Therapeutic properties of CBD cannabidiol.
People knew the properties of cannabis for a long time. The plant has been used as a panacea for many ailments since the beginning of time. Hemp, unlike cannabis, does not contain the narcotic THC. The secret to hemp’s strong therapeutic properties is another natural ingredient – cannabidiol – called CBD.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol or CBD is one of over 80 compounds from the group of molecules called cannabinoids, and one of over 480 compounds naturally found in cannabis. Of these substances, CBD and THC are found in the highest concentration – which is why they are the most recognizable and best studied.
CBD is legal and the most important active substance in medical marijuana and cannabis industry.
It has a very wide spectrum of activity. Of the several hundred substances found in hemp, CBD has the strongest health properties. CBD hemp seed oil is not psychoactive and can be used as a comprehensive therapeutic agent without fear of altering consciousness. Cannabidiol (CBD), unlike THC, does not cause side effects, is not intoxicating or addictive.
CBD is a completely safe hemp ingredient that mimics the effects of substances naturally occurring in our bodies.
We can find substances with similar effects and chemical structure in the body of every human being, and even in breast milk. Cannabidiol is perfectly tolerated by our system, and it’s impossible to overdose on it. CBD is a vegetable oil like any other.
Therapeutic properties of cannabidiol (CBD):
- Neuroactive and neuroprotective – it fights neurodegenerative and mental disorders, regenerates nerve cells in the body, stimulates the nervous system, prevents and prevents neurodegeneration, has a relaxing and antispastic effect
- Anticancer – attacks and destroys cancer cells, inhibits the proliferation of cancer cells, leads to apoptosis (death of cells) or self-destruction of cancer cells
- Antioxidant – reduces oxidative stress, slows down and prevents the ageing of cells and tissues, supports the body’s natural defences, protects against free radicals
- Anti-inflammatory – inhibits the inflammatory process, fights inflammation, prevents the development of inflammation
- Analgesic – relieves pain, soothes and eliminates pain throughout the body used both internally and externally
- Antipsychotic – sobers up and cleans the mind, fights psychosis and anxiety, calms down and relaxes, helps fight insomnia and other sleep disorders
- Antiemetic – reduces nausea and vomiting, stimulates thirst and appetite, affects normal body metabolism
- Antibacterial – has strong bactericidal properties, destroys bacteria and prevents their reproduction, slows down their growth
- Antifungal – prevents the development of fungal diseases, kills mould and fungi
- Antiallergic – soothes and eliminates allergy symptoms
- Immunological – stimulates the body’s natural immunity, stimulates homeostasis
- Dermatological – accelerates wound healing, fights skin diseases, rejuvenates the skin
How does it work?
The reason why cannabis works so well for so many ailments and diseases is the endocannabinoid system, a biological system responsible for the health and proper functioning of almost every organism on the planet. Cannabidiol stimulates nerve cells by harmonizing and regulating processes in the body.
CBD is responsible for the correct course of basic physiological processes in the human body; like appetite, thirst, movement, memory, sleep or pain. CBD and other cannabinoids are plant equivalents of human 2-AG and Anandamide endocannabinoids. They mimic their action by stimulating CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors. Cannabinoid receptors are found in all areas of our body, from bone marrow to skin, with most being found in the most innervated areas. It means that you can feel the pharmacological effect of CBD almost immediately after application.
Natural CBD and human health
CBD is not psychoactive, therefore it is not suitable for recreational use. However, its properties enjoy the interest of doctors precisely for this reason. Thanks to the wide spectrum of interactions on many levels, its therapeutic possibilities are almost limitless. The list of diseases that helps is really long because most of them are caused by a deficiency of CBD and other cannabinoids naturally found only in cannabis and our bodies. Restricting access to cannabis in the 20th century had a significant impact on the deterioration of health in many societies.
Doctors use CBD in the treatment of most neurological diseases and so-called diseases of civilization. Cannabidiol has a beneficial pharmacological effect on both the body and mind of the user.
Indications for use of natural CBD extracted from cannabis include cancer, epilepsy, autism, multiple sclerosis, Lyme disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer, depression, dementia, panic attacks, anxiety, schizophrenia, insomnia, pain, migraines, asthma, glaucoma, diabetes, rheumatism, RA, osteoporosis, atherosclerosis, inflammation, Chron disease, addiction, anorexia, allergies, stress and many others.
Natural CBD provides much better therapy results than conventional synthetic agents, but unlike them, shows no side effects. Therefore, it enjoys recognition among a growing group of doctors, but above all patients for whom conventional medicine has proved ineffective.
Cannabidiol acid – CBDA
CBDA also has distinct therapeutic properties. Cannabidiol acid (CBDA) has a similar chemical structure to THC, but just like cannabidiol does not show side effects, is not intoxicating or addictive and is completely legal. To date, scientific research has shown that the main features of raw CBDA are strong anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.
The combination of CBD and CBDA, as well as other cannabinoids and terpenes, provides a synergistic effect, enhancing the effects of hemp oil, especially for inflammatory diseases and cancer.
How to use CBD?
Cannabidiol is a strong healing substance that can bring very positive health effects when applied not only to humans but also to animals. We use it also as a therapeutic substance for horses, dogs, cats and other domestic pets.
- CBD drops or pastes orally under the tongue – the most popular and commonly used method of CBD administration. The liquid oil enables precise adjustment of the dose to the drop. It ensures high bioavailability and quick absorption, thanks to which the effects are visible within 15 minutes. The method is probably the most beneficial from the point of view of human physiology, where some of CBD is absorbed through the mucous membrane of the tongue directly into the bloodstream, and some of it is metabolized in the liver when swallowed.
- enteric – coated CBD capsules – CBD in the form of capsules guarantees convenience of use and a precisely measured dose. However, the effect can be felt no sooner than 30 minutes after taking, depending on the metabolic rate of the body. The entire dose is metabolized.
- inhalation of dried hemp and/or CBD crystals – special devices called inhalers or vaporizers are used for inhalation. They heat CBD and other substances to the appropriate temperature, which releases them as vapour. The inhaler does not allow combustion, so tar is not released. It eliminates the risk of smoke damage as in smoking. Absorption of cannabinoids through inhalation is the most efficient, direct and practically immediate. CBD starts working within a few minutes after application, but it is not metabolized in the digestive system.
- CBD cosmetics for the skin – just like any other substance, we can use CBD externally on the skin. Absorption through the skin is certainly not as effective as in the case of other methods, but it is justified for topical applications. CBD penetrates directly into the site of lesions, and to a lesser extent into the blood.
- CBD rectal suppositories – one of the least used methods, mainly due to the inconvenience of application. Suppositories guarantee rapid absorption into the blood bypassing metabolism in the digestive system. The method is more often used by the youngest users such as children and/or where there are contraindications to oral application.