Is CBD Safe?
With the growing popularity of CBD products, have you been wondering if CBD is safe?
CBD seems to be everywhere these days. It’s becoming more popular as an alternative to medicine. It’s showing up on menu items in bars and restaurants. It’s being sold in pet products. CBD is now legal in most states. Forbes predicts that the CBD industry is worth billions of dollars. However, there has not been a lot of research on the effects of CBD. But, none of the relatively small amount of research that has been done shows that CBD is not safe for humans. This is backed up by the fact that more and more people are using it for a variety or reasons.
Common Uses for CBD
CBD is thought to help with many conditions including the ones listed below:
How CBD Works
The Endocannabinoid System
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is made up of a series of receptors, enzymes and endogenous cannabinoids. The system’s main function within the body is to maintain a healthy internal balance, or homeostasis. It does this by using receptors to interact with various internal and external compounds to regulate the body’s other systems and boost overall health.
There are two main types of ECS receptors present throughout the body. They are the CB1 and CB2 receptors. The most prominent are the CB1 receptors. They are found in the brain, central nervous system, reproductive system, cardiovascular system, and the liver, among others. The CB2 receptors are found mostly in peripheral systems. Both, CB1 and CB2 receptors play a very important role in the ECS.
The body naturally produces compounds that interact with the ECS receptors. The two main compounds that have been found are anandamide and 2-AG. When these compounds interact with CB1 and CB2 receptors it helps the body’s system work in balance with the other systems.
The ECS can also help regulate a variety of different functions within the body and combat a variety of different ailments such as appetite, learning and memory, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, stroke, multiple sclerosis, neurodegeneration, epilepsy, and addiction. The CB1 receptor, specifically, is involved in regulating physiological and pathological conditions in the peripheral nervous system and peripheral tissues, including pain, energy metabolism, cardiovascular and reproductive functions, inflammation, glaucoma, cancer, and liver and musculoskeletal disorders.
How does CBD work with the Endocannabinoid System?
Scientists are aware of two types of cannabinoids; endogenous cannabinoids and phytocannabinoids. Endogenous cannabinoids include anandamide and 2-AG and are produced by the body to interact with the CB1 and CB2 receptors. Phytocannabinoids are produced by cannabis plants.
The endogenous cannabinoids that the body makes do their part in keeping us strong and healthy, sometimes they need a little help when the body is sick or not functioning in a balanced state. That’s where the phytocannabinoids come into play.
When phytocannabinoids are ingested, they interact with CB1 and CB2 receptors in a similar way as the endogenous cannabinoids do. Phytocannabinoids can actually boost the ECS and help it function more effectively than it can on its own.
Scientists believe there are up to 100 different cannabinoids produced by cannabis plants, but only five are worth mentioning now. The most important phytocannabinoids are THC, CBD, CBG, CBC and CBN.
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The CBD products we sell at AlternativeWellness are from the hemp plan and contain no THC. If you want to experience how CBD works to heal your body, please visit our website and let us know if you have any questions.