CBD Health Benefits and How CBD Can Improve Your Quality of Life
CBD oil and other CBD products are receiving quite a bit of attention right now, and producers are making everything from CBD gummies, to beauty products. However, some basic knowledge about CBD is necessary, so consumers can really understand what it is and how it can improve their quality of life.
What is CBD?
CBD is an abbreviation for cannabidiol. This is a naturally occurring phytochemical compound found in hemp plants.
Hemp plants contain high levels of CBD compounds, with very low levels of THC (less than 0.3%). THC is the compound in cannabis, a form of hemp, that makes people feel high. The CBD compounds extracted from hemp provide benefits to your health and well being, without any psychoactive effects.
CBD for Health and Better Quality of Life
While the FDA has approved clinical studies of a CBD-based drug to treat childhood epilepsy, CBD products in general have not been approved for medical use, and are also not considered a dietary supplements. While none of these benefits have been acknowledged by the FDA, scientific research as well as anecdotal evidence imply that CBD has benefits to human health, including:
- reducing pain
- reducing inflammation
- relieves symptoms of depression
- stress and anxiety relief
- treats insomnia
- relieves cancer-related symptoms
- applied topically, it may reduce acne and eczema
- reduces the incidence of epileptic seizures
While more research needs to be performed, there is evidence that CBD:
- Has antipsychotic effects
- Useful in substance abuse treatment
- Has anti-tumor effects
- Diabetes prevention
Why Are CBD Benefits So Wide-Ranging?
There are more than 65 receptors for CBD in the human body. It’s very rare for any single phytochemical to benefit health and well-being so completely.
CBD can positively effect the:
- Pain modulating Vanilloid Receptors
- Mood modulating Serotonin Receptors
- Sleep regulating Adenosine Receptors
- Endocannabinoid Receptors for memory, stress and energy
Research is ongoing on the mechanisms by which CBD affects the human body in such positive ways. While the exact reasons why CBD works so well are still being researched, the positive anecdotal evidence submitted by CBD users is undeniable.
What are Cannabinoids?
Cannabinoids are plant compounds mainly found in the hemp plant. However, cannabinoids are also found in other plants, such as Echinacea and hops. Likewise, cannabinoids are naturally produced by the body’s endocannabinoid system.
What is the Endocannabinoid System?
The endocannabinoid system is the body’s system of receptors to which cannabinoids bind to. The body’s endocannabinoid system plays an active role in regulating many physiological and cognitive functions within the body.
How is CBD Oil Manufactured?
CBD hemp farmers have developed special proprietary strains of hemp that are high in cannabidiol. These specialized hemp plants have a high yield of CBD when extracted, as well as high overall quality.
Whole Plant Extraction
Once harvested, the hemp plants are sent for extraction. A broad spectrum of cannabinoid compounds results from whole-plant extraction. Extracting the full spectrum of cannabinoids possibly stimulates the endocannabinoid system of the human body; this is called the “entourage effect.”
Alcohol extraction involves soaking the hemp plant in grain alcohol. The alcohol is then evaporated, leaving behind the CBD oil.
Another method of CBD extraction uses CO2. This involves forcing CO2 gas through the hemp plants to extract the CBD oil.
Making CBD Into Products
After extraction, the CBD oil can be flavored or left with a natural flavor. From there, it can be produced into products like CBD oil; CBD oil involves blending the raw CBD oil with a carrier oil. The most common oil used is coconut oil. Likewise, CBD can be made into candies, such as CBD gummies; these delicious treats are an easy way to take CBD supplements. Likewise, they do an excellent job of masking the earthy taste associated with hemp. Also, gummies can ensure CBD consumers get the right dose they need, without measuring a tincture. And since gummies are innocuous, consumers can keep easily their CBD consumption private.
CBD is also gaining traction for use in healing lotions and salves, particularly for pain relief. Rather than traveling throughout the body, a CBD lotion or salve delivers the CBD directly to the pain. Likewise, CBD lotions have been effective for reducing the inflammation associated with acne and eczema.
CBD products are generally considered to be safe. However, side effects from overuse of CBD products can include fatigue, irritability, and nausea. CBD can also increase the blood levels of coumadin, a common blood thinner. Likewise, it can raise the levels of some medications in the blood in the same way as grapefruit juice. As with anything, use CBD in moderation.