What is this CBD oil everyones talking about?
HOW CBD OIL COULD CHANGE YOUR LIFE
Written by Formulation and Naturopathy expert ‘Bryce La Grange’ “CBD Oil is so effective it can almost entirely eliminate fear of public speaking in those with social anxiety. ” CBD oil is probably one of the most controversial naturally occurring substances emerging in mainstream health, integrative health, and those who will probably try to get high from it (sorry folks, CBD isn’t going to do that).. CBD is something that has been used for centuries, among many cultures, but recently banned in most countries. The topic is fascinating due to how many legitimate studies are continually popping up presenting remarkable healing properties! Let’s take a dive into how this ingredient could potentially change medicine.
SO WHAT IS THE GO WITH CANNABIS?
There are two main active compounds found in cannabis (out of around 113) – Cannabidiol (CBD) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is responsible for the psychoactive properties (getting high) as well as some therapeutic benefits, whereas CBD is host to a plethora of remarkable healing benefits. One thing to remember is that CBD does not show up in a roadside drug test! It also has no psychoactive properties (you won’t get high). What is really cool about all of this is that we ALL have an endocannabinoid system! This means that we produce these compounds naturally (we also get them form a variety of foods! It is essential for this system to be running optimally. The endocannabinoid system is known to (put simply) ‘balance’ our bodies.
WHY SHOULD I CARE AND WHAT CAN IT DO?
So let’s quickly run down the main benefits of pure CBD oil. Remember not all CBD is the same, opt for higher quality products (like with most things heath related). Studies have shown CBD to be beneficial and may significantly aid in the following; Types of cancers/tumours Aging and skin health Diabetes Weight loss Increased brain function Pain management, as well as a non-addictive treatment for those with drug addictions Anxiety and depressive symptoms (this would be amazing to get away from the usual medication riddled with side effects) Inflammation in the body Sleep quality (and even helps with sleep apnoea and potentially chronic ‘snorers’) – I think this point alone may get all the women on board. CBD has been shown to be an effective treatment for epilepsy. The current medications used for this condition are old, hosting some pretty chilling side effects. Pure CBD oil will NOT show up on drug tests (unless specifically tested for)
WAIT, ISN’T CANNABIS ILLEGAL? CBD is currently (for now) a scheduled drug in Australia. Which means you can get it on a prescription. Societal conditioning has ingrained the ‘dangers’ of cannabis and how it can be a ‘gateway’ drug. However.. Studies are now showing alcohol users experiment with more drugs. One thing to reflect on…. How many people at bars or night clubs start fights while using cannabis?
WEIGHT LOSS AND DIABETES Who doesn’t want to shed a few extra kg’s and even prevent the ever increasing number of cases of diabetes we see in society? We know now that diabetes, both type 1 and 2, are driven by a combination of inflammation and insulin resistance. CBD’s effects on inflammation, are INCREIBLE! It suppresses inflammatory markers across the board. In type 1 diabetes, treatment with CBD dramatically reduces the inflammation-driven destruction of pancreatic cells (the cells that produce our insulin!). In type 2 diabetes , CBD protects against damage inflicted upon retina and kidneys, as well as the development of atherosclerosis and deterioration of cell function, or in other words, the “leakiness” of blood vessels. SAY GOODBYE TO ANXIETY, DEPRESSION AND EVEN DEMENTIA! The world we live in so so full of stress, worry and face paced decision making. Its no wonder rates of anxiety and depression are ever increasing! CBD is an antioxidant that is highly ‘brain protective’. It produces an increase in an enzyme responsible for controlling excessive oxidative stress. It seems to be equally efficient at protecting the brain from harsh toxicity. This means that for all the pre-workout and stim junkies out there, CBD can negate the negative effects they have on our brain! CBD is an agonist of the 5-HT1a receptor, which explains why it works so well at calming anxiety. It is so good at this that it almost entirely eliminates fear of public speaking in those with social anxiety. DOES CBD HELP WITH PAIN RELIEF? Opiates are a first line of defence when it comes to real pain relief. They are addictive, riddled with side effects, and are the cause of many… many deaths across the world. Most of the time they don’t even help with pain, not to mention they turn people into brain dead twits. The endocannabinoid and serotonin systems also appear to be related in the process of pain and pain relief. CBD can dramatically reduce neuropathic pain associated with chemotherapy without any of the typical cognitive impairments associated with painkillers. CBD alleviates other forms of pain, with a much more favourable side effect profile than opioids or anticonvulsants.
SERIOUSLY ANTI INFLAMMATORY I know we have touched on how amazing CBD is as an anti-inflammatory. But it doesn’t stop there. CBD has shown to have a hugely positive impact on gut health, brain health, liver, kidney among many… many more other bodily systems just through its anti-inflammatory pathways! That’s not even considering the other ways CBD works! THE DOWN LOW From treating anxiety, pain, diabetes, obesity, to cancer and other serious diseases, CBD looks incredibly promising. The majority of people want it to be used for medicinal purposes, and the research is beginning to unravel the negative stigma associated with cannabis. Possibly the biggest obstacle blocking legalisation comes down to the current system and loss of profit from potentially replacing hundreds of current drugs. We will have to wait and see what happens. My advice to those who want to use CBD – like anything, it’s a tool to be used in the appropriate situation. For those suffering from what has been discussed, CBD can be a lifesaver. As with anything health related, make sure you get a good quality CBD oil like Hemp Seed Extract by Emrald Labs