CBD update

How does CBD work?

CBD is a substance found in plants of the cannabis family, namely marijuana and hemp. Both of these plants also contain THC, which is the component of the plants that have earned them poor reputations as this is the element which causes a high in users. However, after a long period of being looked down upon, CBD oil products, and certified organic hemp oil in particular, are being re-examined for their many putative health benefits.

Putative health benefits?

Research into the medical benefits of CBD products is still underway in many countries, and there are not yet any published and peer-reviewed papers providing evidence for the benefits of CBD use. However, it is almost certainly not harmful, and many people have experienced relief from using it. So while there may be a lot of anecdotal evidence as to the benefits of using CBD products, you are unlikely to find any scientific papers extolling the virtues just yet – but only because the research is recent and studies not yet completed, not because they do not exist! On the contrary, early studies show that CBD products bind well with the Endocannabinoid System, or ECS, and that this is how the product delivers its advantages to the body.

What is the Endocannabinoid System?

The ECS was only discovered in the 1990s when researchers were trying to discover how THC works in the body. The ECS is difficult to explain without detailed medical jargon, but think of it as being a system similar to the nervous system, lightly overlaying the network of nerves. It is broadly speaking a cell-signalling network, and deeper understanding of the ECS will help doctors with other areas that are, at present, poorly understood. These areas include resetting sleeping schedules, improving appetite in ill patients (cancer patients, for instance, often lose their appetite which can further weaken them when chemotherapy is already ravaging their bodies), reducing seizures, calming inflammation and joint pain and soothing anxiety. The researchers discovered that the ECS carries THC through the system, causing the symptoms of being high – but it also binds readily with CBD, carrying it throughout the body and ensuring it is best placed to have the good effects that it is known to create.

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