But of course, in the modern west it acquired a stigma because of other effects: intoxication, loss of motor co-ordination, and in some users increased anxiety and paranoia.
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a different cannabinoid, and one thing that research has definitively proven is that it will NOT get you stoned. If you do find yourself feeling wiggy from a CBD product then it probably contains some THC. To avoid that, don’t purchase products labeled “full spectrum,” since that means that they contain the full range of cannabinoids—including THC.
Cannabis, CBD, and Your Body
To amplify this, many topical CBD products come blended with over-the-counter painkillers such as menthol and herbal remedies. A good CBD bath bomb in a tub of hot water can do wonders after a workout.
Although medical cannabis has only been a thing in the United States since the 1990s, the herb has a long history in places like India and the Middle East as a remedy for nausea, anxiety, insomnia, and various other ailments.
Scientists are still finding answers to that question, and likely the most exciting discoveries about CBD’s potential health benefits are still in the future. But since research on CBD started in earnest back in the 1970s, we’ve learned a lot about CBD oil as well as its source: cannabis.
The biphasic roles of ECS receptors operate 24/7.
Homeostasis: Much like bitter receptor sites (mentioned in a previous post), when administered a cascade effect occurs on the cellular level. The endocrine system is responsible for maintaining homeostasis throughout the body. It is the dream, the ideal of human health, to have balance in the body. Inflammation isn’t always the enemy. In acute stages, inflammation tells us when we need to rest and let the body heal. Chronic inflammation can lead to many diseases, including auto-immune. Cannabinoids literally cool down the body, helping to restore homeostasis. When in balance, the endocannabinoid system is auto-protective and maintains a healthy endocannabinoid tone (Dr. Maurizio Bifulco).
Ethan Russo, a neurologist suggests that “clinical endocannabinoid deficiency” results in issues ranging from depression, IBS, migraines, and many other conditions. A study at the University of British Columbia analyzed serum endocannabinoid content in depressed women and found that it was lower when the depression had persisted.
The Tao of Health
Endocannabinoids are one of the only neurotransmitters involved in retrograde signaling. This type of signaling has a number of responsibilities, including balancing other neurotransmitters if they are firing too fast.
CB-2 receptors are found throughout the peripheral nervous system and immune system. They are also located in the “gut, spleen, liver, heart, kidneys, bones, blood vessels, lymph cells, endocrine glands, and reproductive organs.”
CB-1 is the central nervous system receptor, affecting brain health.
CBD Oil is tested to contain 0.3% THC or lower. Anything above this is considered illegal. It is not enough to make a person fail a drug test.