What is CBD and what it can do for you?

Are you CBD Curious?  Heard about this amazing new compound that everyone is talking about and want to know more?

CBD is not, of course, “new”.  Civilizations have been using hemp, and therefore CBD for thousands of years.  But, it definitely is “hot”.

CBD stands for cannabidiol, a cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant.  Cannabinoids are the active compounds in cannabis that make it useful and desired, and there are over 100 cannabinoids that have been discovered.  THC, or tetrahyrdocannibinol, is the most well-known cannabinoid, because it is responsible for the “high” feeling you get when you ingest cannabis.

Cannabis has 2 sub-species: hemp and marijuana, and CBD is found in both. Hemp contains a higher concentration of CBD and less than .03% THC by law. CBD from hemp will not get you high, and is not addictive. Be aware that “hemp seed oil” is not the same as CBD. CBD comes from the flowers (not the seeds) of the hemp plant.

HOW DOES CBD WORK?

CBD works by interacting with the CB1 and CB2 receptors found in the endocannabinoid system in the body (ECS). The ECS is a system that was discovered in 1988 and is responsible for mediating physiological and cognitive functions like mood, immune function, pain perception, sleep, metabolism, appetite, and memory. Our bodies make their own endogenous cannabinoids when needed, and phyto (plant) cannabinoids, like CBD, can also be used help the ECS create homeostasis.

WHAT CAN CBD DO FOR YOU?

CBD has been shown to have the following benefits, and is classified as safe to use:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Stress relieving
  • Pain relieving
  • Neuro-protective
  • Neuro-regenerative
  • Anti-anxiety
  • Resolves skin irritation
  • Fights free radicals, anti-oxidant
  • Can have some anti-cancer effects
  • May help with sleep

HOW TO USE IT

 1.     Daily wellness:  Nurse Sue said once that taking a dose of CBD daily, like a vitamin, makes her feel more “resilient” all day.  So who doesn’t want that superpower??  We recommend taking 10-20 mg a day in capsule or tincture form.  Click here to see our recommendations.

2.     Sports or sore muscled:  CBD creams can be rubbed on sore muscles after working out, or just feeling old.  You can also find CBD bath soaks, and patches that work over time.

3.     ADD/ADHD:  Nurse Sue has a great story about using CBD with her son who has ADHD, allowing patients to stop using their pharmaceutical medications.  Note, while the World Anti-Doping Agency allows the use of CBDs, the NCAA does not.

4.     Anxiety:  CBD calms your nervous system, which helps you react more evenly to stressors.  It can even out your mood, and provide “resilience” as noted by Nurse Sue. We like these gel caps, but you can experiment with which method of taking CBD is the best for you.

5.     Inflammation:  Besides the external relief that can be found with topicals, you can try CBD internally as well.  Try a tincture or CBD only vape pen for quick relief, or capsule for longer duration.

6.     Sleep:  CBD taken during the day to provide a sense of calm often leads to better sleep at night. If a calm mind is not enough, try these sleep gummies with CBD and melatonin.

7.     Seizures:  CBD has been effectively researched and used to fight seizures, especially from epilepsy.  The famous Charlotte’s Web strain was created to help a young epilepsy patient, Charlotte, in Colorado, and has now spawned an entire company.  They have very high quality CBD products for all types of use. There is now a prescription drug called Epidiolex that is a synthetic CBD for epilepsy.

8. Osteoarthritis: Read Nurse Sue’s story about CBD and her mother with OA.

Written by: Sue Feldmeth, RN, BSN, Cannabis Nurse

About Sue:

Sue Feldmeth provides educational presentations to groups who want to learn more about the use of medical cannabis as well as one on one consultations and guidance for those who want to use cannabis to treat their particular condition.  She is located in Pasadena, California and can be reached at [email protected].

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