The first time I heard about CBD was while I was watching a documentary about treating children with severe ailments including seizure disorders like epilepsy. The parents of these children were seeking any and all options to aid in the treatment of their illnesses; more common treatments, like typical pharmacy treatments, were not working in a way that allowed the children to maintain any type of normal life. These medicines would come with awful side effects that just weren’t worth it.
So they tried CBD. It seemed like a miracle, the CBD allowed for rehabilitation without nausea or any other side effects.
So what exactly is CBD?
CBD is Cannabinoid oil, a cannabis sativa constituent that LACKS the psychoactive effects of the commonly known ingredient in marijuana, THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol.
This is really important for me to share, loves. CBD does not alter the mental state, nor do you gain any type of “high” by using CBD, a factor that differs from THC.
Typically CBD is sourced from hemp plants, whereas marijuana is sourced from marijuana plants. Hemp plants are not bred to contain THC, unlike marijuana plants.
The body has a system called an endocannabinoid system, or ECS. This system translates signals it receives from cannabinoids. The body also produces its own set of endocannabinoids as well- which are produced in our bodies during stressful situations, and commonly known by cardio buffs as “runners high.” This entire system assist our sleep, immune and pain system functions.
An extremely fascinating piece to note from the Paleo Mom, is how anti inflammatory pharmaceuticals like Tylenol, act as an activator in the endocannabinoid system, in turn producing endocannabinoids to reduce inflammation.
CBD enters our bodies and immediately seeks out our receptors that may be inflamed throughout our body and our brain. It is speculated that CBD may actually help encourage the body to produce its own cannabinoid compounds to seek out inflamed receptors in addition to the CBD received from consuming.
Uses of CBD
CBD is most often used for inflammatory conditions like arthritis, chronic pain or fibromyalgia. Patients seek out CBD as a substitute to pharmaceuticals that could have negative side effects or addictive properties. There have been a few studies done in humans with arthritis but not enough to be conclusive. Most of the studies are done on animals which can only be so informative. According to medical news today, other uses for CBD include :
- Upset stomach
- Anti-seizure properties
- Panic disorders
- Type 1 Diabetes
- Chronic diseases
Because of its speculated anti-inflammatory properties CBD is now being studied to treat various autoimmune conditions amongst other ailments. As mentioned before, a lot of those studied have not concluded so the research available on CBD use for autoimmune conditions is limited and on a case by case basis.
How to use CBD
CBD typically comes in oil form. You can ingest the oil orally with effects occurring within a minute. Other forms of CBD products include :
- CBD patches
- CBD cooking oil
- CBD infused water
- Topical lotions
- Vaporizer pens
Is CBD Paleo?
Paleo Juggernauts Mark Sisson and Chris Kresser have both vocalized their support of using CBD oil and marijuana for anti-inflammatory and medicinal purposes. Mark discusses the benefits of using marijuana including aiding in PTSD symptoms, type 1 diabetes, and weight loss.
But with every “miracle” cure on the market, there are downsides that we need to be aware of.
Trust your source
If you are interested in using CBD to treat inflammation, definitely make sure you know exactly where you are getting the product from. Lots of grocery stores and companies are trying to capitalize on this oil in untrustworthy ways. Because CBD is not regulated by the FDA, much like essential oils, companies are allowed to say that a product contains CBD even if it contains a minute amount, and often these companies charge a lot for the product.
CBD is legal in all 50 states, so I would recommend sourcing online or if your state has an approved medicinal or recreational marijuana regulation; you can purchase CBD through those shops that have informative and educated employees.
As mentioned above, CBD does not have THC in it which means you do not get high from this compound. However, if you are regularly drug testing for any reason, CBD could cause you to have a positive drug test.
I have several friends that use CBD to manage chronic diseases. One of the best parts of supplementing with this oil is that it is not meant to be a permanent supplement. CBD is supposed to ease you back into a life where you can eventually manage symptoms while not taking CBD, unlike pharmaceuticals.