When many hear the name cannabidiol (CBD), they think of getting a "high", "stoned" or otherwise becoming intoxicated and immediately dismiss the therapeutic effects it may offer. Let's debunk this myth right from the start. It is not cannabidiol that causes these intoxicated states, but rather its close cousin tetrahydrocannabinol, commonly known as THC. CBD and THC behave differently and act on different receptors in the body, therefore you do not experience an altered state of mind when taking CBD. Its therapeutic qualities, combined with its safety and ease of use make

What is CBD and Where Does It Come From?

CBD is derived from the cannabis plant. The strain of cannabis plant designated for CBD oil production has been specially bred to contain less than 0.3% THC. Plants that fall below this level of THC are referred to as hemp plants. Once the plants have reached the ideal level of maturity,  they are harvested. In some states, each crop must be tested to make sure they don't exceed 0.3% THC before harvest. The harvest is hung in a ventilated barn for three to four weeks to air-dry. Once cured, the flowers (part of the plant where CBD is located) are sent to a processing facility, where they undergo the extraction process.

Once the oil has been extracted and tested, it is ready for use as the main ingredient in a variety of natural remedy products. Look for quality CBD that is processed using cold extraction when purchasing. It should be free from chemicals and have certifications demonstrating that it comes from a nonGMO batch that is free from heavy metals and pesticides.

What Are Endocannabinoids and What Do I Need to Know About It?

Endocannabinoids are specific molecules that seek out and bind to cannabinoid receptors found throughout the body. Currently, there are over 180 known cannabinoids that have been identified and research is ongoing to discover more. They are part of a class of natural compounds that work together synergistically to enhance what is known as the 'Entourage effect.'

It is important to note that full-spectrum products contain THC, but broad-spectrum products do not contain THC. Many believe that full-spectrum products work better than CBD alone. This due to the fact that too much CBD will oversaturate the receptors. However, broad-spectrum CBD products do not cause negative side effects when they are consumed in high doses.

Research shows that THC has negative effects on dogs when consumed in high dosages. For this reason, it is recommended to only use broad-spectrum products for pets, avoiding full spectrum altogether. Similarly, the long-term effect of THC on the developing brain has not been determined, thus unless directed by an experienced medical practitioner, it is best to use pure CBD isolate or broad spectrum when given to children.

How Does CBD Work?

Endocannabinoid systems exist naturally throughout the human body. Your body naturally produces endocannabinoids and therefore has two receptors for cannabinoids to attach to. They are called the CB1 and CB2 receptors. Although CB1 receptors are found throughout the body, they are mainly located in the brain. CB1 receptors affect the movement and coordination of the body. They also have an effect on physiological states such as emotions, memories, and mood.

On the other hand, CB2 receptors are located primarily in the immune system and have an effect on immune function, specifically inflammation and pain in the body.

CBD does not directly attach to CB1 and CB2 receptors but instead balance the homeostasis of the body's endocannabinoid system. They promote and replenish the body's naturally occurring endocannabinoids and encourage them to attach to the CB1 and CB2 receptors. The result is a myriad of natural health benefits to the user.

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Benefits of Using Endocannabinoids

Now that you understand where CBD is derived from and how it works in the body, let's talk about the benefits of using it to address a variety of ailments. 

Temporary Reduction From Pain

CBD oil promotes the body's endocannabinoids to interact with the CB2 receptors, which have an effect on the inflammation in the body. This means users may temporarily experience a reduction in inflammation which directly translates into a reduction from chronic pain in the body.

Ease the Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression

Anxiety and depression is an inward daily struggle for many that can't be seen on the outside. Treatment with the use of medications can cause unwanted, nasty side effects. The ability of CBD to ease anxiety and depression in individuals is related to its ability to interact with the receptors that control serotonin. Serotonin is a chemical in the brain that has an effect on an individual's mood and emotional state.

Improved Sleep

Insomnia or the inability to sleep is a common problem among Americans. Some data show that the use of endocannabinoid can make it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep. This can be due to cannabinoids homeostasis to relax the mind and body by easing anxiety and relieving pain, which is two of the most common reasons people are unable to get a good night's rest.

Treatment of Autism

Autism is a developmental disorder that can range from very mild to very severe. Those who are diagnosed with autism suffer from some level of impaired communications and social skills. According to the CDC, 1 in 59 children will be diagnosed with autism. Boys are much more likely than girls to be diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. Studies show that CBD is a potential alternative for individuals that fall onto the autism spectrum.

Relieve Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's disease is a devastating and progressive neurodegenerative disease for which there is no known cure. Research shows that endocannabinoids may be beneficial to those who suffer from Alzheimer's disease by reducing the inflammation on the brain and cell damage in the brain, which in turn temporarily minimize the progression.

Ease Symptoms Related to Cancer

Nausea and vomiting are two of the most common and unpleasant side-effects of chemotherapy used in cancer patients. CBD has been shown to be effective in providing relief from these two symptoms as well as increasing the overall comfort level of those who suffer from the side-effects of cancer and cancer treatment. Studies show that it has been used effectively to alleviate pain during cancer treatment.

Ongoing Research

The health benefits of CBD seem to spread wide and far with new benefits being discovered on a regular basis. Over 2,000 published medical studies have been conducted on potential beneficial effects of CBD on neurologic conditions, ADHD, antipsychotic properties, skin carePTSD, and veterinary applications.

How To Use CBD

CBD is most commonly taken orally by users with a couple of different options for ingestion. Individuals who are looking for the fastest absorption method that delivers the strongest effect, then placing the recommended amount directly on or under the tongue is the best method. The CBD oil is absorbed by the mouth and digestive tract delivering health benefits to the user quickly. If you prefer a more subtle approach. CBD can be incorporated into baked goods or beverages such as smoothies.

CBD oil can also be incorporated into lotions and soaps, which are then applied to the body and absorbed through the skin. The method you choose depends on your overall goal and personal preferences when it comes to CBD.

Choose Only the Highest Quality Products to Put In Your Body

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