There is a tremendous amount of controversy surrounding a natural substance that is helping a lot of people work through and heal from many different illnesses and ailments: CBD Oil.
Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is an oil that is derived from hemp, and it has a multitude of amazing health benefits.
But the controversy surrounding CBD oil can make it hard to know what to think about it. So I want to try to help give a clear understanding surrounding the issue.
Let’s start out by accurately defining what CBD oil is.
A Quick Guide to CBD Oil
What is CBD Oil?
CBD is one of the many compounds--known as cannabinoids--that are found in the cannabis plant.
CBD oil has become extremely sought after in recent years. It took the natural health world by storm after receiving highly publicized exposure in the media, including in Sanjay Gupta’s special, “Weed”, which first premiered on CNN.
The fact that CBD oil comes from cannabis is what makes a lot of people nervous, but let’s look at the science of the plant:
CBD and THC are the two main cannabinoids found in cannabis. Until recently, THC was the most well-known compound in cannabis. This is the compound that's known for the mind-altering “high” it produces when broken down by heat and introduced into the body, such as when smoking the plant or cooking it into foods.
Unlike THC, however, CBD is not psychoactive. This means that it doesn’t change the state of mind of the person who uses it. However, it does appear to produce significant changes in the body and has been found to have many medical benefits.
CBD oil can be derived from both hemp and marijuana, two different strains of cannabis. This also varies the CBD oil taken from each plant. The main cannabinoid compound in hemp is CBD, with only trace amounts of THC--so little that it doesn't even have an effect on people--whereas the main cannabinoid in marijuana is THC.
When someone uses a hemp-based CBD product, they can reap all of the health benefits that cannabis has to offer without experiencing any psychoactive high.
How Does CBD Oil Work?
CBD oil works by interacting with the endocannabinoid system of the body, a system that was discovered in the late 1980’s and still isn’t very widely known about, but just may be one of the most fascinating systems in our bodies!
Medical Marijuana, Inc. explains how the endocannabinoid system works, “CBD interacts with the body through the endogenous cannabinoid system (ECS) or endocannabinoid system. First discovered in the late 1980’s, the endocannabinoid system regulates the body’s homeostasis, or general state of balance, impacting such functions as mood, sleep, appetite, hormone regulation, and pain and immune response…The human body is capable of making its own cannabinoids. Similar in function to CBD, Anandamide and 2-AG are the body’s own endocannabinoids, created to control communication between cells, mediating your body’s functions.”
All cannabinoids, including CBD, attach themselves to the cannabinoid receptors in the body to produce their effects.
CBD is unique in that, rather than having an effect entirely of its own on the body, it seems to influence the body to use more of its own cannabinoids to heal and cope with ailments and illnesses.
CBD Health Benefits & Side Effects
Many studies have been done, and the health benefits that have been discovered from CBD oil are incredible and revolutionary for the health of our nation, all while having been found to have little to no side effects.
These are just a handful of the many amazing health benefits of CBD oil:
- It acts as a natural pain reliever
- It has helped people who suffer from epilepsy and seizure disorders
- It has been shown to help fight cancer
- There is overwhelming amounts of evidence showing that it helps to ease anxiety disorders
- It has been shown to help treat Alzheimer’s Disease
- It is a natural anti-inflammatory, reducing inflammation throughout the body, which is a major culprit in many diseases and ailments we face today
- Not only does it help relieve anxiety, but CBD has also been shown to help treat a myriad of other mental health disorders
In the midst of the controversy about CBD Oil, I want to be there to help give clarity on what it really is and how beneficial and amazing it is for so many of the major illnesses that we deal with as a society.
If we put the right things into our bodies to help keep our bodies balanced, and if we utilize the natural world around us when we can to do that, we will see the health of our nation take a turn and start recovering.
Talk to me today if you have any other questions or want to get started using CBD Oil for your health!