CBD

CBD has become extremely popular as of late with just about everyone. You can find it in mom-and-pop pharmacies, supermarket chains, coffee shops, and even gas stations. While its virtues have been extolled by a variety of sources, the benefits of using CBD remain murky. We believe CBD can have great value for many users. To make the most of it though, it’s vital that you are informed about what CBD is, where to find quality CBD products, and how to use them to best effect.

Cannabis-Derived CBD vs. Hemp-Derived CBD

The cannabis plant is full of phytocannabinoids. The two most popular of these phytocannabinoids are THC and CBD. These two phytocannabinoids are also found in the hemp plant. (There’s only a minuscule amount of THC in hemp, though.) When looking for CBD products, the first decision you’ll need to make is whether to purchase cannabis-derived CBD products or hemp-derived CBD products. Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp-derived CBD products can be found just about everywhere, including states where recreational or medical cannabis is not yet legal. This can actually be problematic.

Hemp-derived CBD products are currently unregulated. Plenty of savvy entrepreneurs saw an opportunity and jumped on the CBD bandwagon. Unfortunately, they don’t all offer reputable products. Many aren’t tested, and they certainly aren’t held to as high of a standard as cannabis-derived CBD products. The FDA is in the process of determining how it will regulate CBD. Until them, purchasing quality hemp-derived CBD can be difficult. It’s vital that consumers ask for test results and verify the quality of the CBD products being sold.

One of the benefits of legalization has been the required testing. For consumers, this helps illustrate the makeup of particular products so they can shop wisely. Cannabis-derived CBD products and high-CBD strains are no exception. By clearly showing how much CBD and THC are present, as well as other cannabinoids, terpenes, or compounds, consumers can find products that better serve their needs and purchase items that have a more consistent formulation. For those who use CBD for medicinal purposes, the latter is especially important. 

Benefits of CBD

CBD has proven that it’s an effective treatment for childhood epilepsy. It is often used as a treatment option for those living with anxiety and insomnia. Studies are beginning to show that CBD, which is an anti-inflammatory, may help with managing chronic and nueropathic pain.

Small-scale studies have shown CBD to be helpful in treating arthritis and MS, though additional studies are needed to better determine it’s effectiveness. CBD is also being investigated as a treatment for opioid addiction and even brain injuries in athletes.

How CBD Works

The way CBD works is that it bridges the gap of neurotransmission in the central nervous system, including in the brain, by providing a two-way system of communication that completes a positive “feedback loop,” according to Dr. William Courtney, a medical marijuana expert and founder of Cannabis International. As opposed to a one-way transmission, which can promote chronic inflammation of healthy tissue, the unique two-way transmission system engaged by marijuana CBD mimics the body’s own natural two-way communications system.

So individuals whose systems are compromised by autoimmune disorders, cellular dysfunction, chronic inflammation, cancer cells, and various other illnesses may derive a wide range of health-promoting benefits simply by consuming CBD. And one of the best ways to obtain CBD is to juice raw marijuana leaves and buds, according to Dr. Courtney, who currently runs a clinic in Luxembourg that provides raw cannabis medicinal services to patients in need.

“CBD works on receptors, and as it turns out, we have cannabinoids in our bodies, endogenous cannabinoids, that turn out to be very effective at regulating immune functions, nerve functions, bone functions,” says Dr. Ethan Russo, a Seattle, WA, area physician who is also a senior advisor to GW Pharmaceuticals, a British drug company that is utilizing CBD in a new marijuana mouth spray known as Sativex.

“There’s a tendency to discount claims when something appears to be good for everything, but there’s a reason this is the case. The endogenous cannabinoid system acts as a modulator in fine-tuning a lot of these systems, and if something is deranged biochemically in a person’s body, it may well be that a cannabinoid system can bring things back into balance.”

Countless testimonials from all over the world have been recorded indicating that CBD has an amazing healing power without any of the harmful side effects of pharmaceutical drugs.

If you’re interested in learning more about CBD or would like help choosing a product, stop by! At The Higher Path, we pride ourselves on our extensive knowledge of CBD, so come talk to us about which medication is right for you.

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