What is CBD Oil?
What are Cannabinoids?
Cannabis is a complex plant containing more than 400 different compounds, over 100 of which are cannabinoids or special compounds designed to fit into endocannabinoid receptors in the brain and body. All mammals have an endocannabinoid system (named after the cannabis plant which aided in its discovery) and produce their own endocannabinoids to interact with it.
Phytocannabinoids, or cannabinoids derived from plants, also interact with the EC system albeit in different ways depending on the specific cannabinoid. For example, whereas tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) binds directly to cannabinoid receptors, cannabidiol (CBD) blocks receptors to mediate their activity. The resulting effects on the body vary, though both can be therapeutic.
Though the bulk of cannabinoid research has been focused on THC due to the “high” it causes, CBD has recently taken center stage due to its amazing therapeutic potential minus the psychotropic effects. Acting as a bridge between the positive therapeutic potential and negative views regarding the side effects of cannabis consumption, CBD is making it possible for people of all ages to reap the benefits of cannabinoids without the risk of getting high.
More About CBD
CBD is one of at least 113 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. It can be ingested via consumption, inhalation or topical application where it interacts with cannabinoid receptors.
Though CBD does not directly bind with CB receptors like other cannabinoids do, it does help control cannabinoid uptake thus mediating cannabinoid activity. In doing, it can reduce negative side effects of THC like paranoia or lethargy, while making other cannabinoids more readily available in the body.
CBD may also promote endocannabinoid production to improve homeostasis in the body. Some research suggests that functional disorders like fibromyalgia, migraines or IBS could be caused by an endocannabinoid deficiency.
The Difference Between CBD and THC
The chemical structure of CBD and THC are very similar (differing only in an extra hydrogen bond on CBD) and have many of the same effects on the body -- they both minimize pain, stimulate appetite, reduce vomiting and nausea, and suppress muscle spasms – but unlike THC which readily binds to cannabinoid receptors in the brain (CB1 receptors), CBD actually blocks these receptors to offer even more health benefits. Not only does it mediate the effects of THC, CBD also relieves stress and anxiety, reduces inflammation, decreases blood sugar levels, kills bacteria, treats psoriasis, and promotes bone growth just to name a few! When used in conjunction with other cannabinoids like CBG (which treats fungal infection), CBC (which reduces tumor growth), or CBGa (which also reduces inflammation), CBD products can have a profound impact on a person’s over-all health and well-being.
Medical Benefits of Full-Spectrum Versus CBD-Only Products
CBD holds more promise in the medical community than any other cannabinoid which is one reason “CBD only” laws have been so successful. But CBD alone cannot provide a full spectrum of healing potential without other cannabinoids riding on its back.
Though THC is still illegal in much of the nation, other non-psychoactive cannabinoids are not and should therefore not be omitted from a daily cannabinoid regimen. To reap the full benefits of CBD, full-spectrum CBD products are highly recommended. They can be derived from either hemp or marijuana plants, both of which are from the same genus and species; Cannabis Sativa. Fortunately, hemp-based CBD products (which must contain less than .3 percent THC) are legal nation-wide.
Cannabis is a powerful plant thanks to the healing potential of cannabinoids found within it. Though the psychoactive cannabinoid, THC, remains illegal and highly scrutinized for its impact on the body, another cannabinoid, CBD, is not. Though research is limited, preliminary studies have shown CBD to hold a wide range of medical potential, especially when used in conjunction with other cannabinoids.
For those seeking an alternative to other medications (or those just wanting to live a healthier lifestyle), CBD oils and supplements provide an excellent means to do so – and they’re legal nationally!
If you’d like to see for yourself the amazing healing potential of full spectrum CBD products, visit our store page to find the perfect product for you.
- NuLeaf Naturals