CBD is the newest thing on the market, being sold for pain, weight control, seizure help and more. Does it really do all of that and can it help with your pain, legitimately? Let’s explore the way it works and whether you may want to try it. We’ll discuss whether it is considered safe to use.
What is This CBD Stuff Being Sold Everywhere?
CBD is short for cannabidiol. It is a phytocompound, meaning plant compound, that comes from cannabis plants. This particular phytocompound is also a cannabinoid. This simply means that it has a molecular structure that clearly identifies it as a molecule of the cannabis family. Cannabinoids are not found in other plants, only the plants of that family – hemp and marijuana.
CBD is extracted predominantly from hemp plants but can also come from marijuana. If it comes from marijuana, it must clearly be labeled so and can only be sold in a proper dispensary in a state with legalized medical marijuana.
The CBD you see being sold in local stores is most likely that is extracted from hemp plants and as such, it will contain no THC over the trace amount of .03%. Why this is important? Because THC is tetrahydrocannabinol, the phytocompound responsible for making people high. It is removed from CBD, though some traces of it may escape extraction. There is also some benefit in the tiny amount, though not enough to cause a high.
This allows it to be sold legally in all fifty states. CBD is one of over 80 cannabinoids, which includes THC. There is a lot of research being done on all of the other cannabinoids but CBD has received the most research so far. It’s being used in many ways, with much positive fanfare so far.
How Does it Work for Pain?
When CBD is consumed and introduced into the body, where it finds its way into the bloodstream, it immediately gets to work. In fact, most people begin feeling the effects within 10 to 15 minutes, with the product peaking at about 2 hours and lasting for typically 4 hours per dose. Some people experience less and some people experience more time.
CBD binds with receptors located in the midsection of the body. These receptors are part of the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which functions to help reduce inflammation, keep the immune system functioning well, plays a role in metabolism, the pancreas’ releasing of insulin, and in pain management. It also impacts the moods by interacting with the body systems that make and release serotonin in the body. Serotonin is often referred to as the key to happiness in humans.
CBD molecules bind with the receptors in the body to produce new molecules that are lipids. These fatty acids move into the neural network. This is the body’s mail delivery system. When the big toe hurts, it sends a message to the brain that there is an injury, via the neural network. The brain responds with acknowledging pain and you suddenly feel your toe throb.
The neural network also sends messages to the brain that can be overreactions, caused by problems we know as chronic conditions. Fibromyalgia sufferers feel pains that seem to move and float around the body. This is a malfunction of the the central nervous system, sending the brain false messages of pain.
Those lipids move into the neural network and block this pain by blocking the messages from ever reaching the brain. This slows and even stops pain signals in many people. The lipid also does some cleaning, polishing and protecting while it moves through the neural network, protecting your network so that when you age, you will retain more memories for longer, especially if you begin suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
CBD offers protection of memories as well as the brain function that can be at risk from having a stroke. Those who suffer a stroke are able to recover more fully with receiving CBD oil shortly after the stroke. If they used it prior to the stroke, this recovery is even better. There seem to be benefits in the recovery of Traumatic Brain Injury which can result from accidents, even a fall down the stairs for children.
Results for the relief of pain are widely publicized and people who reap the benefits are happy to talk about their experience and their relief. CBD is very beneficial for pain.