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The Truth About CBD

You’ve probably heard a lot about CBD recently. Maybe from your doctor, the news media, a friend or even local billboards… it seems like everyone has an opinion on CBD. 

And yet, there’s so much misinformation and urban legends that surround CBD, most people get so lost in the buzz that they don’t understand the unbiased, scientific facts. And so today, I thought we would pull back the curtain on CBD and tell you exactly what it is -- and just as important, what it isn’t. 

Let’s start with the first thing people don’t know: what CBD actually stands for. 

CBD stands for cannabidiol, a chemical compound from the Cannabis sativa plant -- also known as marijuana. 

Now that fact right there gives many people pause. Is CBD a drug? Well, yes, but that shouldn’t scare you away just yet. Remember, sugar and caffeine are drugs too. CBD is used in many products to impart a feeling of relaxation and calm. The difference between CBD and delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the major active ingredient in marijuana, CBD is not psychoactive and therefore will not get you high. 

Here are a few other myths about CBD we thought we should dispel: 

Myth #1: The CBD industry is run by drug peddlers and sketchy characters

Many people assume that because CBD comes from marijuana, it’s simply a by-product of drug enterprises trying to squeeze more juice out of their product. Certainly, that is bound to exist, but that’s not the case for every CBD product. Many reputable companies -- both large and small -- have CBD products. It’s up to you to do your research and make sure you trust these companies. 

Myth #2: The only difference between CBD and THC is you don’t get high

From serotonin receptors to pain receptors to enzymes, CBD & THC can benefit our health in many unique ways. 

Now, people DO use the two for many of the same reasons: pain reduction, inflammation and arthritis treatment, etc. Depending on your personal chemistry and health goals, CBD may work better or worse than THC. If CBD is legal where you live, it’s probably worth at least looking into. 

Myth #3: CBD is addictive 

Since CBD comes from a plant that has been categorized by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) as addictive, it too must be addictive, right? 

Wrong! Here’s the main difference: 

THC directly binds with CB1 receptors, which are the receptors for triggering intoxicating effects, such as hallucinations. When they bind, dopamine is released into the brain -- this is what makes marijuana addictive. Crucially, CBD does not bind to CB1 receptors meaning it does not release an excessive amount of dopamine.

Now that we’ve busted a few myths about CBD, let’s talk about some of the proven benefits CBD can have on the human body. 

Benefit #1: CBD can significantly help chronic pain relief

There is research to suggest CBD interacts with certain receptors in your brain and immune system. These receptors are tiny proteins attached to your cells which receive signals from different stimuli to help your cells respond. This response creates anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects that help with pain management. So CBD may benefit people with chronic pain. 

Some studies have even shown that CBD is up to twenty times a more potent anti-inflammatory agent compared to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen. 

Benefit #2: CBD can reduce stress 

Stress is more than just a rapid heartbeat and an increase of sweating. It can have serious health consequences, such as depression, heart disease, weight gain, a weakened immune system, and much more. That’s why managing it is so important, which makes recent research about CBD’s role in stress management so promising. A study performed in 2010 showed that CBD helps to reduce anxiety in people with social anxiety disorder. In 2011, another study found CBD reduced social anxiety specifically induced by public speaking. And in 2014, a research study found that CBD oil presented positive antidepressant and anxiolytic effects. 

Benefit #3: CBD can make a brain healthier 

Piggybacking off of the studies regarding stress relief, there is other research that suggests CBD has many other brain-positive benefits. 

For example, research on CBD has shown that it acts as an antioxidant and that its antioxidant properties seem to provide protection for the brain -- protection that may be even better than other well-known substances with neuroprotective benefits like vitamin C and vitamin E. 

Studies have found that CBD may be beneficial for certain sleep disorders that impact rapid eye movement (REM) cycles. Patients with Parkinson’s disease showed an improvement in symptoms related to REM sleep behavior disorder after being treated with CBD. 

CBD has also been shown to aid in anxiety and depression. It showed antidepressant-like effects in several animal studies and has even been used to safely treat insomnia and anxiety in children with post-traumatic stress disorder. 

We encourage you to read the research and ask your doctor if CBD may be right for you. 

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