Demystifying CBD

Understanding the Science, Legality, Benefits, and Stigmas.

When it comes to cannabis usage, most people jump to the conclusion of THC specific strains that are both illegal, and have some form of psychoactive effects on the users cognition; but since the early 2010’s, not only has there been significant research on the various usages of the cannabis plant, data from various studies have discovered numerous benefits of incorporating specific endocannabinoids, which in this instance, CBD.

First, we are going to discuss what the endocannabinoid system is, how it works.

Second, what CBD is, the legality and stigmas, and what the benefits and values of CBD usage.

The Endogenous Cannabinoid System

The Endogenous Cannabinoid System is a network of connected chemical receptors and molecules that span from the brain, throughout the organs and tissues of the body, glands, down to our immune cells.

The goal of this system is to attain homeostasis, or balance within the body. Due to to the importance of homeostasis within biological organisms, the Endogenous Cannabinoid System is considered one of the most important neuro-biological systems for both health and wellness in the human body.

Our bodies produce an astronomical amount of chemicals in this connected system, each with specific functions that interact with similar cannabinoid receptors found in the cannabis plant, more specifically CB1, which affects the Central Nervous System in the form of Anandamide; and CB2 receptors are found in our Gastrointestinal (GI) Tract, our bodies immune cells, and our Peripheral Nervous Systems.

The receptors in our Endogenous Cannabinoid System are vital in the regulation of numerous important bodily functions such as:

  • Sleep

  • Motor Control

  • Mood Regulation

  • Immune Function

  • Pleasure and Reward System

  • Pain Management

  • Maintaining Core Body Temperature

  • Fertility and Reproductive Health

  • Memory

When there is dysfunction in the system, there will be malfunctions in some, if not all of the aforementioned processes, endocannabinoids are critical for health and well being.

Endocannabinoids in The Body

Endocannabinoids are the software which tells our body’s hardware what to do.

Our body produces these chemicals naturally but we mostly get them through our nutrition. For example, studies have shown a lack in Omega Fatty Acids and Amino Acids lead to poor CB1 and CB2 regulations, knocking the body off balance and making homeostasis impossible.

One of the most important Endocannabinoid is produced by our body, Anandamide, also known as “The Bliss Molecule”.

Anandamide is the neurotransmitter that directly impacts our sleeping and eating patterns, immune system, and how you perceive pain. People with increased levels of Anandamide have been shown to be less anxious, well rested, and physically and mentally sound.

The issue is our bodies also produce enzymes, specifically FAAH, that break down excess Anandamide in the body, this is where CBD comes into the picture.

CBD Explained

CBD is one of the many chemical compounds (cannabinoids) found in the cannabis plant. Due to decades of pragmatic persecution of cannabis usage, most people mistake the entire cannabis plant as THC, or delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, aka Marijuana, Pot, Weed, etc.

Until recently, it wasn’t common knowledge that THC is only one of over 100 active compounds in the cannabis plant, CBD is an entirely different compound with an entirely different mechanism of action as THC.

CBD reduces Anandamide break down by stopping FAAH and boosting communication of cells through the Endogenous Cannabinoid System, providing a flurry of health and wellness benefits. This is how CBD is able to be a natural mood booster without the same psychoactive effects as THC.

Research has also shown that regulated CBD regimes boost the Mind Body connection by stimulating neurogenesis (creation of new brain cells), increasing neural plasticity (connections between brain cells), faster learning and pattern recognition; processes which are vital for adapting to change, cognitive and emotional intelligence, and creativity.

Across the dozens of studies conducted on a variety of patients, there is substantial evidence that derivatives of the cannabis plant, CBD especially, have significance in the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis, Arthritis, Chronic pain, and inflammation from the wears and tears of living an active lifestyle without any adverse side effects.

For example, pain diminishing happens when the compounds in CBD tell the body to stop absorbing compounds that signal pain in the body’s nervous system. It’s not going to make you numb, but you will feel comfortable.

Does CBD Get You High?

The short answer, no, it merely sends the message for the body to use it’s own endocannabinoids more efficiently, there are no psychoactive effects or “Highs” when using CBD.

CBD Legality

According to the 2014 Farm Bill, any form of cannabis with 0.03% THC is classified as “industrial hemp”, thus making CBD derived from such sources legal under federal law. Hemp is a cannabis plant that is harvested commercially for its seeds and stalks.

In the early days of CBD, there have been numerous cases where law enforcement has attempted to persecute both businesses and patrons for distribution and possession of CBD under the notion that it was a refined substance of marijuana, but often the cases were dismissed once the substances were tested for THC percentages and came back under the legal limits.

As of August 2018, CBD oil derived from Industrial Hemp is legal in all fifty states.

Keep in mind there is a difference in CBD blends that are derived from medical marijuana plants, which DO CONTAIN THC, and industrial CBD blends that DO NOT CONTAIN THC.

CBD and Urine Tests

Drug tests used to detect marijuana usage are designed for THC metabolites in urine.

Since CBD produces an entirely different metabolite, theoretically there should be no THC present in the test, but this entirely depends on how painstakingly careful the manufacturer was in the refinement process.

The good news is the industry is becoming more and more refined due to increasing popularity so most companies offer a guarantee that their products contain little (trace amounts lower than 0.03%), to 0.00% THC content, so the probability of a positive test is slim to none.

However, it is important that you check with your employer before you decide to add CBD to your regimen. While our product contains less than the federal legal limits of .03% we cannot guarantee you will pass a drug screen.

If you're concerned with passing an urine test we can order CBD oil that is completely THC free.

Considerations

CBD has many benefits that a majority of people can benefit from, but there exceptions to the rule.

Almost all research on CBD oil and pain comes from adult trials. People who are considering using CBD oil should discuss this with their doctors. Doctors will want to monitor the person for any changes and make adjustments accordingly.

Experts do not recommend CBD oil for use in children, as there is little research on the effects of CBD oil on a child's developing brain. People should consult a doctor if they think a child needs to use CBD oil for seizures.

CBD oil is also not recommended during pregnancy or while breast-feeding, using CBD oil with other medications may make those medications more or less effective.

Final Thoughts

If you feel like CBD treatment is an excellent option for you, consult your doctor and conduct some independent research before consideration.

All in all, the results are extremely promising for this new medicine and the times as we know it are changing. Options we never had are now readily available to us and have continuously shown improvements the more people are open to embracing change instead of fighting it.

Route 250 Health and Performance is proud to announce we now carry two flavors of Hempworx Purifed CBD, natural and peppermint, and topical CBD salve for direct applications. You also have the option of adding CBD to your shakes at the smoothie bar.

You must be 18 years or older to buy and must show ID before purchase.

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