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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Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Blood clots are a serious public health problem that kills hundreds of thousands of adults each year of which the majority of cases are preventable.

In the U.S. over 250,000 people die each year from blood clot conditions. DVT is formed when blood thickens and clumps together, then travels and causes complications, such as a stroke.

Thrombosis is the term for the condition that occurs when a blood clot (called a thrombus) forms in an artery or vein. Deep Vein Thrombosis or DVT, a potentially deadly condition, is the kind of thrombosis caused when a blood clot develops in a large vein, often in the lower leg, thigh or pelvis.

How does CBD help?

Research showed that there is a cardioprotective effect of taking CBD. (1)

One of the biggest complaints from those that suffer from DVT is leg swelling. Rubbing CBD while massaging the leg can help reduce swelling. This is especially true for Full Spectrum CBD salves.

CBD is well known for treating inflammation. (2) Early research shows that chronic inflammation plays a key role in the pathophysiology of atherothrombosis. (3)

Researchers suggest that patients with respiratory and urinary tract infections have a temporarily doubled risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Patrick Vallance at University College London reports that acute respiratory illness significantly increases the risk of DVT. (4)

Vallance and his team believe it is the body’s inflammatory response that puts people at greater risk for blood clots in the lungs and veins. Future research is needed.

Studies:

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3026637/
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29632236
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17133101?access_num=17133101&link_type=MED&dopt=Abstract
  4. https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn8926-inflammation-may-cause-deadly-blood-clots/