You've probably heard some incredible things about CBD already, and that it's widely recommended for it's anti-anxiety, anti-inflammatory, and pain suppressing properties. Maybe you’ve heard about its potential for treating seizures in the news. For all its popularity however, it can still be pretty unclear, so we wanted to share some information on CBD, how we're using it, and why we are LOVING it....
WHAT EXACTLY IS CBD?
CBD stands for cannabidiol. It’s a cannabinoid, a naturally occurring compound found in two types of the cannabis family of plants: hemp and marijuana. Before we go on....don’t worry! CBD is a non-psychoactive compound, and comes from the hemp plant. It does not get you “high” like THC can, and is 100% legal in all 50 states.
Of the 113 known cannabinoids, the two most-commonly and best understood are THC and CBD. THC is slowly becoming known for its health benefits, but because of its psychoactive effects, the use of THC is only legal in certain states with a prescription. CBD offers the same health benefits without the psychoactive effects — and few side-effects for most.
CBD that's available over-the-counter — that is, without a prescription — is made from hemp, which has <0.3% THC.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Most cannabinoids, like THC, work within the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is a system of neurotransmitters, called endocannabinoids, and their receptors, found in every major body system. The ECS helps maintain homeostasis, or balance, and regulates functions like:
Stress relief (mood)
Appetite & metabolism
CBD, however, is a unique cannabinoid — it doesn’t bind to the classical endocannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2. Instead, it works with several non-cannabinoid channels, which means it affects other systems as well as the ECS.
CBD enhances and inhibits the binding actions of certain types of receptors like serotonin, and vanilloid, that moderate mood and pain perception respectively. CBD also stops enzymes from destroying neurotransmitters like adenosine, important to combating inflammation, and Anandamide, an extremely powerful chemical— often called the “bliss molecule” — that plays an important part in all major functions of the ECS.
Okay! That’s a lot of information! But it all boils down to this: CBD is a unique cannabinoid that helps our bodies maintain balance, not just by bolstering the positive effects of the ECS, but through other important systems as well.
WHAT DOES IT DO?
CBD is most commonly used — and best proven to be effective — in three ways:
In a 2011 study of patients with social anxiety who were asked to speak in front of a large crowd, low doses of CBD meant less reported “anxiety, cognitive impairment, and discomfort.” A year later, CBD was confirmed to have anxiolytic, or anti-anxiety affect in humans and animals.
CBD’s natural ability to balance serotonin receptors is similar to that of SSRI drugs, which are generally prescribed to treat mood disorders. Animal studies would even suggest it can affect serotonin faster than SSRIs. CBD can be an alternative treatment for mood disorders like anxiety without the risk of negative side effects that come with traditional medication.
Vanilloid receptors! You may not have heard of them but they’re known to affect pain perception, inflammation, and even body temperature. CBD binds specifically on one vanilloid receptor that regulates pain. Unlike NSAIDS and other over the counter medications, CBD does not cause gastrointestinal ulcers, bleeding, and cerebrovascular accidents.
Human studies done in 2003 and 2008 showed that cannabinoids like CBD offered “significantly superior” pain relief as opposed to a placebo and was effective for “difficult to treat pain”. Since CBD doesn’t have many known side-effects and no risk of overdose, it looks like a very safe candidate for the treatment of chronic or long-term pain.
CBD has been reported to successfully treat pain from migraines, menstrual cramps, and even MS .
CBD’s effect on pain is, in many ways, related to its effect on inflammation. Vanilloid receptors are just some of the inflammation related receptors that CBD effects, and a reduction of inflammation in muscles and nerves is a key way to reduce pain. As with the treatment of pain, CBD is favorable to NSAIDS because it doesn’t have the same damaging side-effects.
AND THERE'S STILL SO MUCH POTENTIAL!
Each confirmed use of CBD opens up a new world of potential uses — to the point where it seems that we’ve just barely scratched the surface of CBD's healing capabilities.
Acne & skin aging
Acne. It’s difficult to treat — mostly because we’re still not sure exactly what causes it. We do know that it involves the overproduction of sebum, an oily substance produced by glands in our skin. Studies done on cultured human sebocytes and skin show that CBD reduces the amount of sebocytes, inhibits their production, and (as always!) reduces inflammation. Bonus? It does this without killing cells around it — so this acne treatment won't dry out your skin.
Hemp oil is filled with things other than CBD like omega 3 fatty acids and vitamins like C,B, and E — all of which are important for skin health. Studies have shown that the endocannabinoid system is important to the regeneration of skin cells, so it's possible CBD could be a good anti-aging agent. CBD is also a powerful antioxidant that protects skin from free radicals and it’s already on the fast track to becoming a new beauty essential for skin care.
CBD could treat PTSD… and more
CBD’s positive effects on generalized and social anxiety are so promising that researchers are examining what it can do for other anxiety based disorders. This includes disorders like OCD, panic disorders, and PTSD, even in cases that had previously been considered untreatable.
Several studies have shown that the stabilizing effects of CBD and cannabinoids could be antipsychotic. Therefore it could be a great alternative treatment for disorders like Schizophrenia.
CBD could offer a way out of addiction
CBD's ability to relieve chronic pain is leading researchers to believe that it can be used as an "exit drug" for opioids. Pre-clinical trials suggest that CBD blocks opioid reward in mice. This means it could help treat pain and reduce the need or desire to take opioids. Another study on animal models has demonstrated what researchers call the “anti-relapse” potential of CBD on rats with addiction.
It's also shown positive effects on cigarette addiction in humans, and alcohol addiction in rats.
CBD has anti-tumor properties!
Many cancer patients already use medical cannabis to treat pain, nausea, and improve appetite after chemotherapy treatments.
While there are a limited number of human studies, and we want to be clear on that, CBD is showing potential for use in the treatment of cancer in studies conducted with animal models. In a 2015 study showed that CBD “inhibited the progression” of cancers like colon, breast, lung, and prostate cancers, as well as glioblastomas. One way it works? CBD is anti-tumor — it seems to make tumor cells non-viable, which stops their growth.
CBD can protect our nerves
CBD is neuroprotective which means it can protect nerves from damage and degradation. This makes it extremely beneficial for the treatment of nerve-based pain. But, some researchers think it can go even farther.
The fact that CBD protects nerves from degrading means that it has huge potential for treating Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, MS, and other degenerative diseases. Which is directly related to...
The treatment of epilepsy
The CBD Movement actually started when the Figi Family used CBD to treat their daughter Charlotte. Charlotte suffers from Dravet syndrome — a debilitating form of childhood epilepsy — and no other conventional treatment was helping her. When they used high-CBD strain cannabis as a last resort, Charlotte suddenly showed significant improvement.
The FDA has just recommended the approval of the first pharmaceutical grade CBD called Epidiolex to treat Dravet syndrome and another form of childhood epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome.
So, we're clearing loving CBD. Now the question is…
WHERE CAN YOU GET IT AND HOW DO YOU USE IT?
We've been studying the wide range of benefits CBD has to offer for the past several months. Last month, we attended a Patients Out Of Time national clinical conference, where we met and learned from doctors, scientists, and researchers on the cutting edge of medical cannabis research. Everything we've learned about CBD has made us eager to share it’s benefits.
We're excited to share Found Herbal Apothecary is now offering CBD Oil and a topical CBD Salve! It took a lot research and time to find the very best, organic, broad-spectrum product available and we are thrilled to say that we now carry it in our store.
Not all CBD oils are the same! Since CBD, and cannabis in general, is still fairly new to the market, many products available are not completely pure and have harmful additives, dangerous solvents - like carcinogenic butane, and loaded with herbicides and pesticides.
Found Herbal's CBD Oil is 100% natural CBD extract in organic hemp oil. Made from the whole hemp plant — because we believe that using the whole plant is the best way to benefit from its medicinal qualities — our CBD Oil has no added ingredients.
The hemp used in our oil and salve is grown on an organic farm in Colorado. Each batch comes with reports ensuring there are no heavy metals in the soil, and no herbicides or pesticides were used. This means that we can ensure our products are 100% natural and 100% safe.
CBD can be used in oil form, by taking drops internally, or it can be used topically. Found Herbal’s CBD Salve combines CBD with other pain-relieving, and inflammation decreasing herbs to make a very powerful topical product, great for arthritis, pain, inflammation, injuries and sore muscles.
WE’RE NOT STOPPING THERE!
We’re already working on more CBD based products that will take advantage of even more CBD benefits. Products in development include a face serum (be gone acne and aging!), roll on oil for pain and headaches, and a body cream.
From anxiety and pain relief to treating tumors and epilepsy, CBD has a broad spectrum of relief and healing potential. At Found Herbal we believe that everyone can benefit from giving it a try. Come visit us in our store to start — or continue — your CBD journey today! We can't wait to see you!
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