What is CBD?

September 16, 2021

What is CBD in health uses?

Anybody involved with CBD knows that it is advertised as providing relief for anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. It is also marketed to promote sleep. Part of CBD's popularity is that it reports to be “non-psychoactive,” and that consumers can reap health benefits from the plant without the high (or the midnight pizza munchies).

So let's investigate more, what is CBD? The cannabis plant is made up of two main players: CBD and THC.

CBD is short for Cannabidiol, it is a chemical compound from the Cannabid Sativa plant, which is also known as marijuana or weed. It's a naturally occurring substance that's used in products like oils and edibles to impart a feeling of relaxation and calm. Unlike its cousin, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the major active ingredient in marijuana, CBD is not psychoactive.

The plant, Cannabis Sativa has two primary species, hemp and marijuana. Both contain CBD, but there's a much higher percentage in hemp, which also has very low (less than 0.3%) levels of THC compared to marijuana.

When people talk about hemp oil, they're referring to oil extracted from the seeds of the hemp plant. There are no cannabinoids— CBD or THC—in hemp oil. This ingredient is packed with healthy fats and often appears in beauty products for it's moisturising benefits.

There are three types of CBD: full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and CBD isolate. Full-spectrum oils have all the natural compounds found in the cannabis plant, including trace amounts of THC. Because of this combination, full-spectrum formulas tend to have stronger potencies. Broad-spectrum and CBD isolate products are both THC-free, but unlike broad-spectrum, CBD isolate doesn't contain any secondary cannabinoids. 

So what is your goal and why are you taking CBD? What form should you be taking it - oil? edibles? creams?

Study's have shown in the last couple of years that CBD can help reduce stress, anxiety, improve sleep and lessen pain. The best CBD oils come with a graduated dropper to help you accurately measure your intake. People tend to use the Oil Tinctures for faster absorbtion.

Not all CBD products take effect at the same rate. CBD gummies and capsules must work their way through the digestive system, which could take one to two hours. On the other hand, CBD oils or sprays that you place under your tongue and topicals smeared on the skin may take just 15 to 45 minutes to start working.

The evidence for cannabidiol health benefits

CBD has been touted for a wide variety of health issues, but the strongest scientific evidence is for its effectiveness in treating some of the cruelest childhood epilepsy syndromes, such as Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), which typically don’t respond to anti-seizure medications. In numerous studies, CBD was able to reduce the number of seizures, and, in some cases, it was able to stop them altogether. Videos of the effects of CBD on these children and their seizures are readily available on the Internet for viewing, and they are quite striking. Recently the FDA approved first ever cannabis-derived medicine for these conditions, Epidiolex, which contain CBD.

CBD may offer an option for treating different types of chronic pain. A study from the European Journal of Pain showed, using an animal model, CBD applied on the skin could help lower pain and inflammation due to arthritis. Another study demonstrated the mechanism by which CBD inhibits inflammatory and neuropathic pain, two of the most difficult types of chronic pain to treat. More study in humans is needed in this area to substantiate the claims of CBD proponents about pain control. Our CBD BeeBalm is both moisterising and healing plus a little really goes a long way! By mixing with the beeswax also gives you far more benefits.

Though CBD has been shown to help reduce symptoms related to cancer and cancer treatment, and may
even have cancer-fighting properties, more research is needed to assess its efficacy and safety.

CBD may have beneficial effects on acne due to its anti-inflammatory qualities and its ability to control the over-production of sebum from the sebaceous glands.

Though research is limited at this time, CBD has been shown to ease symptoms related to epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease. CBD was also shown to reduce the progression of Alzheimer’s disease in test-tube and animal studies.

Although more human studies are needed, what if CBD could benefit heart health in several ways, including by reducing blood pressure and preventing heart damage as it has been suggested.

CBD has been studied for its role in treating a number of health issues other than those outlined above.

More studies are needed in humans and are being conducted as CBD is thought to provide the more health benefits:

  • Antipsychotic effects: Studies suggest that CBD may help people with schizophrenia and other mental disorders by reducing psychotic symptoms (36Trusted Source).
  • Substance abuse treatment: CBD has been shown to modify circuits in the brain related to drug addiction. In rats, CBD has been shown to reduce morphine dependence and heroin-seeking behavior (37Trusted Source).
  • Anti-tumor effects: In test-tube and animal studies, CBD has demonstrated anti-tumor effects. In animals, it has been shown to prevent the spread of breast, prostate, brain, colon and lung cancer (38Trusted Source).
  • Diabetes prevention: In diabetic mice, treatment with CBD reduced the incidence of diabetes by 56% and significantly reduced inflammation (39Trusted Source).

Summary Although CBD is generally considered safe, it can cause adverse reactions like diarrhea and
fatigue in some people. It may also interfere with certain medications.

Research on the potential health benefits of CBD oil is ongoing, so new therapeutic uses for this natural remedy are sure to be discovered. Though there is much to be learned about the efficacy and safety of CBD, results from recent studies suggest that the question, What is CBD? may provide a safe, powerful natural treatment for many health issues.

This content is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice; it is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before consuming or using any of the products mentioned on this site.

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