Is CBD a good holistic Option for many pharmaceuticals?
To start let us look at what exactly is CBD. CBD is short for cannabidiol and is only (1) one of over 100 identified cannabinoids. It is extracted from the cannabis/hemp plant. CBD However comes from industrial hemp usually cannabis Sativa. Unlike hemp’s cousin cannabis, it has far less THC usually about .3%, which is the only way to be federally legal. Cannabis however can have anywhere between 3%- 10%THC. There is no chance that you could ever get high from using CBD.
CBD works with our body’s own endocannabinoid system, which is our check and balance system. The endocannabinoid system is involved with our immune system, muscular/skeletal system, cardiovascular, reproductive, nervous, respiratory, digestive endocrine, exocrine, and sensory system. It ensures that our internal systems are regulated to maintain a healthy state.
We have receptors all over our bodies, but the two main receptors are CB1 and CB2.
CB1 receptors are mainly in our brain and in our nervous system. In our brains, they are the managing directors of our moods, memory, our motor skills, and how we perceive pain.
CB2 receptors can be found in our immune system. They help with our response to inflammation, like arthritis and autoimmune diseases, like fibromyalgia. Sleep is important for a healthy immune system. We naturally make endocannabinoids that act as neuromodulators and plant-based cannabinoids act as neuromodulators as well.
For a long time, it was thought that the endocannabinoid receptors and the cannabinoid CBD were like a Lock and key. The receptor being the lock and CBD being the Key once it attached to the receptor it was like a key that opened the receptor. However more recently they have found that what is happening in the CBD cannabinoid is either blocking that receptor from things like pain or inflammation. Or it activating it, for example, so you can receive more serotonin to make you feel happy.
Plant-based cannabinoids can help our bodies deal with certain things the same way our natural cannabinoids can. There is emerging literature that is suggesting that a lot of illnesses may be the result of endocannabinoid deficiencies and if that is the case then adding CBD to our daily routine is helping you and you might not even know it. You can read more about that here
It does suggest that Migraines, Fibromyalgia, and IBS may be helped with cannabinoids like CBD. There are people that suggest that CBD is the magic bullet to help with all illnesses. CBD is not a magic potion, although there are a lot of studies that show that CBD can help with many health issues.
Sometimes a change in our diet along with CBD would help better. Finding a health coach may prove to be beneficial as it is very easy to knock our endocannabinoid system out of balance and with some diet changes and a CBD coach that can help guide you on your CBD journey could prove to help change your health for the better. Nona Oils is always willing to help guide any of their customers that would like guidance.
CBD versus Pharmaceuticals
The pharmaceutical industry is one of the largest industries. And it is responsible for producing all the medications that are prescribed and most of what you can get over the counter.
Did you know that medicines made from Willow bark and other plants go back as far as ancient Sumer as well as ancient Egypt? Willow bark became recognized for its specific effects on fever, pain, and inflammation in the mid-eighteenth century. But by the nineteenth-century pharmacists were experimenting with, and prescribing a variety of chemicals related to salicin, the active component of willow. You can read all about it here.
This has not changed, when there is a natural component the Pharmaceutical industry comes up with a synthetic chemical, and along with that chemical comes a long list of side effects. 80% of the population relies on herbal medicine. There could be side effects with natural plant-based products as well, but far less. The Food and Drug Administration approved Epidiolex (cannabidiol (CBD) oral solution for two rare and severe forms of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, and Dravet syndrome. This is the only FDA-approved drug that contains a purified drug substance derived from cannabis. And more recently it’s been approved for the treatment of seizures associated with tuberous sclerosis complex in patients one-year-old and older. If you want to read more on that here.
According to Healthline, if you have an anxiety disorder of some kind; your doctor might prescribe a drug like Benzodiazepines, it works with neurotransmitters just like CBD. Benzodiazepines relax your muscles and your mind so you can relax. Benzodiazepines do come with side effects: drowsiness and memory problems can cause confusion, vision problems, headaches, and feelings of depression
Like, Lexapro, Prozac, Paxil, or Zoloft. All are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and work by increasing levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that affects mood, sexual desire, appetite, sleep, and memory.
Also comes with a list of side effects such as
Nausea, dry mouth, muscle weakness, diarrhea, dizziness drowsiness, sexual dysfunction.
If you’re looking for a natural alternative option CBD just might be the answer. The mechanism action of CBD is that it can increase transmission of serotonin therefore keeping more serotonin in our system elevating our mood, which will decrease our anxiety.
Here is a Serotonin fact
90% of the body serotonin is found in the gastrointestinal tract. It is better known for its roll in the brain. It plays a major part in our mood, anxiety, and happiness.
Add extra amounts of omega 3 fatty acids that are found in fatty fish like salmon, and walnuts along with CBD, and adding certain foods you can control that anxiety.
CBD as a holistic option for pain meds
Which takes us back to the endocannabinoid system. When you take CBD, it increases the levels of anandamide which is a neurotransmitter. There is one more receptor, it is the TRPV1 Receptor, also known as the vanilloid receptor. This is the one that is involved with regulating pain, body temperature, and inflammation. The other player is an enzyme called FAAH, this enzyme breaks down anandamide shortly after it is released. However, when this enzyme is inhibited by CBD, anandamide can decrease inflammation and will be able to affect the body longer.
Back in 2017, a study was done, (could not find one more recent but I am assuming the numbers are bigger now). The study found that 82% of the people polled found CBD offered significant relief from their ailments that ranged from anxiety to chronic pain. Some still used their pharmaceuticals with their CBD and some stopped using pharmaceuticals altogether. A little more than half said they use it daily.
Consistency is the key factor with CBD. Always start with a low dose and titrate up every few days until you get the relief you are looking for. Sometimes a lower dose 2- 3 times a day will work better. CBD is a journey you must be willing to play with the doses until you find what works for you. Just like with pharmaceuticals they need to know your weight, the dose for 115 lb person is not going to be the same as a 150 lb person.
Always check with your medical practitioner.