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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Can CBD Alleviate Symptoms of Schizophrenia?

Do you or someone you know suffer from schizophrenia? CBD can benefit those with schizophrenia because of its neuroprotective traits.

That’s because CBD may reduce symptoms of schizophrenia by stabilizing disrupted NMDA receptors in the brain.

What are NMDA Receptors?

NMDA receptors are neurotransmitter receptors that are located in the post-synaptic membrane of a neuron. They are proteins embedded in the membrane of nerve cells that receive signals across the synapse from a previous nerve cell.

They are involved in signal transduction and control the opening and closing of ion channels. They are believed to play an important role in learning and memory formation.

A double-blind controlled clinical trial was performed by Dr. F.M. Leweke comparing CBD with a prescription antipsychotic called amisulpride.

The trial tested the different treatments on 42 participants with acute paranoid schizophrenia. Both treatments led to a significant decrease in psychotic symptoms.

However, CBD had no negative side effects, whereas the amisulpride had several.

How else can CBD help?

CBD promotes Homeostasis within the body, which can help someone suffering from schizophrenia find themselves living in the present moment. This can help quiet “voices” or other mental hallucinations experienced from schizophrenia, allowing the person to live a more qualitative life.

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