CBD and Your Endocannabinoid System
Generally speaking, CBD oil is a natural, non-psychoactive product derived from the Cannabis plant and is a high-demand byproduct of industrial hemp production.
Recently, certain strains of Cannabis are being bred specifically to produce higher quantities of even higher quality cannabidiol (CBD) per pound of cannabis by using the unfertilized, female flower tops or “buds, nugs, flower” in the production process.
CBD (cannabidiol) has become the subject of intense interest from many scientists and medical professionals because it has been discovered to hold significant medical benefits for many types of patients with a very broad range of heath problems and diseases.
So, what is CBD oil used for?
CBD has a surprisingly large number of therapeutic properties that have been shown in numerous, double-blind medical studies to successfully treat many medical conditions. CBD’s cancer-fighting potential is getting ever increasing attention as has THC. Its therapeutic potential is being fully embraced by the Cancer research community worldwide. It is also used as a daily dietary supplement that can be consumed by adults and children alike to help prevent disease.
Is CBD Oil Legal?
Yes. I mean no... Well, it is legal at the State level for all intents and purposes. But as of December 14, 2016, any and all extracts from the cannabis plant (aka marijuana or hemp) have been reclassified as a “Schedule 1 Dangerous Drug” along with heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine by the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). You can read my news article on that announcement click here.
Regardless of the fact that CBD has no psychoactive or narcotic effects, and is prescribed by physicians in the United States to treat a number of symptoms and diseases ranging from migraines to Parkinson’s Disease and Diabetes. Ironically, CBD is actually known to counter and reduce the psychoactive effects of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) in marijuana. Common delivery mechanisms for CBD are in water, in endless forms of edibles, drinks, vaporizers (ie CBD vape oil), oral capsules, and sublingual tinctures (drops under the tongue). So, let’s take a closer look at what CBD oil is used for.
More Specifically, What Is CBD Oil For?
CBD oil reduces oxidative stress and has a well-documented history of success in treating oxidation associated diseases like Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Crohn’s disease as well as fibromyalgia, arterial lateral sclerosis (ALS), multiple sclerosis (MS), epilepsy and rheumatoid arthritis to name just a few CBD oil uses.
A 2011 study of 28 fibromyalgia patients revealed stellar results supporting CBD treatment. After only 2 hours of Cannabis use, test results showed “… a significant reduction of pain and stiffness, enhancement of relaxation, and an increase in somnolence and feeling of well-being.” The patient’s “mental health component summary score” was significantly higher in Cannabis users as opposed to non-Cannabis users.
In the sample, about half of the participants used CBD, while the other half used traditional methods to treat fibromyalgia. The study revealed that patients that used cannabis experienced a significant reduction in their symptoms and related pain while those using more traditional methods experienced virtually no measurable improvement.
Anti-inflammation & Pain Relief
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a natural pain killer that affects the same area of the brain as opioids like morphine, codeine, hydrocodone, and oxycodone. The endocannabinoid system within our bodies demonstrates that cannabinoids like CBD act as neuromodulators for a number of natural processes among which pain relief of arthritis is one very common application.
Tested on laboratory mice, Marc Feldman at Imperial College, London, found in his study that CBD reduced the mice’s inflammation by 50% given the correct dosage. Heart surgeons are realizing the anti-inflammatory properties of cannabis up close. Cannabidiol helps to suppress arterial inflammation common with Diabetes patients.
As one example, breast cancer experiments show that the number of cancer cells diminishes as more CBD is applied.
CBD has been described as a substance that can regulate or even turn off the cancer-causing gene.
Many scientific studies have been focused on cannabinoids and different forms of cancer…. Cannabis oil has been shown to suppress the proliferation of breast cancer cells and reduce tumor size.
Another cannabinoid THC has been shown to reduce brain tumor cell growth, and even kill some forms of cancer cells on contact. We’re just beginning to learn from other countries that care about Cannabis solutions demonstrate that certain cannabinoid combinations can curb the migration and metastasis of lung cancer cells.
The same goes for prostate cancer, liver, pancreatic cancer and even blood cancer where it has been proven that cannabinoids inhibit the growth of leukemia cells. Cancer researchers are becoming increasingly optimistic that if this kind of treatment is perfected (and they’re getting closer every day), it has the potential of treating even advanced forms of cancer without deadly chemicals that compromise and even destroy the patient’s immune system in the process of conventional chemical treatments.
Schizophrenia & PTSD
In these cases, the miracle of Mother Nature comes to the aid of mental health.
Even though the most psychoactive component in cannabis, Δ(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), can enhance psychotic symptoms, cannabidiol (CBD) by contrast helps relieve the symptoms of schizophrenia.
Interestingly, patients with psychotic episodes regularly show signs of endocannabinoid deficiency.
They demonstrate lower levels of cannabinoid receptor type 2 (CB2) than healthy patients, and schizophrenia patients also measure lower levels of the enzymes that allow the human body’s endocannabinoid system function properly.
It’s a topic for another post, but just a point here to say that the aforementioned system within the human body has been irrefutably proven to synergize with the natural cannabidiol derived from cannabis plants. This chemical synergy is reflected in the well-documented, therapeutic use of cannabis throughout recorded human history. In fact, hemp is one of the first cultivated crops.
Check out this video of CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, interviewing a University of Arizona professor who says she was let go for pushing marijuana projects, and further explaining the effects of CBD oil and how her PTSD patients benefit from the use of CDB oil and cannabis products.
No surprise to me, the U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs’ National Center for PTSD persists with their denial in the face of such irrefutable, empirical patient evidence. But less politically motivated organizations and individuals recognize that one characteristic of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a deficient endocannabinoid system.
This is where the cannabinoids found in Cannabis and the intake of CBD oil play a therapeutic role. By replenishing these missing endocannabinoids with those found in Cannabis, researchers think CBD therapy may be proven over time to bring relief from their frightful memories.
Diabetes & Glaucoma
Results from some patients who use Cannabis have shown stabilization of blood sugar, suppression of arterial and nerve inflammation due to diabetes, as well as lower blood pressure over time. Cannabidiol also has the effect of keeping blood vessels open and improves circulation.
Cannabis oils also have neuroprotective effects which reduce nerve inflammation and pain by activating certain endocannabinoid receptors throughout the brain and body.
Cannabis is also used in the production of topical ointments that relieve skin level neuropathic pain and tingling in hands and feet.
CBD-related product and cannabis use itself have also been shown to considerably reduce intraocular pressure for people with glaucoma. These patients suffer from a restricted flow of fluid between the anterior (front) and posterior areas of the eye causing an increase in pressure within the eye which in turn causes damage to the optic nerve which steadily reduces the patient’s field of vision.
This elevated intraocular pressure can also lead to diabetic retinopathy which is damage caused to the blood vessels in the tissue at the back of the eye (retina). Poorly controlled blood sugar is also a well-documented risk factor.
CBD and My Skin Cancer
From my own personal experience treating my skin cancer, the use of nano CBD oil has greatly reduced the frequency and appearance of Actinic Keratoses, Seborrhoeic Keratoses and other “pre-cancers”.
My daily use of a minimum of 25 mg CBD has also contributed to the reduction in the size of skin cancers such as Basal Cell and Squamous Cell Carcinomas prior to excision.
For me, that translates to fewer and smaller excisions of my skin. After over 20 years of skin cancer treatments of every kind, it is a clear and obvious to me that my more recent applications of CBD oil to all exposed areas of my skin has greatly reduced the number of lesions that appear.
I also have personal experience and excellent results in the treatment of other skin related problems like acne and psoriasis. And because of my personal experience with CBD products related to my skin, I recommend that anyone of any age that has a skin-related problem purchase a small amount of a high-quality CBD, hemp oil or CBD ointment and see the results on your skin for yourself. Then consider, again more seriously, what it can do for you internally.
For an updated and more comprehensive post on 4-4-17, please refer to “What is CBD Hemp Oil?”
Hopefully, this post has been helpful in better understanding what CBD oil is used for. Let’s hear about your interests or experience. Don’t leave without leaving a comment below!