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What is CBD?
CBD is short for cannabidiol. It is one of 112 phytocompounds found in cannabis plants. Of those, 80 are cannabinoids. CBD and THC are the most studied and well-known phytocompounds in cannabis.
A phytocompound is simply another way of saying plant compound. Phyto means plant. Cannabinoids are substances that come from cannabis plants that can interact with the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) in the human body. The ECS is largely in control of moods, emotions, metabolism, and the environmental homeostasis of the human body.
The ECS is made-up of receptors located all over the body; some are concentrated in the brain and some are concentrated in the gut region. CB1 receptors are those in the area of the brain. CB2 receptors are in the gut region.
THC likes to bond with the CB1 receptors, and this is the main reason that THC Is a psychoactive compound. It causes you to become high by inhibiting the brain’s ability to think and react to situations.
CBD, on the other hand is not a psychoactive compound and primarily attaches itself to CB2 receptors. When they bind to each other, they form a lipid molecule.
A lipid is a fat molecule. Once this molecule is fully formed, it is released into the neural pathways. This is the network where thoughts and electromagnetic impulses are sent back and forth between the nerves and the brain. Thoughts travel here. If you’ve heard the expression that ‘thoughts are things’ then you may now understand how this is completely true?
As this lipid molecule travels along the neural network, it coats the pathways with a protective armor that helps to keep it healthy and functioning. This neural protectant property can help Alzheimer’s patients retain memories longer.
It also can help protect the brain from trauma and injuries that may cause severe problems resulting in TBI (traumatic brain injury). Those who have used CBD prior to a brain injury have been proven to recover up to 40% faster, as well as more completely, than those who do not use CBD prior to an injury.
While the lipid molecule travels along the network, it is on the look-out for repetitious signals being sent from the body to the brain. These might be constant pain messages, from a chronic condition. It could be a misfire of nerves, such as what scientists believe is possibly the case with fibromyalgia.
Constant signals trigger anxiety, panic attacks, and post-traumatic stress disorder are also intercepted. For people suffering with these conditions, this is life changing. This is what has people turning to places like Vitaleaf Naturals for CBD Oils that fit their lifestyle.
Since the discovery of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), science has learned much about the use of CBD oil in giving relief to health issues like epilepsy, cancer, Parkinson’s disease, Crohn’s disease, depression, bipolar and more.
In fact, in the area of mental health, CBD works faster than prescriptions drugs that can take weeks to begin having any impact. CBD works the same day, typically within 2 hours or less. This is important research because CBD is able to interact with the same system that produces Serotonin, a known mood enhancing hormone.
When serotonin is diminished in the body, moods become depressed. CBD can help stimulate production and elevate your moods within minutes to hours. It has the same effect on bipolar sufferers and seems to show promise with other mental health challenges as well.
As an anti-inflammatory, CBD oil works to reduce pain and swelling at the source of the pain. It can be applied topically or taking orally, whichever you prefer. One of the fastest growing demographics of CBD users is actually those over the age of 50 who are using CBD to help with arthritis aches and pains. Millions of people have turned to CBD for what ails them or as a rich source of antioxidants.
Is It Safe?
One of the first things that people want to know about CBD is if it is safe and whether or not it is going to cause them to fail a drug test. Let us address each of these issues separately. First of all, CBD is perfectly safe and has been used safely by adults, children and even for pets.
CBD product for horses are even marketed now, for the recovery of their muscles and help with digestive upsets. Athletes can now use CBD without repercussion from anti-doping rules too. CBD is an excellent way to recover sore muscles and maintain healthy weight and mental focus while training.
Children can use CBD to help with seizure control, sleeping problems, and even for ADHD symptom relief. Dogs can be fed CBD treats made especially for them and children can have CBD infused gummy bears. CBD is not addictive, it has no psychoactive impact on the brain, and it is not known to cause side effects more than rarely. No long-term negative effects exist from CBD use and you will not suffer the paranoia that can be an issue with marijuana use. In fact, marijuana for mental health issues is an extremely poor choice because it can actually cause irritability and paranoia with prolonged use.
CBD actually is safer than marijuana and people should refrain from giving anything that may contain THC to animals. Dogs, for example can be poisoned by THC. It is not safe for them, but CBD only has .03% or less TCH which will not cause a problem. Vitaleaf Naturals has many products that are very safe for your pets, thanks to CBD oil being largely free of THC.
As far as triggering a positive drug test result, it is not typical but due to the fact that they are tiny traces of THC, it cannot be guaranteed not to happen unless you choose a CBD isolate product that is 100% guaranteed to be free of THC. This is your best choice if you are concerned at all about drug testing.