How CBD Works to Improve Your Health
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Here at the end of 2020 (awful year), it’s a safe bet that most people have heard of CBD. Some portion of that population either uses CBD or is familiar with the claims made on its behalf. An even smaller subset actually understands how and why CBD does what it does to improve one’s health. In case you would like to join that group and understand the underlying function of CBD and how it works to improve your health, we offer this primer to bring you up to speed.
Yes, we at CBDtop10 know that you know where CBD comes from, but let’s do a quick review anyway: CBD is the acronym for cannabidiol, one of more than one hundred cannabinoids found in plants of the cannabis family (and some other plants too, but that’s a subject for another day). It is the less flashy cannabinoid cousin of THC, beloved compound of pain sufferers and buzz seekers.
So, with that out of the way, let’s examine the ways in which CBD works with the body and the benefits that many claim to derive from it.
In the 1980s, researchers became aware that the mammalian brain has receptors that respond to compounds that are found in cannabis plants. Further study led to the 1992 revelation that the body contains a network of such receptors throughout the immune, digestive, reproductive, and nervous systems. This network of receptors, now called the endocannabinoid system (ECS), was observed to regulate various biological functions.
The ECS continues to be studied, but the basic operation is clear. The ECS attempts to maintain an equilibrium within the body. Internal health issues or external influences may throw us off balance, and the endocannabinoid system will work to achieve homeostasis, or stability.
CBD and other cannabinoids “plug in” to these receptors perfectly, acting as the endocannabinoids that the body produces and thereby boosting the function of the system. This supplemental boost works to bring your bodily functions into equilibrium and keep you operating smoothly. The effects of this interaction with the ECS are many, but the most widely recognized might be the benefits seen in stress reduction, anti-inflammatory action, pain reduction, and even relief for epilepsy sufferers. Some of the maladies that CBD usage is proven or claimed to address include:
- anxiety and depression
- chronic pain
- arthritis or joint pain
- sleep disorder
- quitting smoking, drug withdrawal
- allergies or asthma
- chemotherapy side effects
- Alzheimer’s disease
- multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Parkinson’s disease
Studies of cannabis was illegal until recently, so firm data on these purported benefits remain thin, but new clinical studies are underway and should soon shed more light on the workings of CBD and other cannabinoids. Current CBD users are already convinced, but others will likely become interested in CBD for several more reasons:
Unlike THC, CBD is not psychotropic, so users will not experience the high that THC delivers. You can take CBD and be perfectly fine for work, driving, etc. – maybe much better at those tasks considering the tendency of CBD to de-stress and focus the mind.
CBD does not appear to interact in a negative way with other medicines and supplements, and side effects are minimal or nonexistent. (Some users have noted minor cases of diarrhea, reduced appetite, dry mouth, or drowsiness).
All of the claims made on behalf of CBD are still anecdotal until further study is available. The FDA is currently considering input from medical professionals, researchers, and industry leaders as they contemplate their potential classification of CBD for medicinal purposes.
A note to Spinfuel readers – recent advances in hemp cultivation have produced new strains of CBD flower that are eminently smokable and great for vaping. As you consider the benefits of CBD as described above, be aware that your preference for vaping is also the most efficient delivery system available for the quick and effective absorption of CBD. We at CBDtop10 have published reviews and articles highlighting some of the best flower out there. Once you understand what CBD can do for you, come check us out.