Everything You Need To Know About CBDs
What are CBD’s?
CBD is short for cannabidiol, which is a cannabis compound that has important medical benefits. Unfortunately, no, it does not make you high. These benefits do not include making people feel “stoned,” they can actually counteract the psychoactivity of THC. Since CBD is not psychoactive unlike THC it makes it a great option for patients who are looking for relief from inflammation, pain, anxiety, psychosis, seizures, spasms, and many other conditions without side effects like dysphoria or lethargy. There are studies that even show CBD as a possible treatment for arthritis, diabetes, alcoholism, MS, chronic pain, schizophrenia, PTSD, depression, antibiotic-resistant infections, epilepsy, and other neurological disorders. CBD also has anti-cancer properties, and is even safe at high doses. There are two different kinds of CBD products, CBD-rich and CBD-dominant. CBD-rich means a cannabis strain has equal amounts of CBD and THC, or more CBD than THC. CBD-dominant means strains are CBD-rich but have very little THC content.
Who do CBD’s help?
Scientific research has shown that CBDs are therapeutic for a wide range of medical conditions. These conditions include:
ADD & ADHD
Epilepsy & Seizures
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Osteoporosis & Bone Health
Prion/Mad Cow Disease
Sickle Cell Anemia
Spinal Cord Injuries
Stroke & TBI
CBD & the brain: what does it do and what is it good for?
The brain is made up of a large amount of very specialized cells that are called neurons. Each individual neuron connects to many other via structures called synapses. These synapses are sites where one neuron is able to communicate to another by releasing a chemical called neurotransmitters. A neuron’s sensitivity to a specific neurotransmitter depends on whether or not it contains a receptor that “fits” that specific transmitter, the same way an electrical socket fits a plug. If a neuron contains receptors that match a particular neurotransmitter, then it can respond directly to that transmitter, otherwise, it can’t. Brain receptors are not just sensitive to neurotransmitters produced within the brain, such as dopamine or serotonin, but also chemical messengers produced outside the body, like THC or CBD. Therefore, when you ingest THC or CBD you are allowing compounds originally produced by a plant to enter the body, and travel through the bloodstream and enter the brain. Once these compounds are in the brain they are able to influence brain activity by interacting with the receptors on the neurons. CBD has shown to support normal cellular function as well as support the body’s natural immune response and promote health, again through mitochondrial support. Also, CBD may support overall healthy brain function and cellular repair in the brain.