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What is the endocannabinoid system
Over the past year, CBD derived from hemp and Cannabis has received quite a bit of attention for its medicinal healing qualities as well as the recreational use that keeps an individual in complete control of their actions. It has become a game-changer in the lives of families dealing with medical issues not to mention that value it has brought to families to reduce the amount of alcohol-related injury. It's a plant that defiantly deserves attention.
To understand cannabis and hemp better we have to pay attention to the endocannabinoid system that is in all humans. This system is responsible for important roles in the central nervous system. It is comprised of cannabinoid receptors called CB1 And CB2. These receptors are located in the brain and throughout the body. The CB1 receptor is mostly located in the brain. Cb2 receptors are generally found within the immune system. The endocannabinoid system creates its own cannabinoids and enzymes that break down these cannabinoids. These interact through the receptors within the body. This system helps to control homeostasis which is your bodies natural way of keeping everything in order. When the body senses disorder within, it activates the endocannabinoid system to correct it.
The endocannabinoid system is linked to important functions as:
Inflammation, sleep, mood, motor control, temperature regulation, digestion, immune functions, appetite, pain and pleasure reward.
Your body activates the endocannabinoid system when it needs to and brings your body back to full balance and good health. This system, which all humans have, is very important for overall health. Without it, we would be in some serious health trouble. This is why hemp and cannabis are the obvious solutions to many problems with the endocannabinoid system. Hemp and cannabis contain natural cannabinoids that interact with our natural receptors. Cannabinoids and endocannabinoids work as neurotransmitters which are the communication delivery system from one cell to another.
When your body has a shortage in this system you may experience digestive problems such as irritable bowel syndrome, migraine headaches or fibromyalgia. You wouldn't think all these could possibly be related until you understand the importance of a healthy endocannabinoid system and its relationship to homeostasis.
With a better understanding of the endocannabinoid system, we can see why hemp and cannabis are becoming front and center to overall good health. The old ways of thinking are gone. We now know that Cannabis offers great health value and is a natural solution to many issues within the body. The stigma of this plant is being lifted through multiple studies on its uses and benefits far behind the old “stoners” thinking process. It no longer is considered the gateway drug. It has finally earned the respect it deserves as natural medicine. The recreational use of the plant, when used, a person stays in full control of their behavior and does not become reckless as alcohol tends to do. It's a safe way to “relax” and maintain your composure.
How does CBD work in the endocannabinoid system
CBD acts upon the receptors naturally found throughout the body called CB1 And CB2. CBD activates the endocannabinoid system and in turn, promotes homeostasis which helps to reduce inflammation and pain. These receptors are responsible for different functions throughout the body. CB1 receptors are mostly located within the brain and help to lower anxiety, blood pressure, depression, and some intestinal inflammation. CB2 receptors help with intestinal difficulties, cardiovascular and also help with skin and bones.
Endocannabinoids are components of the cellular membrane that we manufacture on demand. Meaning, when the body needs it, it releases it for healing. The effect of CBD is created through indirect actions. It activates other receptors such as TRPV1 which are the receptors for relieving pain, regulating your body temperature and reducing inflammation. CBD is known to inhibit the fatty acid Amide Hydrolasis which elevates a molecule known as the bliss molecule(anandamide) which helps with pleasure and motivation.
Cannabinoids come from inside our own body and are made by us and an outside source the cannabis and Hemp plant. When our body has depleted its resource we now have the option to replenish our system through this plant. There are many options available some however are still not legal in a few states. That option is cannabis itself. The cannabis plant contains both THC and CBD which is considered to be the most effective when healing the body. For those of us who cannot use cannabis due to the THC content, another vet effective source is CBD derived from the hemp plant. This does not contain THC. It is perfectly legal and safe. CBD is available in all states to legally purchase.
CBD is good for treating these ailments:
CBD may cause diarrhea in some people. It may interact with certain prescription medications so consult your doctor before taking CBD. It may cause tiredness in some people.
As you can see Cbd has an amazing effect on the endocannabinoid system and helps with many health-related issues. Its the key that unlocks the bodies potential for ultimate healing.
What is the difference between Hemp CBD and Cannabis CBD
Cbd products are becoming very popular for their array of healing qualities. You can now find CBD in gummies, oil, lotions, edibles, candy,vapes and so many more. But what is the difference between CBD made from Hemp and the CBD products available from cannabis? As many states are legalizing cannabis, it's probably a good idea to know the difference between the two so you can make the right decision for yourself.
Hemp and cannabis come from the same plant called Cannabis sativa L.
Industrial Hemp is cultivated for use of the stalk and seeds. This product is used to make textiles, food, paper ect. Industrial Hemp only contains about .03% THC which is the legal amount to be sold in all states. Hemp is considered a durable and strong fiber. It can be grown without pesticides and is completely sustainable. Its seeds and stems are high in protein, vitamins, and essential amino acids. Industrial hemp is not cultivated to produce buds, therefore, lacks the component cannabis is known for to create a high. Because of the lack of this component, Hemp has a higher CBD content.
Cannabis is specifically cultivated for its psychoactive component THC. It is used to smoke or ingest for medical and recreational purposes. It contains between 5% or more THC. Cannabis or marijuana as some refer to it is usually grown in warm and humid environments to produce a high quantity of THC within the buds. Cannabis contains 120 cannabinoids that are all beneficial to the body. Marijuana is used mainly for the buds but also for the stems and leaves. Cannabis is cultivated for the THC but also contains CBD.
A typical hemp-derived CBD oil contains about 3.5% CBD. Cannabis oil contains upwards of 20% CBD.
How much CBD should you take?
Here are the guidelines to dosage on a Hemp drevied CBD:
For general well being: 2.5 to 15 mg CBD per day
For chronic pain: 2.5-20 mg CBD per day
For sleep: 40 to 120 mg CBD per day
It's always best to keep a journal of your doage and how it affects you so you can adjust either higher or lower.
CBD which is known as Cannabidiol is one of the cannabinoids found in the cannabis or hemp plant. It is a naturally occurring compound that provides medicinal healing to the body. It is a safe and nonaddictive phytocannabinoid. CBD binds to the receptors within the body to provide a therapeutic effect.
Full spectrum CBD contains more of the plant's nutrition including terpenes, essential fatty acids, protein, vitamins, and minerals.
CBD from Hemp does NOT contain THC and will NOT get you high. CBD will NOT show up as a positive on a drug test.
The right dose of CBD for you is 1-6 mg of CBD per 10 pounds of body weight. Example:
A 150-pound person would use between 15-25 mg of CBD as a start per dose. A standard dropper produces 20 drops per milliliter (20 drops = 1ML = 7 MG)
CBD should be used one to two times a day depending on what you are using it for. I would start with once in the a.m and adjust accordingly.
The rule of thumb when considering CBD strength is to start low then gradually move up to higher doses until you find the one that works best for your body.
Any drug that is metabolised by the liver will be affected by CBD. If you are taking any other medication that affects the liver such as pain killers it is wise to consult your physician before taking CBD. Liver damage can become fatal.
CBD is derived from the Hemp or cannabis plant. The CBD that is legal in all states comes from the Hemp plant.
CBD isolate is 99% pure crystalline powder. It is just CBD with no other plant matter.
CBD is used for many medicinal reasons. A few common ailments CBD is good for is: anxiety, depression, pain, seizures, neurodegenerative disorders, anti-acne, cancer, obesity, diabetes, lowers cholesterol, focus, and concentration protects against bone disease, anti-inflammatory, and protects the skin.
Helps smokers quit smoking
It's been said that quitting smoking is as difficult to quit as heroin. There are many studies out there that say CBD is a good tool to help you quit. CBD works within the endocannabinoid system in our body. According to the published studies, people who smoke cigarettes were given a CBD vape to smoke and the results were promising. How it works is CBD is released into the body tricking the brain into feeling satisfied. This helps cut cravings down dramatically each day. Because smoking is more habit than anything, over time CBD will cut cravings and make it a little easier to quit altogether. The studies used a vape so I would recommend trying the vape for quitting
Helps with Anxiety
CBD has shown to provide great promise in dealing with anxiety. CBD works naturally by activating these receptors and repairs damage as a WHOLE. The difference between CBD and taking a prescription is that a prescription will treat certain symptoms but not all the symptoms. That’s why usually many prescriptions are given at one time. CBD corrects symptoms as a whole so you only need one product. This one product addresses many issues at once creating a holistic approach rather than trying to solve a puzzle with multiple prescriptions. If you are ready for a less stressful feeling and a more holistic approach to your mental health and physical health, ditch the prescriptions that are terrible for your liver and go natural with CBD.
I would recommend the full spectrum CBD oil because it has shown the most positive results from multiple studies.
Helps to Curb appetite
Appetite is triggered by the CB1 receptors in the body. The hormone responsible for triggering appetite is ghrelin. Appetite occurs within the hypothalamus part of the brain. CBD blocks the CB1 receptor that is responsible for appetite, therefore, curbing the desire for food. The endocannabinoid system is responsible for energy and transporting nutrients. CBD works within this system.
Helps to control Pain
CBD reacts with both receptors. Our immune system is connected to these receptors. When your body interacts with CBD it begins to reduce inflammation instantly. It works within the receptors to repair the damage. It helps to improve the pain management system within the brain.
CBD rich means it has equal amounts of CBD and THC or more CBD than THC
CBD dominant means it has very little THC if any.
What exactly is CBD-Cannabidiol? According to Wikipedia, Cannabidiol known as CBD is one of at least 113 active cannabinoids identified in cannabis. It is a major phytocannabinoid, accounting for up to 40% of the plants’ extract. You cannot get “BUZZED” from Dominant CBD and it does not show a positive result on drug tests.
CBD binds to the receptors in the body that are a part of the endocannabinoid system. CBD helps to reduce anxiety, works well for PTSD, is used as a pain reliever as well as helps to control appetite for a healthy fit body. Cbd receptors are located throughout the body. CBD works mostly on the immune system, digestive tract as well as pain receptors. They are referred to as CB2 receptors. This is why CBD is really good for IBS and Crohn’s disease.
When choosing CBD as an isolate or full spectrum here are a few differences between the two. A CBD full spectrum refers to the whole plant. You receive the spectrum of the entire plant including cannabinoids, terpenes, vitamins, and minerals as well as the essential fats and proteins. With CBD isolate you are receiving only the CBD itself. Studies concluded that full spectrum CBD works best for pain management as the effects last longer than an isolate. A full spectrum CBD is also recommended for anxiety as it provides the further needed cannabinoids, terpenes and added health benefits.
Cbd full spectrum has added nutrition because it provides the entire plant extract:
Protein which is essential for building and maintaining muscle tone. Which makes a full spectrum extract an obvious choice in your fitness regime as well as maintaining a healthy body.
It also contains fiber which is good to maintain a healthy digestive tract.
CBD full spectrum also contains the essential fatty acids needed to regulate inflammation.
It contains Vitamin A which is important for a healthy heart, lungs, kidneys as well as many other organs.
CBD full extract contains Vitamin C which is an important antioxidant needed to form collagen and support immune function.
It also contains Vitamin E which is another powerful antioxidant
Full extract CBD contains Vitamin B.
Vitamin B1 helps treat digestive problems, Vitamin B2 which helps with migraines and some eye conditions.
It contains Vitamin B3 helps to control stress-related hormones.
The Full spectrum extract of CBD also contains Vitamin B6 which regulates mood and sleep.
A few others benefits are as follows:
Iron which is good for the transfer of oxygen to the lungs.
Beta Carotene which slows down the aging process
Zinc which is for the immune system
potassium which helps the kidneys.
calcium which helps regulate body weight.
Selenium which has antioxidant properties.
Phosphorus which keep your bones and teeth strong
Manganese which regulates blood sugar levels.
Magnesium which reduces inflammation
Flavonoids which benefits your cells.
Terpenes which provide an anti-inflammatory effect.
CBD isolate contains only the crystalline powder that is 99% CBD only.
Isolates can be used for anxiety and depression.