Anything to do with weed has been a controversial subject.
I personally don’t like the idea of “getting high” while smoking it recreationally because it is extremely unproductive for me in general and I feel it lowers my personal energy field tremendously (I don’t even drink alcohol at all for the same reason, and haven’t for a long time). That said, it’s legal where I live, even recreationally, and I am excited about it’s therapeutic benefits.
After an outpatient surgery a few years ago, it was an incredible painkiller for three days in place of opioids. I believe in its medicinal powers. The more I’ve learned about it over the years, the incredible healing powers of this plant are stunning in medicinal applications.
I’m excited for what the future holds, for the research that’s being done and for the many ways that it can help people in the future as its usage expands in therapeutic ways.
Today, I wanted to share more on the substance from the plant (and also from hemp grown for this purpose) known as CBD (Cannabidiol). It’s something I’ve used every day for quite some time. There is no “high “involved at all. There have been no noticeable side effects in my experience, especially in the way that I’ve used it as a cream, and, it has proven to be an incredible anti-inflammatory, an incredible healing agent, it’s brought with it deeper sleep and also increased calm focus.
The earliest recorded use of cannabis dates back to 2900 BC in ancient China. Here, the ancient Chinese found use and value for every element of the cannabis plant:
“the root for medicine; the stem for textiles, rope and paper making; the leaves and flowers for intoxication and medicine; and the seeds for food and oil. Cannabis seeds were also one of the grains of early China and ancient tombs of China had sacrificial vessels filled with hemp for the afterlife.” (more on this HERE)
The Egyptians, around 1000 BC began using the cannabis plant for medicinal purposes to treat ailments such as inflammation, issues with the eyes such as cataracts, and as an anesthetic.
In the 1600’s the Spanish settlers introduced the cannabis plant to North America where is was used to reduce inflammation, relieve headaches, cure insomnia and ease menstrual cramps in woman.
What Are Cannabinoids?
Cannabinoids are the chemical compounds found in cannabis plants, which give it medicinal properties. There are over 60 different cannabinoids found in cannabis plants, the most well known being Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD).
The human body produces chemical compounds that replicate cannabinoids called endocannabinoids or cannabinoids originating in the human body. The endocannabinoid system found in humans consists of cannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors: CB1 and CB2. The CB1 receptors are primarily found in the brain and are responsible for the psychoactive effects of cannabis, while CB2 receptors are generally found in the immune system, gastrointestinal system, tissues of the spleen, tonsil and thymus gland.
The endocannabinoid system is a key player in regulating appetite, sleep, immune system responses, pain, mood, and memory.
The cannabinoid receptors found in the endocannabinoid system, CB1 and CB2, work with exogenous (outside) cannabinoids in the same fashion as a lock and key, where certain cannabinoids fit or have an affinity for either receptor. Unlocking these receptors causes changes in the cells’ functioning. THC has been shown to have a tendency to latch onto CB1 receptors, which are mostly found in regions of the brain and central nervous system, giving it it’s psychoactive effects. (You can learn more about this HERE)
: “Cannabidiol is a pleiotropic drug in that it produces many effects through multiple molecular pathways. The scientific literature has identified more than 65 molecular targets of CBD.”
When CBD is introduced into a person’s body it can attach to a CB2 receptor, which plays a role in the immune system by managing pain and inflammation. CBD can also work through different channels, non-cannabinoid related, such as influencing the “reuptake” of neurotransmitters and enhancing or inhibiting the binding action of certain G-protein coupled receptors. CBD also binds to the TRPV1 receptor (transient receptor potential cation channel subfamily v), which is known to control pain perception, inflammation and body temperature.
Studies on CBD Oil are increasing in volume. The results are already astonishing.
It can help relieve pain: A 2012 study entiltled, “Cannabinoids suppress inflammatory and neuropathic pain by targeting ?3 glycine receptors”, found that CBD modifies pain through inhibiting neural activity in pain pathways.
It may have antipsychotic effects: In the published review, “A critical review of the antipsychotic effects of cannabidiol: 30 years of a translational investigation.” researchers sought to determine the antipsychotic effectiveness of CBD, since its pharmacological profile is similar to that of antipsychotics drugs. They found that, ” CBD may be a future therapeutic option in psychosis, in general and in schizophrenia, in particular.”
I may support cardiovascular health: The study, “Is the cardiovascular system a therapeutic target for cannabidiol?” , researchers found that CBD protects the heart against vascular damage cause by a high glucose environment, inflammation or type 2 diabetes.
CBD Lotions are a another way to benefit from CBD.
They can be used to treat:
CBD is also high in anti-oxidants and can protect the skin from harmful free radicals which can cause skin damage and wrinkles.
Not all lotions are created the same, though. Some only work when THC is added, and I don’t want the THC in my system at all right now. Others don’t truly penetrate the skin and deliver the CBD effectively. Some are too low potency to make a difference, so it’s almost like using expensive lotion with no real effects.
My family friend was in a massive car accident in 2005 while saving a woman’s life. She lived and he almost died. You can read the whole story HERE. I knew that he would, against the odds, not just pull through, but come back to life in a huge way. What I didn’t know was that he’d go on to create a cream for himself that would help him to heal, and that cream would go on to be a sort of phenomenon.
I learned from Joe that to best use CBD creams is:
- use them daily, even if you have no pain, to keep a bit of the CBD in your system.
- take a bath or a shower first so that your body is warm and open to receive the CBD even more effectively
- and, use a great cream with a high enough potency (250mg or more) that’s been sourced from 100% organic sources twice a day.
I’m not being paid to talk about this. I love and use this CBD every day. Yes, he’s someone I’ve known for most of my life, but I have a lot of friends who I don’t write about! I’m sharing this today because I’ve seen what this stuff can do and I’ve been asked about it so often that it was time to spread the word.
I’ve given his Doc Joe’s CBD cream to friends who were injured, to people with incredible chronic pain…and it’s been a hit. It’s also helped me tremendously with soreness, inflammation and the tension of everyday typing and driving and living in Los Angeles! You can find it HERE.
Whatever cream you use, whatever method you decide to try, make sure it’s a brand you can trust, make sure it’s 100% organic, and make sure to follow it’s guidelines.
While I don’t diagnose or treat anything on this blog, ever, any I suggest you always contact your doctor before trying any new supplement or regime, I do love to share ways that I use to take the stress out of life so that expansion becomes easier. This is one of those expansive tools for me lately… and I’m so glad I found CBD!
Do you use CBD? I would love to know how you use it and how it’s helped you!
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