The Science Behind CBD
Scientists refer to CBD as a “promiscuous” compound because it confers therapeutic benefits in many different ways while tapping into how we function physiologically and biologically. Extensive preclinical research and some clinical studies have shown that CBD has strong anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, anti-depressant, antipsychotic, anti-tumoral, and neuroprotective qualities. Cannabidiol can change gene expression and remove beta amyloid plaque, the hallmark of Alzheimer’s, from brain cells.
CBD-rich cannabis oil products can be taken sublingually, orally (as edibles, lozenges, beverages, tinctures, and gel caps), or applied topically. Concentrated cannabis oil extracts can also be heated and inhaled with a vape pen. Inhalation is good for treating acute symptoms that require immediate attention; the effects can be felt within a minute or two and typically last for a couple of hours. The effects of orally administered CBD-rich cannabis oil can last for four hours or more, but the onset of effects is much slower (30-90 minutes) than inhalation.
Cannabis therapeutics is personalized medicine. There is no single ratio or strain or product that’s right for everyone. An effective dosage can range from as little as a few milligrams of CBD-enriched cannabis oil to a gram or more. Begin with a small dose of high CBD, especially if you have little or no experience with cannabis. Take a few small doses over the course of the day rather than one big dose. Use the same dose and ratio for several days. Observe the effects and if necessary adjust the ratio or amount.
CBD: An Introduction
CBD or Cannabidiol is a naturally occurring part of the cannabis plant with use dating back as far as 2900BC for a variety of illnesses. CBD carries many of the medical benefits of cannabis without the psychoactive high found in the THC compound of cannabis. CBD is a safe, non-addictive phytocannabinoid.
With many people seeking alternative medicine to pharmaceuticals, CBD has become widely available to the public and can be found in stores and online to those looking to avoid the harsh side effects of pharmaceuticals. Select CBD products with quality ingredients: No corn syrup, trans fats, GMOs, artificial additives, thinning agents or preservatives.
Through extensive preclinical research, much being sponsored by the U.S. government, indicates that CBD has potent anti-tumoral, antioxidant, antispasmodic, antipsychotic, anti-convulsive, and neuroprotective properties. CBD directly activates serotonin receptors, causing an anti-anxiety effect, as well.
Studies and Research on CBD have Shown the Ability to Assist with:
ADD & ADHD
Addiction & Alcoholism
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Atherosclerosis Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Colitis & Crohn’s Disease
Epilepsy & Seizures
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Sickle Cell Anemia
Spinal Cord Injury
Traumatic Brain Injury
Inflammatory Bowel Disorder
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