What Is CBD?

 

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of over 100 known naturally occurring phytocannabinoids. CBD works to supplement the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) by aiding in the production of anandamide for greater CB1 activation. Contrary to most literature, it is in fact psychotropic or psychoactive by definition but it is NOT intoxicating. CBD is extracted into oil from the aerial flower parts, stalks, and stems on the cannabis plant.

 

WHAT IS ECS?

​ECS is our endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is made up of two types of receptors that are configured to accept cannabinoids. These cannabinoid receptors are known as CB1 and CB2. ECS regulates various cardiovascular, nervous, and immune system functions inside cells. Because CBD stimulates the endocannabinoid system, it helps to promote homeostasis in the body, reducing
the sensation of pain and inhibiting inflammation.

 

WHAT ARE CANNABINOIDS?

​➢ Cannabinoids are molecular compounds which activate the cannabinoid receptors. These can be endogenous (occurring within an organism), phyto (plant derived), or synthetic.

​➢ Endogenous cannabinoids are neurochemicals found in our bodies referred to as endocannabinoids: anandamide and 2-AG. They have been found in the nervous system and reproductive system, and even aid in immune response.

➢ Plant derived cannabinoids are referred to as phytocannabinoids: THC, CBD, CBN, CBG to name a few. These aid the ECS in cannabinoid deficiency and efficiency. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is another more commonly known cannabinoid specific to cannabis. Unlike CBD, THC has an intoxicating effect at higher levels. Indiana state law requires cannabis products to be derived from hemp meaning they contain no greater than 0.3% THC. There is no intoxicating effect at this level.

 

WHAT TYPES OF CBD OIL ARE THERE?

Full Spectrum, whole plant, products contain all naturally occuring compounds including THC. THese products provide the entourage effect. The Entourage Effect is the synergy of pharmacological effects that occur through the interaction of cannabinoids, terpinoids, and other compounds found in the cannabis plant.

Broad Spectrum products are typically THC free, however contain most of the other naturally occuring compounds. These also include products that were initially isolates with other compounds added back in. Isolate products are exactly that. The cannabidiol has been isolated from all other compounds to provide a pure CBD product.

There are now also terpene isolates that you can add to cbd products to enahnce and customize the pharmacological effect of your initial product.

 

WHAT CAN CBD BENEFIT?

There's a lot CBD can help with. It can help with to relieve pain, reduce stress/anxiety/PTSD, alleviate cancer related symptoms, reduce acne, benefit heart health, diabetes prevention, arthritis, Parkinson's disease, anti-tumor effects, substance abuse treatment, antipsychotic effects, and may have neuroprotective properties, to name a few.

TAKING CBD FOR PAIN RELIEF:
​➢ When you take CBD for pain relief the receptors we have in our body react with the CBD, and they form anti-inflammatory effects that reduce pain.

TAKING CBD FOR STRESS/ANXIETY/PTSD:
​➢ When you take CBD for stress, anxiety, or PTSD it is working with your CB1 receptor affecting your serotonin levels. Low serotonin levels are common in depression and anxiety.

TAKING CBD FOR PARKINSON'S OR ARTHRITIS:
​➢ CBD hemp extracts are rich in antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory effects on joints, helping to reduce the pain and inflammation.

TAKING CBD FOR DIABETES:
​➢ In diabetic mice, treatment with CBD reduced the incidence of diabetes by 56% and significantly reduced inflammation.

TAKING CBD FOR SUBSTANCE ABUSE:
​➢ CBD has been shown to modify circuits in the brain related to drug addiction. In rats, CBD has been shown to reduce morphine dependence and heroin-seeking behavior.

 

HOW MUCH CBD SHOULD I TAKE?

​CBD dosage is specific to each individuals needs. What may work for someone with similar symptoms, may not work for you. The rule of thumb is to start at the lowest dose and gradually work up to relief. El Anar staff are knowledgeable and focused on helping you to achieve optimum homeostasis for a better quality of life.