For thousands of years, CBD has been used medicinally by different cultures all the way back to 2900 BC. To name a few, the ancient Chinese drank tea from the cannabis plant as a medicinal tonic, Queen Victoria took it to relieve menstrual cramps, and Saint Hildegard from Germany recommended applying it to wounds and sores. Today, the health benefits of CBD are already backed by various scientific studies, and doctors can officially prescribe CBD for specific cases. Here are ten conditions that CBD can be helpful for:
- Chronic Pain
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Heart Disease
- Skin Conditions
- Post Workout Inflammation
CBD has been generating more buzz over the past few years, and you might have pieced together information about it from vape shops, social media, or friends who have already tried it several times. Still, with so many terms thrown around like THC, hemp, and cannabis, there are a lot of misconceptions about CBD.
Here are some popular CBD myths that you might have encountered.
- CBD will get you High – Fiction
- CBD is Illegal – Fiction
- You need a Prescription for CBD – Fiction
- CBD is Addictive – Fiction
- CBD will make you Sleepy – Fiction
- The Higher the Dosage, the Better – Fiction
Now that CBD products are in the spotlight, both sellers and consumers alike have to separate fact from fiction. With some CBD mythbusting, people can be more informed about it, recognising CBD for its safe, science-backed therapeutic effects as its role in wellness grows.
In 1988, a study funded by the US government at St. Louis University School of Medicine found that the mammalian brain has receptor sites that respond to compounds found in cannabis. The scientists were trying to understand how THC, the substance in marijuana that makes people feel ‘high’, affected the body. What they discovered was an extensive network of cannabinoid receptors (CBr) in cells of both the peripheral and the central nervous system.
The cannabinoid receptors sit on the surface of our cells and monitor what is happening in the body outside the cell. They transmit information about these changes to the inside of the cell, prompting the appropriate cellular response. The two major cannabinoid receptors are called CB-1 and CB-2. Though there are more, these are the first two that were discovered and remain the most thoroughly studied.
To understand the ECS, we first need to understand homeostasis. Homeostasis is the process of your body trying to keep everything in the right zone. It attempts to keep everything happening inside your body at a stable, optimal level, no matter what is going on around you on the outside. Your body works constantly to monitor the important functions and levels within it: are your hormonal levels correct? Is your temperature too high or too low? Do you need food? Do you need sleep?
When something is out of kilter within your body, the ECS kicks in to correct the problem. So if you’re too cold, you’ll start to shiver to warm your body. If you’re too hot, you’ll start to sweat to cool down. If your stomach rumbles, you know you need to eat. Homeostasis is also called the ‘Goldilocks zone’ – because everything is ‘just right’. The ECS works very precisely to maintain homeostasis and only impacts what it needs to. So, for example, if you have a problem with your digestive system, it will be activated only to regulate that issue, without affecting your immune system or reproductive hormones.
Homeostasis is essential to human health, and the ECS is an essential part of our wellbeing. Scientific studies have shown changes in ECS activity in relation to a number of different diseases, including cancer, neurodegenerative disorders and rheumatoid arthritis. Due to the effect of cannabis products on the ECS, they have rapidly become an obvious and important target for potential treatments, and lots of research is going on to find out the extent of the health benefits they may have.
As scientists have done more research in the ECS, they have discovered several conditions that could be related to a lack of naturally produced endocannabinoids, called clinical endocannabinoid deficiency (CECD). Evidence has been found that conditions for which CECD may play a part include irritable bowel syndrome, migraines and fibromyalgia. Studies are ongoing to find out how CBD products and medical marijuana may be able to correct CECD. However, cannabinoids are being researched as potential treatments for plenty of other conditions too, not just those related to CECD, including Alzheimer’s Disease, psychiatric illnesses, cardiovascular disease, chronic pain conditions and kidney diseases, to name but a few.