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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Asthma

It is well documented that CBD is a very potent bronchodilator and useful in the treatment of Asthma. Bronchodilators work to open your airway passages relieving shortness of breath, chest, tightness, wheezing, and coughing caused by asthma.

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease affecting the lungs’ airways, and CBD happens to be a powerful anti-inflammatory agent.

Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease that affects over 200 million people worldwide and was responsible for approximately 250,000 deaths in 2011.

An estimated 1.9 million cases of asthma among adults were work-related, accounting for 15% of current adult asthma cases.

Each day 11 Americans die from asthma. There are more than 4,000 deaths each year due to asthma, of which many are avoidable with proper treatment. In addition, asthma is indicated as contributing factor for nearly 7,000 other deaths each year.

So, how does CBD help with Asthma?

Early research suggests that CBD is an effective treatment for minimizing the inflammation experienced by asthma sufferers.

A Brazilian study revealed that CBD reduced the levels of two types of cytokines; known as Tp and Th2. In addition to showing that CBD treatment was effective in reducing cytokine levels, the study suggests that CBD may influence a reduction in the major stimuli of mucus hypersecretion, another prominent symptom experienced by those with asthma. (1)

The study also revealed that the CBD contains potent immunosuppressive and anti-inflammatory responses. (1)

When used in any method, CBD decreases airways resistance. While more studies are needed the current benefits of CBD is very promising.

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