CBD (Cannabidiol): 7 things to fully understand it (Easily)

The CBD industry is booming.

Even though CBD was first discovered in 1940, it wasn’t up until 2013, when CNN reported the famous case of Charlotte’s Figi that CBD got extra popular.

CBD is here to stay.

The industry grew 40% in the US during 2017, reaching $367 million. It is expected to grow to $2 billion by 2022. (Click to Tweet)

In this article, you will learn 7 simple things you need to know to fully understand CBD.

  1. What is CBD?

  2. CBD Benefits: What does CBD do?

  3. How do CBD works?

  4. Is CBD Legal?

  5. CBD Oil Side Effects

  6. Where to buy CBD?

  7. Conclusion

 

1. What is CBD?

 

CBD or cannabidiol is one of the 113 cannabinoids so far discovered in the cannabis plant. Among that large amount of cannabinoids, the most prominent are CBD and THC.

What is the Difference Between CBD and THC?

 You probably have heard about THC; the compound responsible for the famous “high” that cannabis is mostly known for. However, CBD is a whole different story.

 CBD is a non-psychotropic cannabinoid. Meaning that it doesn’t cause a “high”. Moreover, CBD holds many medicinal properties that have already proven results and concrete appliances in many of the world’s most prominent diseases, such as Epilepsy, Parkinson’s, Sleep Disorders, and more.

 CBD Comes from Hemp. THC comes mainly from Marijuana. Both Hemp and Marijuana are Cannabis plants with different cannabinoid concentration. (Tweet This)

 Typically, hemp is a cannabis plant low in THC and high in CBD. Contrary, Marijuana is a cannabis plant high in THC and low in CBD.

 So, CBD is a natural compound, coming from the cannabis plant, which doesn’t cause a high, and has huge medicinal properties.

 That is probably the reason why CBD is on the rise. (Tweet this)

 

2. CBD benefits: What does CBD do?

 CBD is a natural option to treat many of the world’s most common diseases. Traditionally, these conditions are treated with strong drugs that have unhealthy side effects.

Research on cannabinoids has been limited for many years due to the bad stigma associated to the cannabis plant.

These legislations have been changing in the last years to allow more studies on the field. Amazing results have come out, such as Olympic athletes being allowed to use CBD.

So far, CBD has had positive effects on conditions such as:

  • Anxiety, depression, and stress

  • Epilepsy and severe seizures

  • Chronic Pain

  • Skin Conditions

 And more.

 Let’s dive in into the medical benefits of CBD.

 2.1 CBD for anxiety, depression, and stress

Anxiety affects 1 in 13 people on average around the world. Moreover, around 300 million people globally of all ages suffer from depression. (Tweet this)

To understand anxiety and depression, we need to talk about the Serotonin System.

Strong world-famous pharmaceutical drugs such as Zoloft and Prozac, are designed to specifically allow availability of more serotonin in our bodies. By facilitating this process, our brain cells can transfer more serotonin signals and hence reduce anxiety, depression and boost our mood.

The issue with these antidepressant drugs is that they create strong addictions and side effects that are hard to overcome.

Cannabidiol does similarly the same. But faster and naturally. This is why CBD does help with anxiety.

 In this study, CBD exhibited anti-anxiety and antidepressant effects. Some of the most known CBD effects on anxiety and depression are the reduction of:

  • Anxiety and depression itself

  • Cognitive Impairment

  • Discomfort in speech performance

  • State of alert previous to a speech

  • Panic disorders

  • Obsessive-compulsive disorders

  • Social Anxiety

  • Sleeping disorders

 There are CBD products that are specifically designed to deal with anxiety in a natural way.

 Green Helix, a top quality CBD brand, developed Acute Stress Relief CBD Capsules for this purpose. (Tweet this)

 Another good option is Charlotte's Web, the world’s most trusted hemp extract. You could try these CBD oils for anxiety: EverydayEveryday Plus or Everyday Advanced.

2.2 CBD for Epilepsy and severe seizures

This is probably the most well-known use of cannabidiol today.

There are many cases in which children suffered from hundreds of severe epileptic attacks on a weekly basis, where CBD stopped them dramatically and immediately. A few examples:

 

 

  • Zakia Jackson, son of Heather Jackson, founder of The Realm Of Caring. Zaki went from suffering over 200 seizures a day to practically none during a 4-year period. With the help of CBD oil, he got miraculous health recovery. (Tweet this)

 

 

  • From Northern Ireland, Billy Caldwell, who suffered up to 100 life-threatening epileptic seizures a day. Dramatically improved his quality of life thanks to the use of CBD. It was one of the first cases in the country.

 CW Hemp CBD oil has had unbelievable results treating severe epilepsy. You can buy Charlotte’s Web CBD Oil in Europe from us.

2.3 CBD oil for pain

According to the NCBI, the figures are daunting:

 The science behind using cannabidiol for treating chronic pain is still under study. But worth it to keep exploring.

 The most common way to deal with chronic pain today is by using opioids, which are highly addictive and very bad for our health when used long-term.

 Josh Stanley, Co-founder at CW Hemp, tells his own story about how he managed pain with CBD Oil, leaving opioids behind and getting his life back.

 

 

Studies have proven over years the incredible anti-inflammatory properties that cannabidiol has. This helps to heal faster.

Another study performed by the NCBI claims: “patients who were treated with cannabis or cannabinoids are more likely to experience a clinically significant reduction in pain symptoms”. (Tweet this)

There are many athletes that are trying CBD as an option to deal with continuous pain coming from their exercises routines. Especially, but not limited to, NFL and Martial Arts athletes, who suffer from continuous pain due to the nature of their sports.

Their testimonials are truly amazing.

Even though the results are more than promising. There is still some ground to cover.

There are specific CBD Products for pain:

2.4 CBD Cosmetics for Skin Conditions:

As the New York Times put it: New Beauty’s High: CBD Oil.

The reason why cannabidiol is now being used in so many cosmetics is that of its anti-aging and antioxidant properties. So far, studies have also identified the capability of this cannabinoid to produce lipids and hence, help dry skin and acne conditions. (Tweet this)

CBD also has anti-inflammatory properties as mentioned before.

All these properties together make the idea of CBD Cosmetics perfectly logical.

If you are considering to start using CBD as a medicine to treat a specific issue, you should do your research and consult it with your doctor first.

 

3. How do CBD works?

 

 

CBD interacts directly with the Endocannabinoid system. In short, the endocannabinoid system is a system that interacts with cannabinoid receptors inside our body.

That’s right, our body has a dedicated receptor for cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant that allow them to directly interact with our body.

Two primary types of receptors have been identified: CB1 and CB2.

In fact, these two receptors, are the most prevalent and most important cell receptors in every mammal on the planet.

They serve two primary functions within our body: neurological and immune function. There is hardly any disease state that falls out of these two categories.

This means, in essence, that the cannabis and hemp plants are more related to humans than any other plant in the known universe.

This is why CBD has proven to work so well for our health.

 

4. Is CBD Legal?

Most people wanting to introduce themselves to the benefits of cannabidiol ask themselves, is CBD oil legal?

The legislation for CBD has changed a lot in the last years as CBD is now being recognized for its amazing medicinal properties.

Every country has its own legislation and in some of them, there are many grey areas that are being discussed as you read.

To summarize the two biggest CBD markets:

CBD is legal in 46 of 50 States in the USA. In the 4 remaining states, there are still grey areas (06/2018).

In Europe, as a rule of thumb, CBD is legal as long as it comes from a hemp plant with less than 0.2% of THC (Tweet this). There are some exceptions, for example:

 Why do some countries allow more THC in their CBD products?

 The reason is that it allows the plant to fully grow and develop the maximum potential of its medicinal properties.

 Josh Stanley, co-founder at CW Hemp give us his thoughts on the subject.

 

Swissextract is one of our premium brands that produces CBD Oil with less than 1% THC.

Laws change constantly. This information serves as a general guide. If you are still uncertain whether or not CBD is legal in your country, check your national laws.

 

5. CBD Oil Side Effects

As the World Health Organization stated: CBD is generally well tolerated with a good safety profile”.

Nevertheless, cannabidiol is recently being used broadly and constantly. Hence, scientists haven’t had the possibility to fully study and understand its long-term effects yet.

Compared to other drugs for treating the same medical conditions, cannabidiol seems to have a better profile.

This study identified some CBD oil side effects including:

  • Tiredness

  • Diarrhea

  • Changes in appetite and weight

This other report, focusing on epilepsy,  mentions the possibility of liver damage, lethargy, and depression. However, these are also side effects that are found in other medicines to treat the same condition.

As mentioned above, further long-term research on this topic is needed.

 

6. Where to buy CBD?

Choosing the right CBD products is key.

Unfortunately, not every company deliver what they promised.

This study assessed 84 CBD products sold by 31 different online companies. They found that 1 in every 5 products contained different components than what they stated. For example, a larger amount of THC that could lead to intoxication. (Tweet this)

Do your research before you buy CBD products.

At Heidi’s Garden we only work with premium high-quality brands. We make sure that all of our products are consistent, reliable and safe to take.

 

7. Conclusion

CBD’s future looks promising.

Although is too soon to know everything about this compound, cannabidiol has already helped so many lives in situations where there was nothing left to try.

At Heidi’s Garden, we know this first hand.

One of our co-founders was lucky enough to find this alternative treatment and recover quickly from a motorcycle accident that got him into a coma.

We believe in the healing powers of CBD.

 

 

What about you? We would love to know your perspective!

  1. What do you think about CBD?

  2. Have you had any experience with CBD? Perhaps a close one?

  3. Any questions we might help you with

Leave a comment and let’s create a constructive talk about this so we can keep helping people. 

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