Remember a few weeks ago when I decided to learn a bit more about sleep? There are so many things in the world I want to know a bit more about and every now and then I like to take a bit of time to do a bit of research about it.
Today I wanted to talk about Cannabidiol, or CBD. Cannabidiol has attracted a lot of attention in recent years due to the many medical benefits associated with it. I was actually shocked to find that you could pick it up from Boots here in the UK!
Lot’s of people are still concerned about its legality and safety even though it’s said to have many health benefits.
Currently, the lawful use of CBD has been passed in parts of the United States, even in some states that haven’t legalised the use of marijuana. In June 2018, FDA approved the use of a purified form of CBD oil known as Epidiolex to treat two types of epilepsy.
When CBD was first introduced to the market, it targeted individuals with serious illness. But its use has gained traction among wellness enthusiasts in recent years, with the promise of offering relief for many medical conditions. Naturally vegan CBD products can be safely consumed by just about anybody, but what exactly is CBD, and how does it benefit us?
What is CBD?
CBD is one of more than hundred compounds referred to as cannabinoids that are found in the cannabis plant. The cannabinoid compounds are special since they can bind to almost every receptor in the body. The CBD can be extracted from cannabis or hemp, where it is then diluted with a carrier oil.
The difference between CBD and THC
THC (Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) is the most active ingredient in cannabis. Until recently, it was the best-known product in marijuana. Cannabis contains both CBD and THC. The THC is responsible for the “high” feeling when you use it in cooking or smoking.
CBD isn’t psychoactive, and it won’t change your state of mind when you use it. Instead, CBD appears to produce numerous medical benefits in the body. The medical benefits of CBD include:
It is one of the most celebrated health benefits of CBD. Initially, marijuana was used in many cultures as a pain reliever. But now researchers have established that various components in marijuana, including the CBD, are responsible for relieving pain. The human body has the endocannabinoid system (ECS) that is responsible for regulating various functions in the body including appetite, sleep, immune response, and pain. The CBD interacts with the ECS thus helping to regulate and relieve pain.
Used to treat two types of epilepsy
Several clinical trials have revealed that CBD can be used to treat various types of epilepsy. In fact, the FDA approved a purified form of CBD oil to treat epilepsy in June this year.
Used for treating acne
CBD has a direct impact on the immune system. Therefore, it has been established that in offering relief from acne and inflammation.
Used as a natural antidepressant and also for combating anxiety
CBD is commonly used to treat physiological symptoms. But an increasing body of research insinuates that it can be used as a therapy for various mental conditions that include depression and anxiety.
Alleviating cancer-related symptoms
CBD can help in combating various cancers in various ways. Firstly, CBD and other compounds found in cannabis amplify the death of cancerous cells in both leukaemia and colon cancer. Also, CBD can help to alleviate cancer-related symptoms such as pain, nausea, and vomiting.
There you have it – more than enough reasons why CBD should be available to consumers. From reducing anxiety to relieving pain to helping fight cancer, it’s a substance certain to improve countless lives in the years to come.
I really do think it should remain a prescription-only drug. There are risks associated with products that do contain THC, such as psychosis and dependency.
THC-free versions are available but I do believe you should be careful when buying any of these products online as you are not really sure what is in them!
What are your thoughts on this?