In Today’s world, the health market is flooded with all sorts of animal-based supplements, metals, vitamins, 2-week diets, 3-week diets, detoxifying drinks and limitless pills. While some of these will help the body, others are just placebo effects, if not damaging. Prescription drugs have been the go-to source for all things health, mainly because they seem so easy, just pop a couple pills and hours later, you’re better. But with so many side effects, they only tend to cause more damage to the body, if not death. There’s no denying the progress we’ve made as a capitalistic country, but it does come with its downfalls. No one wants to do anything that doesn’t make them a hefty profit.
Thus explains the issues with cannabis. Since grandma and grandpa can grow it in their backyard, no one wanted to research cannabis because they couldn’t own it. Not to mention the government’s flop-flop stance on cannabis. It was legal, then it was illegal, made legal again, until it was illegal, but now possibly legal again? And all a while it’s illegal, they have patents on its health benefits and even FDA-Approved medicine? Believe me, I’m just as confused as you are.
One thing is for sure, they have patents on cannabis and its health benefits, which means the cats out the bag, cannabis IS healthy.
So what’s all this talk about CBD you ask? Well please, if you don’t know, let me enlighten you.
What is CBD?
- CBD or cannabidiol is a chemical produced by the cannabis plant
- It has so many benefits that people have called it a miracle drug. This is nothing new as its uses trace back to early human civilization. From southeast Asia to the middle east over a millennia ago.
- It interacts with major functions in our bodies, repairing them and keeping them functioning.
- From acne to dementia, CBD has a wide range of medicinal benefits because of its interaction with us.
- It can be taken in numerous ways, from drops of oil, to lotions, soaps, delicious desserts and even smoking.
Where Does CBD Come From?
- CBD is derived from the cannabis plants, which is identified in 2 ways, as industrial hemp, and as marijuana. The latter being a recreational drug which causes users to feel “high” when smoked; the reason for its illegal status
- Most CBD is extracted from hemp plants; that is, the whole plant rather than just the flowers like marijuana.
- Hemp is the industrial form of cannabis. Its uses range from clothing to paper and oil. It has not been selectively breed to enhance the THC levels like marijuana. THC is another chemical produced by cannabis that is responsible for the “high” feeling.
- CBD may come from medical marijuana, but much of the focus is still on THC as it helps with cancer and pain management. High CBD strains are quite rare compared to the landscape of THC only strains.
Is CBD Legal?
- CBD derived from industrial hemp is legal in all 50 states
- President Trump signed the Farm Bill Act in late 2018, allowing the use of industrial hemp for commercial uses; like CBD/Hemp oil
- As long as CBD/Hemp products contains less than 0.03% of THC, it is legal to own and use.
- Industrial hemp naturally produces low levels of THC, It would take a lot of smoking to feel the effects from hemp plants
How Does CBD Work?
- Our bodies produces 2 compounds similar to CBD and THC; AEA and 2-AG.
- These 2 internal compounds have been named endocannabinoids, because of their similarity to cannabis.
- Anytime our bodies are in destress, whether from pain or sickness, it releases the endocannabinoids to help fix and make sure everything is functioning well.
- Taking CBD (or even THC) will act as AEA and 2-AG in our bodies, helping our bodies ward off diseases and ease any pain, while also enhancing our overall system.
- These cannabinoids interact with a specific system in our bodies that regulates every major function. Since the discovery of AEA, it has been named the endocannabinoid system
- The endocannabinoid system is the source of all diseases. That sounds like a bold-statement but the research has been done. It has been curing health issues that normally go undetected during physical tests, issues like fibromyalgia or migraine.
- What’s interesting to note is, It has been understood that consuming the whole plant is more effective than just a single cannabinoid. coined as “the entourage effect”, this creates a sort of synergism between all the plant compounds, making a very effective medicine.
What Are The Benefits Of CBD?
- Since CBD interacts with our ECS, the benefits are astonishing.
- CBD alone helps with pain, sleep, anxiety, depression, addictions, and even soothes the unwanted effects of THC’s high. That’s not even getting into the other 100+ chemicals the cannabis plant produces
- CBD is most well-known for helping kids who suffer from epileptic seizures. Hundreds of parents have come forward claiming CBD has immensely helped their child live a normal life again. Some have even left their home and job to move to legal states like Colorado, just for a chance to cure their son or daughter.
- Everyone, including pets, has had an endocannabinoid system since birth. That means your dog, cat or even unicorn can benefit from CBD.
- Trust and believe when I say, EVERYONE can benefit from CBD.
Are There Any Side Effects?
- There are virtually no side effects from CBD. People have claimed to have mild mood, mind-altering and digestive effects, but it is believed that this is due to normal adjustments to the body or mislabeling of products from companies.
- Keep in mind though what may be an unwanted side effect for you may be a benefit for others.
- You may not want a sleep-inducing formula, whereas someone with sleep disorders need such a formula.
- To prevent any unwanted effects, check the profile of the product to assure you are not taking something you don’t want
What Should I Know Before Buying CBD?
- What kind of CBD is it? Is it Full-Spectrum or a Blended Isolate? Full-Spectrum refers to products with all cannabinoids and other plant materials in it, or simply “whole plant”. Isolate refers to products with only one cannabinoid, in our case CBD. If it is blended, it mostly will have added terpenoids, more cannabinoids or other ingredients. Even though CBD works better as a full-spectrum, Isolates are a popular choice because they guarantee ZERO-THC. Not everyone can take that chance of even a possibility of failing a drug test.
- Where is the hemp grown? In the U.S? Is it Non-GMO? Organic and free of pesticides or heavy metals? Europe has amazing quality hemp, but with shipping and other modes of transporting, it’s difficult for companies to know if it has been contaminated or not. Grown in the U.S. is not only a cleaner process, but companies can control everything down to the seeds.
- What are you hoping to achieve? Pain relief? Cure of a disease? Healthy body? Asking yourself this question and knowing what you want CBD to do for you will help you find the right product.
- How much do you need? 10mg daily for pain? Maybe 1000mg daily for diseases? You may not be able to overdose on CBD, but taking more than you need isn’t quite effective either. Depending on your ailment, there is a “sweet” spot for the amount of CBD you should take. Unfortunately due to its lack of regulation, there is no exact amount one should take for a certain ailment. A general rule of thumb is to start low and go slow.
- Where to buy CBD? Check reviews? There are hundreds of companies out there selling CBD and hemp oil. You can even find it at your local drugstore or convenient mart. The problem is that since it is still fairly new, it is highly unregulated. Consumer Reports did an analysis on top CBD products and test them. What he found was disappointing. Much of the CBD market was either mislabeling the CBD amount or didn’t have any in the product at all. I would suggest doing a little research before you buy.
CBD is so much more than what we have covered in this video. It truly is a revolutionary discovery, on its way to shake up the medical industry. So what do you think of CBD? Do you think it should be legalized or stay illegal? Would you include it in your diet or recommend it to someone who is suffering? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear your opinion.