CBD oil is one of the hottest commodities in the US. It is being touted to treat everything from Abdominal problems to Zollinger-Ellison disease (everything from A - Z). But what does the evidence show? And how does it work? Read on to find out!
Your body has an endocannabinoid system (ECS) and produces its own cannibinoids. The ECS was only recently discovered (in 1992) and research is currently ongoing to determine the complete role of the ECS in our bodies. We know that the effects of cannabinoids work through 2 receptors in the body - CB1, which is primarily found in the brain, and CB2, which is found in both the brain and throughout the body. Endocannabinoids have a role in appetite, digestion, immune function, inflammation, mood, sleep, memory, reproduction, and pain.
The first thing to know is that CBD is not marijuana. Certainly marijuana has CBD but also contains another cannabinoid called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the cannabinoid that causes the euphoric effect associated with marijuana. THC also increases appetite and will reduce memories. That is because THC easily crosses into the brain and acts at the CB1 receptor. The 2nd thing that you need to know is that cannabinoids obtained from industrial hemp contains very little, if any, THC. That is the reason that you can't get a "high" from hemp. CBD from hemp does have over 200 cannabinoids and these don't readily cross into the brain - so there is minimal affect on memory or appetite. Whole spectrum CBD from hemp does have affects in the brain by keeping more of your natural endocannabinoid (anandamide) in your brain where it has an affect on mood and sleep cycle.
Research is ongoing to evaluate the effect of cannabinoids on illnesses such as Alzheimer's disease, psychiatric illness, and cardiovascular disease. We don't know how these will pan out but we already know that CBD is effective at treating chronic pain, inflammation, anxiety, insomnia, depression, seizures, and spasiticy associated with multiple sclerosis. What we don't know is what dose is most effective and recommendations for how much to take are all over the place.
A couple of things to keep in mind when you seek out CBD. The CBD that you ingest should be organic and free of both pesticides and herbicides. It should be a full-spectrum CBD (not an isolate). You should also seek out a CBD that is extracted through CO2 extraction and not through chemical extraction - why would you want to use a natural product to help you and then introduce chemicals from the extraction process? Also, make sure that the place where you buy your CBD has (or can get) a Certificate of Analysis of the CBD oil. This will tell you how much CBD is in the product as well as look at the purity of the product. Another important thing to look at is how much THC is in the oil. There are many companies that aren't using a high quality hemp product and ends up with THC in it. A drug test will show THC from these products - but remember that cannabindiol does not have THC so a pure CBD oil will have < 0.03% THC (which is the standard of zero THC).
At Mint Hill Pharmacy, we have done extensive research on CBD companies that have a higher quantity of CBD, is completely organic, extracted via CO2, and will supply the Certificate of Analysis. We have had so many people come in and ask if CBD is right from them and I have been able to guide them on whether it may be effective - sometimes yes, sometimes no. The success that we have had with people using CBD has been overwhelming and we will gladly answer any questions that you may have.
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