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The Buzz about Cannabis Oil (CBD)

The Buzz about Cannabis Oil (CBD)

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

What is CBD?

CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is one of over 100 cannabinoids found in Cannabis sativa. The Latin name for cannabis or hemp. What are cannabinoids? In brief, they are the natural chemical compounds of cannabis and hemp. CBD is one of the most well-known cannabinoids. Others you may have heard of include tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) (Which is the one that gets you high), cannabichromene (CBC), cannabinol, (CBN). Each cannabinoid has unique properties. CBD oil is the most popular for preventing and treating a variety of health conditions.

Cannabidiol - CBD is a natural constituent in cannabis and hemp plants. Unlike its notorious cousin THC, CBD is non psycho-active meaning it does not get you high. What it does for us is offer some amazing health benefits. Similar to anandamide found in chocolate that many people crave, CBD activates the CB1 and CB2 receptors found in the brain to bring nutrition to the often neglected Endocannabinoid System.

How does CBD work?

Throughout the human body, there are various kinds of receptor systems. These receptors molecules act as locks. Only certain molecules are the corresponding key. These “key” molecules attach themselves to receptors, “unlocking” them to cause a specific chemical action. Among the many kinds of receptors in the human body are Cannabinoid Receptor 1 (CB1) and Cannabinoid Receptor 2 (CB2). Together, CB1 and CB2 comprise the endocannabinoid system.

I have an Endocannabinoid System?

Yes! Just like your muscular, skeletal and cardiovascular system, you have an Endocannabinoid System. The ECS is a group of neuromodulatory lipids and receptors throughout the body that are involved in a variety of physiological processes including appetite, pain-sensation, mood, memory, synaptic plasticity (the ability of neurons to bring about changes in the connections between neuron networks) and motor learning.

CBD and other cannabinoids are “keys” that “unlock” our CB1 and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors are abundant in the central nervous system. CB2 receptors are found primarily in the gastrointestinal tract and peripheral nervous system. But they can also be found on many cells related to the immune system. For decades, scientists have known about these receptors. While there’s still more to learn, exactly how the chemical actions of CB1 and CB2 work. Similarly, there is mounting evidence of benefits of CBD oil.

Let’s talk about THC – (The bit that can get you high) or no THC?

There is a lot of fear and confusion around THC. Some people believe that any THC is bad and therefore should be avoided, others think it is the Holy Grail and take it in isolation and in high quantities. The truth is, it’s all in the balance. THC and CBD have a relationship that works best when they are used together. THC and CBD both fit perfectly into the endocannabinoid system in the brain but have different positive qualities.

CBD has been shown to help regulate your immune system, reduce inflammation and has been shown to help with an endless list of health issues such as depression and anxiety, digestive issues, epilepsy, cancer and many more.

THC has been shown to have amazing pain killing properties, protect brain cells and even encourage brain growth, reduce nausea and help people to sleep better, amongst other things.

THC used in isolation and in high doses, such as in recreational cannabis, can cause stress, anxiety and memory loss and causes a psychoactive high that is addictive. CBD is harmless when isolated, but seems to be much less effective than when used in conjunction with the right amount of THC. CBD calms the system down and blocks the ‘high’ you would otherwise get if using THC in isolation. CBD and THC, in the right quantities, enhance the positive effects of each other giving you much more powerful results.

Simply put - a high dose (up to the legal limit) of THC combined with the same or more CBD creates a more powerful positive effect with no side effects and won’t get you high or cause addiction.

How Is CBD Oil Made?

The two most common ways to make CBD oil are alcohol extraction and CO2 extraction. Alcohol extraction involves soaking the hemp plant in a solvent such as ethanol: the solvent leeches out the CBD and other cannabinoids from the plant. The alcohol solution is then heated, which causes evaporation. The heat doesn’t damage the cannabinoids. So, the residue after evaporation is oil rich in cannabinoids.

The CO2 method involves forcing carbon dioxide (CO2) through the hemp plant. This action is done through temperature and pressure changes within chambers of specialised equipment. The CO2 causes the cannabinoids to separated from the plant and allow collection in the various chambers of the equipment. Both methods can produce high-quality CBD oil. But some people believe the CO2 method can improve purity. Because of the way different cannabinoids are capture in separate chambers. That, in turn, makes it easier to control the ratio of CBD to other cannabinoids.

Once the CBD has been extracted from the plant it is mixed with carrier oil. The oil dilutes the CBD to the correct strength, makes measuring dosages easier and sometimes helps with absorption into the body. Some of the carrier oils most often used is sunflower, olive, hemp seed and MCT from palm/coconut. Sunflower oil contains lecithin which not only helps with the absorption of CBD at a cellular level but has its own benefits too. Sunflower lecithin may help improve memory, strengthen the immune system and could even help prevent strokes and heart attacks.

Olive oil has larger fat molecules which makes it harder for your body to process and so less CBD is absorbed. Hemp Seed oil may seem like a logical choice but, actually, is not very bioavailable to the body so is not great for absorption. MCT Palm/coconut oil MCT (Medium Chain Triglycerides) are smaller fat molecules that are easily absorbed into the body but have been isolated from coconut oil or palm oil and therefore it is a mechanically altered substance and is not in its natural state. Due to this MCT can cause side effects such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. Also, many people choose to avoid palm oil products due to the deforestation it causes.

Simply put - choose a natural, organic carrier oil with as many health benefits as possible, no side effects and that is easily and effectively absorbed into the body and cells.

What could CBD help with?

cientific advancements have meant that as a species we've been able to work on treatments for countless conditions. However, there are still many illnesses that continue to be mysterious to us.

Recent research into the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), a network in the body influenced by plant derived cannabinoids, has provided experts with a new understanding on ailments such as IBS, fibromyalgia and migraines. For the ECS to function efficiently, the body must produce endocannabinoids (naturally occurring cannabis-like chemicals) such as anandamide (AEA) or 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG).

Studies have found that those with lower Endocannabinoid levels tend to have a chemical imbalance, which leads to an illness. For example, there has been a link between those with reduced 2-AG and major depression.

 

There is still a lot to learn about the Endocannabinoid System, but it is apparent that balance is key to maintaining a healthy life. There are many testimonials stating amazing improvements and relief in such conditions such as Migraines, eczema, energy, mood, appetite, sleep, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, Arthritis and Anxiety to name a few.

Here’s a little Research?

The immune system usually has the ability to let diseased cells know whether they should live or die, triggering cell-suicide otherwise known as apoptosis. When these cells don't respond to the call to self destruct, they ultimately grow out of control- this is what cancer is. Early studies have shown cannabis may have potential as a treatment for cancer as it has been shown to trigger cell suicide in cancer cells. Although these studies are early, with research only conducted in lab environments, it's starting o show promising results for future research.

Natural Body Cafe

Here at Natural Body Café, a café for the bodies needs.. we are always looking for new therapies and products that we feel could be beneficial when it comes to health and wellbeing.

After doing lots of research on different CBD products, we are pleased to announce that we now stock a range of CBD products:
The CBD product range we stock is:

  • Organic and pesticide free
  • Double lab tested
  • Full Spectrum
  •  Non GMO 
  •  No high or drowsiness
  •  Legal 
  •  Less than 0.2% THC 
  •  Proven results 
  •  Great for pets

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