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How the endocannabinoid system (ECS) works: the key to understanding CBD and other cannabinoids

In this ultimate guide: When considering the use of CBD and other hemp derived cannabinoids, healthcare providers and wellness practitioners are looking to gain understanding of the various cannabinoids and how they interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). For example, practitioners are asking, what is the difference between hemp derived cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD) and cannabis (marijuana) derived cannabinoids such as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)? What is the endocannabinoid system (ECS)?

The Neuroprotective & Anti-seizure Properties of Phytocannabinoids

Key Takeaways Cannabinoids from plants such as cannabis (phytocannabinoids) are known to have anticonvulsant and neuroprotective properties.  A Stanford University study showed endocannabinoid action in the ECS as it unfolded in real time.   Phytocannabinoids such as CBD, CBDV, CBG, and delta-9-THCV exhibit anticonvulsant properties   A 2019 review study revealed evidence supporting the use of CBD…

Can CBD Treat Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms? 

Key Takeaways Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive neurological disorder that results in a disruption in the ability of neurotransmitters to properly signal body movement.  Pharmacological treatment of PD often causes severe side effects, such as Levodopa-induced dyskinesia (LID).    Cannabinoids, like cannabidiol (CBD), have shown promise in the treatment of PD symptoms including tremor and…

Cannabidiol (CBD) for Osteoarthritis Symptoms

Key Takeaways Osteoarthritis is a common disease involving joint pain, inflammation, and other symptoms.  Preliminary studies show CBD has a strong potential for treating symptoms of osteoarthritis.  A significant number of people with arthritis use CBD for symptom relief (such as pain, morning stiffness, anxiety, and sleep problems).  The Arthritis Foundation released a report on…

How Cannabinoids Help Treat Cancer

Key Takeaways Chemical substances that target the endocannabinoid system (ECS) are being investigated for anticancer and palliative properties.   The ECS, a molecular system involved in the body’s health and disease states, exerts natural anticancer mechanisms.  A growing body of study data suggests cannabinoids exert anticancer effects at multiple levels of tumor progression.  Studies have found…

Cannabidiol (CBD) and Athletic Recovery

Key Takeaways Athletes must strike a balance between training and recovery to prevent maladaptation to stressors from strenuous workouts. Athletic recovery causes inflammation in the tissues and muscles. The World Anti-Doping Agency has taken cannabidiol (CBD) off its list of prohibited substances for athletes. Cannabidiol (CBD) may promote improvement in coordination and muscle strength, while…

How Cannabidiol (CBD) Effects Sleep

Key Takeaways Insomnia is a common condition in the U.S.  There is a growing body of research supporting cannabidiol (CBD) as an effective treatment for insomnia. The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is instrumental in regulating the body’s sleep-wake cycle. CBD interacts cannabinoid receptors to simulate wakefulness or drowsiness, depending on the dosage of the CBD. Several…

The Effects of Cannabidiol (CBD) on Anxiety & Mood

Key Takeaways Cannabidiol (CBD) is the most prevalent active ingredient derived from the hemp plant; it is used for health and wellness, including the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders. There is a growing body of evidence to back the claims that CBD is effective in alleviating anxiety and depression. Several small clinical studies show…

Cannabidiol (CBD) Benefits

Key Takeaways Cannabidiol (CBD) is touted to have many benefits including alleviating symptoms from chronic pain, inflammation, anxiety, mood and neurologic disorders, improvement in athletic performance and more.  CBD is thought to have neuroprotective properties, a cannabidiol medication called Epidiolex is FDA approved for its safety and efficacy in treating certain types of seizures.  CBD…

What Is Cannabinol (CBN) and How Does it Compare to CBD?

Key Takeaways Cannabinol (CBN) is one of over 100 cannabinoids found in the Cannabis sativa L. plant  CBN is like CBD in many ways, but it originates from Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) so it’s more like THC in molecular structure. CBN activates CB1 and CB2 receptors in the endocannabinoid system. Preliminary studies showing that CBN may provide…

Is Cannabidiol (CBD) Safe? 

Key Takeaways There is a growing body of human research studies regarding the safety of cannabidiol (CBD).  The World Health Organization reports that CBD does not have any dependence potential, nor is it known to cause health-related problems when used moderately.  CBD has mild side effects, especially when compared to prescription medications. Contraindications of CBD…

What Cannabidiol (CBD) Can Do for Athletes

Key Takeaways There are numerous potential benefits that cannabidiol (CBD) can provide for athletes. The World Anti-Doping Agency has removed CBD from its list of prohibited substances for athletes. Preliminary studies show health benefits from CBD that could be advantageous for athletes.  While there is a need for more, controlled studies to clarify CBD’s benefits…

Navigating the Legality of CBD

Key Takeaways The 2018 Farm Bill allowed for the growth of Industrial Hemp and the legalization of hemp-derived CBD. Hemp’s legality is independent from medical marijuana or cannabis. Although the federal government legalized the cultivation of CBD from the hemp plant, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has not issued regulations recognizing CBD as a…

The Effectiveness of Cannabidiol (CBD) On Inflammation

Key Takeaways Inflammation involves a process which includes activating immune cells, cytokines, and other substances. The endocannabinoid system (ECS) plays a crucial role in modulating the immune system and naturally keeping inflammation in check. Cannabidiol (CBD) has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Oxidative stress can cause many negative connotations in the body;…

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