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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Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is the second most common condition affecting your bones and muscles. Yet it’s often misdiagnosed and misunderstood. Its classic symptoms are widespread muscle and joint pain and fatigue.

Doctors aren’t sure what causes it, but some believe it’s a problem with how your brain and spinal cord process pain signals from your nerves.

We do know certain things suggest you’re more likely to get it:

  • You have another painful disease, such as arthritis, or an infection.
  • You are a woman.
  • You have a disorder, like anxiety or depression.
  • You were physically or emotionally abused or have PTSD.

Common symptoms include:

  • Muscle pain, burning, twitching, or tightness
  • Low pain threshold or tender points
  • Fatigue
  • Trouble concentrating and remembering
  • Feeling nervous, worried, or depressed
  • Insomnia

When a person sustains an injury or is in pain, Cannabinoids decrease the release of activators and sensitizers. This stabilizes the nerve call, thereby preventing excessive firing and in turn calms immune cells and preventing the release of substances that promote inflammation.

CBD is recognized for its pain-relieving (analgesic) and anti-inflammatory effects.

In an online survey of over 1,300 fibromyalgia patients conducted by the National Pain Foundation, 62% of those who had tried Cannabis said it was effective at treating their fibromyalgia. (2014)

Studies

Conclusion

A migraine, fibromyalgia, IBS and related conditions display common patterns that suggest an underlying clinical endocannabinoid deficiency that may be suitably treated with cannabinoid medicines.