UPDATE: It turns out that CBD is naturally occurring in breast milk! And this is why we call CBD an 'endogenous' compound - because it is naturally occurring in the body.
The discovery of CBD, and particularly the endo-cannbinoid system, are two of the greatest health discoveries of the 21st century. Many people are saying this because of the number of people and health conditions that are benefitting from CBD.
CBD (CBD oil) is the main medicinal compound in cannabis. It has so many benefits to both body and brain, that it can be hard to believe it at first.
Here are some of the testimonials I have heard first hand:
Arthritis: "I put CBD cream on my hands in the morning, and then I go can go all day. I don't feel any arthritis pain. It's wonderful." - a gentleman I met at the hemp shop in Victoria.
Anxiety and Migraines: I also spoke recently to a woman who has had migraines for years, and was taking medications for anxiety. A month ago she started taking CBD oil, and now she is totally off the anxiety medications, and in 30 days she's had only two migraines.
I've also heard from people who found it greatly helped with PTSD symptoms, fibromyalgia, and more.
CBD: creates more stable moods, reduces inflammation (auto-immune conditions), lowers blood sugar (diabetics can take less insulin), and greatly benefits psoriasis and eczema. Yes, really! CBD benefits both body and brain, and is now being researched for its effects on cancer and tumours.
CBD stands for "Cannabidiol". CBD does not make you high. The other main compound in cannabis is THC, "The high causer", which does make you high. CBD can be purchased with or without THC.
CBD it not a drug. I think of it as a key master regulatory molecule. CBD seems to help restore homeostasis (balance) through its effects on our Endocannabinoid System - which is a recent discovery.
CBD and THC both work through their effects on the recently discovered endo-cannabinoid system - a system of receptors that exist throughout the human body.
The ECS explained in 3 mins
CBD oil has the following properties:
1. Axiolytic - reduces anxiety
4. Anti-oxidant - slows aging
6. Reduces pain
7. Lowers blood sugar
9. And may be cancer preventive
The US Gov has literally had a patent on CBD for the last 30 years
for it's neuro-protective qualities.
CBD is perhaps mostly taken for pain, anxiety, and inflammation. Though I think as awareness grows, it will be increasingly taken to lower blood sugar, to protect the brain and delay aging, and even for shrinking benign tumours or as a cancer-preventive.
But how can CBD do all this?
There are receptor sites for CBD throughout the body
The Endo-Cannabinoid System (ECS) seems to help regulate many other body systems, helping to normalize their functioning. The ECS is made up of CB1 and CB2 receptors, which have been found throughout the body, including the brain, heart, and large intestine. CBD stimulates those receptors, creating many health benefits. And CBD does this without side effects and without being addictive. The Endo-cannabinoid System has been called a kind of master regulatory system in the human body.
"Cannabis is a sacred, divine plant... a gift from God. It is being legalized now to get us through this time. And it's mostly about CBD."
- Buddha Maitreya
Here are a few great sources for learning more about CBD oil:
"Survey: Nearly Half Of People Who Use Cannabidiol Products Stop Taking Traditional Medicines"
Article on Forbes >>
"The Cannabis Market That Could Grow 700% By 2020"
Article on Forbes >>
A great overview of CBD oil, with references to studies:
10 Little Known Uses for CBD >>
“Cannabis Pharmacy", a video with Michael Backes of Project CBD:
Cannabis Pharmacy >>
A study on CBD for social anxiety:
CBD combats social anxiety >>
CBD Users Manual >>
A final note: When buying CBD, its wise to get it from a high quality source that has been tested for purity. Cheaper forms of CBD will be an isolate of CBD, which means you are not getting the other cannabinoids or terpenes (other beneficial molecules found in the whole plant). Better to get CBD from the whole-plant or what's called "critical C02 extraction". It is also always a good idea to buy Organic, too, since hemp is a bio-accumulator: it draws toxins from the soil.
On that note, I have recently chosen to affiliate myself with a company that produces high quality, Organic CBD oil, out of Colorado, called Hempworx.
Hempworx makes CBD drops and a CBD pain-relief cream, and they are both helping many people.
For more, visit:
Hi, I'm Donovan Giraud. I'm a health coach, meditator and visionary, and I'm on a mission to help people heal themselves and evolve our world.