CBD supplements are all the rage lately. “What is it?” “Does it get people “high?” “Should I take it?” “Will it help with _____?” “How do I take it?” “Which one do you recommend?” These are just some of the questions I’m asked, most often, about CBD oil. So, let’s do this!
HEMP AND MARIJUANA
Before we jump in, let’s clear up the difference between marijuana and hemp. Cannabis is a genus (group) of flowering plants in the Cannabaceae family, which consists of three primary species: Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, and Cannabis ruderalis. Hemp and marijuana are varieties of the same plant species. The most known difference between the two is their chemical compositions. It’s important to note that by merely defining cannabis as either hemp or marijuana (and their THC content) we’re not allowing for a true understanding of the diverse characteristics of each species of cannabis. However, this is how they’re understood in today’s society and our legal system, so it’s important to know your rights and avoid any complications when using hemp or CBD products.
“Hemp” is a term used to classify varieties of Cannabis that contain 0.3% or less THC content and is legal in the United States under the Agricultural Act of 2018. The term “hemp” is most often used to describe non-intoxicating Cannabis that is harvested for the industrial use of its derived products. That being said, and to answer the most asked question, as long as the CBD supplement you’re purchasing comes from hemp, you will not get high.
Fun fact: It’s believed that hemp was the first crop to be cultivated by humankind, with recorded use dating back over 10,000 years ago.
“Marijuana” is a term used to classify varieties of Cannabis containing more than 0.3% THC, with the ability to induce psychotropic or euphoric effects. Unlike hemp, marijuana can contain up to 30% THC content. Marijuana (and marijuana-derived CBD oil) is still treated as a controlled substance and is federally illegal under the Controlled Substance Act. There’s an interesting history behind the negative perception of cannabis that took hold of our country during the early 1900s. You can read a brief overview of the history of the illegalization of marijuana here (http://origins.osu.edu/article/illegalization-marijuana-brief-history).
WHAT IS CBD?
CBD (cannabidiol) is a phytocannabinoid (a molecular compound synthesized by plants) found in the cannabis plant. CBD and its infamous counterpart compound, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), are the two primary cannabinoids in cannabis. The cannabis plant has over 113 known phytocannabinoids. These compounds interact, exclusively, with the body’s central regulatory system, the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is made up of three parts:
- Receptors in the nervous system and throughout the body that endocannabinoids and cannabinoids bond with (CB1 and CB2)
- Enzymes that help break down endocannabinoids and cannabinoids
Our bodies naturally produce cannabinoids (endocannabinoids) that interact with receptors, like a lock and key, to maintain balance. The endocannabinoid receptors are locks, and the cannabinoids (i.e., CBD and THC) are the keys. Only certain keys will fit certain locks. CB1 and CB2 are the largest receptors within the endocannabinoid system and affect different parts of the body. CB1 receptors can be found within the central nervous system and CB2 within the immune system. Researchers have determined that the endocannabinoid system works to regulate processes including:
- Motor control
- Immune function
- Reproduction and fertility
- Temperature regulation
Without an optimally functioning endocannabinoid system, these processes are unable to be regulated properly. When this system fails, it’s then that we may notice an increase in disease and disorders such as migraines, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, cancer, atherosclerosis, stroke, hypertension, obesity, glaucoma, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, and IBS. Props to advances in medical science- we now know that when the body is lacking in naturally produced endocannabinoids, we may be able to supplement with plant-derived cannabinoids. CUE, CBD supplements.
BENEFITS OF SUPPLEMENTING WITH CBD
Medical research and personal testimonies have contributed to the rising popularity of CBD supplementation. Cannabinoids have been shown to assist the body with cellular function and repair. When our endocannabinoid system stops functioning efficiently, supplementing with CBD may prove to be necessary for restoration. Even without health concerns or complaints, CBD supplements may help to maintain the integrity of the ECS and even boost its efficacy!
Between the available scientific research and anecdotal patient accounts, CBD supplementation has shown incredible potential as a treatment for a wide range of ailments, including (but not limited to):
- Autoimmune diseases
- Sleep disorders
- Neurological conditions (Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, Huntington’s chorea, stroke, traumatic brain injury)
- Metabolic syndrome (diabetes, obesity)
- Neuropsychiatric illness (autism, ADHD, PTSD, alcoholism)
- Gut disorders (colitis, Crohn’s, celiac, leaky gut, motility, inflammation, elimination)
- Cardiovascular dysfunction (atherosclerosis, arrhythmia)
- Skin diseases (acne, dermatitis, psoriasis)
- Adrenal hormones (cortisol release)
- Neurologic system (pain, anxiety, depression, mood, sleep, mental fog)
Though we have only just begun to understand the seemingly far-reaching benefits of CBD, it is believed that it may hold much promise with its touted properties that include: anti-inflammatory, anxiolytic/antidepressant (anti-anxiety/depression), vasorelaxant (reduction of vascular tension), neuroprotective (serving to protect neurons from injury or degeneration), anti-ischemic (treats reduced blood flow, ischemia), anti-emetic (treats nausea and vomiting), analgesic (pain relief), anticonvulsant (anti-seizure), antipsychotic, and anti-cancer, to name a few.
It’s important to add that, while most of the science surrounding CBD has deemed it safe to use and consume, there’s a possibility it may interfere with other medications. Please consult a medical professional before proceeding with any type of supplementation. Also, curcumin (found in the CBD products I have recommended) and CBD are both contraindicated for anyone taking blood thinners.
MY FAVORITE CBD SUPPLEMENT
I’m often asked what CBD supplement I use and what I recommend. I’ve tried an outrageous amount of CBD supplements. Some I liked; some I threw away. A few months ago, I was sent a sample of a CBD tincture with some literature about it that blew me away. The company is called BioReigns, and they’re shaking up the world of CBD supplements. Their daytime CBD tincture is a water-soluble combination of CBD AND curcumin (HELLO, ANTI-INFLAMMATORY POWERHOUSE). Curcumin (the main active ingredient in turmeric) is known to have powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant! Studies have shown curcumin can reduce joint inflammation, cholesterol, blood sugar, as well as tumor, fungal, and bacterial growth.
*Water-soluble = quickly absorbed within the body and effects are noticed within minutes.
There are SO many CBD companies producing CBD oil these days, it’s overwhelming. A few companies are producing a water-soluble tincture but, to date, the process is done with solvents (chemicals) in order to extract the oil. Take a product that was designed to heal the body and then add chemicals? Counterproductive. No thanks. BioReigns is nailing it, on so many levels. Aside from their 30-day money back guarantee (full refund, no questions asked, even if you finished the product), this is what sets BioReigns CBD tincture apart from the rest:
- No Solvents, No Preservatives
- ZERO THC
- Truly Water Soluble
- Patented Technology
- 10 times faster absorption rate
- Bioavailable to every molecule of your body
- Add it to your water, put it under your tongue – whatever you choose, it will enter your system effectively and efficiently. *Personally, I put the drops directly under my tongue and hold it for about 60-90 seconds.
- CBD zZz – a nighttime CBD tincture ($59.99)
- Pet Tincture – Yes! A CBD tincture for your pet ($49.99)
- Topical pain relief options (I HIGHLY recommend the pain relief salve in the jar – $29.99)
- DermAffect – a CBD face serum with hyaluronic acid and peptides (the before and after pictures that I’ve seen from clients, are amazing – $119.99)
- CBD bath bombs ($14.99)
- CBD gummies ($59.99 & $69.99 for the organic ones)
- Limitless capsules (an energy, focus, and memory supplement $59.99) – I’ll have to do a whole other post about my love for this one!
Taking a quality CBD supplement may very well be considered a “healing hero” by many when it comes to natural remedies. It has found its way to my top 5 natural health must-haves, for all the right reasons. Have you tried it, or are you thinking about it? What are your thoughts?! Let me know in the comments!
*BioReigns products have worked so well for me, I’ve decided to join the BioReigns team! Have you tried any of their products?
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