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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Pregnancy

While there are not a lot of studies on how CBD affects the human body during pregnancy, we do know that CBD helps with many of the symptoms of pregnancy.

CBDs helps with the following common conditions that many pregnant women are faced with:

  • Backache
  • Vomiting and Nausea
  • Post-partum depression
  • Premature contractions
  • Chronic pain
  • Morning sickness

Backache/Chronic Pain

Researchers concluded CBD was effective in overall pain management without adverse side effects. (1)

Vomiting

CBD can assist the body by activating the neurotransmitter known as 5hydroxytryptamine. This is the neurotransmitter that assists the body in slowing down expulsion reflexes which assist in decreasing vomiting and nausea.

Post-partum Depression

A common symptom of pregnancy is post-partum depression and anxiety. CBD induces rapid-acting antidepressant-like effects and also helps reduce anxiety. (2)

Premature Contractions

According to one study from the Journal of the Society for Reproduction and Fertility, CBD, as well as THC, can reduce uterine contractions. (3)

Morning Sickness

The 1st trimester of a pregnancy is normally accompanied by morning sickness. Preliminary findings show that CBD activates 5-HT1A. This is a monoamine neurotransmitter, also known as Serotonin. When the neurotransmitter is activated, it results in reducing nausea sensation. Researchers note that CBD reduces nausea as well as vomiting significantly. (4)

Finally, immediately after birth, cannabinoid CB1 receptor activation appears to play an essential role in the initiation of suckling, which is necessary for successful postnatal development and growth. (5)

Studies:
1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2503660/
2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26711860
3. http://www.reproduction-online.org/content/139/4/783.long
4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3165951/
5. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/j.1365-2826.2008.01670.x