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CBD Oil for Medical Use

Cannabis research is spreading like wildfire, not to mention the number of medical cannabis patients who are benefiting from this incredible plant.

Contained within the plant itself are hundreds of chemical compounds known as cannabinoids. So far, scientists have identified at least 113 cannabinoids, one of which is Cannabidiol, or CBD.

Many medical cannabis patients choose to consume the potent phytocannabinoid in oil form. If you are considering doing the same, but don’t know much about this type of cannabis extract, read on.

What is CBD Oil?

A sticky, thick oil that is widely used for therapeutic purposes, such as neurodegenerative disorder treatment and palliative care, CBD oil contains the cannabis compound Cannabidiol (CBD). This major phytocannabinoid accounts for 40 percent of the plant’s extract.

Over the last few years, CBD-based oil preparations have grown in popularity for their positive impact on health. Non-psychoactive, the oil is not considered a controlled substance and it can be purchased inside San Francisco marijuana dispensaries.

How Does CBD Oil Work?

CBD is most commonly found inside the trichomes of the female cannabis plants. Trichomes are the crystal-like resin glands you see coating the cannabis plant’s flowers and leaves. Some strains grow with more trichomes than others, depending on the cannabinoid content.

So, what exactly is CBD? Well, it is a cannabinoid that binds to specific receptors on the cells inside your body. These cells are known as cannabinoid receptors. Usually, they are concentrated within the central nervous system. However, cannabinoid receptors may also be found in the body’s organs, such as the digestive tract, reproductive organs and even the skin.

Each time you consume CBD oil, the cell receptors that make up your Endocannabinoid System (ECS) will interact with the cannabinoids. Your ECS is responsible for regulating mood, reproduction, motor control, memory, sleep, appetite, bone development, pain perception and immune function.

The four primary functions of the ECS are:

  1. Stress recovery
  2. Immune balance
  3. Neuroprotection
  4. Homeostatic regulation (energy balance inside the body)

Amazingly, CBD has the potential to communicate with this intelligent balancing system and produce widespread effects, from relaxation and happiness to pain relief and mental clarity.

While there is still a lot to learn about this miraculous cannabis compound, what we do know is that it has a direct effect on the following receptors within the ECS:

You can consume CBD and THC at the same time if you want to experience the benefits of both cannabinoids. If you don’t want to feel “high”, it is even possible to choose a strain with a specific CBD:THC ratio, such as 10:1.

What is CBD Oil Used to Treat?

The list of medical conditions and ailments that CBD oil can be used to treat is expanding all of the time. Scientists are blown away by the therapeutic potential of CBD, which is even being used as a replacement to opioid medications, including morphine, oxycodone and hydrocodone.

As a polypharmacological, CBD is capable of influencing more than one pathway inside the body simultaneously. This makes it the perfect natural remedy for patients with one or more of the following health problems:

  • Cancer
  • Lupus
  • Motor disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Acute, chronic and neuropathic pain
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Nicotine addiction
  • Epilepsy/seizures
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pediatric conditions

Using CBD Oil as a “Whole Plant Medicine”

Have you ever heard about the “entourage effect” or the benefits of consuming a “whole plant medicine” as opposed to a regular bottle of CBD oil? If not, listen up.

The entourage effect is what happens when a combination of cannabinoids work in synergy to produce amplified therapeutic effects. For example, a bottle of “whole plant medicine” or “full-spectrum CBD oil” will likely be a better choice than, let’s say, CBD isolate. The reason for this is because products that contain multiple cannabinoids will produce more powerful effects.

Excerpts originally published: Times Square Chronicles

Why CBD Will Continue To Be Popular In 2020 And Beyond

Cannabidiol seems to be on everyone’s minds right now. Whether it’s the pharmaceutical industry, the DEA, cannabis manufacturers, or lay people, CBD is the Word of the Year.

But what is it about CBD in particular that makes it catch fire in people’s imagination?

Going 20 years back, it’s hard to believe that a cannabinoid could be igniting such a conflagration of positive public opinion. At the turn of the millennium, while cannabis use had been prevalent for some time and had become medically legal in at least one state, most of your average American citizens would not positively view or consider cannabis legalization.

Maybe there was still a stereotype of cannabis users being lazy and unproductive. And even though research had been emerging for decades about the potential health benefits of cannabinoid consumption, such data had not made its way to the American public.

So, what has changed since then? First, a general trend-reversal of the way Americans view cannabis use. The previous perception of cannabis users has made way to the current one of comparing cannabis use with alcohol, calling it a harmless vice. Several important documentaries have also made their way to the general public, such as CNN’s Weed, which showcased the nothing-short-of-miraculous therapeutic use of cannabinoids for treating certain epileptic syndromes. And as more states legalize medicinal and recreational cannabis programs, more and more people either use it themselves or know people who start using it for medicinal use without any of the normal pharmaceutical side effects from prescription drugs.

Let’s also not forget the emergence of many high-profile celebrity endorsers. Marvin Washington, former NFL Linebacker, is at the forefront of the battle against Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his Prohibitionist policy with regards to cannabis and CBD. He and other partners have sued Sessions in court for rescinding the Obama-era Cole Memo, providing financial protection to cannabis companies and preventing the DEA from spending Federal resources to pursue CBD manufacturers. There are also a slew of Hollywood celebs using CBD for therapeutic use.

The bottom line is that CBD is catching fire in our collective imagination. And that fire is sure to reach the steps of Congress soon enough.

Originally published: CBD health and wellness