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Common CBD Health Benefits

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With CBD having a huge spectrum of potential therapeutic benefits for both pets and people, it only makes sense to understand how cannabidiol (CBD) as a supplement has gained worldwide momentum with exciting new therapies, and a vast supply of consumer products that are derived from cannabis and its components, including cannabidiol or CBD.

CBD has become so popular that even the FDA recognizes the potential opportunities that cannabis derived compounds offer. CBD is a nonspychotropic phytocannabinoid, and offers both therapeutic and medicinal purposes for humans and pets.

Head to any sports or health store, and you’ll find sport drink powders with added CBD. Edibles in the form of CBD gummies also boast a best-selling go-to means as a fast and simple edible.

With that said, does CDB pack a powerful enough punch to ease those dreaded migraines, or possibly even help with acne, anxiousness or insomnia? Additionally, if you’re deciding to give CBD a go, we’re going to answer some basic questions, and get into more detail on the best approach for specific health goals!

New CBD Hemp DEA Updates

According to Fido Friendly, “On August 20, 2020, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) issued an Interim Final Rule on their proposed regulatory purview of cannabis and hemp. Their proposed rules were intended to align the agency’s policies with the 2018 Farm Bill, which legalized the domestic production and commerce of hemp and its derivatives. However, many hemp industry leaders believe that some of the proposed rules overstep the bounds of the DEA and could potentially have a negative impact on the hemp and CBD industry,” via Claudia Bensimoun. The Hemp and Hemp-Derived CBD Consumer Protection and Market Stabilization Act of 2020, which was just introduced to Congress, proposes to explicitly make CBD and other hemp-derived compounds lawful for use in dietary supplements under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. This bill would also require CBD products and hemp extract product manufacturers to comply with the entire existing comprehensive regulatory framework for dietary supplements. 

“The DEA’s interim rule is now proceeding through a public comment period, and hopefully with enough feedback, the agency will adjust its proposed definition of cannabis to allow hemp products to temporarily exceed the THC limit at certain points during the manufacturing process. If not, CBD manufacturers producing products for the pet industry could be facing enormous setbacks that may ultimately limit the amount of pet CBD available on the market.”

What is CBD?

CBD oil is one of the 104 chemical compounds from cannabinoids found in cannabis. With no “high effect” that comes from regular marijuana, CBD has been found to be beneficial for numerous health conditions and ailments. It also has no dependency potential. According to a recent report from the World Health Organization, CBD is safe.

 “Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the naturally occurring cannabinoids found in cannabis plants. It is a 21-carbon terpenophenolic compound which is formed following decarboxylation from a cannabidiolic acid precursor, although it can also be produced synthetically,” via WHO.

Cannabidiol is derived from both the hemp and cannabis plant, and does not have psychoactive properties if it has no delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the compound that results in the “high” effect, and it can be ingested via cannabis infused edibles as a psychoactive snack or inhaled.

CBD Oil

If you don’t mind the taste of hemp seed oil, then tinctures are for you. The distinctive and herbal taste of hemp is available via CBD tinctures that can be pleasantly flavored.

As a consumer, you have the option of buying either the flavored or unflavored CBD oil tinctures. With tinctures, you place a few drops underneath your tongue, and you’re done! Simple and easy! They’re compact to carry, and less means more, since they are more potent!

That said, check the dosage since these vary between CBD brands. CBD products are available via tinctures, cookies, transdermal patches, creams, shampoos, capsules, and more. As for CBD pet products which are booming in popularity, CBD dog treats remain a fast favorite with tinctures and capsules following close behind. As usual, consult with your veterinarian as to which CBD pet products are best after a complete diagnosis is made. Keep in mind that CBD for pets works wonders, and is known to be beneficial

for storm phobia, separation anxiety, canine depression, chronic and acute pain, and an array of health issues. It’s also effective as a daily supplement for optimal pet health.

The key here, as with people, is to get the right potency and dosage for a particular condition.  CBD has a wide range of potential therapeutic benefits by offering significant effects on how our body maintains homeostasis in the face daily stressors.

Think about how CBD works at the molecular level to help with symptom relief, as well as help our bodies heal naturally!

Today, we know that cannabidiol (CBD) is a supplement that supports natural healing in dogs and people. It’s an awesome alternative to long term pharmaceuticals that may have adverse side effects.

There is no doubt that you have to get a general understanding as to what the differing THC concentrations within CBD products are, and what you should look out for regarding lab test results, understanding label claims, deciphering clever marketing strategies, to finally purchasing a reputable and transparent CBD product.  But keep this in mind! There is no impairment with less than 0.3% THC.

The over 400 active compounds found in cannabidiol like terpenoids, cannabinoids, flavonoids are beneficial in helping with chronic debilitating conditions, mind disorders, pain, insomnia and more.

The Endocannabinoid System

We keep hearing about the endocannabinoid system, and how CBD works together with the ECS. Otherwise referred to as the ECS, the endocannabinoid has specialized receptors that pick up cannabinoids, as well as their synthetic varieties. The receptors are called CB1 and CB2, can be found throughout the body. (pets and people alike)

These are most abundant in the following areas: glands, connective tissue, central nervous system, numerous organs like the GI tract, cardiovascular system, pancreas, bones, and so forth. With that said, our endocannabinoid system (anandamide and 2-AG) works together with both receptors, yet the 2-AG one only interacts with CBD receptors. Here’s a brief take on the ECS.

CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system which controls endocrine processes. When it activates the receptors in the brain and body, cannabidiol also influences the endocrine system. This system consists of a group of tissues that release hormones into the bloodstream, which in turn travel to other parts of the body in pets and people.

Some hormones will only act on a single tissue, while other hormones affect the whole body.  For example: When cannabidiol is used in people with reduced appetite, it triggers a “jump start” on the endocannabinoid system, and stimulates appetite.

Cannabidiol acts on the endocannabinoid receptors and affects the receptors by regulating neural transmissions. CBD oil for both people and pets is helpful in the treatment of numerous conditions without taking on the intoxicating effect of marijuana.

Hemp CBD yields phyto-cannabinoids, terpenes and fatty acids which support a huge range of ailments like phobias, anxiousness joint pain, inflammation, digestive issues, mobility, seizures and anxiety.

Today, there are numerous studies that indicate that CBD has the potential for an array of therapeutic benefits. It can also be combined with regular medications, but before doing so it’s best to consult with your doctor to make sure that there are no adverse effects. That said, keep in mind that CBD lowers blood pressure.

The Entourage Effect

This is the synergistic interaction of all hemp compounds like cannabinoids, flavonoids, fatty acids and terpenes. When all of these compounds work together, they offer more health benefits to both people and pets.

Research

Studies demonstrate the benefits of all the compounds from the entire hemp plant, with a Co2 extraction method that results with the cannabidiol product retaining as much of the plant for maximum health benefits.

The World Health Organization (WHO) adds that “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD” via Harvard Health Blog.  They add that “CBD may also interact with the endocannabinoid system through indirect mechanisms such as enhanced action of the endogenous cannabinoid ligand anandamide. This results from blockade of anandamide reuptake and the inhibition of its enzymatic degradation.” CBD also may reduce the effects of THC. It’s believed that it may be a weak CB1 antagonist.

 It has also been shown to modulate several non-endocannabinoid signaling systems. According to research some of these mechanisms include the following:

. Inhibition of adenosine uptake

. Enhanced activity of the 5-HT 1 a receptor

. Enhanced activity at the glycine receptor subtypes

. Blockade of the orphan-G protein- coupled receptor GPR55

CBD Health Benefits

Whether you’re targeting optimal daily health or a speedy recovery post-surgery, cannabidiol or CBD oil has no side-effects, and may be the perfect answer to an array of health issues. What’s known so far from research is that CBD is beneficial for the following conditions and more!

. Anxiety

. Depression

. Inflammation

. Muscle tension

. Strains and sports injuries

. Severe or chronic pain

. Insomnia

. May provide relief from cancer side effects including chemotherapy and radiation

. Promotes skin health by preventing sebaceous gland cells from secreting too much sebum

. May provide benefits to patients with neurological disorders

. May help prevent cognitive decline

. Beneficial for pets

. May be beneficial for cardiac health

. May have antipsychotic effects on schizophrenic patients and patients with other mental disorders

. CBD may be beneficial in preventing tumor growth in patients with breast, colon, lung, prostate and brain cancer

. It aids in diabetes prevention by reducing diabetes up to 56% and reducing associated inflammation in diabetic patients.

. May be beneficial in promoting optimal immune health in pets and people

. Digestive health

. Headache issues

CBD for Headaches

There’s nothing worse than a bad headache or migraine. These could be caused from hunger, stress, hormone imbalances, allergies, pollution, higher temperatures, caffeine withdrawal, tension, and so forth.

With that said, anyone suffering from migraines knows how hard it is to concentrate with so much head pain. This may result in loss of productivity, mental health problems, reduced physical activity, all of which will depend on the type of headache severity.

The good news is that cannabidiol has been shown to be beneficial for headaches. Here’s the deal:

A recent 2019 research paper  from the University of Warwick with 460,195 participants from 14 studies, adds that patients with persistent back pain or headaches are twice as likely to suffer from both disorders. The study says that “they found an association between having persistent low back pain and having persistent (chronic) headaches, with patients experiencing one typically being twice as likely to experience the other compared to people without either headaches or back pain. The association is also stronger for people affected by migraine,” via Science Daily.

Clinical Studies on Cannabis Use for Headache

A 2017 study about cannabis and headaches adds that there’s not enough clinical studies on cannabis use for headaches. That said, there were anecdotal and preliminary results from this study that demonstrated some of the benefits. The study explains that each year 47% of the population will experience a headache categorized as the following:

. Migraine -10%

. Tension-type headache – 38%

. Chronic daily headache- 3%

CBD for Skin Issues

CBD as a natural supplement can benefit skin health  and may be key to avoiding skin conditions that are inflamed and painful. Research demonstrates that cannabidiol is also good for acne, anti-aging, and to combat wrinkling. CBD helps to enrich and moisturize the skin, and also has the following benefits:

. CBD has anti-inflammatory properties to help reduce inflammation stemming from acne and skin infections.

. Cannabidiol oil has fatty acids, vitamins and minerals that are key to optimizing skin health in people of all ages.

. CBD has anti-bacterial properties to help destroy bacteria and promote healthy skin.

CBD’s Efficacy at Lower Doses

It’s been shown via research that CBD is more effective at lower doses than vitamin C and E as a neuroprotective antioxidant. This interesting study explains that “At lower doses, it has physiological effects that promote and maintain health, including antioxidative, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotection effects. For instance, CBD is more effective than vitamin C and E as a neuroprotective antioxidant and can ameliorate skin conditions such as acne.”

CBD for Optimal Immune Health

We all want to feel energized and healthy 24/7. The good news is that CBD boosts immune health and reduces inflammation. It’s also important to keep in mind that THC is available in tinctures, oils, capsules, transdermal patches, and more.As an ingestible edible, THC is converted to 11-hydroxy –THC by the liver.  

When choosing a CBD supplement for optimal health, consult with your doctor to make sure that the product you choose has a minimal amount of THC or a level that is beneficial for a certain health condition. For maximum efficacy, the CBD product that you opt for needs to be administered correctly, with dosage and potency approved by a doctor.

CBD as a Superfood?

Today, we’re all acknowledging cannabidiol as the new superfood that’s probably more powerful than the average superfood. Full spectrum CBD oil offers tremendous health benefits when combined with a healthy lifestyle, and regular medical care.

By 2018, the FDA explained that cannabidiol could not be marketed as a supplement without FDA approval. With that said, by 2019, the FDA had changed its position by including CBD as a non-pharmaceutical legal supplement if sold without “over-the-line” health claims. This was done to ensure that patients did not forego medical treatment for CBD.

CBD has Omega-3 fatty acids that combats inflammation. A recent 2017 study demonstrates that the researchers “found an enzymatic pathway that converts omega-3-derived endocannabinoids into more potent anti-inflammatory molecules that predominantly bind to the receptors found in the immune system.” This finding demonstrates how omega-3 fatty acids can produce some of the same medicinal qualities as marijuana, but without a psychotropic effect,” via Science Daily.

Final Thoughts

As usual, it’s important to look out for lab results and check out the permissible levels of heavy metals, pesticides, molds, bacteria, and so forth in every cannabidiol product. This applies to pet CBD products as well. It’s also key to check out the main takeaways of your product before purchasing.

This means examining labelling, ingredients, manufacturing dates, CBD levels with efficacy and differing potencies. Do your homework before purchasing, and opt for CBD products that come from reputable and transparent CBD companies in the US or Canada. As with all medical conditions, consult with your doctor to get a complete diagnosis and discuss CBD options.

Woofs & Wags!

C.B

Text copyright © 2020 Claudia Bensimoun

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