What is Cannabidiol?
CBD (Cannabidiol) is one of the 500 compounds found in the cannabis plant. Those compounds are called cannabinoids and CBD has shown to have many medical benefits without getting you “high” or “stoned”. It is believed CBD can even reduce the psychotropic effects of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol).
However through personal experience, I noticed CBD instead of reducing, amplifies (boosts) the high/stoned feeling.
Scientific research and results from patients have demonstrated the CBD effectiveness for treating epilepsy, cancer, autism, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, diabetes, alcoholism, PTSD, depression, anxiety and many other mental and physical conditions. Furthermore CBD is neuroprotective and promotes brain cell growth.
The reason Cannabis works so well for so many diseases and conditions, is because of the endocannabinoid system, a central component of the health and healing of every human and almost every animal. The endocannabinoid system is closely interconnected with the nervous and immune system.
The human body contains just like all other mammals, birds, fish and sea urchins an endocannabinoid system. Endocannabinoids are your body’s own cannabinoids. Endocannabinoids act as signalers and control all important processes in a living being. Endocannabinoids regulate the production of hormones, proteins, controlling the immune system, all organs, how we feel and what we think.
Besides the cannabinoids found in a living being, in nature they can be only found in the cannabis plant and is called phytocannabinoid. Phyto means plant in Greek. This explains why cannabis has medicinal properties, the plant’s cannabinoids are almost the same substances that the human body produces to control processes in the body. It also explains why cannabis is such a body friendly product and works so quickly.
Cannabinoids fit as keys on receptors that are scattered throughout the body. One distinguishes two types of receptors, CB1 and CB2.
Most cannabinoids interact with the cannabinoid receptors, however CBD interacts very mildly with the cannabinoid receptors. Instead, CBD either helps other cannabinoids to be better absorbed or it improves the cannabinoids receptors effectiveness.
Imbalance in the endocannabinoid system
It is believed that many diseases are a result from an imbalance or interruptions in the human endocannabinoid system. The balance can be often easily and most importantly quickly restored by ingesting plant cannabinoids such as the cannabis oil.
It’s also noticed that when the balance is restored by ingesting plant cannabinoids, eventually less is needed and usage can be skipped gradually. It looks as though the human body remembers the right balance as pleasant and is now going to take care of itself.
Scientist are still figuring out how exactly everything interacts with each other and there is still a lot to be discovered. Just a portion of the 500 cannabinoids has been studied and named so all the yet to be researched cannabinoids are called “cryptics”.