What is CBD, and how does it work?
Hello dear readers,
Today I have a pretty dry, but I think a very important and informative blog article. I would like to tell you a bit about “CBD” – also called cannabidiol – and give you some information about it.
What exactly is this “CBD”?
CBD stands for “Canna-bi-diol” and is a unique compound naturally found in cannabis or hemp. CBD is, besides THC, the second most common cannabinoid in the hemp plant and, unlike THC, NOT psychoactive. This simply means that cannabidiol (CBD) can NOT trigger a “high” – so it does not have an exhilarating effect. In hemp, CBD occurs in the upper third of the plant and in the flowers in concentrations approx 0.5 to 2%.
Hardly anyone knew anything about CBD until a few years ago, but in recent years studies have found that cannabidiol has high medicinal value. CBD is a pretty hot topic right now, and seems to have an increasingly important role in ‘alternative medicine’ as well as for the “average Joe“ consumer.
CBD, especially in oil form, is becoming increasingly popular. Currently, you can buy CBD oils at DM & Rossmann as well as 2 drugstores. In Switzerland, you get CBD even in flower form at “Lidl” at the cash register. Many people now swear by the “healing effects” of their CBD products for a multitude of ailments
How does CBD work?
The mechanisms of action of CBD are still not fully understood, are extremely diverse and not so easy to describe. At 1st researchers studied the structure of cannabidiol and other cannabinoids & quickly realized that cannabinoids were responsible for the effects of cannabis. It was obvious that cannabinoids were effective, and they now sought to clarify how this effect came about. During these investigations they came across a hitherto unknown area in our body: the endocannabinoid system.
The human body has multiple receptors that respond to cannabinoids, the best known of which are cannabinoid receptor 1 (CB1) and cannabinoid receptor 2 (CB2). The CB1 is found in the central nervous system and in the nervous system of the intestine. The CB2 is found on cells of the human defense system and on cells that regulate bone metabolism. Accordingly, one can guess for what purposes CBD may be used. These two receptors are part of the so-called endocannabinoid system, which is used to regulate body processes. It has an effect on the
- performance of the immune system
- the perception of pain
- the development of fears
- the mood and the regulation of appetite
- sleep and body temperature
By binding to the cannabinoid receptors cannabidiol has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, soothing, anti-psychotic and anxiety-relieving effects. In addition, cannabidiol can reduce the effect of THC by competing with it for the CB1 receptor. Thanks to its antioxidant properties, cannabidiol can protect cells and genetic material from negative influences. Several cell studies have shown that cannabidiol can inhibit cancer growth.
Against what & why could you take CBD now?
The “uses” of CBD seem to be infinite. There have been many studies on the medical benefits of CBD and many more are currently in progress. One can already say in advance that the CBD has an incredibly broad spectrum of activity – it works “holistically” – It affects body, soul and spirit.
Many claims attributed to CBD include:
- has analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects
- can help against nausea
- should have anticonvulsant effects (especially in epilepsy)
- helps against skin problems and acne through CBD extracts in ointments / creams
- can help against depression and chronic stress
- has sleep-promoting properties and is therefore used against insomnia
- supports the treatment against social phobias
- helps with psychotic conditions like schizophrenia
- can support treatment for ADHD
- be able to help prophylactically against Alzheimer’s / dementia
- is used as a support in addiction therapy
- can be used against anxiety
- supports the treatment of Parkinson’s disease
- can regulate the blood pressure and is thus used in hypertension
As you can see CBD has an incredibly broad spectrum of activity and many possible applications. Cannabidiol is definitely a serious alternative to pharmaceuticals and is right now among experiencing a rapidly growing popularity among medical professionals and consumers.
In my next blog article, I would like to give you a brief and concise overview of the various CBD products and items. Many of which are even acquirable at Tom Hemp’s.
Have a nice day and have a good time.