catalyst to a host of neurodegenerative diseases.
There is also encouraging research suggesting that the application of CBD directly after a stroke may just limit the severity of long-lasting damage caused.
According to a 2013 review published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, studies have found CBD to possess the following medical properties:
|Medical Properties of CBD||Effects|
|Antiemetic||Reduces nausea and vomiting|
|Anticonvulsant||Suppresses seizure activity|
|Antipsychotic||Combats psychosis disorders|
|Anti-inflammatory||Combats inflammatory disorders|
|Anti-oxidant||Combats neurodegenerative disorders|
|Anti-tumoral/Anti-cancer||Combats tumor and cancer cells|
|Anxiolytic/Anti-depressant||Combats anxiety and depression disorders|
at this time, most of this evidence comes from animals, since very few studies on cbd have been carried out in human patients, although this is something we will be campaigning for.
Is CBD Safe?
A) By far the biggest concern of consumers, CBD is not additive or psychoactive in any way. There is no evidence anywhere that CBD is addictive. CBD has scientifically proven not to act on any receptors in the part of the brain that would produce potential addiction problems or dependency.
Non-toxic and generally tolerated even in high doses for an average person, the vast majority of research has found that CBD treatments pose little to no side effect risks.
However, each individual is different and possible side effects from CBD oil reported in some cases include cotton or dry mouth, drowsiness and sometimes diarrhoea.
But the reality that CBD products overall have such a low risk of side-effects is why so many people are turning towards CBD oils as such a promising alternative treatment.
Is CBD Legal?
A) There are definitely assumptions out there that if treatment or compounds come from cannabis or industrial hemp, then it certainly must be illegal. This is not the case with most CBD supplements, as long as they are derived from industrial hemp. As always, we recommend checking the legal status in your own community and country before deciding to place your order online.
The FDA considers hemp and hemp-derived extracts to be food-based products.
Because of this, there are no legal restrictions on their importation, production and consumption in the United States and in most of the industrialized world.
Hemp oil is legal in all 50 states and in over 40 countries around the world.
There are millions of hemp oil consumers across the planet and this number is rising rapidly with an increasing number of reports and studies showing a wide variety of the benefits.
Low THC Hemp based CBD oil is legal in the following U.S. States and sovereign countries:
Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Belize, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guam, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Antilles, Northern Ireland, Norway, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, U.S. Virgin Islands, United Kingdom, Uruguay.
However, we strongly recommend that you check with you own local administration to ensure that you are happy with the level of legality of consuming these products before you buy CBD for sale.
Will I Fail a Drug Test with CBD?
A) Most drug tests in the workplace search for the psychoactive compound THC, not Cannabidiol (CBD) or other compounds found naturally in hemp. However, lab results show that hemp oil can contain trace amounts of THC. Although only a very small amount is present, it could cause a positive result when screening urine and blood specimens. Please consult with your healthcare practitioner and drug screening/testing company or employer before consuming these products.