What exactly is CBD, and how does it work?
The human body, as well as animal, has a specialized system called the endocannabinoid system that helps regulate various functions of the body including appetite, sleep, pain and immune system responses. Cannabinoid receptors located in the nervous system react with neurotransmitters called endocannabinoids to regulate this system. The cannabis plant naturally produces compounds known as cannabinoids, such as cannabidiol (CBD). These compounds are extremely similar to the endocannabinoids that our body creates and uses to regulate itself. The idea behind using cannabinoids such as CBD is that when taken, they have a great impact on endocannabinoid receptor activity and help enhance system function. CBD provides a vast amount of benefits to the human body by simply providing the body with what it needs to function better and take care of itself naturally. CBD is non-intoxicating so it does not produce any psychoactive effects known to be caused by other cannabinoids such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Said plainly, you’ll feel great without having to worry about this medicine causing possibly unwanted side effects. Read on to learn about some of the known benefits CBD has to offer.
CBD can Relieve Pain
The endocannabinoid system helps control inflammation levels and well as regulate pain receptors. When CBD links with the cannabinoid receptors, inflammation levels within the body become reduced allowing for pain to also become reduced. With inflammation being linked to a vast amount of diseases, CBD is a great option for not only managing the symptoms of disease but also preventing the on-set of them.
CBD can Reduce Anxiety and Depression Levels
Anxiety and depression are on the list of the most common mental health disorders on earth, anyone who has experienced these ailments knows the devastating impact they can have on quality of life. When taken, CBD oil works with the cannabinoid receptors in the brain to act on the levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates mood and social behavior, being produces. With higher levels of serotonin in the blood, the body’s need to release cortisol, a stress-causing hormone, greatly reduces. This is extremely beneficial as high levels of cortisol are linked with inflammation and disease. In research studies, the effects of CBD on anxiety and depression have been shown to effect symptoms almost immediately, and when taken daily it shows positive results of better quality of life.
CBD Contains Neuro-Protective Properties
The human and animal brain produce hundreds of thousands of electrical signals each day, and when this activity is not balanced it can cause neurological disorders such as epilepsy or multiple sclerosis. Many different studies tell us that CBD oil can effectively treat these disorders by interacting with the electrical impulses of the brain, helping to balance them. When used consistently, CBD may help keep the brain activity stable as well as stabilize current states of brain imbalance such as seizures. Although a lot more research must be done to find all of the neuro-protective properties of CBD, the results thus far have been promising.
CBD May Help Treat Sleep Disorders
It is widely known that another cannabinoid, THC, can improve sleep disorders. However, only recently are studies being done to test the effect of CBD on these ailments. CBD is proposed to improve symptoms of insomnia by the balancing effects the cannabinoid has on the body’s endocannabinoid system. With the endocannabinoid system in balance, it allows for a must more restful and relaxed state of being. When taken regularly before bed, CBD may help the body experience sleepiness and tranquility.
CBD May Increase Heart Health
The positive effects that the cannabinoid CBD has on the human and animal endocannabinoid system have potential to effect one of the most important systems of the body, cardiovascular. The anxiety relieving properties of CBD oil have been linked to blood pressure reduction in those experiencing high levels. In addition to this link it has also been suggested that due to the ability to assist the body in reducing inflammation, CBD oil may also help avoid heart diseases caused by inflammation of the arteries. CBD oil may be able to reduce cardiovascular ailments when taken regularly.
CBD May Increase Bone Health
Cannabinoids within the body serve a useful function in the process of bone metabolism. In some studies, CBD has been shown to block an enzyme that destroys bone-building compounds in the body. This helps to reduce the chance of bone diseases such as osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. CBD oil has also been shown to increase the process of new bone cell formation, making it an amazing medicinal option for healing broken bones.
CBD May Help the Fight Against Cancer
CBD has been commonly reported by its cancer-fighting users to aide in relief from symptoms such as nausea and pain. CBD works with the endocannabinoid system of the body to aide in the management of serotonin. The digestive system creates and hosts a notable amount of serotonin and when the balance of this chemical is off it can cause symptoms such as nausea and vomiting. When the endocannabinoid system is functioning optimally, it regulates the amount of serotonin in the gut, ensuring the body doesn’t vomit or feel nausea. The endocannabinoid system also regulates levels in inflammation in the body and when balanced will reduce pain throughout. When taken regularly while also receiving cancer treatments, CBD oil can reduce unwanted symptoms.
There are a number of studies still being conducted on these topics as well as other ways in which CBD can help increase human and animal health. We look forward to bringing you this information as it comes to fruition. We hope you are feeling informed and excited about the potential benefits that cannabis can bring to health and the quality of life. We know we are!