Learn about CBD Oil and Potential Medicinal Properties | allitom.com
The human body produces a family of compounds called endocannabinoids, which have subtle and profound effects on health and homeostasis.
The cannabis plant, which includes hemp, produces a family of compounds called phytocannabinoids (or just cannabinoids for short). There are more than 100 of these plant-based cannabinoids, and they mimic endocannabinoids with highly similar effects.
Cannabinoids bind to cells via cannabinoid receptors. Each cannabinoid regulates a particular function, or a variety of functions within each type of cell. All the major human organs have these cannabinoid receptors.
THC is the most well-known of the phytocannabinoids. It’s infamous for its euphoric effects. CBD is a very similar compound, with similar effects on the body, but does not cause a high.
Hemp-derived CBD contains negligible amounts of THC. Hemp extract is considered a food product. Because hemp CBD is not sourced from marijuana, purchase of CBD products does not require a medical marijuana card. Therefore CBD oil is sold and is just as legal as any other plant extract, such as vanilla or peppermint.
What are CBD’s potential medicinal properties?
There are scores of studies which suggest CBD is beneficial for restoring and maintaining good health. Here are some of CBD’s reported medicinal benefits:
- Reduces anxiety – CBD is often used to mitigate the day-to-day stresses that can lead to anxiety or make it worse.
- Increased sleep quality – CBD has been shown to regulate sleeping patterns. Many who use CBD claim that they sleep better at night, and are more alert and focused during the daytime.
- Antibacterial – CBD has been shown to have antibacterial properties from small scrapes to life-threatening infections.
- Heart health – CBD is a powerful anti-inflammatory. Heart disease is the number one killer in the US, and inflammation is a major cause of heart disease.
- Brain health – CBD may prolong the health of your brain with neuroprotective properties, helping to keep our brains healthy as we get older.
- Pain reduction – Pain, like heart disease, is often associated with inflammation. CBD is widely considered to be a powerful anti-inflammatory agent and may also regulate pain response.
- Diabetes prevention – studies have shown that CBD helps to repress diabetes in mice. Although you should still eat sensibly and get lots of exercise, adding CBD to your daily regimen may help to thwart or delay adult-onset diabetes.
- Gut health – Gut ailments such as IBD, Crohn’s, and colitis have been associated with cannabinoid deficiencies. Once again, that inflammation is hazardous to health. Many people now use CBD edibles to help keep their insides healthy.
- Bone health – Recent studies have shown that CBD helps to promote bone growth and healing. Stronger bones = less risk of fractures.
The statements on this page have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult your physician before beginning any treatment regimen.