The Healing Potential of CBD
Cannabis Sativa is considered to be one of the first crops associated with the start of mankind's birth into the early days of agriculture, 12,000 years ago. Cultures all over the world found various purposes for this plant from textiles made out of industrial hemp, nutrients incorporated into food, to eventually becoming recognized for use medicinally. Medicinal benefits began to be discussed as far back as 1563, and finally became recognized, respected, used medicinally and dietary, in 1850. It was easily accessible and on hand for most practitioners in the medical field, until about 1950. It became prohibited, even for industrial hemp practices, in the US at this time, deeming it a Schedule I drug with absolutely no medical benefits. Thanks to a mass influx of interest from farmers and advocates lobbying for restoring its legal status nationwide, we’ve been able to start breaking down the barriers and stigmas created over half a century, since the prohibition. Through scientists continuing to research the effects it has on the body, in the 1990s, they were able to discover this incredible system called the Endocannabinoid System. This discovery has been an exceptional breakthrough in the medical and scientific fields, proving just how much this natural plant could actually benefit SO many cases. Cannabis Sativa has been recognized globally for a huge part of our history, this interest further proves how many beneficial properties have been researches and are still continuously being discovered. With proper education, we can finally help the rest of the world move forward from the stigmas, settle any doubts people have surrounding the controversy and show people this is truly a therapeutic, healing and all natural medicine we can impact impact so many lives with.
There is an overbearing amount of interest and research that has gone into how cannabis and cannabidiol (CBD) responds to our bodies, which is how the Endocannabinoid System was discovered. The Endocannabinoid system is a system that naturally responds to cannabis or CBD compounds, which actually helps establish and maintain our human health in so many ways! It works through a process called homeostasis, which is essentially the maintenance of a stable internal environment despite external fluctuations. It promotes apoptosis which is normal and controlled cellular death that happens in the stages of growth and development of an organism, and protects your nerves from premature death. Homeostasis helps keep normal cells alive while attacking cancerous cells and making them die out. This system helps regulate bodily functions such as appetite, mood, energy levels, immune response, sleep, sensation and much more. Endocannabinoids and the compounds found in CBD bind to proteins in our cannabinoid receptors which are found throughout our body and in our brain. Our bodies have millions of these receptors and when they react to the plant-derived cannabinoids it helps further boost the function of the Endocannabinoid System in our bodies. It disrupts the activity of pain receptors when you experience an injury by releasing serotonin and dopamine to relieve the discomfort you may be experiencing before medicating.
Does CBD give you a buzz?
Many people get confused about CBD being related to THC, it is, in fact, a completely different species of cannabis sativa altogether that does NOT have the psychoactive effects (buzz) felt after consuming THC based strains. CBD is one of the 113 non-psychoactive elements of the cannabis sativa plant belonging to the active class of cannabinoids. When we administer cannabinoids at, lets say the sight of an injury, it decreases the release of activators, actually stabilizing the nerves triggering that excess firing, further calming immune cells to prevent the release of inflammatory components. This action helps minimize the pain and damage received in the event of an internal or external injury.
The list of things CBD treats really goes on, so I’ll just stick to the main points of interest that have drawn so much attention towards the product. It’s a natural pain reliever and anti-inflammatory, it’s antipsychotic, relieves nausea, anticonvulsant for the epileptic or those who experience seizures, it works wonders on skin conditions such as psoriasis, it’s a neuroprotectant which helps with the preservation of neuronal function/structure, aids anxiety/depression, promotes cardiovascular health, balances metabolism, etc.. It’s effects are therapeutic, not mind altering, and have absolutely no black label side effects or precautions. This is a no risk, all natural, organic medicine our bodies are built to coexist with. We are physically meant to take advantage of such a wonderful antidote for its varying physical and behavioral benefits!
There’s a variety of options when it comes to deciding which method of consuming CBD is best for you. Some of the most popular methods are tinctures, capsules, concentrates, lotions, sprays, vaporizers and many more. It’s easiest to adjust to the dosage that best suits your needs with the tincture as you use a dropper to take it orally or topically. Where as when you do the capsules you can’t split one in half or a quarter, but the capsule is one of the easier methods of consuming it, as well. Sprays are great for travel, lotions are amazing for dry skin or skin related conditions. Vaporizers are great for low dosage consumption for someone who might not need as much as the next person. With seemingly limitless options on how one can choose to intake CBD, it’s not difficult to find the method that’s most suitable for your needs. CBD is safe for humans of all ages and even pets, too! As I stated above, there are no grueling side effects, withdrawals, or symptoms that come with consuming this all natural remedy.
In conclusion, CBD has numerous health benefits and properties that can treat an array of needs. We are doing so many a disfavor keeping this medicinal treatment from impacting the lives of those who still can’t access this harmless and super effective antidote, despite all the proven evidence of its incredible results. If we take the information we have learned, focus on the facts and correctly inform others, together we can continue to open doors to make an even bigger impact on so many lives and a positive step forward in the future of natural medicine.