In recent years, there has been a rising hype surrounding CBD. The hype isn’t just hype, this stuff actually works. Not only does it work, but our bodies are inherently set up for it. So, we have compiled some information to help you better understand why CBD works, how CBD works & what CBD can do to help you.
First, it’s important to understand that our bodies create these little neurotransmitters called endocannabinoids that bind to cannabinoid receptors in the nervous system. There are two types of receptors and they are CB1 and CB2. The first is mostly in the central nervous system and they are in charge of coordination, movement, pain, appetite, memory, mood & more. The second is in the peripheral nervous system which influences pain and inflammation. There is an entire process that occurs where enzymes break down the cannabinoids and the endocannabinoids look to bind with receptors.
CBD doesn’t just influence cannabinoid receptors. It is also known to affect the 5ht serotonin receptor, treating psychotic disorders and TRPV1 receptor, which is also responsible for pain and inflammation. It’s important to add that pure CBD won’t include THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) which is the main psychoactive compound that causes a high sensation. The research is extensive but this is just a starting point to help you acclimate to the wide and wonderful world that CBD offers. Let’s get into the different things CBD can do for you!
CBD can help with….
1. Mental Health- CBD can aid in stress, anxiety, depression & different mood disorders. Studies even suggest that it may help with schizophrenia and other mental disorders by drastically reducing psychotic symptoms. It also can modify circuits in the brain that relate to drug addiction and dependency. Studies also suggest CBD for PTSD symptoms such as, negative memories, anxiety & nightmares.
2. Pain Reduction- CBD has been proven to lighten the load that pain can cause including aches, discomfort, swelling & inflammation. It has become a staple for many people with chronic pain. It can successfully block pain receptors from reaching the rest of your body. Giving you more opportunity for restorative rest and a break from the aches and pains. There are even studies that show reduced pain to surgical incisions. CBD can be affective in treating pain related to multiple sclerosis & arthritis.
3. Homeostatic- CBD can support smooth function of homeostatic functions. Including metabolic processes, body temperature, blood pressure, detoxification, blood sugar & even PH. It can even aid in appetite, whether it be suppression or increase based on what your system needs.
4. Illness & Disease- CBD can reduce the chance for heart attacks and strokes. It has been used in successful treatment of epilepsy and other seizure activity. Studies show improved quality of life in those with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. There is even the potential that CBD can stop the spread of tumors.
We hope that we have given you a better understanding of CBD and how it can help you and why you should give it a try. If you are trying to move away from pharmaceuticals and into a more natural way of living and healing, then CBD may be an important addition to your regimen!