What started with a few obscure tincture products less than a decade ago has exploded into the hottest thing in health and wellness. We’re talking about CBD, of course!
Perhaps the most impressive thing about CBD’s popularity? It’s “grown out of nowhere, based on word of mouth marketing”, as a recent Rolling Stones article describes. That’s because the plant compound simply works — it’s hard not to take notice.
Plus, CBD seems to work almost regardless of factors like age, weight, or health status. People from all backgrounds are reporting all sorts of health benefits. We’ll take a look at these soon, but first, there’s an important overarching theme you should know about.
Cannabinoids like CBD work the way they do because they relieve stress. In other words, CBD may help one’s body better perceive and overcome stressors. It’s an adaptogen that seems to aid nearly everyone in repairing whatever weak links they have in their biochemical chain. And it’s because those weak spots vary from person to person that CBD appears to function in such a multifaceted way.
Also keep in mind that CBD is just one molecule, so it’s free from THC or anything else that could potentially be intoxicating. While some brands do leave trace amounts of THC in our products, not us. This is a plus for nearly anyone, especially those who have to undergo drug testing for work.
Another overarching effect of CBD? It’s highly anti-inflammatory…which probably doesn’t come as a surprise for those who are already taking CBD oil. The plant compound’s pain-relieving qualities are just that strong.
Yet even this quality is adaptable. In other words, there’s some evidence that CBD reduces inflammation only in the areas where it’s most needed — the areas that are already inflamed. An area impacted by chronic inflammation will probably have increased CB2 activity, and it’s these CB2 receptors that draw CBD molecules into themselves like internal magnets. CBD doesn’t simply lower inflammation…instead, it homeostatically regulates it. After all, a little bit of inflammation isn’t a bad thing.
So, what happens when CBD’s activation of the endocannabinoid system [link to that article] reduces stress and chronic inflammation? A whole host of other exciting things! Covering everything might be outside the scope of this page…so we made a more condensed list.
CBD may reduce pain.
While this quality is very similar to the anti-inflammatory stuff we just mentioned, CBD reduces pain in more ways than one. It seems to address both the root causes of pain (chronic inflammation) and that pain’s perception (via regulating TRPV1). In other words, CBD’s impact on pain is holistic enough that we felt it warranted its own section!
We’ve already covered the inflammation side of things, so let’s look into other mechanisms. TRPV1 is a receptor system that influences how we experience heat, pain, and thermoregulation. The “V” in its name references how this system can be bolstered by vanillin (from vanilla beans) or capsaicin from hot peppers. CBD may gently influence this system by binding to TRP channels. In a sense, its impact on these receptors is almost opioid-like. Minus the addictive elements and side effects, of course.
A recent survey by the Harris Poll recently validated these biochemical findings. According to the poll 44% CBD users are trying it for muscle pain, and another 39% for chronic pain. While there’s definitely some overlap there, it’s obvious that a huge percentage of those who take CBD are doing so with pain relief in mind.
Another recent market analysis showed that a whopping 91% of CBD-for-pain commentary was positive. Considering that anything above 60% efficacy is regarded as golden in the pharmaceutical world, we think CBD offers anyone suffering from chronic pain a step in the right direction. A growing number of pain management clinics agree.
CBD may improve mental health.
Most of CBD’s benefits are initiated in the brain, so it’s only natural that the plant compound would have a profound impact on mental health.
Most impressively, it seems like even short-term CBD dosing is enough to trigger long-term mental health benefits. That’s been proven time and time again in rodent studies — and will hopefully be validated in humans soon.
CBD’s shown promise as a potential remedy for both acute and chronic mental health conditions. A 2011 study study published in the Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology looked at 24 participants with social anxiety disorder, subjecting them to a public speaking test. Participants were given either 600 milligrams of CBD or a placebo prior to taking the test. Those who were given the real deal demonstrated less cognitive impairment, reduced overall anxiety, and less discomfort when speaking.
CBD may also be a potential solution for those with panic attacks, depression, and other mental health struggles — likely because of the very same qualities that make it so good for anxiety. Also consider that CBD (at least CBD taken in the form of our products!) is often used in tandem with terpenes, flavonoids, and other hemp-derived compounds. When taken together, these elements seem to increase the permeability of the blood-brain-barrier and selectively allow additional healthy substances to flow in.
CBD appears to improve metabolism.
Metabolism is a very complex topic, with lots of conditional truths and lots of moving parts. But suffice to say that CBD, in general, has demonstrated an ability to shift one’s metabolism from carb-burning to fat-burning. You may have heard that CBD is antiproliferative, anti-cancer, and so on…but it’s the compounds simple ability to promote fat burning that’s responsible for almost all of it.
After all, most cancerous cells demonstrate a very selfish metabolic pattern — one that’s stuck in sugar burning. Shut off this fuel source via activation of the AMPK enzyme (courtesy of CBD, of course!) and cancer will, at least in theory, be unable to develop further.
CBD may be able to address the symptoms associated with cancer treatments, too. These symptoms, which include nausea, vomiting, and pain, could be reduced or even eliminated completely through the use of high-quality CBD products. The British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology found this in a detailed study conducted in 2010. In it, 16 participants undergoing chemotherapy received oral CBD spray and were shown to have more relief of symptoms than those who underwent traditional methods for treating symptoms.
CBD may improve sleep.
Indeed, deeper sleep is one of the first things many people notice when they take CBD for the first time. Take the compound during the day, and it doesn’t generally make one drowsy. But take a slightly higher dose in the evening, and that CBD will very often help its user sleep better at night. In other words: unlike conventional sleep aids, CBD isn’t indiscriminate. What explains this?
The endocannabinoid system, of course! That’s because the ECS is photoentrained — it naturally ebbs and flows with the sun. It promotes wakefulness during the day, and sleepiness at night, by playing an important role in sleep hormone production. Also interesting is the idea that those with a healthy ECS might be able to avoid things like late night munchies, which are tied to a mismatched circadian rhythm.
CBD appears to protect the brain.
CBD seems to be such a powerful neuroprotectant that the US government itself has a research patent on the topic! In it, researchers describe the potential applications of this quality:
“The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia. Nonpsychoactive cannabinoids, such as cannabidiol [CBD], are particularly advantageous to use because they avoid toxicity that is encountered with psychoactive cannabinoids at high doses useful in the method of the present invention.”
CBD has a whole host of other potential health benefits!
If you have one of the following ailments, consider taking a look at the science for yourself to see what it says about CBD:
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Blood Pressure
- Graft-Versus-Host-Disease (GVHD)
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Liver Injury
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Neuropathic Pain
- Pancreatic Inflammation
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Psychotic Episodes
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Stem Cell Health
But even this list doesn’t cover everything. And while it’s indeed impressive that CBD may help its users overcome the conditions we’ve mentioned here, the plant compound is equally able to support overall health and wellness. Either way, the results are convincing. CBD works — and it can be a beneficial addition to anyone’s wellness regimen.
Of course, quality needs to be kept in mind when searching for the product that’s right for you. With the CBD market’s rapid growth comes the risk that manufacturers overlook quality in an attempt to maximize their profits.
But not us. Olakino Organics provides the highest quality and safest CBD products available.