The Many Benefits of CBD
CBD (Cannabidiol) is a naturally occurring constituent of hemp. CBD oil is used medicinally and is made from the flowers, leaves and stalks of the hemp plant. Hemp Oil is made from the seeds and is a nutrient-rich oil that is used in food and skin products. Cannabidiol (CBD) does not contain THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the compound used for its psychoactive effect. CBD is not “medical marijuana” and is legal to purchase and consume.
How Does CBD Work
CBD interacts with the “Endocannabinoid System” (ECS). This biological system is active in everyone and is comprised of hormones, receptors and enzymes. The ECS regulates a variety of physiological and cognitive processes. It’s primary role is to maintain homeostasis within biological systems. The body produces its own endocannabinoid compounds and they act on receptors in the brain and immune system, strongly suggesting that the human organism is designed to make use of the cannabis plant for health and well-being. CBD supplementation fees the ECS, providing cannabidiols to the critical regulatory system.
Scientific publications have specifically documented CBD benefits in the following health areas:
Possible side effects, depending on dose and/or sensitivity may include: Sleepiness, increased or decreased appetite, stomach discomfort. Customers may want to research possible contraindications with supplements and pharmaceuticals or consult with a health care professional.
Research Results Regarding Specific Conditions & Health Issues
Impulsive Behaviors & Addiction
Use of phytocannabinoids (plant derived) such as CBD in combination with nutrition, exercise and lifestyle changes have shown positive results in modulating impulsive or addiction-driven behaviors.
Gut / Digestive Tract (Microbiome Connection)
- The microbiome (overall environment) of the gut and the Endocannabinoid System are intertwined.
- The presence of a “gut-endocannabinoid axis” similar to the “gut-brain axis” has now been proven.
- The benefits derived from probiotics are known to also benefit the entire Endocannabinoid System.
- That which supports the Endocannabinoid System (such as CBD) also benefits the gut microbiome.
Support of a balanced Endocannabinoid System is pivotal in rebuilding a healthy stress response function. Stress response mechanisms become dysfunctional over time due to constant and/or repeated fear, anxiety and panic experiences. The emerging human clinical data support the use of CBD for its ability to help modulate damage created by these stress-driven experiences.
Latest research indicates that CBD compounds may help the Endocannabinoid System improve metabolic syndrome (insulin resistance), carbohydrate intolerance, obesity and development of abdominal (visceral) fat. Recent studies have indicated that the THC compound tended to increase appetite, food-intake and body weight gain. But the CBD compound, for some people, had the opposite effect, resulting in decreased food consumption.
A peer-reviewed scientific study conducted in 2016 indicated that plant-based cannabinoids may help support the biomechanical properties and structure of bone. CBD was shown to help increase load-bearing properties while improving healing time and regeneration of bone strength after fractures.
The Sleep Deprivation / Weight Gain Connection
It has been proven repeatedly that sleep deprivation disrupts circadian rhythms and contributes to weight gain and inability to lose weight. New research is now suggesting that part of the reason for this is an imbalance in the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) which then activates increased appetite and cravings for energy-dense foods (carbohydrates). The studies suggest that use of CBD (not THC), along with adequate sleep, helps restore balance to the ECS, reset circadian rhythms, and reduce food cravings.
All Eureka Market Education Guides are intended for educational purposes only. They are not intended to substitute for professional medical consultation and as such, do not diagnose, prescribe or offer personal medical advice. Always consult with your health care professional before taking supplements with prescription medications.