CBD is a molecule taking the nation by storm. Even in states where cannabis is not officially legal, CBD is sold freely in smoke shops and even in convenience stores. It’s only natural to be curious about this popular molecule that is quickly becoming a familiar label on local products. But just what is CBD and does it really do everything people say it does? Let’s dive into a quick and helpful CBD FAQ.
1. What is CBD?
CBD stands for Cannabidiol. It is a natural plant compound and cannabinoid found in the cannabis sativa plant. CBD is responsible for many of the physical effects of the cannabis plant, but provides no psychedelic elements like its sister-molecule, THC. CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system’s (ECS) CB1 receptors, reducing inflammation, reducing pain signals sent by the nervous system, and can provide a minor uplifting mood effect.
CBD has been federally legal as a hemp byproduct since the 2018 Farm Bill was passed. You can find CBD in full-spectrum (natural oil from the hemp plant with all the entourage terpenes and trace TCH), broad-spectrum (THC-removed oil, also missing a few terpenes), and CBD isolate, where the CBD has been fully extracted from the hemp oil.
2. Does CBD Lower Blood Pressure?
According to two different 2017 studies, CBD does lower blood pressure. One study found that a single dose of CBD could reduce blood pressure in healthy males both at rest and under stress. The other study found that CBD could reduce stress-induced blood pressure and heart rate.
While further studies would be needed to satisfy the FDA, CBD is considered to reduce blood pressure and the stress-reducing factors can provide a positive reduction of blood pressure over a longer period of use.
3. Can CBD Help You Quit Smoking?
Both smoking and vaping CBD has been found to help people reduce and quit cigarette smoking.
CBD can help redirect your focus while quitting cigarettes as well as provide a possible uplifted mood. In addition, pain reduction effects can help reduce the negative sensation of cigarette withdrawal during the quitting process. CBD can help to ease anxiety and improve sleep as well as act as a mood lifter, which can significantly aid in quitting cigarettes as well as side-step some of the most negative experiences of quitting.
4. Are CBD Edibles Helpful for Pain?
62% of people using CBD medically are treating a major pain condition like arthritis or joint damage. Several of CBD’s inherent effects with the Endocannabinoid system can help to reduce pain. The most well-known effect, inflammation reduction, can reduce internal and external swelling which generates pain, tenderness, and discomfort. CBD can also reduce anxiety, may help manage psychosis (antipsychotic), as well as help settle stomach discomfort (antiemetic) by reducing pain caused by reflective body tension. However, CB1 receptors are mainly found in the central nervous system. This makes it possible for CBD to reduce the pain signals sent to the brain. While the pain doesn’t go away, it’s less intruding. CBD can be used orally or topically, depending on the type of pain you are trying to treat.
5. Does CBD Affect Muscle Growth?
Interestingly, yes. But not in the ways you might think. Like pain relief, there are several ways that CBD can help bodybuilders and athletes build muscle. First, CBD reduces and controls inflammation – which can help significantly reduce and prevent post-workout soreness and promote muscle recovery. Even better, CBD and the ECS can work together to suppress cortisol production. You need low cortisol to build muscles, so CBD helps your body’s natural stress hormone remain low enough to help build muscle.
Finally, CBD promotes muscle relaxation. Combined with low cortisol and inflammation reduction, your muscles will recover faster, building stronger tissue and requiring less rest between heavy workout sessions.
To find out more about CBD and the many ways CBD may improve your life, contact us or find us at Thrive Nevada.