CBD: Magic Bullet or Snake Oil?

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Cannabis, Marijuana, and Hemp Plants
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How can a plant that helped clean-up Chernobyl’s radiation help reduce inflammation, reduce muscle and joint aches, ease anxiety and depression and nausea?! And furthermore, why is CBD in everything from my coffee, to lotion, to cheese fries? It’s all BS, right?

Well, first thing’s first, some quick glossary terms:

Endocannabinoid System

Only discovered in 1992, the Endocannabinoid System is a system in our body just like our nervous system, respiratory system, skeletal system, etc. and is scattered all over our bodies. There are two primary cannabinoid receptors have been identified: CB1 and CB2 and are expressed predominantly in the brain and immune system, respectively.

Cannabinoid receptors are responsible for regulating the balance of many everyday functions in the human body.

CB1 and CB2 receptors can be thought of as locks; they are designed to be opened by a particular key. The default keys are the endocannabinoids – cannabinoids synthesized by the body itself. CBD and THC act as picklocks replicating those and activates the receptor.

Human cannabinoid system vertical infographic

Marijuana

Marijuana is a different variety of the Cannabis sativa L. plant and contains high concentrations of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the chemical that produces psychoactive effects.

 

Cannabis

In contrast, hemp by definition contains minimal concentrations of THC. CBD is a different compound derived from the Cannabis sativa L. plant (either marijuana or hemp varieties) with numerous putative health and general wellness benefits.

 

THC

THC is the most common phytochemical component of cannabis and is responsible for its psychoactive properties. THC creates changes in mental status, motor function, memory, and body temperature by interacting with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the endocannabinoid system.

 

CBD

CBD is the second most common constituent of the plant. CBD is an isolated chemical compound from Cannabis that will not have any effects on personality apart from potentially being calming/relaxing.

Will it make me happy?

CBD doesn’t necessarily boost serotonin levels, but it may affect how your brain’s chemical receptors respond to the serotonin that’s already in your system.

Hemp vs Marijuana Infographic

Hemp oil vs Cannabis oil infographic

What does the Farm Bill have to do with it?

The Hemp Farming Act of 2018 was a proposed law to remove hemp (defined as cannabis with less than 0.3% THC) from Schedule I controlled substances and making it an ordinary agricultural commodity. Its provisions were incorporated in the 2018 United States farm bill that became law on December 20, 2018

Hemp is a fast-growing, easily-cultivated variety of the Cannabis sativa L. plant with many commercial uses, such as textile products and food.

Despite the fact that neither hemp nor hemp-derived CBD contain significant amounts of THC, until December 20, 2018, hemp was categorized as a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act, the main federal criminal law regarding prohibited drugs, alongside narcotics such as heroin.

Federal legalization means that hemp producers and businesses that deal in hemp and hemp-derived products, such as CBD, are now free to pursue their businesses more aggressively, and with less concern that a seismic shift in enforcement priorities could result in their investigation or prosecution by federal authorities.

According to medical studies CBD can help with:

  • Memory
  • Appetite
  • Energy
  • Balance
  • Metabolism
  • Stress Response
  • Immune System
  • Female Reproduction
  • Nervous System
  • Analgesia
  • Sleep
  • Exercise
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • And More

In this podcast episode, I talked to Laura Komkov who founded CBD company Canvas 1839 after seeing it’s incredible effects on her own healing as a “medical unicorn” with multiple, rare, and invisible autoimmune issues. I learned lots in this episode about CBD, including how to to find the dose right for you.

If you’re interested in bringing CBD into your healing regimen, check out Canvas 1839 and get 15% off with code RELIEF15

Now, what are your thoughts? All hype no heart? Let me know!

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