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What is CBD?

Curious about CBD? Read on to understand what CBD is, what are its many health benefits, and more.

 

CBD might be a new term to you and is a somewhat recent addition to US vocabulary but it is not new to medicine. Just like many other natural remedies, the use of CBD or medical marijuana has been part of ancient cultures since the first recorded use case occurred around 2727 BC when Chinese Emperor Sheng Neng used a cannabis-based tea to help with a variety of diseases including weak memory and malaria.

Origin of Cannabidiol (CBD)

CBD might be a new term to you and a somewhat recent addition to US vocabulary but it is not new to medicine. Just like many other natural remedies, the use of CBD or medical marijuana has been part of ancient cultures since the first recorded use case occurred around 2727 BC when Chinese Emperor Sheng Neng used a cannabis-based tea to help with a variety of diseases including weak memory and malaria.

Cannabidiol (CBD) Oil

Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is produced by extracting CBD from the cannabis plant, CBD specifically comes from the flowers and leaves of the hemp plant. Once extracted it is then diluted with a carrier oil like coconut, sesame, or hemp seed oil.

CBD oil is gaining momentum in the health and fitness world with some research confirming it eases symptoms of disorders like chronic pain and anxiety.

Health benefits of Cannabidiol (CBD)

Consumers report using CBD  for a huge variety of health and wellness purposes. Currently, more than 50 clinical trials are examining the benefits and effectiveness of CBD for a variety of conditions.  Here are a few health benefits of using CBD that is backed by scientific evidence.

Relieve Pain / Anti-inflammation

When CBD is interjected into your endocannabinoid system, it prevents your body from absorbing a pain-regulating synthesis called anandamide, an endogenous cannabinoid. Inhibiting the absorption of this compound shoves excess quantities into the bloodstream that in turn, reduces pain. CBD also targets specific spinal receptors helping to pain and swelling. CBD seems to have a variety of anti-inflammatory properties in both humans and animals.

Heart Health and Circulatory System

CBD has several benefits for the heart and circulatory system, including the ability to lower high blood pressure. High blood pressure is linked to higher risks of several maladies, including heart attack, and metabolic syndrome. Also, various recent studies have confirmed that CBD helps to reduce the inflammation and cell death associated with heart disease due to its powerful antioxidant properties.

Addiction Treatment

CBD has a beneficial impact on opioid, cocaine, and psychostimulant (a substance that has mood-enhancing and stimulant properties) addiction. Different studies suggest that CBD is also helpful in the treatment of tobacco and alcohol addiction. Besides, CBD’s potential ability is to ease the anxiety that leads people to crave drugs such as heroin.

Alleviate Cancer-Related Symptoms

CBD may help reduce the symptoms related to cancer and side effects related to cancer treatment. It reduces chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, which are among the most common chemotherapy-related side effects of cancer. Due to anti-cancer properties, concentrated CBD induced cell death in human breast cancer cells.

Reduce Acne

Acne is a common skin condition that affects 9% of the world population caused by a number of factors, including bacteria, genetics, and over-production of sebum. Sebum is an oily secretion made by sebaceous glands in the skin. CBD oil helps you treat acne and other skin problems due to its anti-inflammatory properties and the ability to reduce sebum production. It prevents sebaceous gland cells from secreting excessive sebum, exerted anti-inflammatory actions, and prevented the activation of pro-acne agents.

Effective in Epilepsy and Seizures

Another chief benefit of CBD is its anticonvulsant (used to prevent the severity of epileptic fits) properties. It has been documented as a potential antiepileptic since 1881, approved by the Food and Drug Administration for treating severe types of childhood epilepsy in 2018. However, research in this domain is still new, many studies have shown promising results. According to a study, 0.9 to 2.3 grams of CBD oil per pound of body weight was given to 214 people with severe epilepsy. As a result, their seizures reduced by a median of 36.5%.

Legal Status

Internationally

The mosaic of laws that govern CBD legality across the globe varies. Most Group of 20 (G20) countries allow CBD purely extracted from the hemp plant, but not CBD extracted from whole-plant marijuana.  

In the United States

The legality of CBD in the United States depends on whether it is derived from industrial hemp or marijuana plants. Following the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp-derived CBD products containing less than 0.3% THC became legal.  Fortunately, Begum C products are produced with CBD extracted from hemp plants.

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