Ever since I started doing more in-depth research about CBD, I began hearing stories about how CBD is improving lives. Every day, I keep running into these miraculous healing stories and new data backing up the benefits of CBD.
It was almost like with each new piece of information, I started to see cannabis differently. The study of CBD has opened my mind to all of the potential uses of cannabinoids.
I noticed there are some unique things about CBD and I am convinced everybody needs to know about them.
Because it is legal (arguably), widely available and it doesn’t have psychoactive effects, CBD is coming up more and more in public.
It comes up in every day situations, like going to the salon and chatting with your hair lady, scrolling through the internet, or watching the evening news. Discovery did a story about how CBD has been successfully used for children and adults with seizures. I’ve posted the video below and highly recommend it.
It’s heartwarming, hopeful and inspiring. It was inspiring and motivating. And yes, I cried and got the chills.
What is CBD?
CBD stands for cannabidiol and it’s one of 100’s of known cannabinoids in marijuana. CBD is a primary cannabinoid along with THC. THC is the psychoactive product of cannabis, while CBD is the non-psychoactive product of cannabis.
Let’s break that down real quick.
The cannabis plant is made up of several different cannabinoids that have special properties and have different affects in the body. While CBD and THC have different effects, they work together synergistically with other cannabinoids and compounds to create the entourage effect.
I imagine CBD to be THC’s rad side kick and they are working together to make us feel better. That’s not to downplay the many other superhero cannabinoids in cannabis… but, CBD and THC are the primary ones.
Common ways of ingesting CBD are with tinctures, CBD oil, capsules, vaporizing or smoking, CBD topicals (lip balm, lotions, etc.), and even suppositories.
The Benefits of CBD
We’ve only begun to uncover the medicinal benefits of CBD. Here are some of the proven effects of CBD.
Combats inflammatory diseases such as, Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), arthritis, fibromyalgia
Proven to shrink breast cancer cells and prevent them from growing
Combats tumor and cancer cells
Combats psychotic disorders; such as, schizophrenia, delusional disorder, psychotic disorder
Combats mood disorders; such as, bipolar/manic depression, PTSD, panic disorder, addiction
Reduces chronic pain or pain that can be caused by many kinds of illnesses; such as, diabetes, fibromyalgia, IBS, etc.
Reduces nausea caused by cancer, mood disorders, IBS, other digestion issues, etc.
Combats anxiety disorders; such as, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), panic disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), etc.
“Protects body from damage caused by harmful molecules that can cause cancer.” – WebMD
Combats neurodegenerative disorders such as; Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s
Helps with Diabetes
Improves insulin levels, reduces blood glucose levels, reduces blood pressure and reduces inflammation
Suppresses seizure activity caused by: seizure disorder, epilepsy
Treating a Variety of Conditions With CBD
In 2007, there was a study at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco done by Dr. Sean McAllister and some of his colleagues. They reported on how effective CBD can be when being used to kill breast cancer cells. According to ProjectCBD, “CBD destroys breast cancer cells by down-regulating a gene called ID-1, which is implicated in several types of aggressive cancer. Silencing the ID-1 gene is, thus, is a potential strategy for cancer treatment.”
This is such a huge deal! CBD can stop cancer from spreading. Holy shhhhit.
Learn more about CBD and cancer here.
If that is not enough to astound you, here is a list of some of the conditions CBD is beneficial for…
CBD is Commonly Used for the Following Conditions
- Diabetes/Metabolic Syndrome
- Chronic Pain
- Anxiety/Mood Disorders
- Epileptic Disorders
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Chronic/Neuropathic pain
- Overcoming addiction (to things like: cigarettes/nicotine, opioids, alcohol, etc.)
If you’d like to know more about CBD and how it works, stay tuned for the next few weeks as I cover this topic in-depth for the Wake + Bake CBD Series.