What is CBD? How does CBD work? and How is CBD beneficial for you?
What is CBD, How does CBD work, and how CBD can be beneficial to you?
Are you wondering what all the recent CBD hype is all about? Wondering if it is legal for you to use it? Are you wondering if this is just a health fad like Juice cleanses, or does CBD really have beneficial properties?
Let me answer your questions.
- What is CBD?
CBD is short for Cannabidiol, a compound found in the Cannabis plant. CBD is commonly confused with THC, another compound found in the Cannabis plant.
If the name Cannabis sounds familiar, you are right! Both Marijuana and Hemp are of the Cannabis family.
One important point about CBD is that it is distinct from THC. THC is the compound responsible for the “high” you get from using Marijuana. That means using CBD will NOT make you “high”, or have you experience any psychoactive effects.
How does CBD work?
CBD works by acting on your body’s Endocannabinoid receptors. These Endocannabinoid receptors can be found all over your body. These receptors are present throughout your digestive, reproductive, nervous, and even immune systems. This greatly increases the areas that CBD can have healing effects on your body.
“Fun fact – Did you know that your body makes its own Cannabinoids? These self-made Endo-Cannabinoids act on the Endocannabinoid receptors throughout your body. This Endocannabinoid system helps the body regulate its metabolism, mitochondrial functions, neurotransmitter activity, inflammation, and even pain and sleep!”
Now you can supplement this Endocannabinoid system by taking external Cannabinoids, that’s where CBD comes into play.
- What health benefits can I expect from using CBD? And how do these effects occur?
- CBD reduces inflammation – CBD has been shown to reduce Cytokine development, and it stimulates T-Cells to protect our own body from eliciting immune responses against itself. That means CBD can help you with auto-immune conditions.
- CBD helps with mood disorders – CBD acts on receptors in brain like 5HT1A (for neurotransmitter Serotonin), and on neurotransmitters like GABA to regulate brain function. This can help relieve Anxiety in many of the Anxiety-related mood disorders.
- CBD helps with chronic pain – CBD can reduce inflammatory and neuropathic pain by acting on Alpha – 3 Glycine receptors. CBD has also been shown to have analgesic effects.
- CBD helps with your Gut health and Gut Motility - CBD has been shown to reduce Gut inflammation in Mice, and has been observed to have many more positive health benefits on intestines and Colon
- CBD helps with Seizures – CBD has been shown to relieve Epilepsy/Seizures, especially in children with complex conditions like the Dravet Syndrome.
- What side-effects can I expect from using CBD?
CBD has very few and mild side-effects, and is considered a very safe substance to take. Some of the well-known side-effects of CBD are –
- Mild nausea
- Dry mouth
- Mild bloating
These side-effects are mild and are usually resolved in a couple of hours after CBD use. But to be on the safer side, if you experience these effects, please stop taking CBD and see your doctor.
- There are so many CBD products out there. How can I choose which one to use?
Your choice on a CBD product depends largely on how you would prefer to consume it. Many people prefer to chew Gummies over swallowing pills, so they prefer buying CBD gummies. Some people like to put CBD into foods like brownies or pies. They usually opt for a CBD tincture.
Some put a small dab of CBD tincture under their tongue and let it get absorbed that way.
There is no wrong way to take CBD.
A study published in the Journal “Pediatric Neurology Briefs”
https://www.pediatricneurologybriefs.com/articles/10.15844/pedneurbriefs-32-3/ looked into 84 CBD products available online, and found that 21% of them contained THC, 26% contained lower amounts of CBD than was advertised, and 43% had higher amounts of CBD than was advertised.
The most important factor for determining if a CBD product is worth your money, is making sure the CBD is from a reputable and trustworthy brand.
Dr. Zute’s & 420Maester's are brands owned and operated by Dr. Zute, a physician, and Anmol K who is a Biomedical graduate and a Medical student on the path to be a licensed physician in the United States. We always take care to ensure the highest level of quality and efficacy for all the products we make. I can personally assure you of the quality and efficacy of my brands. All my products are manufactured right here, in the United States, in FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and GMP approved facilities.
- Is taking CBD legal?
Hemp plant derived CBD is fully legal for use without a prescription. However, Marijuana plant derived CBD is not legal for use without prescription at the time of the writing of this article.
Dr. Zute’s and 420Maester's CBD products are made from strictly Hemp plant-derived CBD, which makes them fully legal to use as you please with no prescription needed. You can check them out here.
As always, please look into your local County/State laws to determine your eligibility to use CBD, both hemp or marijuana-derived. Dr. Zute and Anmol K are not responsible for any legal consequences arising from CBD/Hemp use.
- To sum it all up
While research into CBD shows a lot of promise for CBD’s use in managing various health conditions, research is limited into its long-term effects.
CBD is useful for various conditions related to, or resulting in Pain, Inflammation, Anxiety, Seizures and Gut issues among others. However, if you start seeing any harmful side-effects from CBD use, please stop using it and pay your doctor a visit. CBD is a health supplement, and as such should be used as one of the many key components for a healthy lifestyle.
Are you shopping for Hemp and CBD products? Many Hemp and CBD brands use terms like CBD isolate, CBD broad spectrum, CBD full spectrum, and Hemp broad spectrum, Hemp full spectrum, among others on their products, but don’t define exactly what they mean. Let me guide you with these terms and terminologies to make you a smart and educated shopper. Check out my article here.
If You would like to see my own CBD and Hemp product offerings, you can check out my Hemp & CBD products here.
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