What Is (Cannabidiol) CBD?
CBD is one of many powerful cannabinoids found in hemp known for helping to support our body and mind. Here at Healing Dragon CBD we do not intend to make unfounded medical claims about the health benefits of CBD. The FDA has not confirmed that CBD cures, treats, or prevents any diseases or conditions. Before reading this article please take a moment to read our full disclosure statement.
If you’re reading this article then you are probably wondering why there is so much hype surrounding CBD. Whether you’re curious if it can provide health benefits to you. Or if you’re confused as to why it seems to be everywhere you go. There definitely has been a growing buzz about CBD in the past few years.
And that buzz certainly hasn’t gone unnoticed by everyone from pet owners, athletes, entrepreneurs, and even the FDA. In fact the FDA recently made an announcement regarding their concerns about CBD. Particularly about companies selling CBD that were providing false information or unfounded health claims.
For this reason it is not our intent to imply that CBD will treat or cure any particular condition or ailment. The questions of the untapped therapeutic potential of CBD must be answered by scientific research, studies, and clinical trials. We simply want to explain what CBD is and provide the common uses for it.
All The Benefits Without The High?
If you ask the average CBD consumer they might not even know what cannabidiol is. The truth is there is a lot of information available out there, much of which is misleading or confusing.
CBD, short for cannabidiol (pronounced ka-nah-beh-die-all), is an abundant chemical compound in the cannabis plant. Unlike its more famous cannabinoid cousin THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD does not get you high. And that is the real advantage that CBD has over THC. Cannabidiol provides the helpful therapeutic benefits of cannabis without its psychoactive effects.
The 2018 Farm Bill stated that hemp produced in the U.S. must have minimal THC, the chemical compound in cannabis that provides the high. In fact, at 0.3% THC or less, it would be difficult if not impossible to catch a buzz from canabidiol. For those that want the benefits of cannabis but have no desire to feel the high, or if you’re concerned about failing a drug test, CBD is the right option.
Snake Oil Or Magical Elixir? CBD Hits Mainstream America.
Although scientists have been aware of cannabidiol for some time CBD has just recently hit mainstream America. Being touted by some as a magical elixir, the doubts about CBD are just as high for others. And with good reason.
As CBD products flood the market it is best to do your due diligence before adding a CBD regimen to your life. Not all cannabidiol products are created equal and some shady manufacturers have been known to cut corners by mislabeling their products or not providing pure CBD.
With the wide spectrum of potential therapeutic benefits it’s understandable that these health claims have become even larger. The truth is CBD can be very helpful for some and provide minimal benefits for others. Before reading on keep in mind that it is best to view cannabidiol not as a cure-all for all but as a cure-a-lot for some.
Just How Does CBD Work? And What Is The ECS?
Studies and research on CBD has shown it to be effective for treating everything from insomnia, anxiety, arthritis, and even epilepsy. But how is that CBD can be helpful for all these entirely different conditions?
It really comes down to how CBD affects our endocannabinoid system (ECS). The endocannabinoid system is a biological system composed of endocannabinoids with experts having identified two key endocannabinoids helping to keep internal functions running smoothly, anandamide (AEA) and 2-arachidonoylglyerol (2-AG).
There are also two primary endocannabinoid receptors found throughout your body, CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are found predominantly in the brain and central nervous system. And CB2 receptors are mostly found in your peripheral nervous system, especially immune cells. They have been shown to have a large role in regulation of inflammation which could be a reason CBD is effective in helping with arthritis and pain.
Our endocannabinoids and endocannabinoid receptors are responsible for maintaining the body’s state of optimal homeostasis. The endocannabinoid system helps to regulate many functions including inflammation, motor control, mood, memory, sleep, pain, and even digestion.
And thanks to our body’s ECS, natural cannabinoids from the cannabis plant can also bind to cannabinoid receptors and affect our body’s functions such as relieving anxiety, helping us to sleep, as well as pain and inflammation.
Are There Actual Health Benefits Of CBD?
There is no doubt that there are health benefits provided by CBD. Mankind has recorded using cannabis in our earliest civilizations. From ancient Hindu texts noting it as one of the five sacred plants. Or Chinese medical notes stating its use as a remedy for sleep and to decrease pain.
But in our modern times we like our scientific data. And luckily, with the increased interest in CBD, there have been more incentives for research and studies to better understand the health benefits of cannadidiol. Recently the National Institutes of Health received approximately $3 million for research into the pain relieving properties of cannabinoids.
In June 2018 the FDA approved the first CBD based drug, Epidiolex, for the treatment of seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome or Dravet syndrome. You can learn more about the most common health benefits of CBD along with source links to studies, research, and clinical trials in the articles below.