Cannabis plants are used as medicine for centuries. Cannabidiol (CBD) is part of a group of compounds found in cannabis plants called cannabinoids. Researchers all around the globe are testing the therapeutic properties of CBD. The results seem to be very promising, so far.
The two most studied components of cannabis are CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The high effect associated with cannabis comes from the second compound – THC.
Both CBD and THC can provide many benefits to users. But CBD doesn’t make a person feel “stoned”, unlike THC. These compounds interact with different receptors in the body and brain, which is the reason for the discrepancy of the way they act.
The psychoactive effects of THC could even be lessened by CBD. Of course, it all depends on the dosage of both. Cannabidiol is a potent, non-intoxicating remedy. Plus, it is easy to take as a CBD oil that comes in different forms such as tinctures, capsules, edibles, etc. It is a great treatment option, especially for people who are wary about trying cannabis.
People are becoming more alert about the side effects of the pharmaceuticals. This is the reason why natural alternatives are so popular these days. CBD is a great example of an alternative treatment option. It can provide relief for anxiety, chronic pain, inflammation, depression, different skin conditions, insomnia, etc.
Many studies (some of them sponsored by the U.S. government) found CBD has great potential as a treatment for a wide spectrum of health conditions including:
- Multiple sclerosis
- Cardiovascular diseases
- Chronic pain
Researchers discovered CBD neuroprotective and anti-cancer properties are legitimate. It also might boost the effects of THC and make it more potent as an anticancer substance. There are studies showing CBD might even stimulate the growth of new brain cells.
How does it work?
CBD interacts with our bodies mainly through imitating the effects of the endocannabinoids – compounds found in our bodies, very similar to the compounds found in cannabis plants. They are part of the endocannabinoid system. This system was discovered in 1992 and since then it has had many implications in almost every part of medical science.
The endocannabinoid system is a network of endocannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors that exist throughout the body. The cannabinoid receptors allow our bodies to regulate conditions such as body temperature, blood sugar level, water content, and more by monitoring what is happening in our bodies. This helps us remain within certain parameters which leads to us not getting sick.
Endocannabinoids are created by our bodies in response to some occurring change. These molecules bind directly with the cannabinoid receptors. Once they served their purpose, our bodies get rid of them.
There are two primary cannabinoid receptors – CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are concentrated in the central nervous system and the brain. The CB2 receptors, on the other hand, can be found in the immune system, organs, and tissues.
This explains why CBD has so much potential.
Regulating physiological processes of great importance for maintaining our everyday functioning, is one of the major roles of the endocannabinoid system. If it doesn’t function properly, disease will occur. According to a recent study, in almost all pathological conditions, the endocannabinoid system is dysregulated. CBD is modulating the endocannabinoid system. That leads to slowing and even stopping disease progression.
All life forms have an endocannabinoid system, including animals. Even your beloved pet can benefit from CBD.
CBD as a medicine
Epidiolex (a pharmaceutical CBD formulation) was approved in June 2018 by the FDA as a treatment for Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome – seizure disorders occurring in children. This was the moment cannabidiol was recognized as real medicine.
Then, in September 2018, the DEA removed Epidiolex from Schedule I classification and added it to Schedule V classification. In other words, this medicine is considered to be one of the least dangerous drugs listed in the Controlled Substances Act.
According to the US government, only the pharmaceutical CBD is safe to use. But the truth is that Epidiolex is very expensive, and the majority of people can’t afford it.
2018 Farm Bill
The cultivation of industrial hemp in the US was legalized by the 2018 Farm Bill. Industrial hemp is defined as cannabis with less than 0.3% THC. Also, various hemp derivatives (including CBD) were removed from the Controlled Substance Act. This unleashed a surge of consumer interest from people who suffer from different health conditions, athletes, and people who are just stressed.
Many evidence point to the fact that CBD works best in combination with the Full Spectrum of other cannabinoids (including THC, CBC, CBN, and CBG). This is known as the Entourage Effect.
Cannabinoids within the cannabis plant possess synergy and affect the body in a way similar to the endocannabinoid system owned by the body. This effect leads to affecting multiple targets within the body, minimizing adverse side effects, and improving the absorption of active ingredients.
Even though all of our Full Spectrum products contain THC (it is at the legal level below 0.3%), there are those that are concerned about drug testing or Psychoactive effects of THC Broad Spectrum oils that have had the THC removed but still contain percentages of the minor cannabinoids.
This Entourage effect, combined with personal and observed experience, is why Rilif only offers Full & Broad spectrum Hemp oils in our products.
There is no doubt cannabis could be a potent treatment for a variety of conditions. Given the fact it has a low-risk profile, there are many examples of people using Cannabinoids in addition to their existing health routines.
Health professionals are usually not familiar with CBD or cannabis. They seriously lack adequate expertise to advise patients about the dosage, how to administer it, any interactions with other drugs and risk factors.
Add to all of this the fact that there are many CBD isolate products on the market, that are expensive and under-dosed, and you will understand why many users are unhappy with their CBD experience. But once they tried a full spectrum product, they have had a major shift in their opinion.
CBD oil is a hot topic these days and it seems like everyone wants a piece of this multi-billion dollar market. Cannabidiol was the catalyst of the hemp industry rebirth. Growing hemp is a big business opportunity now in the USA. There are of course some limiting circumstances regarding the process of extracting CBD-rich oil from hemp and CBD marketing.
There are plenty of under-regulated hemp-derived CBD products, mislabeled as to cannabidiol and THC content. Cases of poorly processed CBD oil that might be tainted with pesticides or other chemicals are not rare.
Fortunately, good quality CBD oil products are also available for the conscientious consumer – the label reader, the brand researcher. Here at RILIF we only use the USA grown, processed and packaged Hemp oil products. Every package has a QR code to third-party lab results for what’s inside. Every product is tested by the owner and staff as well. We won’t sell you anything we won’t use ourselves. And all are made and packaged in accordance with Good Manufacturing Practices.