CBD, or cannabidiol, is quickly becoming a rising star in the world of natural healing — and for good reason. It’s a plant-based, all-natural remedy with miraculous healing properties that can be used to treat an abundance of common ailments.
Based on decades of research, proven results, and the recent passing of the Farm Bill that makes it legal in all 50 states, CBD has been gaining a cult-like following and is now sought by millions who seek natural alternatives to dangerous pharmaceuticals.
CBD is one of hundreds of cannabinoids derived from hemp, a plant in the Cannabis sativa family. Because hemp has such low THC levels, it is non-psychoactive by definition, which means it has no euphoric effects and is totally legal.
Most people have heard of CBD and THC. Both are cannabinoids derived from the cannabis plant. But the plant’s lesser known granddaddy molecule – CBG, as it turns out – is quite the powerhouse … and kind of a big deal.
CBG (cannabigerol) is known as the parent molecule (a ‘precursor’) because it is the first one produced by the cannabis plant. As the plant grows, CBG is continuously converting into CBD, THC, and other cannabinoids.
It’s also been attributed to being an antibacterial agent, appetite stimulant, to assist in bone growth, to regenerate new brain cells, a suppressant to cancer cells, anti-seizure and to reduce inflammation.
At Heart the Hemp HQ we also love it for the increased focus and clarity we experience when taking it in the morning before we start our daily hustle!
Many CBD products on the market isolate just the CBD molecule out of the plant. But, in doing so, they are missing out on something called the “entourage effect”: when the full spectrum of cannabinoids, terpenes & other whole hemp plant compounds ”play” together to enhance their overall effectiveness.
CBG is one of these cannabinoids that has been mostly overlooked until now. But, as more studies emerge, it is clear that is has some super-powers. Scientifically speaking, CBG acts directly on our CB1 and CB2 receptors. Whereas CBD acts as a regulator by stimulating our FAAH enzyme, which is responsible for the production of endocannabinoids in our body.
Each of the two molecules plays a distinct role in our body. When they come together: Boom! Optimized assimilation and a more profound affect in the body is achieved.
CBD directly reacts with receptors in our body affecting serotonin (a chemical which helps with impulse control, pain relief, appetite, and sleep) and GABA (a chemical which has a calming effect).
When our bodies are low on either of these, our ability to calm ourselves and/or be present in the moment is greatly affected. In fact, low levels of GABA or serotonin are widely attributed to anxiety and depression.
CBD works with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in your body to create balance and harmony. Clinical studies show it helps decrease anxiety when you regularly take 300 to 600 mg.
CBD not only works as an anti-inflammatory and pain reducer when taken internally, but you will also find healing benefits from CBD skin-care products helpful when applied externally. CBD ointments, lotions, and salves are easily absorbed into the skin and can be applied directly to the affected areas.
Regular application (containing a high enough dosage of CBD — beware of sub-par products!) provides an analgesic effect that reduces inflammation and discomfort.
Some research even points to CBD as an effective acne treatment, since it may reduce inflammation in overactive sebum-producing glands that can often cause breakouts.
A young girl named Charlotte Figi helped bring CBD into the spotlight after her near-300 seizures a week were reduced to almost none when her parents sought natural remedies and began putting her on a daily CBD regime.
Further, the FDA recently approved a CBD-based drug to treat seizures — a huge stride in making this natural remedy readily available to the public and to patients who need it.
A recent study conducted at UC Berkeley tracked patients who were using dangerous opioids for pain-relief and had them try cannabis instead. The majority reported that “cannabis provided relief on par with their other medications, but without the unwanted side effects.”
The CB2 receptor in our brains play a role in the body’s immune response by managing pain and inflammation. Researchers believe that when we take CBD, it attaches to these receptors and also stimulates the body to create more natural cannabinoid receptors to attach to. This has an effect on reducing pain and inflammation.
Additionally, animal studies have shown that CBD may be a potential treatment for arthritis. One report claimed that “there is substantial evidence that cannabis is an effective treatment for chronic pain in adults.”
CBD works by acting on the body’s naturally occuring endocannabinoid system (ECS).
Endocannabinoids are compounds that naturally occur in the human body, and are similar to phytocannabinoids such as CBD. (Endo = within. Phyto= Plant).
CBD mimics what is naturally going on in our body with the endocannabinoids and – when used as a supplement – gives our body a boost beyond what it can generate on its own.
This ECS system’s main job is to help the body adapt to outside stressors and maintain homeostasis: our body’s efforts to keep everything in our internal environment stable and optimal no matter what’s going on in the environment around us).
Your body has 2 main receptors – CB1 and CB2 – that bond with the cannabinoids, and our body generates enzymes that help break them down once utilized.
The body activates the ECS with precision so that it impacts only what it needs to. For example, if your circadian rhythm is out of whack, it will work to regulate your sleep without altering another bodily function that is already working optimally, perhaps digestion for example.
Because cannabinoids are found in and interact with almost every system in our body (digestive, reproductive, nervous, and immune), they’re often praised as a cure-all.
While they don’t quite heal everything, they do regulate many bodily functions:
… and more.
Aside from being a mood-enhancer, CBD is also known as an anti-inflammatory. CBD interacts with receptors in your body, aka tiny proteins attached to your cells, that receive chemical signals from various outside stimulation and help your cells respond.
This creates both an anti-inflammatory and pain-reducing effect that can help you with pain management.
Because of all the studies showing cannabinoids as an effective treatment in reducing inflammation, CBD may also be a treatment for inflammatory bowel diseases including Crohn’s. Studies have shown CBD also decreases spasmodic activity commonly found in irritable bowel syndrome.
Moreso, CBD helps to reduce some of what are arguably the worst components of having IBD & Crohn’s: the mental stress, abdominal pain, and anxiety.
Hippocrates said “All disease begins in the gut,” meaning it’s paramount to try to cultivate a healthy one. Our body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) plays a significant role in maintaining healthy gastrointestinal physiology.
A study in the Journal of Advanced Research in Gastroenterology & Hepatology says that CBD has been linked to directly restoring endothelial membrane permeability to the gut. In other words, it may help to reverse “leaky gut” syndrome, which is when a breach of cell layers on the gut allows harmful substances to leak out of the gut into the body).