There is a supplement taking the scientific and medical community by storm. Cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD, is now a legal and prescription-free supplement in the United States and everyone wants to know what all the hype is about. CBD is one of the main constituents of cannabis and it has gained popularity due to its’ astonishing medicinal properties. For thousands of years, herbalists, botanists, researchers, and physicians have observed the healing potential of the cannabis plant, but scientific research and medicinal use of the plant was restricted due to its’ controversial legal classification. We now have a growing understanding of the medicinal uses of cannabis thanks to numerous studies and many of those studies have isolated one super compound that has seemingly unlimited potential. That compound is CBD.
Scientific research has found out how CBD has been able to help with a wide range of conditions from chronic pain to insomnia and skin conditions. Our bodies regulate themselves through messages called chemical signals. One type of chemical signal is the cannabinoid. Our bodies make cannabinoids every second of every day and taking CBD orally increases your body’s own production of cannabinoids. This is huge because cannabinoids affect nearly every system in the body. Taking CBD orally helps your body regulate mood, sleep, appetite, pain, memory, coordination, inflammation, immunity, fertility, and cognition. CBD helps your body function optimally. It’s like a supercharger for your body. One of the most well-researched benefits of CBD is its’ effect of pain and inflammation. CBD is a great way to help with both acute and chronic pain because it decreases inflammation and reduces the sensation of pain. CBD decreases inflammation naturally by fortifying the production of your own anti-inflammatory proteins. CBD has also been shown to have positive effects on some of the most difficult to treat pain like pain from fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, and cancer.
Cannabinoids and their receptors are highly concentrated in the central nervous system, the control center for the human body. When there is damage to the brain it can cause problems with cognition, movement, mood, and sleep. Conditions that affect the brain are difficult to treat because our body filters what can reach the brain. CBD passes this filter and is able to reach the brain, thus able to help people with neurological conditions. CBD is a potent anti-oxidant, therefore, it counteracts the effects of aging and damage to the body’s organs, especially the brain. CBD is a promising treatment for conditions like epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Regardless of if the brain is overactive or not active enough, CBD can help. It allows your body to adapt to stress and balances the chemical signals in the brain to restore proper function.
Not only should CBD be consumed but it should be applied topically. The American Academy of Dermatology now recommends topical CBD to help with conditions such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema. It decreases damage on the surface and in the deeper layers of the skin. CBD helps the skin because it is an anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory. Whether it’s painful irritation or ugly blemishes, adding CBD to your skin care regimen will make a big difference in both the health and appearance of your skin. Topical CBD also reduces muscle and joint pain were locally applied because it is absorbed and penetrates deeply to the tissues below.
CBD can be consumed as an oral tincture or applied as a topical cream. When consuming the oral tincture, it is best to hold it under the tongue for over a minute prior to swallowing it. When applying it topically, wash the skin and use warm water first to maximize absorption. CBD is non-psychoactive, this means patients who use CBD do not experience the lethargic “high” often associated with recreational cannabis use. One should consult their physician prior to consuming CBD, especially if taking prescription medication. Only purchase CBD from reputable sources such as wellness or medical clinic to ensure you know what you are getting.
CBD is seemingly miraculous. If you have ever felt the “runner’s high,” the euphoric feeling after prolonged physical activity, you have felt the power of your cannabinoids and their effect on mood and pain. Studies have shown and continue to show promise for this supplement. The benefits are robust both physically and mentally. CBD has even been shown to reduce the growth and spread of cancer cells adding to the long and growing list of conditions it can help. No matter what condition you are suffering from or what your health goals are, adding CBD both topically and orally can improve the body’s own healing mechanisms.
Christopher Kotwicki, DC