For years the use of prescription drugs have been have been deemed an essential way to help alleviate the suffering from pain or the inability to sleep. Lately, however, there has been an ever growing movement for people to reduce, or even eliminate, their dependency on opiate-derived drugs as a natural alternative has been bubbling to the surface.
This alternative is called CBD and is derived from the hemp plant.
When I was younger, if I ever had pain or a headache I would reach for the Advil and in some cases take up to 1000mg’s to “help” reduce my ailment. New scientific research has found that drugs like Advil, Tylenol, or any type of acetaminophen really, has some profoundly negative effects on our gut bacteria.
These NSAIDs (Non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs) have been shown to:
- Increase gut permeability leading to “leaky” gut syndrome.
- Kill good bacteria, allowing bad bacteria to flourish.
- Create gastric ulcers.
- Cause intestinal bleeding.
It doesn’t take a medical degree to come to the conclusion that none of those issues sound like a very good time. But, for quite a while now through the legalization of medical marijuana, people have had an alternative to prescription pain medication with profoundly great results. Unfortunately, medical marijuana isn’t available for most of the U.S. population. So what options do you have for natural pain relief if you don’t qualify for medical marijuana?
The Body’s Natural Pain Killer System
CBD is short for cannabidiol, which comes from both the cannabis and the hemp plant. You might be surprised to learn that there have actually been over 100 different forms of CBD found in cannabis. CBD is the healing component of the plant, it does not contain any of the psychoactive substance known as THC, which is responsible for getting you high when you smoke marijuana. CBD is catching on these days as a fantastic alternative to NSAIDs and RX/OTC sleep medication. What people don’t commonly know yet is that CBD works so well for us because we have receptors all over the body that respond to certain cannabinoids and terpenes found within the various strains of CBD. This special system inside of us is called our endocannabinoid system.
Allow me to illustrate what our endocannabinoid system does for us, and how extremely important it is for us on a daily basis.
Imagine you go on vacation in Hawaii and decide to sign up for the deep sea shark cage experience. You listen to the guides talk all about how dangerous what you are about to do is, but you’re not worried because thousands of people have done it before you and no one got hurt. Little do you know, today is going to be a little bit different.
While down in the cage one of the sharks gets disturbed by a shiny new necklace you have on and suddenly, this shark thinks you’re his lunch. As the shark attacks the cage your heart rate escalates, adrenaline gets flowing, and you’re thrust into an extremely state of panic. Luckily, your guides trained for this, and within moments they pull you and the cage back up into the boat safely, and all in one piece. Once the threat disappears, your endocannabinoid system (ECS) now has the job of calming down the body’s organs and internal systems. It does this by releasing certain hormones that attach to very specific receptor sites in the body. Before you know it, you’re on your way back to shore already and talking about what a great story you are going to have for your friends and family.
However, when we are in a constant state of stress as many of us are, these specialized hormones and our endocannabinoid system become deficient in the substances it needs to help calm us back down. As such, we begin to live in a constant state of over-excitement (stress), which predisposes our body to a number of highly prevalent pathophysiological problems such as anxiety, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, and adrenal fatigue.
Your ECS helps regulate your mood, your hunger, your hormones; even bone growth and fertility. If you ask me, those are some pretty important things when it comes to health and quality of life.
Our ECS will get disrupted not only from stressful daily habits, but also from what we consume in our food and surrounding environment. Pesticides have been shown to wreak havoc on our ECS, which is just another really great reason to eat organic. Phthalates, which are in many self care products and plastics also disrupt our ECS, and have been shown to contribute to mutant cell growth and proliferation, altered genital development in boys (read the Plant Paradox by Dr. Gundry), obesity, and endocrine system issues. Alcohol will also impair the ECS by decreasing the density of cannabinoid receptors. While you can support the ECS with foods like grass fed meats, healthy omega 3 fats, black pepper, cinnamon, lemon balm, and oregano, you can also directly support it with high quality organically grown, broad spectrum CBD oil.
Types of CBD
Our primary focus is going to be on the CB1, and CB2 receptors as these are the receptors we are most looking to stimulate. CBG has massive benefits, and is often called the stem cell of the cannabis plant - it’s what CBD and THC are formed from. Because there are very few strains of cannabis plant that CBG can be extracted from, it is not as readily processed and available as full spectrum CBD, but is still worth noting and understanding.
Now to the fascinating part. Supplementing with CBD oil has been show to help decrease anxiety, regulate endocrine hormones, relieve musculoskeletal pain, increase serotonin - your happiness hormone, all while helping you sleep like a baby. Surprisingly it does this not by adding to the system, but by allowing the body’s main endocannabinoid anandamide to stay at its receptor sites longer, thereby increasing its effects on the body. It does this by inhibiting the production of an enzyme called FAAH which break anandamide down.
When choosing a CBD oil it is extremely important to use one that is full spectrum because you are also getting essential oils from the plant, and terpenes, along with the CBD. If you’re not sure whether your brand is full spectrum or not, one of the ways to tell is that terpenes give the cannabis plant its smell and flavor. If your CBD oil is bland and lacks the smell of cannabis then you almost certainly do not have full spectrum. Most brands will clearly and prominently display if they are full spectrum to eliminate the guess work.
Studies so far have shown that the terpenes found in CBD have the following properties:
- They have antioxidant like effects
- They are antibacterial
- Anti-proliferative (suppresses mutant
- cell growth)
- They are antiseptic
- Bronchodilator (helps open airways)
- May also help combat short-term memory impairment
This growing list of benefits is already amazing when you see everything you can get from a single dropper of CBD!
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