Let's talk about CBD...
I have noticed that people have a lot of confusion about cannabis and about CBD in particular. People have a lot of good questions. Dr. Google has a plethora of answers, but many are incorrect. There is a lot of misinformation on the internet these days.
People want (and need) real solutions for real problems. So, let’s talk about CBD...
CBD, also known as Cannabidiol, is a molecule found in the hemp and marijuana plant. Scientific data shows that it is a powerful tool to control inflammatory pathways in the human body. It does this because we have what is known as an Endocannabinoid System (ECS) in our bodies that easily accepts these molecules. In fact, some studies show that many of us have an Endocannabinoid System Deficiency and this may be one reason why so many people are experiencing inflammatory diseases these days like arthritis, GI issues, fibromyalgia, and brain fog.
CBD is wonderful compound in that it helps to establish homeostasis in our bodies. It regulates multiple systems…
It helps to eliminate toxins.
It protects cells from hyperglycemia.
It is a good alternative to non-steroid anti-inflammatories.
It helps with wound healing.
It helps to regulate mood.
It decreases inflammation in arthritis.
The list goes on and on…
It sounds like a super wonder drug and we are still learning so much about it. What we know today, may be different tomorrow, but one thing is for certain: it works differently for everyone and what worked for you yesterday, may not be working for you today. One reason for this may be the result of the type of CBD product you are using; another reason is that our bodies are constantly changing, growing, acclimating. Our bodies are not meant to be “fixed” with a pill.
There are different types of CBD products out there based on the extraction method. Crystallites are pure chemical molecules...period. This is a single molecule without any other molecules. Some studies show that these products work initially, but then stop working over time. For some people, this works.
A “full-spectrum cannabinoid”, on the other hand, refers to a product that was extracted in a way in which all of the molecules of the “whole plant” have remained intact. In this particular extraction process, there is little to no loss of any of the other compounds that work in tandem with the CBD, such as THC, terpenes and terpenoids. This is what is known as the “full entourage effect”. In my experience, this is nature at its best and as it should be.
The debate that seems to arise in the industry is the medicinal values of one versus the other. Studies are showing that full spectrum offers more therapeutic value overall and over time.
It’s really important to choose organic CBD products. If you are using it for health reasons, you don’t want to be introducing pesticides and insecticides into your bodies. Always check for a lab report to verify that the products have passed reliable tests for this. Make sure the lab is reputable. Cannabis labs are regulated differently in each state and some are going through some transitions.
The choice of delivery system is important. What works for you? A topical? A tincture? Something to smoke? A combination?
When deciding to use a CBD product, make sure you inform your primary care provider. CBD can potentiate other medications because it affects your P450 system in your liver. This means that you need to adjust your prescriptions, so that you don’t overdose on your meds.
If you are female and are taking hormone replacement therapy, don’t smoke CBD from a pipe; use a vape pen instead. Smoking from a pipe releases toxins that could put you at a higher risk for blood-clots.
A final and vital thought about using CBD is that CBD products should be just one part of a holistic health care plan. Make sure you have a healthy diet, are exercising, stretching, and incorporating stress-relieving techniques if you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed in some way. Lifestyle changes may be difficult to implement, but they are often necessary and worth it in the long run. It’s important to treat the underlying issue or issues so that you can more easily maintain a balanced and healthy body.
I love using a CBD tincture to help me feel emotionally balanced. I also like combining CBD with essential oils to make topicals for sleeping, skin care, and for massages. Essential oils are like little power houses that provide various health benefits. When I’m making a topical for someone to help them with their pain and help them to heal, I find that I receive healing also. It is a beautiful spiritual process that feels so true for me. It grounds me.
If you are interested in learning more about CBD, CBD.org is a wonderful, non-biased site for accurate information.