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Feed Your Head: How CBD is changing the way we think about weed & hemp for health

Side effects may include…More and more often those words send shivers down the spine of anyone looking to combat health issues with modern medicine. A quick Google search for over-prescribing opioids or the connection between pain medication and heroin addiction is enough to send anyone deep into the type of paranoid-anxiety spiral they were Googling to find relief from in the first place. The result of such health scares is millions of people looking for natural ways to treat what ails them without opening their wallets to the pharmaceutical industry.

Cannabidiol, more commonly referred to as CBD, could be just the answer.

Extracted from weed and hemp, CBD works to suppress CB1 receptor agonists like THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), significantly reducing its psychoactive effects without negating potential health benefits. In a 2007 study conducted on lab mice and published by the Society for Neuroscience, it was found that “CBD may protect neurons against the multiple molecular and cellular factors involved in the different steps of the neurodegenerative process, which takes place during prion infection. When combined with its ability to target the brain and its lack of toxic side effects, CBD may represent a promising new anti-prion drug.”

For those of us without robust knowledge of neurodegenerative diseases, this means that there is potential for CBD to give people relief from afflictions such as Mad Cow disease. Its reach is not limited to just neurodegenerative diseases. Further studies have found patients experiencing a lessening of symptoms from ailments like fibromyalgia to insomnia, allowing people to find relief naturally when, in the past, they may have turned to synthetic chemical prescriptions. To the skeptic, the simplicity of CBD’s interaction with the human body could seem too good to be true. Its beauty is in its natural simplicity.

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Can CBD help with Diabetes?

Diabetes has largely been treated by patients administering shots of insulin to themselves, a task more squeamish folks would like to avoid. There is research to show that CBD may help in preventing the further development diabetes in those not yet considered to be obese. The study, conducted by Lola Weiss and her colleagues at Hadassah Hebrew University Hospital, revealed that administering cannabidiol suppressed the production of IL-12 splenocytes, a cytokines commonly associated with auto-immune diseases.

Can CBD help with insomnia?

Drowsiness is to cannabis as fish are to water, so it’s no surprise that CBN would be an interesting alternative for those with insomnia. Common pharmaceutical sleep aids, such as Lunesta or Ambien, come with a myriad of other side effects, like diarrhea, stomach pains, and mental slowing or attention problems, and thus tack on more issues than they set out to treat. CBD also circumvents the possibility of sleep-aid addiction due to it’s natural, non-habit forming properties.

How about Fibromyalgia?

For those suffering from fibromyalgia, chronic pain and stiffness within the body can be a debilitating experience. In a 2011 study, researchers from the Institut de Recerca Hospital del Mar – IMIM, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Fundació Institut Català de Farmacologia, and the Universitat de Granada in Spain found those who were given the CBD treatment saw a great reduction in their symptoms as compared to those who were using traditional methods, like opioid pain or anti-inflammatory medications.

As more awareness is brought to mental-health afflictions, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) continues to be an area of great interest. PTSD often overwhelms those who suffer from it with anxiety and stress, and CBD’s anti-anxiety and anti-inflammatory effects seem to be the ideal calming force. What’s best is that CBD’s antipsychotic benefits create a stable atmosphere for those who are most in need.

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