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