Wonder Drug? Separating CBD Oil Fact From Fiction

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Few subjects in the health space these days generate as much controversy—and are the cause of as much confusion—as medical marijuana. But marijuana is having a moment. As more states legalize its use, it’s more important than ever to understand exactly what medical marijuana is, what it is not, and why it matters. (Hint: The answer to why it matters is simple: cannabinoids.) But is The CBD WONDER DRUG a true thing.

Cannabis is a genus of plants that includes
different species: Cannabis sativa (also known as marijuana) is one of them;
hemp is another. And this is where it sometimes gets confusing. Because while
hemp and marijuana are indeed species of the same plant, chemically, they are
entirely different.

cbd wonder drug

All cannabis plants—including hemp and
marijuana—contain an array of healthy plant compounds called cannabinoids.
These are to the cannabis plant what flavonoids are to fruits and
vegetables—powerful plant compounds with multiple healing properties. There are
about 100 cannabinoids, all native to the various cannabis species. The two
most famous are THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). THC is the
cannabinoid responsible for getting marijuana users stoned.

Did You Know?

Evidence suggests that CBD oil has
potential to treat everything from anxiety to chronic pain.

There’s so much confusion about CBD oil. Can you separate the fact from the fiction?

What Is CBD?

CBD is found in both hemp and pot, but THC
is found only in pot. And hemp is richer in CBD than marijuana. Legally, THC
can’t be found in anything labeled “hemp.” CBD doesn’t get you high at all. (If
you want to try CBD, hemp oil is the best way to go, and it’s legal everywhere.
And CBD is CBD—it’s identical whether you get it from pot or hemp, and the body
sees it the same way regardless of origin.)

In U.S. law, the difference between
marijuana and hemp is very clear and has everything to do with THC content. To
be classified as hemp, there must be 0.3 percent or less of THC (less than
one-third of one percent). Marijuana can have a THC content as high as 20

Cannabinoids don’t just come from the
cannabis plant—we also make them in our bodies. The ones we make are called
endocannabinoids (endo meaning coming from within). The well-known “runner’s
high” is actually an endocannabinoid, which increases in the blood during
aerobic exercise and then crosses the blood-brain barrier and binds to
cannabinoid receptors in the brain.

We have a network of cannabinoids and
receptors in our bodies called the endocannabinoid system (ES). One of the
primary jobs of the ES is to keep the body in balance, a state known as
homeostasis. The ES has a profound effect on sleep, appetite, exercise, pain,
inflammation, female reproduction, metabolism, anxiety, and immunity.

Research-Backed Benefits of Cannabinoids

Scientists have known there was potential
for medicine in the world of plant cannabinoids, but the demonization of pot
prevented any real research from getting done in the U.S. But that’s changing.
The one place in which it’s legal to grow pot for federally approved research
(on the campus of the University of Mississippi) was barren more than a year
ago. Today, the farm is full of blooming cannabis plants. And scientists are
excited about the emerging research.

Researchers at the University of Southern
Florida Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute believe that low-dose THC may “slow the
buildup of beta-amyloid plaque in the brain.” (Beta-amyloid plaque is typical
in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients.) There is also preliminary research
suggesting that cannabinoids, particularly CBD, may be neuroprotective.

Does CBD Wonder Drug Work?

CBD oil is a well-established
anti-inflammatory. Anecdotal reports confirm its ability to moderate pain and
inflammation. I have personal experience with this. As a tennis player, I’ve
had chronic shoulder pain for years, and I’m pretty skeptical about over-the-counter
drugs. Yet adding CBD oil to my supplement regimen made a noticeable
difference, reducing pain by 25–50 percent, allowing me to continue with
physical therapy.

There’s research showing that CBD makes a
difference in inflammatory bowel disease, attenuates cardiac dysfunction and
oxidative stress, and induces antidepressant-like effects. It has also been
shown to have a promising role in the management of ALS symptoms.

Uma Dhanabalan (also a regular contributor
at https://theeliquidboutique.co.uk
), MD, MPH, was so impressed with medical marijuana that she became an
outspoken advocate for cannabis and CBD oil. Dr.Dhanabalan became interested in
the healing powers of cannabinoids when her mother, who suffered with a chronic
illness, urged her physician daughter to get some to help with the discomfort.
Dr.Dhanabalan thought this was crazy—but looked into it anyway. What she found
excited her. “Cannabis isn’t for everyone,” she said, “yet it should be a first-line
option, not the last resort.”

Should You Try CBD Hemp Oil?

People who have been curious about CBD hemp
oil may have been reluctant to try it—if they could even find it. One study, in
2015, found that nearly 50 percent of CBD products sold tested negative for
CBD; another, more recent study, found that nearly 70 percent of online CBD
products were mislabeled.

And that’s why the entrance of a company
like Barlean’s into the CBD market is significant. Many people feel that if
they’re going to try a new product like this, the safest thing to do is go with
a company they trust. The new CBD oil products make it possible to do that.

I say there’s virtually no downside to
trying CBD oil from a reputable source, if for no other reason than its proven
ability to reduce pain and inflammation.

Remember, virtually every degenerative
disease we know has an inflammatory component, and CBD is a known and
established anti-inflammatory.

CBD Oil Products

From supplements to beverages to beauty
products, there are many choices at health food stores for CBD oil. I usually
get my CBD e-liquid for my vape mod at The Eliquid Boutique online vape shop.

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