The Many Benefits of CBD
Posted at 11:00 - Nov 29, 2019 - Megan & Jae - Education Guides
CBD (Cannabidiol) is a naturally occurring constituent of hemp. CBD oil is used medicinally and is made from the flowers, leaves and stalks of the hemp plant. Hemp Oil is made from the seeds and is a nutrient-rich oil that is used in food and skin products. Cannabidiol (CBD) does not contain THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the compound used for its psychoactive effect. CBD is not “medical marijuana” and is legal to purchase and consume.
How Does CBD Work?
CBD interacts with the “Endocannabinoid System” (ECS). This biological system is active in everyone and is comprised of hormones, receptors and enzymes. The ECS regulates a variety of physiological and cognitive processes. It’s primary role is to maintain homeostasis within biological systems. The body produces its own endocannabinoid compounds and they act on receptors in the brain and immune system, strongly suggesting that the human organism is designed to make use of the cannabis plant for health and well-being. CBD supplementation fees the ECS, providing cannabidiols to the critical regulatory system.
Scientific publications have specifically documented CBD benefits in the following health areas:
- Mood, anxiety and depression
- Sleep and energy balance
- Pain management
- Memory and cognitive function
- Psychotic disorders
- Neurodegenerative disorders
- Immune system
- Digestive system and metabolism
- Osteoporosis damage and musculoskeletal function
- Nausea and vomiting
- Body inflammatory
Additional benefits reported at the 2015 International Cannabinoid Research Society Conference targeted the following health conditions:
Possible side effects, depending on dose and/or sensitivity may include: Sleepiness, increased or decreased appetite, stomach discomfort. Customers may want to research possible contraindications with supplements and pharmaceuticals or consult with a health care professional. One recent study advised not using CBD with Tylenol (acetaminophen).
Chronic Stress: Support of a balanced Endocannabinoid System is pivotal in rebuilding a healthy stress response function. Stress response mechanisms become dysfunctional over time due to constant and/or repeated fear, anxiety and panic experiences. The emerging human clinical data support the use of CBD for its ability to help modulate damage created by these stress-driven experiences.
Metabolism: Latest research indicates that CBD compounds may help the Endocannabinoid System improve metabolic syndrome (insulin resistance), carbohydrate intolerance, obesity and development of abdominal (visceral) fat. Recent studies have indicated that the THC compound tended to increase appetite, food-intake and body weight gain. But the CBD compound, for some people, had the opposite effect, resulting in decreased food consumption.
Bone Health: A peer-reviewed scientific study conducted in 2016 indicated that plant-based cannabinoids may help support the biomechanical properties and structure of bone. CBD was shown to help increase load-bearing properties while improving healing time and regeneration of bone strength after fractures.
The Sleep Deprivation/Weight Gain Connection: It has been proven repeatedly that sleep deprivation disrupts circadian rhythms and contributes to weight gain and inability to lose weight. New research is now suggesting that part of the reason for this is an imbalance in the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) which then activates increased appetite and cravings for energy-dense foods (carbohydrates). The studies suggest that use of CBD (not THC), along with adequate sleep, helps restore balance to the ECS, reset circadian rhythms, and reduce food cravings.
Megan is our product curator and store visionary. Personally vetting every product that comes through the door, she evaluates thousands of items each month with a focus on quality ingredients and value. Well-schooled in the supplements department and the editor of our in-store newsletters, she still insists her main job is raising three daughters! (Wichita, Kansas)
2019 marks Jae’s 20th year working as a Holistic Nutritionist and Supplement Specialist in the Health Food industry. This environment has afforded the opportunity to discuss health issues and solutions with thousands of customers and clients. Along the way, she has acquired multiple certifications including biogenealogy, environmental biology, holistic nutrition and various healing modalities. She is currently studying to complete a Ph.D in Holistic Nutrition.
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