WHAT IS THE HYPE ABOUT CBD OIL?
Is the buzz true that CBD oil is the “miracle cure” for what ails us? After many years of thinking that Big Pharma is better, people are returning to mother nature and her herbs and spices. Plants are effective as healers, and without the side effects often found with pharmaceutical medications.
The action of endocannabinoids are discussed further down in this blog, but when one considers that CBD can assist in the repairing of damaged nerves and cells, as well as regulating the hormonal system, the possibilities for healing from the lowly hemp plant may turn our vision of healthcare onto a path of natural healing rather than with chemicals. Hemp has been used since the beginning of time for both medicinal and practical purposes. Is it possible to relieve pain without taking narcotics?
WHAT CAUSES CHRONIC PAIN?
An old injury flares up, the body wants to process it, the mind says “no way,” and irritation and inflammation ensue.
THE ENDOCANNIBOL SYSTEM
The body’s endocannabinoid system was discovered in the 1990’s, and it has taken 28 years for politics and research to catch on to how this system interacts with our immune and neurological systems.
Marijuana has been illegal for 80 years, and during that time, people have suffered in silence, unable to access the one thing that might alleviate their symptoms. Instead, doctors prescribed heavy narcotics and other pharmaceuticals, but these medications cause problems from the side effects.
It is a shame people have suffered so long with chronic problems when they could have been taking CBD oil to relieve their symptoms.
BELOW IS A LIST OF SYMPTOMS PEOPLE FIND ARE HELPED WITH CBD OILS
Inflammation – Inflammatory bowel disease, autoimmune disease, Crohn’s disease.
Pain – Many people take opioids by prescription to relieve their pain. The effects of the narcotics rub off after the first year, leading to more chronic pain and higher doses of the painkillers, and unintentional addiction. This has become an epidemic where people dying from opiate overdoses has far surpassed deaths from any other medical event.
Stress and anxiety – Who isn’t stressed these days? Living with anxiety can ruin your day in a flash. Add chronic pain to the mix and all you want is relief. People with PTSD experience flashbacks that can also trigger anxiety.
Sleep deprivation – “Oh, sweet sleep. Why do you avoid me?” How many of us wake up at the witching hour of 3 AM and try with all our might to get a few more hours of shut-eye before starting our day? Sometimes this works, other times we finally drag ourselves out of bed, more tired than if we had gotten up in the middle of the night and stayed awake.
Muscle spasm/seizures/tremors – If you’ve ever had a muscle cramp, you have an idea of how badly it hurts to have your entire body in one big spasm. Seizures are mini-brain injuries, and every time someone has a seizure, their cognition and clarity of mind fade a little bit more. Over time, there is a noticeable change in their mentation. Tremors are like small seizures, how irritating to have your hands shake so badly you cannot do anything without a great effort.
WHY CBD OIL WORKS!
Nature built receptors in our body for a reason. We normally think of receptors connected to such things as dopamine and serotonin. But I hold with the theory that cravings are simply our body’s way of telling us a certain receptor is not getting its nourishment.
Over the last 200,000 years, or however long humans have lived on this planet, the world was abundant with herbs and other plants that were used for nourishment, healing, clothing, rituals, and shelter.
Only in the last 80 to 100 years have we forgotten this treasure of knowledge of healing used by our ancestors. It is encouraging to see we are coming back to natural healing for prevention and only using modern medical practices for extreme sickness, like it was meant to be.
Our bodies hold thousands of CB1 and CB2 receptors in the brain, muscles, and skin. While there are many phytocannabinoids in the hemp plant, the two most prevalent are THC and CBD. The receptor for THC is CB1 and the receptor for CBD is CB2. Why then, would not marijuana and hemp be beneficial for healing properties if this is what our bodies need?
Scientists have studied the heck out of the effects THC and CBD in hemp/marijuana for years. Until recently these studies were biased toward “marijuana is bad for you.” But unbiased studies show differently. What they are finding is that CB1 (THC), and more specifically, CB2 (CBD) regenerate damaged nerve cells and clears out the garbage to make room for the healthy regenerated cells (this is called neuroprotection). Studies for some of the more advanced diseases are encouraging in that CBD may be helpful in reducing the progression of certain neurological diseases, perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease.
BENEFITS OF USING CBD OILS
A quick scan on the internet will give testimonials of how CBD oil has helped people with Parkinson’s, diabetes, epilepsy, PTSD, heart disease, and even autism and ADHD.
CBD oil is also a great skin product and users’ reviews claim their skin is more firm and less dry, with a reduction in wrinkles. Pain relieving cream made from CBD oil in many cases works as well as cream prescribed by the doctor. There are also products for your pets!
Is CBD oil truly the answer to a healthier way of life – without the pile of medications we take now? Oh, boy, no wonder the pharmaceutical money-mongers are not happy!
There are many CBD products on the market. I have taken out the initial legwork of reviewing companies with affiliate programs. I have researched their products, and the ones I like the best are presented here for your use.
Internet marketing is no different than if you had a physical store. You want to be sure to buy from companies who sell what they say they are selling, and offer your customers top-of-the-line products.
The same is true in buying CBD oils as it iss when buying or advertising any product found on the internet, BUYER BEWARE.
THERE ARE THREE MAIN TYPES OF CBD OIL
- Hemp seed oil. Seeds have no CBD or THC in them. They are full of Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, and are great for skin products, but do not expect to enjoy any benefits other than the nutritional value of hemp seeds.
- Full Spectrum CBD oil. Made from the entire plant – stems, leaves, and seeds. A common practice is to extract the oil through a process using C02 under low pressure. The THC is taken out, leaving only CBD phytocannabinoids.
- CBD isolate. Extracted CBD-only into powder form and then added to an oil-based carrier. The powder can also be sprinkled over food or beverages. The isolate does not have the other cannabinoids that are found in full-spectrum oil and does not have the healing properties of full-spectrum CBD oil.
HOW TO USE THE PRODUCTS
Place a dropper full under your tongue and let it sit for as long as you can then swallow. The properties from the oil is quickly absorbed into your blood when placed under the tongue, and the longer you let it sit there, the more is absorbed into your system. The tincture comes in original, peppermint, and other flavors that are very pleasant to the taste.
Creams are applied topically. With vapes, you smoke the oil through an airtight chamber. There are gummies and other edibles. The two quickest routes into your system are inhaling and placing the oil under the tongue.
WHO CAN USE CBD?
Anyone suffering from the above-mentioned maladies should be able to find benefit from the oils. There has been enough research to show that CBD oil really does calm seizures, relieve stress, and help with a good night’s sleep. Children with uncontrollable seizures, autism, and ADHD have shown great relief from CBD oil. As of now, there are no regulatory guidelines to using the oils, but let good sense be the rule and you shouldn’t have any problems. There is no evidence that you can overdose on CBD oil.
There are few side effects, if any. You might experience dry mouth or lightheadedness, but these disappear as the body absorbs the oil.
CBD OIL IS LEGAL
With the President signing a law making hemp legal on in all 50 states, the CBD oil industry is expected to grow to $2.6 billion dollars by 2010.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST COMPANY
Look for companies that have third-party testing, are registered with the FDA, buy hemp from certified organic farms, have less than 0.03% TCH, and are transparent in their operations and product. As the market for CBD oil grows, dishonest companies will spring up, so do your homework before recommending any product.
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