What is CBD?
CBD – the abbreviation stands for the ingredient of the hemp plant Cannabidiol. This substance is not psychoactive and binds to various receptor systems in the brain. This results in its anti-inflammatory, anti-epileptic and anti-schizophrenic effect. The active ingredient CBD is considered well tolerated and suitable for self-medication. It does not contain the notorious THC, which marijuana users like to use.
The medicinal effect of the hemp plant has been known for over 5000 years. Since then, 489 essential active substances of the hemp plant have been determined. These include terpenes, flavonoids and other plant substances. Of particular interest are the phytocannabinoids contained, of which there are 70 different types. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) as well as cannabidiol (CBD), cannabinol (CBN) and cannabigerol (CBG) have become particularly well known.
The active ingredients of cannabis sativa gave their name to special receptors in the brain: the endocannabinoid system. The discovery of the endocannabinoid system led to the realisation that endocannabinoids must exist in the body. In 1992, the substance that binds to the corresponding receptor was detected for the first time in pig brains.
Not much is known about the function of the endocannabinoid system. It is assumed that the CB2 receptor is involved in the regulation of the immune system. The location of the endocannabinoid system in the brain suggests that the receptors also play an important role in memory and movement regulation.
Various studies on the effects of cannabis and the cannabinoids it contains now exist worldwide. Bisogno et al. 2001 found out that cannabis stimulates the vanilloid receptor type 1. This speaks for an analgesic effect.
In 2000, Malfait et al. found out that the active ingredient of marijuana regulates an increased release of neurotransmitters (noradrenaline, adrenaline). Furthermore, inflammation parameters were reduced. Li et al. 2013 also report an anti-inflammatory effect and attribute cell-protective properties to the cannabinoid from marijuana.
The range of effects of hemp drops is enormous. CBD has a relaxing and anxiety-relieving effect on stress, sleep disorders, anxiety disorders and burn-out. Furthermore, hemp products are effective against epilepsy, schizophrenic psychoses, inflammations, nausea, vomiting, migraine, neuropathy, substance addiction and as an appetite suppressant. The hemp drops can also be used effectively against acne.
Take 2-3 drops once or twice a day. Simply drop into water, tea or fruit juice and drink. With the water-soluble drops, it is not necessary to drop them under the tongue – as is usual with conventional, fat-soluble hemp oil – because they are much more effective and can be absorbed by the organism without any problems.
Depending on the need, one can adjust the amount and frequency of application. For external use, the drops can also be applied to affected skin areas.
Full Spectrum CBD contains a complete profile of cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant: CBG, CBDA, CBC, CBGA, etc.
All cannabinoids in Full Spectrum CBD have an influence on each other, resulting in the entourage effect. Due to this effect, all components have a significantly stronger effect together.
In addition to the various cannabinoids, cannabis also contains other substances such as terpenes, vitamins, chlorophyll and flavonoids. These different substances also have particularly positive properties, each in their own right, and are only found in Full Spectrum CBD.
CBD and the World Health Organisation (WHO)
According to previous study results, cannabidiol is very well tolerated. Side effects usually do not occur. This was also the conclusion of a meeting of the Expert Committee on Drug Dependence of the WHO in November 2017. The WHO experts analysed the studies on CBD known so far and came to the following conclusions. CBD:
- is not psychoactive.
- is well tolerated by humans and animals.
- poses no risk to public health.
- does not provoke psychological or physical dependence.
The WHO also looked at the therapeutic potential of CBD. It sees sufficient evidence that CBD is an effective medicine for epilepsy. According to the WHO, CBD could also play an important role in the treatment of Alzheimer’s, cancer, psychoses or Parkinson’s disease in the future.
If the dosage is too high, fatigue may occur. Furthermore, it should be noted that CBD has a blood pressure-lowering effect and can worsen sleeping disorders in individual cases.
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