Learn About CBD

What exactly is CBD?

Cannabidoil (CBD) is a chemical compound from the cannabinoid family that naturally occurs in the cannabis plant. Scientists have isolated over 100 different types of cannabidoids in cannabis.

THC is the best known due to its psychoactive properties; that’s what gives you the “high” sensation. CBD, on the other hand, gives you the therapeutic benefits without feeling the psychoactive effect.

This compound interacts with our body through the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is the system that regulates the body’s natural homeostasis moods, sleep, pain, immune function, amongst many other functions. CBD does not alter the functions of the ECS, but rather it enhances the productiveness of the system; which gives the desired effects.

The endocannabinoid receptors affect many parts of our body:

  • Muscles
  • Skin
  • Gut 
  • Spleen
  • Liver
  • Heart
  • Kidneys
  • Bones
  • Blood vessels
  • Lymph cells
  • Reproductive organs

The Power of CBD

Inside all of us are endocannabinoid receptors. These special parts of our biological system that work within the superhighway of our central nervous system. CB1 and CBD2 receptors throughout the body stimulate the endocannabinoid system, which promotes homeostasis, and then does something awesome: it reduces pain and decreases inflammation. Whatever way you take CBD, the health effects are incredible whether it’s topically for skin and connective tissue problems, or orally via a gummy or dropper. 

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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

Evidence suggests that cannabis may ease symptoms of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis(ALS) also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

The condition earned its popular name after former Yankees baseball star Henry Louis “Lou” Gehrig, who retired from the sport in 1939 after he began having difficulty tieing his shoelaces and playing at top of his game.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a group of rare neurological diseases that mainly involve the nerve cells (neurons) responsible for controlling voluntary muscle movement. Voluntary muscles produce movements like chewing, walking, and talking. The disease is progressive, which means that the symptoms get worse over time. Currently, there is no cure for ALS and no effective treatment to halt or reverse, the progression of the disease.

ALS belongs to a wider group of disorders known as motor neuron diseases, which are caused by gradual deterioration (degeneration) and death of motor neurons. Motor neurons are nerve cells that extend from the brain to the spinal cord and to muscles throughout the body. These motor neurons initiate and provide vital communication links between the brain and the voluntary muscles.

Early symptoms of ALS usually include muscle weakness or stiffness. Gradually all muscles under voluntary control are affected, and individuals lose their strength and the ability to speak, eat, move, and even breathe.

Cannabis has a history of potential in neurological disorders, including epilepsy, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, and Alzheimer’s disease. Now, ALS is a much-awaited target for future research.

Published in the American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care, authors cite preclinical data suggesting that Cannabis has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and neuroprotective effects.

CBD has been known to ease severe pains and can bring some relief to the following symptoms of ALS:

  • Analgesic properties
  • Saliva reduction
  • Appetite stimulation
  • Inducing sleep
  • Muscle relaxation
  • Bronchodilation

ALS is a qualifying condition for medical marijuana programs in Delaware, Washington, D.C., Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, and New York and more.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Studies