CBD – An Alternative to Pharmaceutical drugs

Today I am going to address CBD Oil and its benefits. First, though, let me explain the difference between CBD Oil and Hemp-seed Oil. They are both made from different parts of the plant and have different purposes. Hemp oil is made from pressing hemp seeds and has low levels of CBD and is used in a variety of products such as a protein supplement for food or in shampoos, skin conditioners, lotions, and soap while CBD Oil is generally used for medicinal purposes.

As we learned in my last post, CBD Oil is taken orally with a syringe in measured doses. These oils have a high concentration of cannabidiol (can-na-bi-di-ol) and contain several components including Omega 3 – fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins, and phytocannabinoids (cannabinoids that occur naturally in the cannabis plant).

How Long Does it Take to Work

This is a question asked often. It really depends on the individual as each body is different, and when you take it. For example, if taken on an empty stomach, it will work faster. If you choose to use it in an edible, it can take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour. This also depends on how much you ate before and when.

Also, remember, as a Newbie you are not going to feel the effects right away; in fact, you may think nothing is happening because you don’t know what to expect and there is no ‘high’ associated with it.

In my case, it was very subtle. I was taking the recommended dosage on the bottle, once upon rising in the morning and again at bedtime. One day, I just realized that the pain in my hips was significantly less and my mobility was much better.

Again, it is recommended, that if you are planning on using the oil as an alternative, you consult your doctor or a medical practitioner.

How Does it Work

CBD does not affect the same receptors as THC. Receptors are often located in the sense organs – ear, eye, and skin and are defined as a protein molecule that receives chemical signals from outside a cell. When the chemical signals bind to a receptor they cause some form of cellular/tissue response, for example, a change in the electrical activity of a cell.

What does this have to do with the oil? Let’s use Multiple Sclerosis (MS) as an example and how oils have been used to treat it.

The National Society defines MS “as an unpredictable, disabling disease of the central nervous system which in turn disrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and the body.”

MS is a highly neurodegenerative disease. It affects different people in different ways as well as with the severity of the symptoms. MS is more common in women than men and usually affects people between 20 and 50 years of age with the average age being 34.

Our bodies have natural cannabinoid receptors, found throughout the body, that work with the endocannabinoid system (neurotransmitters or chemical messengers – the way our cells communicate with each other) that bind to the cannabinoid receptors. If there is a deficiency in these neurotransmitters, the receptors will not function properly; the central nervous system is the body’s most densely populated area which is where multiple sclerosis attacks the nerve fibres. CBD can help calm the nervous system and help it finds balance.the central nervous and MS

CBD Oil has been known to assist MS patients by managing inflammation, pain, muscle spasms, clinical depression, abdominal pain, and constipation.

It should also be noted here that MS patients are turning to CBD because prescribed drugs can be very expensive and have been known to produce very severe side effects.

Why My Interest in CBD and MS

I have a friend, who for the sake of anonymity, I will call ‘Sue’. I met Sue many years ago; we used to hang out and go to many functions. At once such function, she complained about how her hands hurt and how she had trouble balancing while walking. That was 12 years ago and just the beginning. After a full MRI, lesions were detected. She has had many issues besides the sore hands and imbalance, such as spasticity, bladder issues, vision problems, and bouts of depression – one minute extremely positive, the next feeling very low and alone.

When I visited her a year ago, she could barely get up and had a wheelchair to get around her small apartment. She lives alone and finds day to day living very challenging.

She knows that the oil has helped me with chronic pains and even though her illness is much more serious, she is finally asking questions and is thinking strongly about trying the oils. Even her doctor has suggested she look into it. I think, in time, she will take that first step; I can only hope it provides her with some relief.

Someone else who has MS is Montel Williams, an American television personality, radio talk show host, and actor. In 2001, a doctor suggested he try medical marijuana; since then he has been a huge advocate and even has his own product line.

In an interview, he was quoted as saying “I feel no one has a right to get into the middle of a conversation between a doctor and a patient. If a doctor recommends cannabis, then everyone else needs to shut up and get out of that conversation.”

Powerful words from someone who describes himself as a “zealot investigator and studier!”

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DID YOU KNOW…

That the FDA (the United States Food & Drug Administration) has not approved CBD for any medical treatment?

That the US Government currently holds a patent on CBD for its medically proven ability to limit neurological damage? We’ve already stated that MS is a highly neurodegenerative disease. I would consider this food for thought.

Resources: For more in-depth information on CBD and the endocannabinoid system, check here.

Disclaimer: Please be advised that this is not a medical endorsement on my part.

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