What is CBD and how does it help?

What is CBD?

More and more people are showing an interest in the beneficial effects of using CBD products. Research showing benefits in treating various symptoms and disorders with CBD is growing and the first step is to keep our customers informed.

The difference between Hemp and Marijuana

The distinction between Hemp and Marijuana can be really confusing at first. A common misconception is that they are two different species of plant. It turns out Hemp and Marijuana are both Cannabis Sativa. Hemp is simply a legal definition for Cannabis Sativa that contains less than 0.3% THC. Marijuana is Cannabis Sativa that contains over 0.3% THC (usually more like 15-20%) and is capable of getting you high. Marijuana is increasingly becoming legal in many states in the US. Here in Tennessee we are still waiting for an end to Marijuana prohibition.

In recent years many pioneering Cannabis growers have been selectively breeding their plants to contain high amounts of CBD. This is the kind of Hemp flower (cannabis) you can find for sale in our store and throughout Tennessee. This legal CBD flower is non intoxicating (it won’t get you high), and is a very powerful tool to help manage a number of symptoms. CBD can help you feel and perform your best each day.

What is CBD

Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, is a concentrated extract of Hemp flowers. Unlike THC, CBD isn’t psychoactive and won’t give you the “high” effect that marijuana will. However, CBD is known for reducing anxiety & depression-related symptoms, insomnia, and even physical pain. The U.S. FDA has approved CBD in treating two severe forms of epilepsy. The drug, Epidiolex, is the first Hemp-derived drug approved at a federal level.

How does CBD work

CBD works by stimulating the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), which was discovered by scientists in the early 90’s. It’s highly likely the ECS would have been discovered much sooner, but the illegality of cannabis made it very difficult for the scientific community to conduct studies using Cannabis until recently. Raphael Mechoulam as well as NIMH researchers William Devane and Dr. Lumir Hanus found that the human body possesses its own endocannabinoid system (ECS). This system is responsible for keeping balance and helping our bodies return to homeostasis.

There are two receptors sites for cannabinoids: CB1 receptors & CB2 receptors. These receptors are related to coordination, movement, pain, emotions, sleep, memories, and appetite among others. THC attaches to CB1 receptors which are mostly in the brain, causing the “high” that you get from marijuana. CBD attaches to CB2 receptors which are mostly in the immune and gastrointestinal systems. Becuase is doesn’t attach to CB1 receptors in your brain, it won’t give you the feeling of being “high.”

Studies involving CBD

A review published in Frontiers in Pharmacology describes how CBD can protect the hippocampus during stressful situations and prevents the destruction of brain cells. Another review published in the journal Annals of Palliative Medicine suggests that CBD may be useful in cancer pain management. You can also find studies on the effectiveness of CBD for a number of health issues including:

The Brightfield Group collaborated with HelloMD on the largest CBD usage survey. They found that the most common reasons people use CBD were to treat depression, anxiety, insomnia & joint pain. 42% of the people taking part in the survey said that they had stopped using traditional pharmaceuticals due to their satisfaction with CBD-based products. 80% said that they found the products “very or extremely effective”, while only 3% found them ineffectual or slightly effective.

How to use CBD

Studies have shown that using Hemp derived products can have a positive impact on:

  • General mental health & well-being – reducing symptoms associated with conditions such as Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Post-Traumatic Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Social Anxiety, Sleep Issues, Pre-Menstrual Syndrome;
  • Skin protection (improving the production of lipids which help fight against acne or psoriasis), Hair health (stimulating growth), reducing or growing appetite;
  • Asthma (in its oily form, CBD has natural anti-inflammatory & analgesic effects);
  • Pain relief;
  • Heart health, Cancer, Epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease (only under medical supervision!)

You can find CBD in a variety of products, from smokeable flower and vape cartridges to sublingual oils, capsules, skin creams and edibles. Dosage depends on your unique needs, so make sure you talk to a specialist before including CBD products into your routine.