It’s time to talk CBD! The “Benefits of CBD Oil” Series explores the phenomenon of this incredible cannabinoid CBD. Part One of the series will discuss how CBD interacts with the body, and connect it’s application on four health issues: chronic pain, anxiety, withdrawal, and trouble sleeping.

People have been talking about CBD for some time now. You may have heard it commonly described as “the medical part” of cannabis, or “the part that doesn’t get you high”. While both of these statements are sort of true, there is so much more to know about this fantastic cannabinoid!

How Does It Work?

First, we need to understand that cannabis contains compounds called cannabinoids. There are at least 113 cannabinoids, the most famous being CBD, and its psychoactive sibling THC. The human body, like many other animals, possesses what’s called an endocannabinoid system, and actually produces some cannabinoids naturally.

Each of these different cannabinoids attach to receptors in the body to produce varying effects. Due to it’s long-time illegality, we are only starting to understand how CBD really works. At first, researchers thought CBD attached to the CB2 receptors; most common in the immune system. More recently, the science suggests CBD does not directly attach to the CB2 or CB1 receptor, but instead directs the body to make more use of it’s own cannabinoids.

Pain Relief

It’s so easy to take an over-the-counter medicine. Opiate-based medicine like Advil, Ibuprofen or Tylenol certainly quell the pain, but they can have extremely adverse side-effects if you take them consistently over a long period of time. CBD has grown in popularity and reputation over the last ten years simply because it works. And there are no adverse side effects. Let that sink in. There are NO adverse side effects. CBD has a wide variety of applications within pain management, from headaches, joint pain and inflammation, stiffness and arthritis, chronic pain, and even a bad hangover. CBD is a great solution for athletes dealing with injury management.

Anxiety

Doctors usually advise anyone suffering from chronic anxiety to avoid cannabis altogether, because psycho-active THC has been known to trigger anxiety and paranoia with some people. CBD, on the other hand, is often associated with a feeling of calmness. In spite of doctor’s warnings, in the last few years CBD has become a popular health alternative for those suffering with anxiety. More studies must be done, but the anecdotal evidence has certainly been compelling. These have been consistent positive reports that CBD can be very helpful moderating symptoms of anxiety. Again, with NO adverse side-effects! Many patients suffering from anxiety stop taking their prescribed drugs because of the terrible side effects that come along with taking pharmaceuticals. Throw those pills in the trash and get on the CBD train!

Studies done for a Neurotherapeutics journal found their findings “…strongly support(ed) the potential of CBD as a treatment for anxiety disorders.” Their review suggested that CBD may help to reduce symptoms of anxiety with people with conditions such as:

PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
Social Anxiety Disorder
General Anxiety Disorder
Panic Disorder

The findings are so promising! We are excited to see the impact that CBD will have on the pharmaceutical industry in the future.

Quit Smoking + Drug Withdrawal

At the end of the day, if you’re going to quit smoking butts, no one and nothing will make that happen except for you. But if you’re really going to take a crack at it, there has been some promising work done suggesting CBD may help you quit! It can potential help curb those cravings with it’s calm, relaxed effects.

Cannabis in general has become a common way to help those with opiate addictions cope with symptoms of withdrawal. THC and CBD can both help in this situation, but if THC isn’t for you, CBD can definitely do the job on its own.

Trouble Sleeping

Tired of counting sheep? Do you lie awake at night with your mind racing? CBD might be the fix you’ve been looking for. Many of our customers look to CBD to give them that good night’s sleep they’ve been lacking. It’s ability to calm the mind and relax the body have made CBD a popular choice as a sleeping aid. And, you’ve guessed it, there are NO adverse side effects!

Apply Yourself

It’s time to apply your knowledge! Do you suffer from chronic pain or anxiety? Are you having trouble quitting smoking or sleeping? CBD might be the right fit for you. You can check out our CBD section here. Remember, there are no adverse side effects to taking this natural plant medicine! Stayed tuned for Part Two of the Benefits of Taking CBD Series.