Lets break this down for you. What is CBD?
The cannabis oil industry is growing rapidly, and for good reason. Cannabis-derived products— namely Cannabidiol hemp oil, or CBD hemp oil— are proving to have an unparalleled ability to ameliorate a broad spectrum of illnesses. Unfortunately, there are a lot of misconceptions among the general public regarding CBD oil. When considering whether or not CBD oil is right for you, it is worth taking the time to learn more about CBD oil and what makes it so powerful.
CBD stands for Cannabidiol, which is one of more than 85 different cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. It is found in both hemp and marijuana, although hemp has a higher amount of CBD in general. There are many compounds within the hemp plant that have medicinal attributes, but the therapeutic influence of the entire plant is greater than its individual parts.
What are Cannabinoids?
Let’s start with the most basic cannabinoid definition. Cannabinoids are the principal chemical compounds found in both hemp and cannabis plants. Most people are familiar with CBD (Cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). CBD, however is non-psychoactive, meaning it does not give the “high” feeling that you receive from THC, the main psychoactive cannabinoid in marijuana. Hemp oil contains only trace amounts of THC (less than 0.3%), so there is no chance of psychoactive side-effects or highs when taking CBD oils. Tru Medicinals’ CBD oils are made with extracts from top quality US industrial hemp plants and contain 0% THC.
Cannabinoids, in general, comprise a broad class of chemical compounds, which occur naturally in both cannabis plants (phytocannabinoids) and in the human body, (endocannabinoids)—“phyto” comes from the Greek word “plant,” and “endo,” which comes from the word endogenous, means “of the body.”
The human body is equipped with its own endocannabinoid system (ECS) found within the nervous system, consisting of both cannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors. These receptors and cannabinoids can be thought of as a lock-and-key system, where cannabinoids bind to the receptors unlocking various functions in the body. The endocannabinoid system in the human body is not fully understood by science yet. It is clear, however, that the system plays a vital role in bodily functions involving appetite, sleep, pain, mood, memory, internal homeostasis and immunity. Deficiencies of cannabinoids in our body can lead to issues with metabolism, memory, sensory perception and the development of the central nervous system. To put it lightly— it is an incredibly important system which is only now being understood more fully.
When a deficiency is found within the body’s endocannabinoid system, cannabinoids in CBD oil can follow the same pathways in the brain, mimicking the role of our body’s natural cannabinoids. More simply— phytocannabinoids founds in CBD oils work their magic by imitating the cannabinoids produced naturally in our own bodies.
Interestingly, the cannabis plant utilizes cannabinoids to promote its own health. These compounds display antioxidant properties which protect the leaves and flowers from ultraviolet radiation. In other words, cannabinoids are able to counterbalance the harmful free radicals generated by UV light, therefore protecting the cells. CBD oils work in a similar fashion in humans, where free radicals are known to cause cancer and slow healing. Antioxidants have long been promoted by the medical community as a way to reduce harm done by free radicals. Only now is CBD oil being recognized as an alternative therapy to do so.
How Can We Benefit from Cannabinoids?
CBD oil has numerous benefits, including neuro-protective properties, which means it can protect the brain from damage after an injury. CBD also works to reduce inflammation and pain in the body. They are also thought to increase alertness, as well as relieve nausea, muscle spasms and pain due to inflammation. Most scientists believe their primary role, however, is promoting homeostasis of the body.
CBD has proven to be of great significance in treating a broad range of psychological disorders, including anxiety, depression and even schizophrenia. It also has proven to be effective in treating certain types of pediatric epilepsy, including Dravet Syndrome, by significantly reducing severity and frequency of seizures.
The role of cannabinoids within the human body are still being researched and fully discovered. However, it is clear that the phytocannabinoids found in CBD oil can effectively mimic those found in the body. Without a doubt they can play a key role in restoring our body’s homeostasis.
If you are interested in learning more about cannabinoids, CBD oil or other cannabis-derived products, please contact us at Tru Medicinals. We are proud to be among the few companies that provide lab analysis with their products, which contain CBD along with terpenes and other synergistic cannabinoids found in the original plant. We are focused on providing our customers with a well-rounded extract, not a synthetic product. We are dedicated to giving you the highest-quality product so that you can see the incredible benefits of CBD oil for yourself.