To CBD or not to CBD

I find in talking to people, there are MANY misconceptions regarding CBD or Cannabis The biggest thing I hear is "will it get me high?" I'd like to clarify that what I sell/promote - is Hemp which is related to the marijuana plant although different.

Hemp has been used to describe the non-intoxicating Cannabis that is harvested for the industrial use of its derived products. Throughout history, including the discovery of materials made from hemp over 10,000 years ago - it is believed that hemp may be one of the first crops ever cultivated by mankind! “Marijuana” on the other hand, is a term used to classify varieties of Cannabis that contain more than 0.3% THC (by dry weight) and can induce psychotropic or euphoric effects on the user. Medical marijuana, which is used for pain and symptom relief would fall under this category.

Here is what is really interesting. As humans, we have an endocannabioid system.

In the 1990’s, scientists discovered endocannabinoids, the natural cannabis-like molecules produced by the human body. Scientists began to realize cannabis exerted its effects, in part, by mimicking our endocannabinoids. It appears the main function of the endocannabinoid system is to maintain bodily homeostasis—biological harmony in response to changes in the environment. It appears that our endocannabinoid system is incredibly old, having evolved over 500 million years ago. It is present in all vertebrates—mammals, bird, reptiles, amphibians, fish, etc, We all produce endocannabinoids!

Research initially suggested endocannabinoid receptors were only present in the brain and nerves, but scientists later found that the receptors are present throughout the human body, This includes our skin, immune cells, bone, fat tissue, liver, pancreas, skeletal muscle, heart, blood vessels, kidney, and gastrointestinal tract. It is now known that the endocannabinoid system is involved in a wide variety of processes, including pain, memory, mood, appetite, stress, sleep, metabolism, immune function, and reproductive function. Endocannabinoids are arguably one of the most widespread and versatile signaling molecules known to man.

What if there was something we could do/take to make them even more efficient?

With this knowledge, we should be able to understand how and why Cannabis can potentially help us deal with some of the health issues we may encounter in our lives. If you or a loved one is suffering from pain, stress, anxiety, inflammation, blood sugar issues, muscle spasms, seizures or convulsions - you may want to try hemp. Hemp is also said to promote bone growth which is pretty important as we age. From the studying I have done, the patches allow more of the active ingredients to be absorbed by the body. I sell and have used both the oil and the patches. So, when it comes to CBD or not to CBD - you may want to give it a try!