CBD 101

CBD Oil 101:

  • CBD — stands for Cannabidiol, it comes from the Cannabis (hemp) plant.
  • Where does it work in our bodies? Our bodies have something called the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), just like we have a nervous system and circulatory system. The ESC is full of neurotransmitters and receptors designed to utilize CBD, and is integral for the regulation of many body functions. These include but are not limited to; appetite and nausea, pain reception, neuroprotection, muscle movements, stress, memory, sleep, and homeostasis. 
  • Is it legal? YES! You do not need a special card or prescription.
  • Will it get me high?* Nope. Federal regulations require industrial hemp to contain less than .3 percent THC, which is what produces psychotropic effects.
  • Will my body recognize and know how to use CBDs? Yes, we all have built-in receptors, like the CB1 and CB2 receptors that are always ready for Cannabinoids to do work: it is a square peg, square hole scenario. 
  • I have a lot of pain/ anxiety, so I should take the higher potency, right? Not quite: those receptors mentioned above are only ready for a little CBD at the beginning, and gradually increase their ability to incorporate CBD into our system. Why not take high amounts? See below.
  • *What happens if I take too much CBD? Overwhelming your receptors can lead to something called reuptake inhibition which can lead to a spacy feeling, and in some cases of people prone to anxiety, this can increase anxiousness. 
  • Contraindications: are you on any medications where you aren’t supposed to drink grapefruit juice? Then it is possible that higher doses of CBD could interact with your medication as well. Some medications are passed out of your body by a liver enzyme called CYP450 (also CYP2D6), and CBD oil, like grapefruit juice and several other herbs and foods, takes up some of that same enzyme so that the medications may not as effectively be passed out. You should ask your healthcare provider about any medications you are currently taking, and how they would be affected by CBD.
  • Allergies: Please note that Cannabis is in the same family as Nettle. If you are allergic to nettle, hops, or any herb in that family, please consider the possibility that CBD would be unsuitable for you. Persons with Tree Nut Allergies should know that many CBD formulas contain MCT/coconut oil. Please read ingredients carefully.

Other Things That Are Great for the Endocannabinoid System

Supplemental Nutrients

While CBD is helpful for many individuals, there are base-line nutrients that can improve results of CBD as well as maintain overall good health.

Omegas: increasing your omega intake can improve the effect of your purchased CBD product, as well as improve your body’s own production of endocannabinoids. Your body uses its stores of fatty acids to rapidly create lipid-soluble compounds like CBD, so the more omegas you have stored in your cells, the better your body can respond to stimuli, like stress and exercise. 

Magnesium: This vital nutrient is something that your entire body relies on for nutrient assimilation, cardiovascular health, cellular energy, stress reduction, the production of essential hormones like serotonin, and gene expression. Statistics reveal that close to 80% of Americans do not get enough magnesium daily.

 

 Sources/Resources:

  • “CBD Oil by Plus CBD Oil™ The Market Leader for CBD Sales.” PlusCBD Oil, CV Sciences, pluscbdoil.com/.
  • “Endocannabinoid System.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 10 Feb. 2018, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endocannabinoid_system.
  • “Myths and Truths About Minerals.” Heather Dane, 13 Oct. 2018, https://heatherdane.com/myths-and-truths-about-minerals/ 
  • Donvito, Giulia, et al. “The Endogenous Cannabinoid System: A Budding Source of Targets for Treating Inflammatory and Neuropathic Pain.” Neuropsychopharmacology, vol. 43, no. 1, 2017, pp. 52–79., doi:10.1038/npp.2017.204.
  • Hicks, John. Medicinal Power of Cannabis: Using a Natural Herb to Heal Arthritis, Nausea, Pain, and Other Ailments. Skyhorse Publishing, 2015.
  • “Omega3 Innovations.” Omega3 Innovations, https://omega3innovations.com/ 
  • Project CBD: Medical Marijuana & Cannabinoid Science. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.projectcbd.org/

 

 

** Please Note: When CBD oil is consumed on a regular basis, some NYS drug tests may test positive for THC. Though is it uncommon, it is important to understand that there can be a crossover of the recognition on tests.

This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any illness or medical condition. Everyone should consult with a health care professional before starting a new supplement, and embark on their own research path to practice appropriate self-health-care.

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