What is CBD?
When you look up cannabis health benefits or anything research related to cannabis, you will most likely stumble upon the mystical CBD word. CBD stands for cannabidiol and is one of the 113 cannabinoid elements within your typical cannabis and hemp plants. It is the second-most abundant cannabinoid to be found in a plant and it greatly differs from its THC counterpart.
To begin with, CBD does not have any psychoactive effects. On the contrary, most of the good things that you might have heard about cannabis are due to the effects of CBD. It calms you down, suppresses pain, increases appetite, and helps with recovery. So far researchers are struggling to find a downside to the usage of CBD isolate products.
CBD has been known to us since 1940 and its effects have been studied for a long time, although not on a wide scale due to problems related to cannabis prohibition. Until recently researchers would genuinely struggle to find cannabis plant material on which to legally do research. Now, thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill that was passed in the US, CBD isolate products, that is CBD products that don’t contain THC at all have been completely legalized in all 50 states. That sounds impressive, before taking into account that CBD oil has been legal in Canada since 2001.
In any case, a great number of companies, entrepreneurs and researchers worldwide have taken the opportunity that CBD has presented them with. Dozens of articles are written each week. CBD product sales are on the rise. International shipments rake in profits worth millions of dollars. The variety of CBD products is also increasing. You can find CBD oil, drops, capsules, tinctures, suppositories, salves, lip balms, gummy bears and even products designed to be used by your pet! CBD has taken the world by storm in what we refer to as the CBD Craze.
Benefits of CBD
CBD Combats Anxiety
CBD is widely known as a substance that calms down your mind. It can be particularly useful for people who suffer from severe anxiety or even PTSD. Studies have shown that CBD has an impact on CB1 receptors found in your peripheral and central nervous systems. CBD affects your serotonin levels, which play a huge role in mood disorders. That’s why CBD oil can be used to treat anxiety, stress or depression.
CBD increases appetite
CBD studies have reported that CBD can increase the levels of hunger that your body experiences in a natural way. Some suggest that it has to do with having a more relaxed state of mind. Appetite might seem trivial to some, but in cases where people experience severe food disorders such as Bulimia or Anorexia a bit of appetite could be the difference between life and death.
CBD relieves pain
A lot of research has been done on CBD with regards to pain relief and the general conclusion is that CBD has a direct impact on pain relief. It can help reduce inflammation, help with arthritis and many types of chronic pain. Such claims are supported by the Journal of Experimental Medicine. Researchers believe that CBD interacts with pain receptors in your brain and immune system.
CBD helps cancer patients
CBD products are one of the most commonly recommended for cancer patients. CBD emphasizes natural wellness and recovery and works best along with your traditionally prescripted medicals. Some studies like one from 2012 go far as to claim that CBD directly combats cancer cells, or that it helps prevent the formation of tumors. However, studies have been controversial and we can not legally give you the advice to treat your cancer with CBD alone. CBD is known to help patients going through chemotherapy with systems such as vomiting and nausea which are a very common side effect of the treatment.
CBD helps with epileptic seizures
Studies suggest that consuming CBD oil can have a genuine effect on people with Epilepsy. Epilepsy is a condition that affects the central nervous system and causes it to behave abnormally, causing seizures and other unusual behavior, ultimately leading to a loss of awareness. A study was carried out in 2017 and it provided solid conclusions that CBD oil had an incredible effect on children experiencing seizures. In some cases, children suffering from severe disabilities would suffer a hundred seizures a day. After consuming CBD the number of seizures would go down to 2-3 a day.
Future possibilities for CBD
As more research is being done and opportunities are multiplying there will undoubtedly be more chapters written to the story of CBD. Here in Canada, we are already enjoying the full benefits of CBD and cannabis products be it recreationally or medicinally.
In other countries, the consumption or selling of CBD and any cannabis related products is still treated as a serious offense and in some cases, people face the death penalty. In 2015 the son of Jackie Chan was jailed for a drug offense in China for six months. Jackie eased the situation by making a public apology on behalf of his son.
In our vision, the future of CBD will be two-fold. CBD will spread to new markets as it becomes legalized in more countries and will effectively become more widely integrated, not only to new countries but in our own societies as well. CBD could become a feature to be found in every household.
The other side of the process will involve the deepening of our knowledge of CBD as more and more research is done. Perhaps further benefits will be included in the already significant list of problems that CBD helps to solve. Only time will tell how it will all really go down but we all remain highly optimistic about the future of CBD!
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