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. 


Sickle Cell Disease

Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is a group of disorders that affects hemoglobin, the molecule in red blood cells that delivers oxygen to cells throughout the body. People with this disorder have atypical hemoglobin molecules called hemoglobin S, which can distort red blood cells into a sickle, or crescent, shape.

When the hemoglobin S gene is inherited from only one parent and a normal hemoglobin gene is inherited from the other, a person will have sickle cell trait. People with sickle cell trait are generally healthy.

Pain can occur without warning when sickle cells block blood flow and decrease oxygen delivery. Most describe this pain as sharp, stabbing, intense, or throbbing. Severe pain can be even more uncomfortable than post-surgical pain or giving childbirth.

Pain often occurs in the: Lower back, Legs, Arms, Abdomen, Chest

How does CBD help with Sickle Cell Disease?

CBD has been shown to be effective in relieving pain and reducing inflammation due to its anti-inflammatory properties, common symptoms of Sickle Cell Disease(1).

Studies that have been completed suggest that CBD may be able to help patients manage the pain associated with SCD (2).

CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties could potentially be beneficial by limiting the blood vessel blockage related to sickle cell anemia (3).

1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16173972
2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3728280
3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20304807