What is CBD?
- Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring constituent of industrial hemp / cannabis (canapa sativa)
- CBD is the most abundant non-psychoactivecannabinoid.
- There are over 85 different cannabinoids isolated so far, more yet to be identified.
- Others well known include CBDA, CBC, CBG, CBN, THC.
- CBD oils are derived from industrial hemp, so they could be considered CBD-rich hemp oil, hemp derived CBD oil, or CBD-rich cannabis oil.
- Industrial hemp contains high level of CBD and only traces of THC (the other powerful phytocannabinoid that makes us “stoned” when we smoke it!)
How can one plant help so many different conditions?
Cbd and the canapa sativa plant in general regulate the immune system by activating our endocannabinoid receptors. Scientists discovered a physiological system that is constantly maintaining health and balance – the endocannabinoid system (ECS).
All humans and vertebrate animals (mammals, birds, fish) have an ECS which is active all our life. The ECS is perhaps the most important physiologic system involved in establishing and maintaining human health – homeostasis/a stable internal environment.
The endocannabinoid system is essential for health and is made of different endocannabinoid receptors found in:
- connective tissues
- immune cells
These EC receptors only accept cannabinoids especially CBD and THC. The body is making cannabinoids all the time, however, some people’s ECS is not functioning optimally which means they need ECS support. Low dosages of CBD can up-regulate your physiological system to act more efficiently. CBD interacts and activates/boosts more than 65 molecular pathways/ endocannabinoid receptors. Specific endocannabinoids receptors carry out specific metabolic functions.
Functions of CB1 and CB2 endocannabinoid receptors
CB1 receptors are found primarily in the brain, more specifically in the basal ganglia and in the limbic system, including the hippo campus. Some of the CB1 internal cannabinoid receptor’s functions are: lowers anxiety and stress; alleviates post traumatic stress disorder; ameliorates depression; helps induce sleep; lowers intestinal inflammation; lowers blood pressure etc).
CB2 receptors are predominantly found in the immune system, with the greatest density in the spleen. CB2 receptors are also found throughout the gut, where they inhibit intestinal inflammatory response. The CB2 receptor is a potential therapy for inflammatory bowel diseases, such as Chron’s disease and ulcerative colitis. The CB2 receptor may also help to improve the quality of life of Alzheimer sufferers.
Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency (CECD)
Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency (CECD) is a condition where an individual produces a lower amount of cannabinoids than experts consider to be essential in the promotion of health, vitality, and well-being. This deficiency may play a role in the following conditions:
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Motion Sickness
CBD and prescribed drug interaction
The most important things to do before taking CBD (or any other herbal product) are research any possible drug interactions and talk with your physician to address any additional questions regarding CBD drug interactions. You and your doctor together will always know best!
Buy CBD oil in Brighton
You can buy our new BrightHemp CBD oil at Brighton Wellbeing clinic. We offer the following contents:
- 5% = £40 x 10ml
- 10% = £70 x 10ml
Contact us to learn more about our CBD oils!