CBD – Herbal Based Wellness

Have you ever wondered if CBD would be right for you? Do you know the benefits of CBD?

Ok, let’s start at the very beginning. What exactly is CBD??

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a plant-based compound found in hemp — the same plant from which we get hemp seed milk (a yummy alternative to cow’s milk), fabric, and bird feed. CBD is not an essential oil (it’s thicker than an essential oil and extracted differently), but we can think of it similarly as far as how it can be used and how it can help support our health!

When you use CBD products, your body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) is affected, which is why CBD is called a cannabinoid. The way cannabinoids affect our bodies depends largely upon the way they interact with the CB-1 and CB-2 receptors in the ECS. We’ll talk more about this later, but the specific way that CBD interacts with these receptors is what makes it such a great therapeutic option! CBD has some wonderful properties that we will talk about in a bit!

FAQ: Is CBD Legal?

So…. is CBD legal? In short, yes.

The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 legalized hemp-derived CBD that contains less than 0.3% THC. Marijuana-derived CBD is still illegal in all states. Some states have stricter laws than others, so we suggest checking your state’s specifications for more.

It’s also important to note that CBD is not allowed on military bases at this time, so we highly recommend checking the details of your particular situation.

FAQ: Does CBD have psychotropic properties?

One of the biggest concerns that people have with CBD is that it would have psychotropic properties like marijuana. Let us ease your worries!! CBD does NOT have these!

Pure CBD, known as CBD isolate, contains no THC, which is the mind-altering chemical found in marijuana, making CBD a great option for therapeutic use!

“The 2 major phyto-cannabinoid constituents with central nervous system activity are THC, responsible for the euphoric and mind-altering effects, and CBD, which lacks these psychoactive effects.” — PubMed

FAQ: Is CBD the Same as THC?

Ready to get sciency??

THC, tetrahydrocannabinol, is a constituent found in the cannabis plant, and while some people confuse CBD with THC, the two are very different. CBD is not psychoactive and does not cause the euphoric side effects commonly associated with THC. That means you can use CBD products without having to worry about THC causing any sort of reaction.

This difference is hugely significant when it comes to how we can use CBD for our health. Let’s go back to the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) and its receptors. While CBD and THC both bind to the CB-2 receptor, they interact with the CB-1 receptors in different ways. Because of its molecular structure, THC fits into a very specific receptor site in the brain like a key into a lock.When this bond is formed, the reaction sends a cascade of signals to the brain resulting in the psychoactive effect of “getting high.” CBD doesn’t fit into the same receptor site as THC – it binds beside the receptor – so it does not cause the same chemical cascade and psychoactive effect. In fact, the presence of CBD can even negate the bond between THC and the CB-1 receptors, effectively neutralizing the psychoactive effects induced by THC.

How amazing is that?! Our bodies were created with such a beautifully complex design, and nature provides us with so many wonderful tools like CBD and essential oils for supporting our heath!

Extra Credit: Want a little more?

Check out this article on the science and binding of THC and CBD.

Endocannabinoid Binding to the Cannabinoid Receptors: What Is Known and What Remains Unknown

FAQ: Is CBD Safe?

CBD is considered “generally well-tolerated with a good safety profile” according to a 2018 World Health Organization report; however, you have to be extremely careful where you purchase CBD.

The greatest concern with CBD, however … is quality control. In 2015, the F.D.A. found that many CBD-labeled products actually contained very little CBD.” – Moises Velasquez-Manoff, NYTimes

Getting your CBD from a trusted source with high quality control is incredibly important.

You want to have a CBD derived from hemp plants grown on a farm without the use of any pesticides. This is hugely important! Because of the nature of CBD, it can enhance what’s around it, and pesticides are the last thing we want to be ingesting or spreading across our skin!

Other Commonly Asked Questions

Let’s tackle a couple more frequently asked questions, shall we?

Does CBD show up on drug tests? Theoretically, CBD should not show up on a drug test. To be classified as 0% THC a product must contain less than 0.3% THC. Find a company you can see lab results that their CBD products all undergo a thorough lab certification process to ensure there is no detectable THC. However, every person’s body is different and you should consult with your doctor if you have any concerns.

Is CBD safe for my pet? While it may seem tempting to give your furry family members a bit of CBD (look at all the benefits!), the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center recommends waiting for more information to come out and always asking your veterinarian.

“Like with any product, you should consult with your veterinarian to determine if CBD products are right for your pet, and what the proper dosage should be. There’s a lot of information online that can be misleading, and consulting with a professional should always be your first step.” – ASPCA Safety Concerns of CBD

How Does It Work?

Cue the ‘Bill Nye, the Science Guy’ theme song! Not into the science jargon? Don’t worry, we’ll give you the cliff notes version. For even more, search CBD on Pubmed!

We’ve mentioned before that CBD primarily interacts with your body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS). This is the body system that regulates things like appetite, pain, mood, memory and more, so endocannabinoids and their receptors are found all throughout the body. They are in the brain, nervous system, organs, connective tissues, glands, and immune cells. In each tissue, the cannabinoid system performs different tasks, but the goal is always the same: homeostasis.

Homeostasis is all about balance, stability. It is the body’s attempt to maintain a consistent internal environment, and this requires constant monitoring and adjusting as things within the body change. Because of its interactions with the ECS, we can use the therapeutic properties of essential oil and CBD to help maintain homeostasis!

Here’s the gist of it… there are systems in our bodies that are solely dependent on their interaction with cannabinoids, and these systems are part of the daily functioning of our bodies to create and maintain a constant, balanced state. Just like with essential oils and other plants, our bodies were designed to work with plant-based cannabinoids. The body knows what to do with them, so we can utilize them for our overall health!

Studies on CBD

While CBD is still being actively researched, there are thousands of clinical studies that have already shown the benefits of usage! A PubMed search showed the following:

221 Studies: Cannabidiol displays anti-seizure properties

533 Studies: Regulation of nausea and vomiting by cannabinoids

1784 Studies: CBD suppresses pain 1168 Studies: CBD improves brain function

295 Studies: CBD improves sleep

2042 Studies: CBD Helps Fight Cancer and Tumors

1368 Studies: Cannabidiol protects from inflammation

413 Studies: Anxiety relief with CBD

802 Studies: CBD helps fight neurodegenerative disease

There are wonderful implications for utilizing CBD to help with many chronic health needs, so we recommend talking with a healthcare provider that you love and trust about your specific situation and how essential oil infused CBD can help.

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CBD and Pain

Research on CBD is still actively being conducted, and we are learning more every day, but we do know that CBD, especially essential oil infused CBD, can benefit many different areas of our health. Pain management is one of the most commonly touted benefits of CBD, so let’s start there!

In a recent interview, Dr. Houman Danesh, Director of Integrative Pain Management for Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC, stated, “There are two main types of pain, musculoskeletal and nerve. There could be benefits with CBD for both conditions.”

Pain management can include managing (ie not curing) typical aches and pains like pain from aging, menstrual cramps, workout recovery, inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, joint aches and other neurological issues. Largely because of its anti-inflammatory properties, CBD carries huge potential when it comes to pain management.

CBD and Anxiety

Anxiety disorders are incredibly common in the United States, and almost all of us know someone (or are someone) who struggles with anxiety. CBD has been used for anxiety, depression, insomnia, autism, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other mental health needs, and more research is still in progress.

In a recent interview, Junella Chin, DO, an osteopathic physician and a medical cannabis expert for cannabisMD, had this to say: “CBD tells your body to calm down and reminds you that you’re safe. It mellows out the nervous system so you’re not in a heightened ‘fight or flight’ response, so people with anxiety may find it helps them feel more relaxed. “One of the biggest misconceptions about CBD is that it’s a wonder drug. “A lot of times people think CBD is a cure-all, and it’s not,” Dr. Chin says. “You should also have a healthy lifestyle with plenty of exercise and good nutrition — CBD is not going to fix everything.”

Bottom line… NOTHING is going to fix everything. There is no miracle cure, no wonder drug, no long lost fountain of youth oil. You have to empower yourself with knowledge and tools to improve your health. And here is the best news of all… we have them right at our fingertips!

More Common Uses of CBD

As research emerges on CBD, we are learning more and more how it helps the ECS (Endocannabinoid System, remember?!) maintain homeostasis (a state of constant stability). Here are some of the common uses for CBD:

  • General well-being, cardiovascular health and antioxidant support: The main culprit for aging and diseases are the by-products of oxygenation from our cells. CBD oil acts as an antioxidant, much like other superfoods including our beloved Ningxia Red, reversing accelerated aging and keeping our cells healthy and vibrant.
  • Nausea, vomiting and motion sickness
  • Diabetes and blood sugar regulation
  • Skincare
  • Quitting Smoking: The Society of Cannabis Clinicians has shown that CBD oil can help you quit smoking more rapidly and in an easier fashion.
  • Neurodegenerative Disorders, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Diseases: CBD helps with inflammation, a key component of these health issues
  • Crohn’s Disease and Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome (also known as IBS): Again, because of its effects on inflammation, CBD may reduce the inflammation in the bowels, assisting with these issues.
  • Lupus and other Auto-Immune Diseases
  • Supporting the body’s capacities and overall quality of life while battling seizures, cancer and/or addressing tumors

As you can see, there are a lot of potential uses for CBD! It’s important to remember that each person will have a different response to CBD, so we recommend keeping a log to track how much you use, how your symptoms have changed and how you’re feeling!

Other Considerations When Using CBD

There are a few other things to keep in mind when using your CBD!

Food: Food affects your body’s ability to absorb CBD, and more cannabinoids are absorbed on a full stomach. CBD is fat-soluble, so ingesting the drops with a healthy dose of fat can increase the amount of CBD that reaches your bloodstream three-fold! A spoonful of almond butter, coconut oil in a smoothing, or even a handful of olives can help increase absorption.

Prescription drug interactions: CBD could interfere with the processing of certain drugs by Cytochrome P-450. Because Cytochrome P-450 is most concentrated in the liver, ingested CBD is more likely than topical CBD to cause interactions. There are currently no known contraindications, but if you are taking prescription medications we urge you to speak with your doctor or pharmacist to manage any potential interactions.

Time in your mouth: Everything above applies to CBD that is swallowed immediately. However, while it sits under your tongue, it can be absorbed more quickly into your bloodstream.

What to Expect

Typically, when taken sublingually (under the tongue), CBD enters the system in about 20 minutes. So for some people, results are immediate. For others it might take two weeks to a month to notice a difference. It also depends on your intended use for CBD. If you’re wanting support for sleep at night, you’re likely to see results immediately. If you’re supporting your body through chronic pain or inflammation, it is more likely to take longer.

As with any supplement, it is important to be patient when starting CBD. Many people give up too soon or don’t do enough experimenting to figure out what dose is good for them. This is where keeping a log is very helpful! Just like essential oils, you have to find what works for you, and consistency is key!

CBD and Children

Using anything, conventional or not, with your kids can be overwhelming, and we understand that! A few years ago, many families moved to states that legalized CBD usage first because they believed in its value that much, and the reports from these families are incredible!

While there are no studies on the long term effects of CBD usage in children, the current studies and testimonials speak volumes. Many popular uses doctors are seeing are the same as the adult uses discussed earlier — pain management, ADHD, Autism, sleep support, seizures, focus, and more. We highly urge you to discuss usage and dosing with a CBD-knowledgeable physician and start at the lowest dosage.

CBD is a powerful natural option for those looking to take control of their health and wellness.

My favorite brand that I use with clients and my own family is from Nature’s Ultra.
It is THC FREE and you can purchase it here: Nature’s Ultra THC Free CBD

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