CBD or cannabidiol, is one of 113 known cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. CBD has many beneficial properties and has been used to promote wellness for a long time. In fact, the cannabis plant has been used for thousands of years!

 

History
In ancient Chinese texts, dating to 2900 B.C. the use of cannabis is recorded. The Shennong Ben Cao Jing, a Chinese encyclopedia on agriculture and medicine, contains the oldest written record of cannabis as a medicine. It was recommended for rheumatic pain, constipation, female reproductive tract disorders, and malaria.

In India, around 1000 B.C., more parts of the cannabis plant started to be used medicinally. The strongest preparations were used as an analgesic, hypnotic, tranquilizer, antispasmodic, and anti-inflammatory agent. It was not until the early 19th century that cannabis started to be explored in Western medicine.[1a]

How it Works
Cannabinoids are chemical compounds produced by the cannabis plant. The human body produces endocannabinoids, while cannabinoids found in plants are called phytocannabinoids. Cannabinoids interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) to promote homeostasis.

The human endocannabinoid system is a system of neurotransmitters and cell membrane receptors. Neurotransmitters such as endocannabinoids are produced by the central nervous system and interact with cannabinoids receptors on cell membranes to adjust physiological processes at a cellular level.

The human body has two receptors for cannabinoids the CB1 and CB2 receptors. Although both are found all over the body, CB1 receptors are present in the brain and deal with pain, movement, cognitive function, and mood. CB2 receptors are more common in the immune system and affect pain and inflammation, among other things. THC attaches to the CB1 receptors whereas CBD interacts with the CB2 receptors. Unlike THC which attaches to receptors, CBD does not attach to the CB2 receptor. Rather, researchers believe that CBD influences the body’s use of endocannabinoids, promoting homeostasis.

 

Benefits
There are several benefits of CBD oil.

Could help relieve pain
Studies have shown that CBD may help reduce chronic pain by impacting endocannabinoid receptor activity, reducing inflammation and interacting with neurotransmitters.[1a]

Could reduce anxiety and depression
CBD oil has shown promise for helping both depression and anxiety. It has been used to safely treat insomnia and anxiety in children with post-traumatic stress disorder. [1] CBD has also shown antidepressant-like effects in several animal studies. These qualities are linked to CBD’s ability to act on the brain’s receptors for serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates mood and social behavior.

Could benefit heart health.
Research shows several benefits of CBD oil for the heart and circulatory system, including the ability to lower high blood pressure. One recent study treated nine healthy men with one dose of 600 mg of CBD oil and found it reduced resting blood pressure, compared to a placebo. It is suggested that the stress- and anxiety-reducing properties of CBD are responsible for its ability to help lower blood pressure.[2]

Shown to have neuroprotective properties.
Researchers believe that CBD’s ability to act on the endocannabinoid system and other brain signaling systems may provide benefits for those with neurological disorders. One of the most studied uses for CBD is in treating neurological disorders like epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. Several studies have shown promising results.
One study found that Sativex, (an oral spray of CBD and THC) reduced spasms in 75% of 276 people with multiple sclerosis who were experiencing muscle spasticity that was resistant to medications.[3]

Another study gave 214 people with severe epilepsy 0.9–2.3 grams of CBD oil per pound (2–5 g/kg) of body weight. Their seizures were reduced by a median of 36.5% . [4]

One more study found that CBD oil significantly reduced seizure activity in children with Dravet syndrome compared to a placebo.[5]

It is important to note that some people in both these studies experienced adverse reactions associated with CBD treatment, such as convulsions, fever and fatigue.

Possible prevention of diabetes.
In diabetic mice, treatment with CBD reduced the incidence of diabetes by 56% and significantly reduced inflammation [6].

I trust this has been informative for you. Now, at Herbs4You, we carry Sunny Skies CBD oil.

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Resources:

[1a] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5549367/
[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5101100/
[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5470879/
[3] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24525548/
[4] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26724101/
[5] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28538134/
[6] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16698671/ 

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Amy Willis M.H.

Master Herbalist
Amy is the Owner and Founder of Herbs4You. She is a Master Herbalist from the School of Natural Healing. Amy has 30 years experience with herbs and 15 years experience muscle 
testing.