CBD has been making health headlines for the last several years as a medical miracle for a wide range of disorders both in the realms of physical and mental health. From mood to inflammation, to sleep, to disease mitigation, CBD seems to do it all. But what are some key facts about CBD that should be known to everyone?
Let’s take a moment and go over five of them in a brief manner.
What is CBD?
CBD is a phytocannabinoid that is a derivative of CBDA (Cannabadiolic Acid), which is found in relatively high concentrations in some cannabis flowers. As the second-highest concentrated molecule in cannabis, CBD was also the second phytocannabinoid to be discovered and has since helped revolutionize medicine in ways few pharmaceuticals can match.
It helps do so in some of the following ways.
CBD Opens Up The Mind
An interesting fact about CBD is that it doesn’t seem to have a direct role in modulating the body’s endocannabinoid system. Rather, CBD seems to be a CB2 receptor modulator that helps open up the receptor to allow other endocannabinoids and phytocannabinoids to more effectively enter receptors so the body can benefit from them more readily.
In how this affects the brain, it is believed that opening receptors helps increase neural signaling between brain cells, allowing them to communicate more effectively and rapidly with less interruption.
CBD Brings Down Neural Inflammation
Another interesting property of CBD is that it seems to be a powerful neural anti-inflammatory. Neural inflammation is commonly associated with mood disorders, depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, eating disorders, and even epilepsy and schizophrenia.
Where CBD comes in is it helps to bring down the inflammation at the site of the receptors between neurons, helping clear the path for better signal function and communication in the nervous system. This regulation is believed to help with mental health issues as it helps bring the mind into a better state of balance by the above means.
CBD Has No Side Effects Yet Known
CBD, unlike THC, has no cognitive impairment effects on the brain. There also doesn’t seem to be any effects negative on the body as a whole in organ, bone, or muscle tissues, even in significantly high doses exceeding 1,000mg. The reason for this isn’t exactly clear, however research is ongoing, and new discoveries are made on a regular basis.
The latest findings seem to suggest that because CBD isn’t absorbed directly by the receptors, there is little risk of any form of toxicity from high dosing.
How To Take CBD
There are many ways to take CBD, each with its own unique properties.
Ingesting it by taking a CBD edible is generally a slow release-type uptake. This method is best used for those wishing for a lower amount of CBD to be released into the body over a period of several hours, rather than all at once.
CBD sprays are a much faster uptake if taken under the tongue. Because they tend to be more concentrated and in a fat-soluble liquid form, the body can quickly absorb sprays, especially if they are bound to coconut or avocado oils – some of the healthiest oils for the body known to nutritional science. A downside here is that sprays tend to have a shorter duration of effect since it enters the bloodstream much more quickly than if they were ingested. This is particularly effective to help stop seizures.
Smoking CBD is also similar in uptake as sprays/tinctures in that the uptake is very rapid, but tissue saturation tends to drop off quite quickly.
The science on CBD, as advanced as it has become, is still in its infancy. Aside from the benefits discussed above, it will be interesting to see what other benefits have yet to be discovered.