Curious about CBD oil health benefits and what all the recent hype is about?
CBD comes from the Cannabis sativa plant which is also used to produce hemp and marijuana.
It’s extracted from the resin of cannabis buds and flowers and usually diluted with another oil like MCT.
The major difference between CBD and marijuana is that it does not contain THC the psychoactive compound that probably comes to mind when you think of marijuana. That means you won’t get high from using CBD.
Terpenes are an additional class of compounds that give various flavors and fragrances to different strains of marijuana.
Marijuana and CBD work by acting on the body’s endocannabinoid system.
This system’s main job is to maintain homeostasis and help the body adapt to outside stressors.
There are two main types of cannabinoids—endo (produced naturally within the body) and phyto (produced from a plant).
CBD is one type of phytocannabinoid. Phytocannabinoids mimic endocannabinoids so they can act like a supplement giving you a boost beyond what your body can produce.
Receptors for cannabinoids are found in the digestive reproductive nervous and immune systems.
Because cannabinoids interact with almost every system in our bodies they’re often touted as a cure-all.
While they’re not truly able to heal everything they do regulate neurotransmitter function inflammation mitochondrial function and metabolism.
CBD is safe for almost everyone according to a recent report from the World Health Organization but check with your doctor before starting any CBD product especially if you are pregnant or on any medications.
Research has shown several CBD oil benefits ranging from alleviating social anxiety to improving rheumatoid arthritis.
CBD works directly on the brain receptors 5HT1A (serotonin) and GABA (an inhibitory neurotransmitter).
Lower levels of these can contribute to anxiety and depression.
Suppresses cytokine production and induces T-regulatory cells to protect the body from attacking itself which can help autoimmune conditions.
Helps heal the leaky tight junctions that contribute to intestinal permeability and decreases spasmodic activity common in irritable bowel syndrome.
CBD has few side effects and is considered a safe substance to take.
These are some of the known side effects of CBD:All are usually mild dose-dependent and resolve in 2 to 4 hours.
Similar to supplements CBD production and distribution are not regulated by the FDA.
That means it’s important to choose wisely in order to know exactly what you’re getting. The best way to find out the quality of your CBD is to discuss directly with the company you are purchasing from. The company I purchase from Hempworx has all product batches sent out for Third Party Testing that the end user can get by scanning a QR code.
If you choose to try CBD we recommend to start low and go slow. Starting at 5 mg and working your way up to 40 mg while evaluating how your body responds is ideal. Like any medication or supplement you should check with your doctor before ingesting.
If you try a CBD oil and start to see unpleasant side effects stop taking it and see your doctor immediately.
At the end of the day CBD oil is a supplement and should be used as part of an overall healthy lifestyle.
Steve is a coach, consultant and speaker who committed to helping others find success in all they do.