Lisa Breitenwischer CHC, AADP, 500hr E-RYT
First off, Cannabidiol or CBD—is a cannabis compound that has significant medical benefits, but does not make people feel “stoned”. This makes it an appealing option for people looking for relief from inflammation, pain, anxiety, psychosis, seizures, spasms, and other conditions without disconcerting feelings of lethargy or dysphoria.
Scientific and clinical research—much of it sponsored by the US government—indicates CBD’s potential as a treatment for a wide range of conditions, including arthritis, diabetes, alcoholism, MS, chronic pain, schizophrenia, PTSD, depression, antibiotic-resistant infections, epilepsy, and other neurological disorders. CBD has demonstrated neuroprotective and neurogenic effects, and its anti-cancer properties are currently being investigated at several academic research centers in the United States and elsewhere. Further evidence suggests that CBD is safe even at high doses.
How it works-
Cannabinoids (CBD) are complex chemical compounds that act on receptors in cells and are naturally produced by the mammalian body. Within each and every mammal exists an Endocannabinoid System (ECS), which is comprised of a series of receptors, with the sole purpose of accepting cannabinoids throughout the body.
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is responsible for physiological processes such as appetite, pain-sensation, mood and memory, and despite the multitude of functions performed in each area of the body, the primary objective of the ECS is always the same – homeostasis, as it is quite literally the bridge between the body and our mind.
The ECS relay signals between nerve cells, called “neurons.” The brain uses neurotransmitters to tell your heart to beat, your lungs to breathe, and your stomach to digest. They can also affect mood, sleep, concentration, weight, and can cause adverse symptoms when they are out of balance. The seasons have been know to deplete our neurotransmitters, but stress, poor diet, neurotoxins, genetic predisposition, drugs (prescription and recreational), alcohol and caffeine usage can cause these levels to be out of optimal range and that’s where CBD oil can help bring things back into balance.
The hemp plant, produces over 100 different cannabinoids (or phytocannabinoids) that the body can assimilate. There are two different types of CBD oil products that come from the hemp plant: hemp-based CBD oil (the one I’m talking about in this article) and marijuana-based CBD (which is what someone would buy at the dispensary). Both contain CBD, and they’re both derived from the cannabis plant, but hemp and medical marijuana are different varieties of the plant.
Marijuana-based CBD is generally going to have more THC and other cannabinoids. Pure Isolate CBD oil does not contain THC (the compound that causes a “high” feeling). This is an important distinction that many people don’t understand.
What to Look for When Purchasing
I started carrying a Pure Isolate CBD oil by Ataraxia at the studio in August 2018. It’s a Food Grade Hemp Oil Extract Supplement w/no psychoactive effects. The product is lab tested and certified to contain less than 0.3% THC, so it’s not traceable and will not show up in a drug test. Plus, each batch comes with a Certificate of Analysis, so you know what you are getting and what you are not! I have 30 customers with different issues,(autoimmune, insomnia, chronic pain, anxiety, RA) and all have had a positive experience with this product. I myself can testify that it helps me focus more during the day and I’m sleeping better at night. It also helps with the arthritis in my finger and occasional sore muscles.
CBD Oil is expensive, so don’t waste your money on something that’s not going to deliver. A Pure Isolate CBD formula mixed w/coconut oil is what you want to look for when purchasing. Look at the ingredients to see exactly how much CBD oil is in the product. My experience is anything below 20mg is not going to be as effective as 33.33mg or higher of CBD oil extract. Purchase from someone who’s reputable & knowledgeable about the product to help you if you have questions. Make sure it comes with a Certificate of Analysis!