What can CBD help you with? Just about everything!
Well, not quite everything, but with such an incredible range of benefits from anxiety and depression to chronic pain, the benefits of CBD oil can seem truly endless.
In fact, there are a growing number of Americans soothing their aches and pains with CBD oil; not only do they swear it works better than their prescription drugs from their doctor, the side effects are far fewer, to none at all. These reports have caused thousands of consumers to look into whether CBD is right for them, wanting a natural way to ease a variety of ailments.
That said, we thought it’s time to compile a list of all the symptoms CBD reduced not only for our customers, but us at Cannafyl, as well.
Keep reading to find out more about what CBD is and whether its benefits can enhance your life.
What ailments may CBD help with?
One of the first things people want to know is what symptoms and illnesses CBD can help treat.
CBD has been shown to help with many different ailments within the body as it helps regulate the body’s homeostasis processes (more on this later). There are a variety of ailments that CBD has been shown to help with, but is not limited to:
- Chronic Pain & Inflammation
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Alzheimers & Dementia
- Substance Abuse/Withdrawal
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Keeping this list in mind as just the tip of the iceberg, we can now dive into what makes CBD so effective and why it works.
CBD: What it is and how it Works
Cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD, is one of over 100 different organic molecules derived from the Hemp and Cannabis plants. CBD is known for retaining the positive effects of these plants without the sedative or euphoric effects found in THC– a completely different substance responsible for the high sensation people typically seek when smoking marajuana.
CBD and other cannabinoids interact with the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) through various receptors in the body. All mammals have this system and its receptors as it helps support the body’s homeostasis processes such as temperature regulation, sleep cycles, blood pressure, etc.
Here’s how it works: CBD interacts with these receptors like a key to a car ignition: your body is the car, your receptors are the ignition, and CBD the key. When CBD is integrated into your system, it ignites the body’s natural healing response– soothing pain, anxiety and depression, even reducing the effects of some forms of epilepsy. Effects are not limited to the listed above, as each person is unique in their response to CBD, other cannabinoids, and medical conditions they are looking to treat.
The ECS contains numerous CB1 & CB2 receptors in particular; CB1 geared towards cardiovascular and hormone production & CB2 for immunity responses. What this means is when we take in CBD and these two types of receptors are activated, we can experience symptom relief and system strengthening in these cardiovascular and immune response areas.
So then what is the legal status of CBD?
Hemp-derived CBD became legal when the 2018 farm bill passed in the United States. Both Hemp and Cannabis plants contain different concentrations of CBD and THC, but only CBD derived from Cannabis is federally illegal since it is mainly found in the regulated Medical Marijuana industry. The reason why Hemp-derived CBD is legal is because it contains minimal concentrations of Delta 9 THC, which is the psychoactive component in traditional cannabis products.
What research proves CBD actually has benefits?
CBD has been shown to be extremely promising in its benefits from self-dosing within its users– so much so that several clinical trials are being conducted to learn more about how the molecule works. This has resulted in many avenues of research, the most promising of which is a reduction of epileptic seizures.
The most well known research has been done on epilepsy, and has resulted in the first Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved drug regarding CBDl called, Epidiolex by GW Pharmaceuticals. The purpose of Epidiolex is to treat symptoms related to Lennox-Gastaut and Dravet syndromes. Unfortunately, due to the patchy legal landscape of Hemp and Cannabis derived treatments, many physicians are wary of prescribing CBD for much else.
As stated by the World Health Organization, “The range of conditions for which CBD has been assessed is diverse, consistent with its neuroprotective, antiepileptic, hypoxia-ischemia, anxiolytic, antipsychotic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-asthmatic, and antitumor properties.” This stated, CBD has a variety of routes it can take to benefit the human body and psyche.
CBD has also been found to help promote transplant acceptance and even lower symptoms of schizophrenia. Potential research has suggested that CBD could be a powerful tool when it comes to treating opioid, tobacco, cocaine, and psycho-stimulant addictions; a powerful epidemic affecting Americans at this moment.
In a 2018 research review, researchers studied cases of CBD research conducted between 1975-2018 regarding fibromyalgia, cancer pain, as well as neuropathic pain. Research concluded that CBD significantly reduced pain with little to no side effects in its users.
The FDA has yet to conclude on any final regulations regarding CBD products due to the unique way the molecule reacts with each individual’s body. There seems to be infinite ailments that this molecule seems to aid in, and it’s normal to wonder if CBD can really help your condition. With the growing popularity in self-dosing CBD for health issues, much more research is set to be released in the near future.
How can I take CBD & what’s best for my ailment?
It’s not news that CBD works– there are tons of products out there and even more consumers raving about it. With our storefront open since 2014, we have seen and talked to thousands of consumers both looking for relief and telling their success stories.
Part of the reason there is such a diverse range of clients is due to the many accessible ways CBD can be dosed. Generally, the most common methods are via oil tincture, capsules/edibles, or vapes. Each delivers CBD to the body in a slightly different way, so individuals will often go through a process of trial and error to discover what they like best.
CBD most popularly comes in a tincture oil form; held sublingually (under the tongue) for around 60 seconds. Capsules are a close runner up, as they are pre-dosed and don’t need the user to hold the oil in their mouth for a minute. Edibles are also popular, providing users the experience of eating or consuming their favorite flavors or foods as their daily dose.
Either way one decides to internally dose themselves, with a tincture, capsule, or edible, the benefits remain present. Oils seem to give the fastest onset of relief compared to a capsule or edible, due to it not having to be broken down and metabolized. It has been said that during the digestion process, some CBD is lost out of the original dosage of a capsule or edible, so that may be a deciding factor in your regimen.
Finally, there is vaping. This method tends to be the quickest way to receive the onset of CBD effects as the inhaled CBD goes straight to the brain. Effects activate within 30 seconds to 20 minutes and last about 2-5 hours- helping relax and soothe users for a chill mind after a long day.
The Final Wrap
Unlike THC, CBD promotes anti-anxiety and relaxation; providing its users with a clear mind and active body. CBD will only continue to flourish in popularity and will be here to stay for generations to come.
It’s clearly no joke that CBD can practically help with just about… anything. Americans have been raving about the relief they receive from this magic molecule, and want everyone they know to get off of their pharmaceuticals as fast as they can. With new consumers entering the CBD market each day, the demand for more research has grown regarding CBD.
As a final note, its necessary to understand that the lack of studies published and supplements approved by the FDA means that there is still some level of uncertainty when taking CBD products. These statements have not been reviewed by the FDA and are not to be taken as instruction for treating, curing, or healing any disease or condition. It’s important to always consult your doctor before starting a new healthcare regimen, and to track how you feel as you adjust to CBD.