Cannabidiol aka CBD What is it, how does it work and what does it do?
WHAT IS CBD AND HOW DOES IT WORK?
Cannabidiol or CBD is one of the many compounds inside the hemp and cannabis plants. These compounds belong to molecules called phytocannabinoids. Cannabinoids determine the type of effect on the body. When certain cannabinoids, like THC, or group of cannabinoids bind to specialized CB1 and CB2 receptors; the cell triggers notifying there is a change in cell activity. Unlike other cannabinoids, CBD does not directly signal these special receptors, instead, it has an indirect effect on the CB1 and CB2 receptors. CBD stimulates the body’s natural endogenous cannabinoids which send signals to activate those receptors to do their job naturally.
CB1 receptors are in the nervous system, glands, organs, and connective tissue. CB2 receptors have an effect on the immune system and your functioning health. The natural cannabinoids within your bodywork with these receptors to prevent your nervous system from misfiring or acting defectively. Natural cannabinoid deficiency will lead to negative effects on your body’s nervous system and body as a whole. Your body needs cannabinoids when endocannabinoid deficient just like when you take vitamin D for bone strength. This is because our body needs the right balance of cannabinoids to keep your nervous system and body in good health.
Many describe CBD as being like THC, just without the psychoactive effects. Although this is true, CBD works as an endocannabinoid modular. This means when a disease starts to take over your body it will create an imbalance within a body system. The CBD then works to get those systems to balance back to where they should be, in a healthy, working condition.
WHAT TYPES OF CBD ARE THERE & HOW DO YOU TAKE IT?
There are two main types of CBD oils are those made from near-pure CBD isolates or crystals and full-spectrum oils. The latter contains other natural active compounds in addition to CBD. Until recently, pure CBD isolate was considered the standard for non-psychoactive cannabis therapy. However, the evidence is mounting that full-spectrum oils provide a host of additional benefits not seen in isolates. Full-spectrum oils often contain other cannabinoids such as CBN, CBL, and THC, as well as terpenes (aromatic compounds such as pinene and limonene), and other substances like flavonoids. These compounds are said to work in synergy with CBD through a natural process known as the “entourage effect”.
The current legal limit in Texas for THC in CBD is 0.3%. Due to the presence of THC in full-spectrum CBD, we cannot guarantee any customer they will pass a urinalysis. if you need THC free CBD, isolate is the best option. CBD can be used in any way depending on your personal preference and why you want to use it. We can definitely give you a more comprehensive breakdown in-store, but you can apply it topically, vape it, drink it, take it orally in capsule form, or sublingually. All forms have their benefits, it really comes down to your lifestyle and intended use. To choose the right CBD delivery method for you, understanding your needs is essential. Knowing your level of comfort with each of these delivery methods, as well as what you hope to achieve by taking CBD, will help you to cater to your individual CBD experience.
Vape Militia offers numerous delivery methods with the understanding that every individual has different needs. Additionally, because each person’s body responds to CBD differently, we offer products in a variety of delivery methods and strengths, making the benefits of CBD accessible to everyone The brands we carry, and the available types and applications are listed on our Hemp CBD page. We are always testing new products if there is something you are specifically looking for let us know and we will see what we can do to get it.
WHAT ARE TERPENES?
Terpenes are aromatic hydrocarbon molecules within the cannabis plant. Similar to commonly sought after essential oils, terpenes are the oils that give the plant their signature smell. About 200 different terpenes have been found in cannabis; although they are not limited to cannabis and are found in common plants. Just like CBD, terpenes are non-psychoactive. Their unique profile provides a one-of-a-kind health benefits signature to each strain. Beyond cannabinoids, each strain has a different terpene profile with varying effects. In a strain with a strong presence of lavender, linalool is often a dominant terpene which contributes to the strains relaxing effects. An earthy-pine aroma reminding you of conifer trees will typically represent a-pinene terpene. Each of these molecules provides the body with an array of health benefits.
WHAT ARE THE USES FOR CBD?
As stated above, we do not believe CBD is a replacement for your doctor or their advice. CBD is not going to cure your broken leg, and may not cure anything at all and may only help with the symptoms. A prescription drug may be the only cure, but using both may help more than just one or the other. This is all up to the personal opinions, ailments among other factors of the end-user, and the fact we can not guarantee or promise that all CBD will work for any or every specific intended use. Pain and Inflammation Natural pain relief and anti-inflammatory properties without the “hidden” side effects of Big Pharma pharmaceuticals. People tend to use prescription or over-the-counter drugs to relieve stiffness and pain, including chronic pain.
Some people believe that CBD offers a more natural alternative. Authors of a study published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine found that CBD significantly reduced chronic inflammation and pain in some mice and rats. The researchers suggested that the non-psychoactive compounds in marijuana, such as CBD, could provide a new treatment for chronic pain.
Some promising evidence suggests that CBD use may help people to quit smoking. We obviously believe vaping nicotine liquids is the best way to quit smoking. Quitting smoking with CBD is definitely possible, but it is not going to work for everyone. There are many other factors to consider. Since analog cigarettes contain more than just nicotine and those chemicals change drastically when they are lit on fire, it can make it more difficult to quit cold turkey.
Vaping helps replace the nicotine from analog cigarettes without all of the extra chemicals that are added to keep you smoking. Smoking can also be more about the ritual than just about the nicotine, or the chemicals. The habit of going outside, smoking after a meal or with coffee, and the hand to mouth action. All of an effect if a particular person can actually quit smoking cold turkey or at all or not smoke or vape anything.
A pilot study published in Addictive Behaviors found that smokers who used inhalers containing CBD smoked fewer cigarettes than usual and had no further cravings for nicotine. A similar review, published in Neurotherapeutics found that CBD may be a promising treatment for people with opioid addiction disorders. The researchers noted that CBD reduced some symptoms associated with substance use disorders. These included anxiety, mood-related symptoms, pain, and insomnia. More research is necessary, but these findings suggest that CBD may help to prevent or reduce withdrawal symptoms.
After researching the safety and effectiveness of CBD oil for treating epilepsy, the FDA approved the use of CBD (Epidiolex) as a therapy for two rare conditions characterized by epileptic seizures in 2018. In the U.S., a doctor can prescribe Epidiolex to treat: Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), a condition that appears between the ages of 3 and 5 years and involves different kinds of seizures Dravet syndrome (DS), a rare genetic condition that appears in the first year of life and involves frequent, fever-related seizures The types of seizures that characterize LGS or DS are difficult to control with other types of medication. The FDA specified that doctors could not prescribe Epidiolex for children younger than 2 years. A physician or pharmacist will determine the right dosage based on body weight.
Other neurological symptoms and disorders.
Researchers are studying the effects of CBD on various neuropsychiatric disorders. Authors of a 2014 review noted that CBD has anti-seizure properties and a low risk of side effects for people with epilepsy. Findings suggested that CBD may also treat many complications linked to epilepsy, such as neurodegeneration, neuronal injury, and psychiatric diseases. Another study, published in Current Pharmaceutical Design, found that CBD may produce effects similar to those of certain antipsychotic drugs and that the compound may provide a safe and effective treatment for people with schizophrenia. However, further research is necessary.
Some researchers have found that CBD may prove to combat cancer. Authors of a review published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology found evidence that CBD significantly helped to prevent the spread of cancer. The researchers also noted that the compound tends to suppress the growth of cancer cells and promote their destruction. They pointed out that CBD has low levels of toxicity. They called for further research into its potential as an accompaniment to standard cancer treatments.
Doctors often advise people with chronic anxiety to avoid cannabis, as THC can trigger or amplify feelings of anxiousness and paranoia. However, authors of a review from Neurotherapeutics found that CBD may help to reduce anxiety in people with certain related disorders. According to the review, CBD may reduce anxiety-related behaviors in people with conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder general anxiety disorder panic disorder social anxiety disorder obsessive-compulsive disorder. The authors noted that current treatments for these disorders can lead to additional symptoms and side effects, which can cause some people to stop taking them. No further definitive evidence currently links CBD to adverse effects, and the authors called for further studies of the compound as a treatment for anxiety.
Type 1 Diabetes, also called juvenile diabetes. A chronic condition that results from inflammation occurring when the immune system attacks cells in the pancreas resulting in a lower production of insulin. A published research paper in 2016 by Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation found that CBD may ease this inflammation in the pancreas. “Cannabidiol (CBD), a phytocannabinoid, derived from the plant, Cannabis sativa, was shown to lower the incidence of diabetes in non-obese diabetic (NOD) mice”. The study concluded that “CBD treatment reduced markers of inflammation in the microcirculation of the pancreas studied by intravital microscopy.”
Type 2 Diabetes. In another study, CBD alone didn’t improve blood sugar and lipid levels in people with Type 2 diabetes. However, when combined with THCV the published study found “Compared with placebo, THCV significantly decreased fasting plasma glucose” and “The primary end point was a change in HDL-cholesterol concentrations”. Additional secondary marker improvements were noticed as well. Such as “changes in glycemic control, lipid profile, insulin sensitivity, body weight, liver triglyceride content, adipose tissue distribution, appetite, markers of inflammation, markers of vascular function, gut hormones, circulating endocannabinoids, and adipokine concentrations”
Treatment of acne is another promising use for CBD. The condition is caused, in part, by inflammation and overworked sebaceous glands in the body. A 2014 study published by the Journal of Clinical Investigation found that CBD helps to lower the production of sebum that leads to acne. Part of the assistance provided by CBD in the treatment of acne is because of its anti-inflammatory effect on the body. Sebum is an oily substance, and overproduction can cause acne. CBD could become a future treatment for acne vulgaris, the most common form of acne.
Initial research published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease found that CBD was able to prevent the development of social recognition deficits in participants. This means that CBD could help people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s to keep the ability to recognize the faces of people that they know. This is the first evidence that CBD may slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. If you would like to read more on CBD and specific studies that have been done, it’s used and how CBD can help with the ones we have listed here and more, check out Project CBD Information in this article sourced from Medical News Today and Infinite CBD #CBD #Hemp