There is an obvious stigma behind CBD and other cannabis products. Thanks to recent research, scientists have been discovered the low-risk and high-quality life improvements from using CBD oil. CBD, or cannabinoid oil, is making an impact more and more around the world. People have had a vast array of benefits from using the oil extracted from hemp plants; such as treating anxiety, inflammation, pain, autism and many other issues.
In this article we will go over the science behind CBD and how it impacts your body, as well as go over how in can improve your families life for the better.
Disclaimer: we are not doctors or medical professionals so please consult with your physician before trying any hemp or cannabis products.
What is CBD?
CBD, or otherwise known cannabinoid oil, possesses the healing powers of cannabis without the mental disturbance of getting high. It heals your body while allowing you to be fully functional and having a clear mind. CBD is extracted from hemp plants and processed into pure oil.
CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system. The ECS is the brains processing system for cannabis products and plays a pivotal role in many human bodily processes. The ECS isn’t something that is typically taught in medical school; it’s complicated and doesn’t have a ton on recent research so the medical field focuses on other topics.
Dr. Allyn Howlette and graduate student William Devane took particulate interest in CBD and the ECS and ran studies to find out more. In their brain scans after individuals had consumed CBD, they found clusters of CBD, or binding sites, which they later named as the CB1 receptor (Pelger, 2019). They later named this receptor as a G- Protein Coupled Receptor (bare with me while I go over the science of CBD, it’ll make more sense later on).
They also found that part of these receptors are inside of the cell and part of them is outside of the cell. This anatomy allows the receptor to monitor the outer environment quietly and allow them to react to other neurotransmitters and stimulants (Pelger, 2019). They found that this receptor “mediated the psychoactivity or cannabis, or, the feeling of getting stoned” (Pelger, 2019).
In layman’s terms, the receptors in the human body that take in CBD, do not allow the brain to get high or stoned. You get all of the medicinal benefits without having to alter your state of mind. CBD also turns on the ant-inflammatory response within the brain, which helps alleviate pain and inflammation.
“The subtle changes that CBD causes in the CB1 receptor are an important part of why the cannabinoids have been found to be so protective of the brain” (Pelger, 2019).
How Mom’s and Dad’s can Benefit from CBD
In today’s society, we all know the crucial role self-care plays in a persons life. If we don’t take care of ourselves, we see a trickling effect that everyday stress and anxiety can have on our body, including: mental health, physical health, relationships and many other factors.
CBD doesn’t alter you, so you can be your calm, steady self while comforting your teething tot, driving the carpool, or correcting math homework
Aimee Gould Shunney, 2019
CBD is known the have a calming and soothing effect so it helps manage everyday anxiety, stress and sleep. Lack of sleep and stress are two things most moms have in common.
CBD can slow down certain receptors in the brain and help you feel more at easy, and with very low risk and side effects. It plays a balancing act within the brain. A lot of the pharmaceutical anxiety and sleep medications are highly addictive, which is something you don’t have to worry about with CBD. It doesn’t have any euphoric properties so you won’t get addicted to it.
Who doesn’t want more sleep and peace of mind?
Not all CBD oils are made equally. It’s important to check if the company gets their oil independently tested and uses high quality plants. Click here for a high quality oil I recommend off of amazon (a little goes a long way, you usually only need a few drops).
Pregnancy and Breast Feeding
CBD has also been found to help support pregnancy and breast-feeding. The endocannabinoid system (ECS mentioned earlier in this article) has been found be an essential aspect for fertility, growth of the fetus and survival of newborns (Gould Shunney, 2019). Your newborns ECS can be nourished through your breast milk if you take it while breast-feeding. CBD through breast milk has been found to help with the suckling reflex along with neonatal development.
Although there is not a ton of statistical research on CBD (large clinical studies), anecdotal research has been done and confined to help see and understand trends from pregnant and breast feeding moms. They found that:
- It helped with their severe morning sickness
- Improved their sleep quality
- Lowered anxiety
- Helped with pain relief without having to take pharmaceutical drugs
CBD is a personal choice for adults to give to themselves and children. This is just an organized compiling of a bunch of related CBD research. Again, please consult with your doctor before trying any CBD products.
Other Nutrients in Hemp/ CBD
CBD is not the only beneficial nutrient, others include:
- Terpenes: Terpenes are one of the largest classes of natural compounds in the entire world. Terpenes have a lot of health benefits for humans: they have been found to help with sleep, gastrointestinal issues serotonin levels (our brains natural happy juice) and many others.
- Flavonoids: Flavonoids are what bring color and smell to plants. They also attract pollinators and protect the plants from stress. When us as humans consume flavonoids it can help with inflammation, regulation of cellular enzymes (what allows our cells to have chemical reactions quickly… it’s important), and supplies a good source of antioxidants. Research has found that flavonoids in hemp are more powerful that aspirin and other over the counter medications; and there are little to no side effects. Fun Fact! 20 different flavonoids have been found in hemp and 2 of those occur nowhere else in the world but in hemp plants.
- Essential Fats: We have all heart that essential fats are extremely important for our overall health. Luckily, hemp plants and oil are loaded with various different kinds of essential fats. Hemp has gotten the nickname of “nature’s most perfectly balanced oil” because of its ratio between the omega-6 and omega-3 fats (and many others) that occur naturally. These fats are crucial for long-term health and longevity.
- Plant Sterols: Plant sterols have been shown to be successful in lowering cholesterol levels. A group of plant substances mimics cholesterol in the body and tells your body to stop taking more in. Studies have also found that plant sterols can help lower your risk of heart attack.
- Vitamin E: Vitamin E is another healthy fat found within help seeds and oil. One tablespoon on hemp oil has been found to meet your body’s daily requirement of vitamin E. Vitamin E helps with anti-aging, skin health, heart disease and boosts immune function.
- Chlorophyll: Chlorophyll is what gives hemp plants that green pigmentation. Many benefits have been found when humans consume chlorophyll regularly: skin healing, reducing inflammation, improving the quality of your red blood cells, detoxification, cancer symptoms, and weight loss.
I personally use and recommend these organic hemp seeds (I posted the link below). They are easy to add into your everyday diet. I personally add them into my protein shakes and smoothies but there are tons of delicious recipes to cook with as well.
Other benefits from consuming hemp seeds and oil: (from http://www.hempbasics.com)
- Excellent source of essential fatty acids including Omega 3, 6 and GLA
- Lower blood LDL cholesterol levels
- Lower blood pressure
- Improve cardiovascular circulation & function
- Improve organ function
- Improve immunity levels
- Increased energy levels & metabolic rate
- Reduce symptoms of PMS & menstrual cramps
- Reduce inflammation and the symptoms of arthritis
- Improve recovery of muscles after exercise
- Reduce & treat dry skin and hair conditions
- Reduction of many degenerative diseases through preventative measures