The cannabis plant. Many of us immediately correlate this plant to the federally illegal drug, marijuana. But before you close out of this tab, did you know that the cannabis plant is actually a chemical powerhouse? It produces more than 400 different chemical compounds. And no, not all of them are unique to marijuana. These compounds are called cannabinoids. And not all of them are created equal. Which is why we want to take the time today to discuss one of those compounds specifically. It’s called cannabidiol or CBD. And with that, let’s dive into the truth about CBD.
I know, this article is going to seem a little hippie in nature. And I know how progressive the thoughts of using the legal components of an illegal drug to help aid in holistic healing. But just stay with me through this one. CBD is said to hold the key to the wide variety of medicinal and therapeutic effects that marijuana can offer. The more we learn about CBD, the more it seems poised to revolutionize medicine as we know it. Find out why cannabidiol is so important and why you should care about it.
Cannabidiol 101: The Truth About CBD
CBD Is Not Psychoactive
First things first, and probably the biggest myth/truth about CBD. The most crucially important quality of CBD is its lack of psycho-activity. Meaning that cannabidiol won’t get you high. Unlike THC, the cannabinoid with the legendary power of producing euphoric sensations, Cannabidiol is inert. This means when CBD is taken on its own, users experience none of the sensations of being stoned. And this is the single most important property of the cannabinoid from the medical—and legal—perspective.
CBD Is Legal Almost Everywhere
Because CBD doesn’t get a user “high”, products containing only CBD are widely available and pretty darn easy to find. Technically it’s the THC aspect of marijuana that is currently illegal. That component is what drug tests are searching for, not cannabis. And actually, products that are made up of only CBD aren’t even classified as “weed”. They are classified as hemp. And the governing rules of hemp are extremely different than the restrictions placed on its cannabis counterpart.
What Does CBD Actually Do?
A lot actually. As I mentioned, CBD is a pretty powerful compound. It interacts with our endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system runs throughout our entire body. The system is loaded with receptors that bind to CBD when consumed. Because our endocannabinoid system runs deep and touches all of our other major systems, CBD and cannabis can do a number of things. It can alter/regulate moods. And even stimulate appetite and reduce pain.
To put things as simply as possible, CBD makes things happen. When it binds to the endocannabinoid system’s receptors, it stimulates all kinds of changes in the body. Most of those changes are incredibly beneficial, and researchers keep uncovering real and potential medical uses for them.
No Really…Check Out the Things CBD Can Help With:
- Help treat and even stop epileptic seizures
- Treat Serious Neurological Diseases like Alzheimer’s, MS, and Parkinson’s
- Can relieve pain
- Reduces inflammation
- Treats mood disorders like PTSD, anxiety, and stress disorders
As We Learn More on the Truth About CBD…
The more research and studies we do on CBD, the more we realize how valuable this chemical compound. CBD can truly help with a lot of diseases and disorders. Which is why we need to stop thinking of it as something negative. CBD is capable of fighting back against the most serious diseases, while also gentle enough to be a part of a daily health regimen. Cannabidiol is truly one of the most remarkable compounds in the natural world.
Contact us today to schedule an introductory chiropractic session. I would love to talk to you about CBD products and oils. Especially how they can help you live a more fulfilled and pain-free life. We can discuss your discomfort, symptoms, and needs as part of my initial chiropractic workup for you as a new patient to our practice!
*Please note that Zock Chiropractic does not support the use of illegal marijuana or other drugs. As we stated, CBD is not psychoactive. And that hemp/CBD is legal in many states. This blog is for the purpose of holistic healing, health, and wellness.
** This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please contact a medical professional for advice.