I’m not sure why it took me so long to think about writing this post, perhaps because the information is so important. I talk about CBD to almost everyone that I know because it has long been hidden from the mainstream. CBD is a cannabinoid that is commonly found in cannabis, and studies show that it’s also found in breast milk and our bodies from birth.
What is a Cannabinoid?
Are you familiar with essential oils? Or going even deeper, are you familiar with the scent that washes over you when you take a big whiff of a flower? These scents are combinations of terpenes whose smells actually identify the healing properties of the plant. Terpenes come out in resin on the trichomes of the plant while the cannabis is flowering. If terpenes combine with phenols (another aromatic organic compound) they will turn into cannabinoids. On their own terpenes have been researched as healing, when they become a cannabinoid the healing properties only expand.
The body is already fitted with it’s very own endocannabinoid system that harbors cannabinoid receptors from the brain all the way down into the body. All cannabinoids repress neurotransmitter release in the brain to cause their effects but they take on different healing properties in the mind and body. There are over 85 cannabinoids found in the plant, one of which is Cannabidiol (CBD).
Tell me more about Cannabidiol or CBD.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the cannabinoid that delivers the highly coveted psychoactive effects are felt from smoking cannabis, much of the reason that the plant is considered a drug by the government. This is also probably why CBD has been slowly bred out of valuable plants for a more intense ‘high’. There are only a few strains that test above 10% CBD with little to no THC. Harlequin, ACDC, Cannatonic and Harley Tsu are some CBD high strains. The terpenes in CBD always tend to smell like luxurious earth, or dirt. I always recommend that a patient takes an big smell of the strain and go with their gut reaction. If the smell is pleasing to you then that is the right strain for your body.
There have been some studies on CBD but without full legalization, high quality scientific research has been hard to come by. Some animal studies have shown CBD to be antispasmodic and my personal experience in the industry has shown CBD to help my patients that had seizures.
It also helps with chronic pain, anxiety, nerve disorders, stress, chronic headaches and severe seizures. There are countless stories of children who suffer severe chronic seizures to experience seizure free days for the first time in their lives shortly after adding CBD supplements to their regimen. Also dogs that have cancer have been known to elongate their lives when taking CBD supplements. This medication is suitable for humans, children, dogs and cats.
How do you take CBD?
Healing CBD can be purchased in capsules, tinctures, dog treats and balms. Topical pain balms are a really good idea for anyone that is dealing with arthritis or chronic pain. When made with THC the products seem to seep a bit deeper into the skin but CBD only topical balms definitely works to relieve symptoms also. Tinctures can be given to children and pets easily. I’ve known many elderly pets to feel like puppies again when they take CBD supplements 1-2 times per day. Please, before medicating children or animals, be sure that there is absolutely no THC in the product. It is also wise to understand where the hemp plant comes from before purchasing a product. Some hemp comes from Mexico, some from Germany and some amazing products come from Colorado. Be fully informed about where the hemp plant is being grown and shipped from before purchasing anything online.
CBD is legal federally and can be taken across state lines and on airplanes with out johnny law getting involved. Just as long as there is absolutely no active THC. I say this with a grain of salt because some states and some airports are very strict and attempting to take these things with you could turn you into an airport security martyr. Travel at your own risk in highly anti cannabis states.
My favorite retailer for no waitlist, good CBD products is Helpful Farms in Cave Creek, AZ. Check out their website for more helpful information on ordering.