CBD has become quite a well-known supplement, especially since regulations around the use of the hemp plant have relaxed in so many regions around the world. With the big boom in popularity, there’s as much misinformation about these products that are circulating and perpetuating myths. So let’s unpack CBD and examine what we definitely know about it.  

What is CBD?

CBD is a compound known as a cannabinoid that naturally occurs in the/hemp plant. It is one of many (113 positively identified) cannabinoids that are in the plant. The reason CBD and many of the other cannabinoids offer such profound benefits to the human body is actually quite interesting; it’s about more than just nutritional value.

CBD and our built-in endocannabinoid system

 All vertebrates actually have an endocannabinoid system within their central and peripheral nervous systems. The endocannabinoid’s job is varied and big, but some of its tasks include managing immune responses, communication between cells, appetite and metabolism, memory. It requires endocannabinoids (which are cannabinoids, like CBD, but produced in the body) to send its signals and perform its function. Research suggests that we can support and strengthen the endocannabinoid system with non-psychoactive cannabinoids, like CBD.  

What studies have been done?

For decades, all cannabis extracts and products remained banned. A large part of the reason for that was due to a lack of research. Now, we are seeing more research emerging. Two of the most interesting studies that are noteworthy include:

The Endocannabinoid System and Cannabidiol's Promise for the Treatment of Substance Use Disorder

This study was intended to investigate whether CBD is a good therapeutic option for people who struggle with substance use. The study found that the way in which CBD supports the endocannabinoid system can actually help to curb addiction without creating a new habit because of the way in which it balances cravings. -source

The World Health Organisation has also provided the public with an in-depth critical analysis of CBD. It examines the potential for negative side effects, health benefits, interactions with other substances as well as its composition. This resource is available for everyone to read through and studyhere. It describes CBD as being considered safe and generally well-tolerated by most people. 

Potential risks

The World Health Organization has performed some of the most in-depth analysis on the potential for side effects caused by CBD. These are their findings;

  • There is low potential for toxicity in humans, making it considered safe
  • CBD does not have the same habit-forming potential as other cannabinoids, like THC
  • CBD has an adverse effect on the growth of tumoral cell lines (adverse for the cell lines) without affecting surrounding cell lines (indicating that could potentially be used as a therapy against disease such as cancer)
  • The broader physiological and biochemical parameters of most mammals remain unaffected by CBD, unless used in very large doses.
  • It has been found that at  low doses, CBD appears to have an immune-stimulating effect. At high doses, CBD has an immune-suppressing effect. 
  • CBD may interact with other medications

Known benefits

CBD is a wonderful nutritional supplement that is loved by athletes who claim it can improve their athletic performance, reduce recovery time, and also treat and prevent injuries. It’s a great supplement to boost your antioxidant intake and keep your body performing optimally, whether you’re a busy entrepreneur, a tired mom, or a professional athlete. CBD also holds potential medical benefits:

  • Epilepsy - CBD holds anti-seizure potential making it favourable for use against epilepsy. “The clinical use of CBD is most advanced in the treatment of epilepsy” according to the World Health Organization.-source
  • While we need more research to confirm this, preclinical data indicate that CBD has the potential to hold neuroprotective, antiepileptic, hypoxia-ischemia, anxiolytic, antipsychotic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-asthmatic, and antitumor properties.-source.
  • CBD is also a potential treatment to increase transplant acceptance and boost the recovery rates of patients following organ transplants. -source

Some of the other conditions CBD has been found to potentially assist in treating:

  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Reducing some of the symptoms of schizophrenia 
  • Anxiety and anxiety-related symptoms, like OCD
  • Insomnia and stress
  • Depression and other mental health issues stemming from chronic inflammation

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