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Message: INDUSTRY BULLETIN: Benefits CBD oil promotes for your health
CBD oil is a much talked about product, it is a topic of hot conversation, it is in the news and everyone has an opinion! Some opinions are based on fact, others on assumption and there are a group of people who just do not know what to think at all. This article will attempt to provide you with some information as to the possible health benefits which can be derived from taking CBD oil. CBD oil has much recent research attached and there is also increasing testimony from those who regularly take the product for a number of very different conditions from which they are suffering.
The first point to mention is that CBD or to give it its chemical name, Cannabidiol, should not be confused with its sister chemical THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol. Both chemicals are derived from the cannabis plant which in itself has over 100 chemicals and although the two chemicals are similar in a sense, they differ in the way in which their atoms are put together. Here, in the UK, CBD is legal to purchase whether it be as an oil or as part of another preparation. It is theTHC which is not legal and any product containing CBD can only contain trace elements of THC at the most, in fact products can contain no more than 0.2% THC. Each country has their own rules and so if you are planning to use CBD anywhere else other than in the UK, you should check the legal status first.
CBD is extracted from the cannabis plant using different processes and each manufacturer will use their own particular method of extraction. When the CBD has been extracted, it will then be mixed with a carrier oil and it is then known as CBD oil.
Many people have conditions which cause them to be in serious pain or have quite debilitating symptoms. Sometimes conditions can be treated and sometimes they cannot be treated and instead they are managed by medication, which is not the best solution for a long term problem. CBD has shown promise in giving relief and even turning around certain conditions. Evidence for its effectiveness has come in anecdotal form from those who have used the product and it comes also with scientific back up for many conditions and as more and more research emerges with results, CBD is becoming a go to product of choice for many. So what conditions is CBD oil known to help?
- Chronic pain can be significantly lessened
- Anxiety can be relieved
- Both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis
- Seizures including epilepsy
- Chronic headaches and migraines
And the list goes on, in fact conditions throughout the body can be addressed using CBD oil.
It is not something that we are used to as when we are given ‘a pill for an ill’, we would not expect to receive the same pill for a headache and an infection for example, yet CBD would appear to treat and relieve many non similar conditions, the following provides an explanation as to why that is the case.
Our body is a complex series of structures which we have grouped into systems, we have the Nervous system, the Cardiovascular system, the Immune system and so on but one system which was only discovered around 30 years ago is the Endocannabinoid system. This system is the system which is responsible for bringing about an equilibrium or balance to the body, sometimes referred to as homeostasis. It does this via cannabinoid receptors. These receptors look for cannabinoids to attach to them and when they are satisfied that they have their requirement, the balance is restored and as long as the supply and uptake is maintained, so is the balance. When the system becomes unbalanced, the receptors are not fulfilled and when that balance is no longer there, illness and pain are felt. The body naturally produces its own endocannabinoids, sometimes it will not produce enough and sometimes the endocannabinoid being produced fail to reach the receptor points. CBD is a cannabinoid and it is thought that it works with the bodies own system to satisfy the receptors. This is why CBD can be used for all manner of illnesses and difficulties within the body. It can even be used in lower doses by healthy people to keep their system in check and many use it for this purpose.
Each person will have a dose that suits them best and it is up to each user to find that dose. It is always tempting to read about all of the good that a product has to offer and go about taking a high dose to try to access some of that good but this is the wrong way to go. Start with a small amount and gradually increase the amount until you feel a benefit. At that point, that should be the dose that suits you. Start with the weakest preparation and if you need to move to a stronger preparation, do that next. Do not assume that you will be able to copy the dose that someone else is taking, that is just not true, you have to work slowly to find your own.
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