Hi(gh), hello there bud. We LOVE that you’re stopping by. We’re MATCH CANNA and we relieve chronic pain, inflammation and anxiety through consciously sourced, luxurious cannabis products. We figured it was important for you to understand what CBD is and how CBD works with the body. So let’s get into it!
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, aka CBD, is one of 80 naturally occurring compounds found in the cannabis Sativa plant. CBD, along with its counterparts; CBG, THC, CBN to name a few, all contain unique and robust therapeutic profiles. CBD doesn’t cause the traditional euphoric mind “high” that’s generally associated with THC. In fact CBD can block the euphoric feelings of cannabis, allowing you to have the benefits without the head-high.
CBD is often extracted from the cannabis sativa plant and then blended with a carrier oil for consumption. We prefer MCT coconut oil for faster uptake, fatty acid content, and the mild, nutty flavor.
In the last few years, CBD has literally skyrocketed in popularity; however, not all CBD is created equally. Making sure that you’re buying a high-quality product can be the difference between realizing CBD’s medicinal benefits and feeling like you bought snake oil.
THC and CBD are two of the most talked about cannabinoids on the market (and for good reason), but they aren’t alone! Cannabinoids, including THC and CBD (and dozens more), when harnessed responsibly, have considerable therapeutic benefits.
Today, doctors and scientists around the world are studying the healing properties of cannabis. CBD is considered a safe, non-addictive substance that may have significant medicinal benefits such as reducing inflammation, balancing mood, and relieving pain. CBD, for us, is medicine. More than 60% of people utilizing CBD are using it as a form of healthcare.
How Does CBD Work?
Now grab your pocket protector and get ready to nerd out on the science of cannabis. When applied topically, inhaled or consumed orally, CBD interacts with neuroreceptors in your endocannabinoid system (ECS for short). Yes! Your body has naturally occurring cannabinoid receptors that send signals between your cells to help regulate movement, mood, immune system and homeostasis (balance). Think of your ECS as the backbone of your immune system!
CBD works with the body’s natural endocannabinoid system (ECS) to help regulate a range of functions such as: learning and memory, emotional processing, sleep, temperature control, pain control, inflammation and immune responses, and appetite.
The fairly recent discovery of the ECS has significantly advanced our understanding of health and disease as we know it, get ready to get super technical! The ECS is a network of chemical signals and cellular receptors in the body that works closely with our immune system by using “cannabinoid” receptors in the brain – called cannabinoid receptor 1 (CB1) and cannabinoid receptor 2 (CB2). CB1 receptors are most abundant in the brain and spinal cord, while the CB2 receptors are found mostly in the immune system and gastrointestinal tract. These receptors act like traffic lights, they control how your body communicates: turning the on and off switches of whichever system needs to be adjusted – alertness, temperature, hunger, etc. Our bodies produce endocannabinoids (which are structurally similar to phytocannabinoid molecules in the cannabis plant) to stimulate these receptors. Just think about it: all of us have tiny cannabis-like molecules floating around in our brains. Why does cannabis work so well with our bodies? Because it hijacks our body in an anciently cellular way.
Recent research has shown that these receptors have a unique function. For instance, CB2 receptors are expressed when there is active inflammation in the body. They play a critical role in controlling our immune functioning as it relates to pain and inflammation. CB2 receptors make scientists giddy. Why? Because regulating the CB2 receptors has been shown to have therapeutic potential for neurodegenerative diseases as well as neuropathic pain and inflammation. This is promising for those suffering from Alzheimers, neuropathy, pain and inflammation.
But what happens if our endocannabinoid system doesn’t function properly? What are the consequences of a chronically deficient or overactive ECS? DIS-EASE. Science shows that the ECS is dysregulated in nearly all pathological conditions, meaning that finding ways to “regulate our endocannabinoid system may have therapeutic potential in almost all disease affecting humans.” By modulating the ECS and enhancing cannabinoids, CBD can help slow – or stop- the progression of disease.
Is CBD Legal?
There’s a lot of grey space when it comes to the cannabis industry. However, since the Farm Bill was passed in 2019, CBD can be legally shipped to all 50 states in the US, regardless of the status for CBD in individual states. We know that that’s confusing – what that means is even if there are regulations or restrictions regarding CBD in your state, you can still legally buy and ship CBD to your home.
How Can CBD Be Used?
You can smoke it, dab it, eat it, or rub it in – is there a “best” way to use CBD? Different bodies and pathologies require different CBD routes of delivery. It’s important to experiment with what works best for your body. But let’s dig into the various ways you can use CBD:
- Benefits of Smoking CBD: rapid effects (2-5 minutes), non-intoxicating, alternative for people looking to quit smoking cigarettes, supports a calm mood
- Benefits of Edibles (oils, tinctures, gummies): long-lasting relief, less risk of lung irritation, easy to dose, discreet
- Benefits of Topicals (oils, creams, salves, balms): addresses inflammation and/or chronic pain locally. It provides relief from arthritis and other joint issues and assists with skin-conditions such as eczema or psoriasis.
Once you find the right method of delivery that works for you, the top question that we usually get from our customers is how often they should be using CBD. Since CBD is non-intoxicating, non-habit forming, and safe (if you’re using clean, quality products), to ensure the best results, you should be using CBD consistently. Consistency will look different for each person because dosing can be complex and nuanced. For me, consistency looks like using .5mL of CBD T-free oil every morning with my tea and I also liberally mix my topical CBD Relief Oil with my lotion after I shower. Every single person will require a different amount of CBD to tackle their pain/inflammation/wellness. If you need help finding the dose that works for you, click HERE to download our free dosing guide.
Because CBD isn’t regulated by the FDA, it’s always best to consult with a doctor that has experience in CBD administration to ensure that CBD doesn’t have adverse effects with your current medication.
Why is CBD Everywhere Right Now?
Many people are turning to cannabis as they seek alternatives to pharmaceuticals with unwanted side effects. Cannabis is considered a medicine more in sync with your body’s natural processes. As data begins to provide insight into how people function on a biological level, scientific research is revealing the myriad benefits that CBD may provide, including: relief from chronic pain, symptoms of anxiety, local and systemic inflammation, boost your workout, and improve symptoms of depression.
Extensive research by scientists all over the world, the government, and health professionals are highlighting CBD’s potential as a treatment for a wide range of health issues including (but definitely not limited to):
- Autoimmune diseases (Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Fibromyalgia)
- Neurological conditions (Alzheimer’s, dementia, MS, Parkinson’s)
- Neuropsychiatric illnesses (Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, PTSD)
- Gastrointestinal issues (IBS, Crohn’s, Colitis)
- Cardiovascular dysfunction (arrhythmia, atherosclerosis)
- Skin diseases (acne, dermatitis, psoriasis)
And so much more! CBD has proven neuroprotective effects and is currently being studied for its anti-cancer properties. Researchers have even reported that CBD stimulates neurogenesis, the growth of new brain cells!
Where Can You Buy CBD?
Because CBD has been touted as an all-purpose palliative, you can buy CBD anywhere nowadays. You can buy it at community markets, coffee shops, health clubs, your Doctor’s office, upscale boutiques, you can even buy it at GAS STATIONS. The massive consumer demand has created a huge, unregulated market of CBD products. The over-exposure to low-quality products has given CBD a bad rap. To experience the health benefits of CBD, it’s important for consumers to research the company that they’re purchasing from, to review the ingredients list, and to ensure that once they choose a high-quality product, that they’re using it consistently.
Alas, we could talk about CBD all day, (and we do). If you want to do more than read about why CBD is so amazing, we have just the thing for you. Click HERE to experience high quality CBD products that produce results.
** Important Disclaimer: We are not medical professionals and we’re by no means giving medical advice in this article. It’s always important to check with your physician before starting a new treatment and to learn about how CBD can interact with medications or therapies that you may already be taking.
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