A significant safety concern with CBD is that it is primarily marketed and sold as a supplement, not a medication. Currently, the FDA does not regulate the safety and purity of dietary supplements. So, you cannot be sure that the product you buy has active ingredients at the dose listed on the label. In addition, the product may contain other unknown elements. We also don’t know the most effective therapeutic dose of CBD for any particular medical condition.
Some CBD manufacturers have come under government scrutiny for wild, indefensible claims, such that CBD is a cure-all for cancer or COVID-19, which it is not. We need more research but CBD may prove to be a helpful, relatively non-toxic option for managing anxiety, insomnia, and chronic pain. Without sufficient high-quality evidence in human studies, we can’t pinpoint effective doses, and because CBD currently is typically available as an unregulated supplement, it’s hard to know exactly what you are getting.
CBD has been touted for a wide variety of health issues, but the strongest scientific evidence is for its effectiveness in treating some of the cruelest childhood epilepsy syndromes, such as Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), which typically don’t respond to antiseizure medications. In numerous studies, CBD was able to reduce the number of seizures, and, in some cases, stop them altogether. Epidiolex, which contains CBD, is the first cannabis-derived medicine approved by the FDA for these conditions.
Is CBD safe?
The Farm Bill removed all hemp-derived products, including CBD, from the Controlled Substances Act, which criminalizes the possession of drugs. In essence, this means that CBD is legal if it comes from hemp, but not if it comes from cannabis (marijuana) – even though it is the exact same molecule. Currently, many people obtain CBD online without a medical marijuana license, which is legal in most states.
Side effects of CBD include nausea, fatigue and irritability. CBD can increase the level of blood thinning and other medicines in your blood by competing for the liver enzymes that break down these drugs. Grapefruit has a similar effect with certain medicines.
CBD, or cannabidiol, is the second most prevalent active ingredient in cannabis (marijuana). While CBD is an essential component of medical marijuana, it is derived directly from the hemp plant, a cousin of marijuana, or manufactured in a laboratory. One of hundreds of components in marijuana, CBD does not cause a “high” by itself. According to a report from the World Health Organization, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”
How can CBD be taken?
CBD comes in many forms, including oils, extracts, capsules, patches, vapes, and topical preparations for use on skin. If you’re hoping to reduce inflammation and relieve muscle and joint pain, a topical CBD-infused oil, lotion or cream – or even a bath bomb — may be the best option. Alternatively, a CBC patch or a tincture or spray designed to be placed under the tongue allows CBD to directly enter the bloodstream.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is often covered in the media, and you may see it touted as an add-in booster to your post-workout smoothie or morning coffee. You can even buy a CBD-infused sports bra. But what exactly is CBD? And why is it so popular?
But is this a bad thing? According to Elmes, it’s quite the opposite. Less anandamide in the cell means more stays behind. Elmes explains:
However, it isn’t something that happened overnight.
The endocannabinoid system doesn’t just get us high though.
For decades, marijuana research has to lead the way for new initiatives in the areas of human biology, health, and diseases, and in the 1990s something wonderful happened. The Endocannabinoid System was discovered and with it the realization that it is a crucial molecular system that helps the human body function.
CBD and the PPARS Receptor
It’s also called the “capsaicin receptor” since it’s the primary receptor that capsaicin, an anti-inflammatory compound found in chili peppers, binds to when it enters the body.
The question many people always ask is “how does CBD work in the human body?” We all know it posses many magnificent traits ranging from relieving anxiety to pain and even having anti-cancer properties.
Coincidentally, plenty of preliminary and anecdotal evidence support’s CBD’s therapeutic or preventative benefits in the above areas.
Research on How CBD Works Led to the Discovery of the Endocannabinoid System
losteric receptor modulator. This means that it can either enhance or inhibit how a receptor transmits a signal by changing the shape of the receptor. CBD can either be a negative allosteric receptor modulator or positive, which we’ll cover.
But there’s a catch. As Elmes explains: “ THC and CBD can compete for anandamide uptake.” In other words, CBD and other cannabinoid “passengers” don’t get along.
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