What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a natural compound found within medicinal grade hemp that has been shown to produce pain relieving, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant benefits without the anxiety producing effects of THC found in medical marijuana.
What is the endocannabinoid system?
The Endocannabinoid system plays an important role in wellbeing and equilibrium. This system has four main purposes, neuroprotection, stress recovery, immune balance, and homeostasis. Homeostasis is the body’s ability to create stability within the body and promote the healing process. The two receptors for cannabinoids in the human body are CB1 and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors are found primarily within the brain, and CB2 receptors are an important part of the immune system, and related organs, as well as the gastrointestinal system. CBD Cannabidiol indirectly activates CB2 receptors which modulates inflammation and pain throughout the body. THC indirectly activates CB1 receptors which play a role in memory processing, coordination and motor control, mood, and pain regulation.
Because CB1 and CB2 receptors are found in all body organs and systems, if there is an absence or deficiency in the production of endocannabinoids, the receptors will not be able to function properly.
Are there side effects that I should watch for?
COMMON SIDE EFFECTS OF CBD ADMINISTRATION
- Dry mouth
- Inhibition Of Hepatic Drug Metabolism – grapefruit would have a similar effect on liver enzymes
LESS COMMON SIDE EFFECTS
- Mild Digestive Upset
- Low blood pressure (At high doses above 1500 mg Daily)
- Increased Parkinson’s tremor (At high doses above 1500 mg Daily)
- Possible Anticoagulation
- Alterations Of In Vitro Cell Viability
- Decreased Fertilization Capacity
RARE SIDE EFFECT
- Cannabis Hyperemesis Syndrome: Vomiting with long term, high dose use of cannabis
Are there interactions with other medications?
Yes. CBD directly and indirectly activates receptors, which enhance or inhibit how they transmit signals within the body. Also, by reducing the breakdown of Cytochrome P450, an enzyme which metabolizes many medications, CBD may prolong the action of those medications which may have positive benefits or negative effects depending on the medication. Therefore, we highly recommend you speak to your doctor before adding CBD, or any new supplement to your medication regiment.
What are the benefits of CBD?
Studies have found that (CBD) Cannabidiol shows promise to:
- Reduce anxiety and depression
- Improve sleep
- Reduce seizure activity
- Improve nausea and vomiting
- Reduce drug seeking behavior
- Lower effect on blood pressure
- Improve bone density
- Antioxidant that protects against oxidative stress
- Reduce inflammation and pain throughout the body, especially neuropathic pain
- Inhibit cancer cell spread, induce tumor regression
- Degrade amyloid-beta plaque, a key molecule linked to the development of alzheimer’s
- Induce apoptosis (programmed cancer cell death)
- Inhibit tumor progression by inhibiting angiogenesis
Will I get high from CBD?
Giving Earth Nutraceuticals Cannabidiol is derived from a proprietary strain of hemp bred for medicinal purposes to have high CBD content, and is certified zero THC. No THC psychotropic substance means there is no high feeling associated with it, no potential for addiction, and no urine drug screen abnormalities.
During the Senate Drug Caucus, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), shared testimony about the biology and the potential therapeutic effects of cannabidiol (CBD) and early preclinical findings that suggest that CBD may have therapeutic value as a treatment of substance use disorders, “CBD is a cannabinoid that doesn’t make people “high.” It may be useful in reducing pain and inflammation, controlling epileptic seizures, and possibly even treating mental illness and addictions.”
Is CBD addictive?
Research is pointing to CBD as an innovative approach to pain management and narcotic addiction with a safe, non-habit forming profile.
Unlike Narcotics, CBD has no potential for addiction, and because CBD does not affect the area of the brain that controls breathing, lethal overdoses do not occur. Also, because THC-Free CBD contains NO psychoactive substance, urine drug screens are not required by your doctor if you are not taking other controlled substances.
According to the National Cancer Institute, “Because cannabinoid receptors, unlike opioid receptors, are not located in the brainstem areas controlling respiration, lethal overdoses from cannabis and cannabinoids do not occur.”