The curative and therapeutic compounds found in the Cannabis plant family match the needs of the human body with uncanny confluence. The vast array of health benefits has been well-known since prehistoric times and plants from this special family are among the oldest cultivated crops in human history.
Regardless of this prehistoric connection, only recently has the cannabis plant and its marvelous constituents been the subject of appropriate attention from the traditional Western medical community. However, what we have learned so far has astounding implications in the future of human health.
CBD: The Ultimate Herbal Supplement
Most of the beneficial aspects of cannabis are found in CBD, one of the 100 cannabinoids produced by the cannabis plant. These organic compounds activate the endocannabinoid system found in the mammalian body, which directly affects a long list of the body’s most essential functions.
Another famous cannabinoid is THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is found abundantly in the marijuana plant. When smoked or ingested, THC can hijack the receptors of the endocannabinoids system causing psychoactive feelings of relaxation and euphoria.
CBD does not activate the endocannabinoid system in the same way THC does. Instead, CBD works to modulate the activities of the endocannabinoid system and the processes it controls. Because this system pervades the central nervous system, gastrointestinal tract, immune system, and all major organs, CBD provides an important key to addressing health holistically.1
CBD Health Benefits
The digestive tract is the body’s fuel tank and works to assimilate energy and building material to power and maintain the body in action. Sadly, today’s convenient society has made it all too easy to sideline healthy diet habits and the results can be detrimental to health and daily function.
CBD works to improve the body’s hunger management system to promote a healthy diet schedule. For some time now, CBD has been an aid in increasing appetite. This is regulated by a CBD receptor that plays a role in hunger, metabolism, and weight regulation.2 By regulating eating habits, it is easier to distinguish between hunger and thirst, fatigue, boredom or any other sensation that can lead to between-meal-nibbling.
Analgesic and Anti-inflammatory
The endocannabinoids system manages the way pain is experienced and the healing process is applied. Inflammation is a natural part of the healing process but can cause more harm than good when conditions become more serious.
CBD not only addresses inflammatory reactions that can hamper the healing process but works to ease the pain as well. This is especially true for those suffering from inflammatory conditions like arthritis, asthma, hepatitis, and many others.3,4
CBD also works to enhance the process of neurotransmissions and has profound effects on the nervous system. Anxiety and stress-related conditions are the plagues of the modern age and big cities are hot-spots for depression, aggression, worry, and fear.
CBD has a positive effect on the mood through its capacity to improve the production of feel-good neurotransmitters like dopamine, serotonin, and anandamide. CBD offers non-psychoactive support to situations that can be stressful. Studies have found CBD to be suitable for threatening Generalized Anxiety Disorders and even the jitters that come from public speaking.5
As yet, no single cure has been discovered for the looming threat of cancer. However, CBD effects have shown promising results in a variety of studies and experimental research.
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CBD has an anti-carcinogenic potential and the capacity to induce apoptosis, or cell death, in breast cancer.6 CBD has also been clinically proven to address the specific types of pain experienced by those suffering from cancer.7
Certainly not the most common condition, statistics say that a mere 1.1% of the populations will ever experience the debilitating effects of this mental condition.8 However, there still is no cure for psychotic disorders.
CBD has been found effective where most conventional antipsychotic medication has failed, especially in the treatment of schizophrenia.9 This is no doubt thanks to the therapeutic effects of CBD on the central nervous system.10
Artificial lighting has allowed humans the capacity to stay productive at all hours of the day, but this in itself can seriously disrupt circadian rhythms and the wake-sleep cycle. Consequences may include insomnia, drowsiness, moodiness, and loss of concentration.
CBD can help hurdle many of the major obstacles to a restful sleep. If stress and confusion are keeping you up at night, CBD improves the production of feel-good neurotransmitters that can ease the mind and help you nod off. Those feeling sleepy during the day help regularize their wake-sleep cycles with smaller doses of CBD which improve alertness during daylight hours.11,12
Final Notes on CBD Effects
CBD infused products can be found in a wide variety online. Nevertheless, it is always best to consult with a qualified member of the medical community before beginning any such supplementation. Even though there have been no negative side effects reported, pregnant and nursing women, as well as those on medication or suffering from any conditions, should also exercise extreme caution.
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