A Beginner’s guide to CBD (Cannabidiol)

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Medical cannabis is getting a lot of attention nowadays, and for very good reason.  Cannabidiol or CBD is a compound present in cannabis or hemp, found to have significant benefits.  It is one of over a hundred different cannabinoids present in cannabis.    Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC is another well-known constituent present in the famous plant, and is the part that is responsible for the psychoactive effects.  Cannabidiol, on the other hand, works to calm the psychotropic effects of THC.  Cannabidiol is non-psychoactive, and works with a system of receptors in our body called the endocannabinoid system, to help maintain our body’s homeostasis. 

CBD can be derived from hemp (cannabis containing less than .3%THC), so it is available to us legally in the form of a dietary supplement.  Consuming CBD is an incredible way to receive some of the benefits of medical cannabis without getting high.  Cannabis is one of the most heavily studied plants today.  Early studies have shown that CBD can be beneficial for those seeking relief from inflammation, pain, anxiety, psychosis, seizures, spasms, and other conditions. 

Scientific studies continue to shed light on the medical benefits of CBD.  There is a lot of potential shown from preliminary research that CBD can be used to help a wide range of conditions, including arthritis, diabetes, alcoholism, MS, chronic pain, schizophrenia, PTSD, depression, antibiotic-resistant infections, epilepsy, and other neurological disorders.

The oral administration of the non-psychotropic cannabis plant constituent cannabidiol (CBD) is safe and well tolerated in humans, according to clinical trial data published online by the journal Current Pharmaceutical Design.  Even in high doses, CBD has been shown to not have any negative side effects. 

If you are considering adding CBD to your health regimen, do your research.  Not all CBD oils are the same.  You want to make sure that the oil you put into your body is derived from organic sources, grown without pesticides, and uses a clean extraction method.  On top of that, considering the method of delivery and bioavailability of the supplement you choose is very important.  Most oils max out at 6-10% bioavailability.  That means that your body only using a small percentage of that precious substance, and is eliminating the rest.  Nano liposomal delivery solves this problem by distributing the compound via nano spheres that are able to penetrate directly into your cells, even cross the blood brain barrier.  You can learn more about that here.

As with all supplements, it is recommended that you consult a medical professional regarding your current condition. 

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  1. […] Lucky for those of us who live in non-legal states, we can still use hemp-derived products as long as they contain less than 0.3% THC.  Thanks to the Farm Bill of 2014, we have the right to consume hemp products.  Hemp is naturally low in THC, the psychoactive component of cannabis, but it does contain loads of beneficial phytocannabinoids (specialized molecules that work with our body’s Endocannabinoid System).  There are over a hundred cannabinoids present in the cannabis plant, and one of the main phytocannabinoids present in hemp is Cannabidiol, or CBD. […]

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