I’m all for herb over pharmaceutical, if possible. Hemp is no exemption to the philosophy. Most of the significant discoveries about the body happened a very long time ago, but not-so-coincidentally, the discovery of the endocannabinoid system happened incredibly recently, in the early 90s. The timing of these discoveries go hand in hand with a general push in society towards a whole body wellness lifestyle, as opposed to treating specific, acute symptoms of diseases.
With the benefits of CBD being brought into the light of day due to the recent FDA approval of a CBD oral solution (Epidiolex), professional researchers can get to the root of what makes CBD so effective, and where it should and shouldn’t be used.
But in case you haven’t heard of it, or if you have been wanting to try, read below for more information on the benefits of CBD and why I chose to incorporate it into my diet.
Why have I decided to start taking CBD?
Now that I don’t have a thyroid, I struggle with many thyroid related symptoms in my day to day life. The ones that I was hoping CBD will help with were: anxiety, sleep-regulation, and pain. I didn’t think that CBD was going to be the absolute cure all for everything, but with realistic expectations, I thought it could aid in my quest to find natural solutions to support my body.
What is CBD?
CBD is one of the primary cannabinoids found in hemp.
The science behind CBD
The endocannabinoid system is a biological system in the mammalian brain and body that is composed of endocannabinoids that bind to cannabinoid receptors. The two cannabinoid receptors (that we know of) are CB1 and CB2, which are located throughout our bodies. The CB1 receptors play a role in memory processing, motor regulation, pain sensation, mood, and sleep. The CB2 receptors simulate responses that fight inflammation, which has been reported to reduce pain.
So…our body actually produces cannabinoids internally. For example, there are high concentrations of cannabinoids in breast milk. The idea that the body produces cannabinoids on its own hopefully helps to throw the marijuana stigmatism off (but I’m sure we are still a ways away!).
Just because we produce our own cannabinoids, doesn’t mean we don’t need to take them. Just like everything else, an internal imbalance can leave us deficient. Research shows that when we are deficient in Omegas or essential fatty acids (EFAs), then the body struggles to produce CBD and other cannabinoids.
Can I get high from CBD?
No!! For the purposes of this blog, I am discussing CBD derived from hemp, not marijuana. The distinction between the two is found in the concentration of THC. If it has less than .3% THC by dry weight, then it is considered hemp. Beyond that, the TCH is removed before consumption.
What symptoms does CBD treat?
As Epidiolex is the only FDA regulated CBD, other CBD product producers can’t technically claim that their products will have therapeutic effects, but there is ample anecdotal evidence that shows that CBD, as a compound, can be very effective in many regards.
Some of the symptoms or diseases that CBD has been known to treat are:
- Chronic pain
- Crohn’s disease
- Sore muscles and joints
Are there any side effects?
Researchers have conducted a fair amount of toxicity studies and have found no long-term side effects, other than the potential for headaches and dry mouth at a very high level of concentration (not a level that would be sold via a store or website).
Where can I get it?
I purchased my CBD through www.medterracbd.com. Their claim to fame is that they produce all natural, hemp-based CBD (free of solvents and heavy metals). I have personally heard good things about their products, so I decided to order the “Medoil CBD Tincture- 1000mg”. I’m sure there are some other great companies out there, but I tend to make my purchases based on referrals, which is why I went through Medterra.
Has it worked for me?
I have only been taking it for a few weeks now, but it has had a significant impact on my sleep already. I’m usually able to sleep pretty well IF I do a workout. The problem I have always had is that I don’t sleep very soundly. A shuffle from my fiancé or a car honking outside will wake me up and have me up for hours. Since I have been taking the CBD tincture, I have found myself sleeping more soundly than ever. I wake up naturally before my alarm (which rarely happens- like it has happened once or twice ever!) and I feel refreshed and ready to take on the day. This stuff feels like magic.
For those of you who are interested, I will make sure to post an update on the effects that CBD has had on me over time. It’s all about trial and error, and what works for me might not work for you, but I would recommend the CBD tincture to someone looking for some natural assistance with getting a better night sleep.