CBD Oil? Everything you need to know to make an informed decision.
What is the endocannabinoid system and what is CBD oil? I have been getting quite a few questions lately from clients and friends asking what my research has shown regarding CBD oil. I have put off answering and promoting it because I am concerned that people will use it as a “one size fits all” cure. But the questions keep coming in and as its popularity grows, making an informed, educated decision regarding CBD is my duty as a natural health promoter. I have done my best to use peer reviewed published medical journal studies along with research and guidance from certified functional medical doctors. I hope you find this blog post helpful and most of all, I hope it helps you as you continue along your health and wellness journey.
You have an endocannabinoid system from your brain to your bowels. It is the most widespread G protein coupled receptor system in your body. CB1 receptors are in the brain, GI, uterus, and liver. It works on emotional and physical pain in the CB1 receptors in the brain. Using CBD full-spectrum oil is a novel way to treat endometriosis, cramps, and PCOS by working on the CB1 receptor. An interesting fact: dioxin in tampons, meats, dairy, etc wipe out CB1 receptors; women who have endometriosis have higher dioxin levels in their adipose fat tissue. I’ll let you re-read that paragraph and make all of the connections so far.
CB2 receptors are found on the immune cells in the body. There is a third receptor that is fairly new to research called CB3 receptors; it is mostly found in the brain and is composed of endogenous endocannabinoid 2-AG and anandamide. It is found in breastmilk, it plays a huge part in implantation and conception, it is responsible for the “high” a runner gets and lastly it is apart of the mother’s childbirth experience.
In the early 1900s most early Americans had some sort of medicinal cannabis in their medicine cabinet before the corruption of the CDC and Big Pharma came along. There are over 1,600 published scientific studies on cannabidiol’s beneficial health effects. So what is really going on here? The threat of criminalizing CBD is part of an old tradition in which the agencies follow the drum beat of the pharmaceutical industry. This permits Big Pharma to hijack medicinal solutions for patenting. Another tactic is often to discredit functional solutions that can not be patented, to thwart competition (example being colloidal silver, a natural antimicrobial that could undermine the antibiotics industry). The purpose of controlling the distribution of medicinal solutions is to make profits, by the same industry that also fleshes out dangerous substances like opiates and amphetamines through “legal” prescriptions. Thankfully, we live in an information age where YOU, the average American, have access to peer reviewed published medical journals; the same ones medical doctors get their research from. It is all there, you just have to do some digging to find it! Back to CBD oil….
CB receptors also bond THC. THC helps to activate CBD. CBD WITH THC counteracts the THC activation psychosis; it blunts THC-A receptors. So yes, THC is the part that makes you “high” but when you have 0.03% or less in your CBD oil, you are still going to reap the benefits full-spectrum CBD without the high from the THC because remember CBD blunts the effects of THC when consumed. So why THC? THC is the part that is needed for pain and inflammation. I heard a medical doctor who is also a cannabinoid doctor say, “I’d rather my grandma get a little high than stoned on and addicted to narcotics.” JAMA did a study showing that there were less overdose deaths from narcotics where there medical marijuana is legalized. This is a powerful statistic as we all know there is an opiate crisis in our nation and CBD oil could very well be the answer.
CBD isolate is not natural. CBD isolates only are sub-par products that do not work. You need an organic, full-spectrum product that is at least 500 mg of CBD. Just like with your food, you need to know the farming practices involved. Make sure during extraction they do not use propylene glycol or ethanol. So there are over 500 cannabinoids. Some things to look for in CBD oil that make it full spectrum along with the organic, safe farming practices and 500 mg is you want it to include at least more than 3 if not all: CBDA, CBG, CBGA, CBC, CBCA, THCA, THC, THCV. If you take it like it’s supposed to be taken, there are a whole range of medicinal benefits. There is still a lot of research that needs to be done and let me just say it loudly and clearly: it is NOT a cover-up for emotional pain, fear, anxiety, depression or any other emotion. It is also NOT a cure all. You cannot eat McDonalds every day, never deal with your emotions, yet take CBD oil and think you will be cured. It doesn’t work that way and that has been my fear with writing an article like this or promoting the benefits of it. My fear is that people who are promoting its great benefits are not sharing the entirety of what health and wellness truly is. I repeat, it is not a one size fits all cure in a magic bottle. However, it IS a safe, therapeutically used oil that can be safely consumed for pain, inflammation, anxiety, and over 300 other modalities WHEN USED IN COMBINATION WITH AN OVERALL HEALTHY LIFESTYLE focusing on diet, movement, and a healthy mind and spirit. It also has over 123 pharmacological actions researched in over 322 diseases. So yes, it is being researched like crazy both in the natural and conventional world. But let’s keep watching and using it safely along with a healthy lifestyle. I will preach that day in and day out.
Still a lot of research needs to be done on the plant; so far, it is not found safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding. It can be used on kids with certain symptoms such as ADD, ADHD, autism and seizures, however, again and again I will say it needs to be used in combination with a healthy lifestyle. If you have or suspect you have the MTHFR gene mutation (hint: over 40% of Americans do) you need to be extra cautious when using CBD oil. The way the methylation pathways work in combination with the endocannabinoid system pathways can raise your homocysteine levels into a dangerous spot risking cardiovascular incidents like stroke, heart attack or blood clots. Also, if you are currently on opiates and want to combine them with CBD please talk to your doctor. Cannabis can delay opioid metabolism resulting in a very dangerous situation if you use both at the same time. So as you can see, it is very very important when considering CBD oil, that you understand what you are doing, your body, and the benefits and risks associated with it all. Just like I never recommend self-supplementing, I definitely don’t recommend self-CBD-oiling. With that said, a brand that I can vouch for after research is NuLeaf Naturals. (I do not work with this company.)
As always, please let me know if you have any questions or experiences using CBD! I love sharing my knowledge but I also love learning from you and hearing your testimonies! Please share this post if you find it helpful.