Even in the days of legalized marijuana, there are still so many that shy away from CBD ( Cannabidiol ). The most common reasons often being; “I’m afraid to get high,” or “It will make me feel funny,” and the classic, “I don’t do drugs.”
They all lead to the need to clear up some common misconceptions about CBD. Cannabidiol is derived from a resin-like substance in the hemp plant, a direct cousin of the marijuana plant. Still, essentially, it lacks that other component that makes us “high,” the THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) component.
Both CBD and THC react with the endocannabinoid system (in simple terms, cannabis-like substances that naturally occur inside every one of us) in our bodies, but they also have different effects. We would love to address the impact of THC on that system, but today we stick with CBD only.
What is CBD exactly?
CBD is made up of a molecular structure that will bore you in no uncertain terms; feel free to pop on to a medical journal to find out about their design; however, we like to keep it simple here. (It’s this desire that burns deep within my soul to have you read to the end of the blog, and boredom is a sure-fire way to stop that from happening)
In the simplest yet not-so-simplest of terms, this structure will interact and communicate messages with your neurotransmitters (sorry for the word here, but brain thingies weren’t cutting it). These messages sent from the CBD have a role in controlling pain, immune function, stress and sleep, to mention a few.
Let’s address some of my favourite ones: Does CBD help with sleep?
CBD and sleep; On the best of days, it’s difficult for so many of us to say, “Yes, I had a good sleep,” in fact, so many people complain they can’t turn off the brain even if they are lucky enough to fall asleep. (The hamster wheel keeps spinning)
Studies have shown that CBD can help reduce anxieties and other stressors that keep us awake enough to help with the act of actually falling asleep. But wait… It gets better; CBD aids in getting you to fall asleep, but it can also help you stay asleep. Tell an insomniac that, and I bet they’d want to call your bluff the first chance they get, only you aren’t bluffing, and neither am I.
Next up? My personal favourite, CBD and Pain management. Does it help with the aches and pains?
My father suffers from arthritis and, over the years, has had to dabble in many painkillers. Still, as of late, he has finally jumped aboard the CBD train and manages his arthritis with a muscle therapy CBD lotion and the CBD gummies. He’s so relieved not to have to twist off a bottle cap of some sort each time he flares up, and if you’re thinking, “Gee, it’s only arthritis,” then to you, I say, “shameful!.” First off, arthritis can be debilitating, and in the case of my father, he is one of the very rare souls that suffer from rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. My heart aches for him when I see his flare-ups, so you can only imagine the relief when I see him able to hold his fork, thanks to CBD.
That’s not all, though… I said pain management, not arthritis, let’s take a more in-depth look, shall we
CBD helps treat neuropathic and inflammatory pain. It can help reduce joint pain and systemic inflammation; it has been known to reduce the symptoms of autoimmune conditions such as lupus.
CBD can help reduce nausea and vomiting that is associated with cancer treatments.
Some other conditions it can help with are listed below:
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder ( PTSD )
- Neuropathic pain
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Irritable bowel Syndrome ( IBS )
- And let’s not forget osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
It seems to me the benefits go on and on, so what is everyone afraid of?.
That’s a relatively easy question to answer; they’re afraid of the unknown. The Variables. The questionable. The stigma. All of it. Well, let’s boil everything down to two easy things to consider.
If your pain requires management, would you, instead of a host of chemicals derived in a lab, be your go-to? Or, would you prefer something plant-based that can communicate with like-minded parts of your body to relieve pain? Or if your sleep needs assistance, would you instead of a natural, organic aide or one from a prescription bottle?
In a world where we are finally beginning to understand the benefits of all things organic versus all things chemical, the answer should be simple.