Research shows that our nervous system contains cannabinoid receptors involved in many physiologic processes related to mood, memory, and pain. CB1 receptors are found in in the brain, nerve cells throughout the body, lung, liver, and kidneys. CB2 receptors are found associated with the immune system. These receptors bind with endocannabinoids (produced in the body) or with phytocannabinoids (found in cannabis plants). Both marijuana and hemp come from the plant species Cannabis sativa. CBD oil is derived from industrial hemp and is legal in all 50 states because it contains less than 0.3% THC. Any cannabis plant containing more that 0.3% THC is considered marijuana.
Endocannabinoid System: Endo stands for endogenous, which means produced within the body. Cannabinoids refer to the group of compounds that bind to cannabinoid receptors and work with the nervous and immune system. This biological system plays an important role regulating many basic functions within the body. The overall function is to regulate homeostasis, the tendency of the body to seek and maintain a condition of balance or equilibrium within its internal environment, even when faced with external changes.
Endocannabinoids: are synthesized in our bodies from Omega 3 fats and produced when the body signals that they are needed.
Cannabanoids or Phytocannabinoids: are derived from plants in the Cannabinacae family, they do not cause people to feel high, instead they have been found to reduce inflammation, anxiety, and pain. There are 85 different cannabinoids that have been found but two stand out; tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).
Anandamide: Discovered in 1992, this endocannabinoid was named after the Sanskrit word, Ananda meaning bliss. Higher concentrations are found in the body versus the brain.
Cannabidiol (CBD): A cannabinoid found in Cannabis (hemp and marijuana). It is non-pyschoactive, unlike its counterpart THC.
How does CBD help:
· Relieves Stress & Anxiety
· Helps Maintains Focus
· Offers Pain Management
In 2015 the NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) published an article that indicates Hemp Oil for:
Neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory
Analgesic (pain reduction) for ailments such as rheumatoid arthritis, cancer pain, and other neuropathic pain
Treating substance use disorders
What to look for in a product:
Full spectrum. Organic, 100% Natural-Pure CO2 Extracted, Gluten Free, Non GMO Hemp, and has No Heavy Metals or Insecticides.
Suggested brands: American Shaman CBD, Irie CBD, or Hemplogica (THC free)
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About the author:
Dr Tiffanie A Jones is a medically trained naturopathic doctor. A graduate of Bastyr University in Seattle, WA. Her mission is to offer science-based, holistic approaches to improve vitality and quality of life. Some of her research includes how CBD can help with ailments such as depression, anxiety, pain management and more.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The information provided or use of these products is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.