Information About CBD
CBD? What is it?
Although Cannabidiol (CBD) is found in a cannabis plant, it is not addictive or psychoactive. A fundamental misconception is that CBD is the same as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). While they both have medical benefits, CBD is neither addictive, psychoactive, nor does it induce a mind-altering high. CBD users often experience mild to moderate changes, where some have described its effects as more of a relaxed or calming sensation. For these reasons, CBD is most suitable for individuals with medical challenges, but those who have a greater need to function normally on a day-to-day basis.
CBD is also known to lessen the effects felt by THC. As an example, if an individual has had too much THC and starts to experience paranoia or other psychotropic effects, CBD can be used to calm the person down. This is because CBD and THC interact with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) differently. THC has a strong binding affinity to both receptors, thereby causing direct effects to the brain. In contrast, CBD works indirectly with these receptors causing the opposite effect.
Explain the types of Cannabinoid Receptors.
CBD can and do interact with cannabinoid receptors. These receptors are the main components of an ECS that receive messages transmitted from the brain. There are two types of receptors, CB1 and CB2.
Cannabinoid Receptor 1 (CB1) is found in the nervous system, brain, liver, kidney, lungs, connective tissues, gonads, and other glands. Naturally occurring endocannabinoids and cannabinoid THC from hemp plants bind with the CB1, and when activated, it helps to relieve depression, decrease blood pressure, reduce anxiety, decrease fear, and other alignments.
Cannabinoid Receptor 2 (CB2) is found in the body’s immune system and has a high concentration in the gastrointestinal system, spleen, tonsils, thymus, and immune cells. These receptors bind with cannabis’ CBD and endocannabinoid 2-AG, and when activated, it decreases thyroid hormones, increases appetite, boosts immune system functions, creates pain management, decreases inflammation, and other alignments.
Most of the adverse side effects are attributed to potent CB1 receptors agonist, THC, rather than CBD. This is because CBD does not have a binding affinity for either receptor. All of the effects CBD has on the body is achieved by indirect actions with the receptors, yet producing benefits.
CBD is known to help treat medical conditions such as nausea, inhibiting tumor growth, preventing or reducing inflammation, PTSD, diabetes, epilepsy, schizophrenia, cardiovascular disease, antipsychotic, rheumatoid arthritis, anti-anxiety, and act as a painkiller for neuropathic pain and muscle spasms.
What is the right dosage for me?
There is no recommended daily dose allowance, and most medical schools do not cover CBD in its pharmacology courses. Therefore, all information provided serves as an informational guide and is not intended for medical advice. That being stated, remember everyone is different, and these differences can have an impact on what is considered the correct dosage. Factors that should be considered are individual’s weight, genetics, diet, and metabolism. Everyone has an ECS, which influences how quickly or effectively CBD works within the person’s body.
After hours of research, it is a belief that the best starter is between 10 to 20mgs. This may be a good starting point to feel the effects, without exposure to adverse effects. However, if an individual believes this is not working, he or she is free to increase or decrease his or her personal dosage that aligns with personal comfort. If an individual is a first time user, it is recommended to record the amount, time, feelings before, and after taking a CBD product. This could assist with keeping track of what dosage is best for you.
What is hemp?
The word “hemp” is often associated with hippies and its use in bags, clothes, and other items. While somewhat true, hemp is used for a variety of things. Hemp comes from the Cannabis Sativa. To be used for industrial purposes, according to the Agricultural Act of 2014, it must have less than .3% of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The entire plant has many uses and benefits.
The seeds can be used in dietary products, eaten raw, produced as milk, or grounded into a powder. The stalk, when cut, is bursting with fiber. Fiber from a hemp plant is stronger than steel and can be used to produce clothing, paper, construction materials, and other items. The hurd, or core, can be used in two ways. The first, its untreated chunks, can be used in cement or insulation. As a pulp, it can make biodegradable plastics.
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Disclaimer: The FDA has not evaluated these statements. The information or products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Individual results may vary.
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