No doubt by now you’ve heard about CBD oil. Currently in the state of Texas legalizing hemp production is being voted on by the Senate. Not only will hemp be used for CBD but hemp has many other valuable applications for products we use every day.
I am getting asked about CBD oil more and more so I want to discuss it. Here are some insights into how it works in the body. First, it’s important to understand that CBD oil does not contain THC, the psychoactive compound found in marijuana, they are two different plants. For those of us who lived through the ’60s and ’70s, we certainly know what the difference is!
Thanks to Israel and Europe, who have championed all the research, we’ve discovered the cannabinoid system called the “Endocannabinoid System” or ECS.
The hemp plant contains over 100 different phytocannabinoids (plant cannabinoids), of which CBD is one. While CBD has gained the most attention, CBD alone cannot fully support your ECS. You need the other phytocannabinoids and terpenes. Terpenes are present in all kinds of plants and are responsible for their smell, think Essential Oils here.
In the botanical world, the sum of all the parts is greater than just one ingredient. A good example is a Carotenoid family of which Beta-carotene is just one of over five hundred carotenoids. While CBD may be the most dominant phytocannabinoid in hemp, the others are there in minor numbers, but they are not minor in the body as they all participate in nourishing and supporting the ECS, which is the big picture. So, focusing JUST on CBD does not give us the full benefit.
The Endocannabinoid System is the conductor of the orchestra that communicates between bodily systems such as your respiratory, digestive, immune and cardiovascular system. The ECS does this via receptors found in every organ, including your skin, your largest organ of the body.
Ok, hold on a little longer because this is important!
There are two primary ECS receptors: CB1 and CB2. While CB1 is typically thought of as being primarily in the brain and CB2 primarily in the immune system, both types of receptors are in fact found throughout your body. One of the two cannabinoids that your OWN body produces is called anandamide from the Sanskrit word for “bliss,” as it attaches to the same CB1 receptor that THC attaches to…….(now “getting high” makes sense!) The other 2-AG, is found and produced throughout your body.
What we now know is some people do not produce sufficient cannabinoids and those are the people we see with inflammatory conditions such as migraines, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel, stress-induced anxiety, etc. When looking at levels of anandamide in folks with these disorders, they see that they have significantly decreased production.
So what’s that have to do with CBD oil? You would think that it would do the same thing, hit those CB1 and CB2 receptor sites but it doesn’t, instead it supports the CB1 receptors from breaking down the anandamide in our bodies, then the anandamide hits the CB1 receptor. What about the CB2 receptor that controls inflammatory cycling, pain signaling, insulin sensitivity, and bone building? CBD does nothing for that, so we need some CB2 agonist. Luckily there is a family of phytocannabinoids (plant cannabinoids) in a “full spectrum” oil that helps activate it and if we include Omega 3 oils, Turmeric, Boswellia and essential oils like Lavender oil, we enhance the effects.
SO……..Is CBD oil all it’s cracked up to be?
Some of the claimed benefits of CBD oil are:
- Anxiety and Depression
- Panic Disorder
- Pain and Inflammation
- Fights Cancer
- Cardiovascular Health
- Reduce Acne
Yes, CBD can be very powerful if you get the correct oil AND you take the co-factors that help make it more effective.
Carl Germano, an industry expert says this…“I’ve been in this industry for over 35 years. I’m a clinical nutritionist by trade. I have not seen any natural compounds this clinically relevant since the inception of this industry. I can tell you that targeting the endocannabinoid system, supporting it, will dominate medicine and nutrition for the next couple decades.”
Pretty exciting stuff! I know this was kinda deep but I want to educate you because this is coming at us hard and fast from a marketing standpoint. People are already claiming CBD oil does “miracles” and “cures cancer” etc. etc. We know it DOES have huge benefits in the pathway I just described IF it’s used in conjunction with a supporting cast AND it’s a high-quality oil.
Each of our bodies is unique and for some, this will be an answer to prayer and for others maybe it will help them get a good nights sleep or lower anxiety, all good stuff!
What To Look for In a CBD Oil
- Kosher Certified
- Full spectrum Cannabinoids
- Verified pesticide and herbicide free
- Grown from certified seeds and not hybrids
As I mentioned above, CBD oil is not the magic bullet for the ECS system, you need the other instruments in the orchestra as well. Some of those are Omega 3 fish oil, Boswellia, Ashwaganda, Turmeric and Essential Oils such as Lavender all can help with the pathway.
I was introduced to CBD oil by Dr. Kendall Stewart in Austin, who trained me in my Nutrigenomics (gene testing). He did research and found a company that he trusted and I’ve ordered for a few of my clients that wanted to try it. Unfortunately, the price point is still up there. I truly believe that once we see all the states starting to produce hemp the price will come down. But for now, if you are interested I can get a small practitioner discount to help with the cost.
Thanks for hanging in there with this “deep dive”!!!!
To your health,