Due to its numerous health benefits, Cannabidiol (CBD) has gained popularity worldwide and is already a billion dollar market. It’s known as CBD and is one of the hundred cannabinoids found in Cannabis plants. These plants are widely grown in countries like China, Egypt, Finland, Canada, Australia, Spain, Sweden, India, Hungary, Netherlands, and many others.
Unlike Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is known for its psychoactive effects, CBD extracts derived from hemp plants do not have any intoxicating effects. They give its users several health benefits without making them feel “high.”
Let us look at how CBD works.
The human body is made of several systems like the digestive system, respiratory system, reproductive system, and the Endocannabinoid system is one of them.
It plays a vital role in the proper functioning of the central nervous system. Homeostasis is the most important operation of the Endocannabinoid system. It is the process of maintaining a perfectly balanced internal environment for the proper functioning of organs in spite of variations in the external factors.
It’s also involved in other vital processes like neurogenesis, homeostasis, handling emotional stress, immune function, metabolism, and many other behaviors which control the functioning of the human body.
The Endocannabinoid system has three major components-
- Cannabinoid Receptors
- And Metabolic enzymes
Endocannabinoids are the molecules which are responsible for activating the cannabinoid receptors- CB1 and CB2. The human body produces Endocannabinoids which are made of fat-like molecules. 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG) and Anandamide are two such major Endocannabinoids produced in the body.
Cannabinoid Receptors are spread throughout the human body and continuously monitor the environmental conditions outside the cell. If any changes occur in these conditions, the cannabinoid receptors work towards nullifying them.
CB1 and CB2 are two such major cannabinoid receptors. CB1 receptors are commonly found in the central nervous system whereas CB2 receptors are found in the peripheral organs predominantly in the immune system associated cells. CBD attaches itself to these cannabinoid receptors and produces several benefits by mimicking the behavior of the endogenous cannabinoids.
CBD is non-addictive and safe to use. It’s available in many different forms such as
- CBD oil
- CBD lotion
- CBD wax
- CBD capsules
- CBD vapes
- CBD concentrates
- CBD tinctures
- CBD edibles
- CBD balms and salves
Scientific research has shown that CBD has the ability to treat a wide range of ailments. Let us look at this, one by one-
- Acts as a pain relieving agent
CBD is well known for its pain relieving properties and hence, widely used by patients all around the world. It reduces inflammation and also chronic pain without any side effects. It alleviates the pain associated with arthritis- a disease which leads to swollen, stiff, and painful joints.
It’s also used to treat multiple sclerosis- a chronic ailment that attacks our central nervous system and the protective covering of nerve cells.
- Helps in treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition which is caused by experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event. Its symptoms include intense feelings, anxiety, loss of interest in daily activities, hyper-vigilance, nausea, difficulty in sleeping, increased heart rate, flashbacks, nightmares, sweating, feeling isolated, and many others. Research has shown that CBD has the ability to reduce PTSD and the symptoms associated with it efficiently.
- Helps in treating acne
Acne is a chronic inflammatory skin ailment which is extremely common among teenagers. It’s caused when hair follicles are clogged with dead skin cells. This causes whiteheads, blackheads, cysts, nodules, and pus-filled pimples. Studies have shown that CBD can effectively cure acne as it exhibits strong anti-inflammatory properties. It also inhibits excess oil production and irregular cell growth, keeping our skin healthy and radiant. Hence, CBD is a very common ingredient used in manufacturing lotions and skin creams.
- Cures neurological conditions like Epilepsy and Parkinson’s
Parkinson’s is a neurodegenerative ailment that affects the functioning of the brain which gets worse with time. Because of Parkinson’s, the nerve cells in the brain get damaged and begin to die. This leads to a drop in dopamine levels and triggers Parkinson’s. Some of the symptoms of Parkinson’s includes- tremor in arms, hands, and legs, slow movements, the rigidity of muscles, issues with body balance, problems in walking, dizziness, and changes in speech and writing.
Studies have shown that CBD can help people suffering from brain ailments like these by reducing the cognitive impairment and psychotic effects associated with them.
I hope this article has helped you to understand CBD oil in a better way. Thanks for reading!