If you’re involved in social media, media, advertising, or anything newsworthy, chances are you have at least heard someone reference “CBD” or “CBD oil.” The fact is it can come in many different shapes and sizes – not just oil, but more on that later.
What is CBD, And Where Does CBD Come From?
CBD stands for Cannabidiol and is derived from cannabis or hemp. And no, it is not a psychoactive substance and therefore won’t get you high. It comes from the same place as THC (the active substance that will get you high) but has a very different impact on your brain.
Let’s take a step back. Hemp and Cannabis plants are essentially very similar, they are the same species, but hemp contains a very small percentage of THC (0.3 percent or less), while cannabis contains at least more than 0.3 percent. This is an important distinction as THC is the psychoactive substance that can get you high. Cannabis contains cannabinoids, which are very similar to ones we have within our brains (and how they can bind to receptors). This isn’t going to be a scientific article, though. While there are over 100 cannabinoids found within cannabis, there are currently two that talk about the most, CBD and THC. There have been a growing number of discoveries due to the decriminalization of marijuana and ever-unfolding legalization across Canada and a growing number of states in the USA. CBD has been touted as very safe and effective for several therapies.
Forms of CBD
- CBD Oil
- CBD Isolate
- CBD Crystals
- CBD Wax
- CBD E-liquids
These various forms are used to make several different products available on the market, from oil sold to lotions to bath bombs.
Benefits of Using CBD Based Products
There are a growing number of studies using CBD and a large amount of anecdotal evidence. Please be advised that I am not a medical professional, nor do I claim to be so. Everything here is for informational purposes only, and you should consult your healthcare provider before making any decisions about your health and wellbeing.
One of the most claimed benefits of CBD is that treating pain with CBD. People have a system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which helps regulate functions such as pain, sleep, and appetite.
Your body will produce endocannabinoids, neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors in your nervous system. CBD has been shown to reduce chronic pain by impacting endocannabinoid receptor activity, which reduces swelling. In rats, CBD injections reduced the pain response to cuts.
There are several human studies, of which some found that combining CBD and THC was effective in treating pain, especially related to arthritis and MS.
Anxiety & Depression
Along with pain, CBD has been shown initial success in the reduction of anxiety and depression. Even if this can help a little, it may be a very promising alternative to pharmaceutical-grade products on the market. If nothing else, consult your doctor as it could be an option worth trying without a lot of risks. Never stop taking any medication without consulting your doctor first.
The jury is still out on this one, but it is thought that due to the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD that it can reduce Acne. Acne impacts almost 10% of the USA population, so there is a market for a strong and viable product.
Many Other Potential Benefits
We use the word Potential very carefully here as trials continue to develop and a lot of research is still hypothetical. There are many articles available on Healthline that outline some of these benefits.
CBD has been used as a substance abuse treatment by modifying certain neural pathways in the brain. To date, studies have been proven on rats, but more research is needed in humans.
More animal research shows that there could be a benefit in preventing tumors, especially the spread of existing tumors.
Finally, due to the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD, signs are showing that it could lead to fewer diabetes incidents among the person with diabetes. Again, these are all animal-based studies.