Until just a few years ago, CBD was very much a fringe product. Nowadays, however, it’s firmly part of the mainstream and you can find it everywhere from high street health food shops to your local farmer’s market. Though its reputation was initially a bit shaky due to its association with THC and cannabis in general, it is now accepted as just another remedy that can be used to treat ailments including anxiety and depression, chronic pain, epilepsy and insomnia.
However, there is still a huge amount of fascinating information about CBD that many people don’t know. Here are X facts you never knew about CBD.
CBD Does You Good Even if You’re Healthy
Many people start trying CBD products when they are facing health problems, but CBD can be taken even when you’re already feeling great. CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system (ECS), a biological system that helps to regulate various functions within the human body, including appetite, mood, memory, sleep and fertility. The ECS keeps our body in something called homeostasis, which is when everything is ‘just right’ (and why homeostasis is also known as the ‘Goldilocks zone’. If something is wrong, for example we’re too hot, cold, tired or our hormone levels are imbalanced, the ECS system kicks in to return us to homeostasis.
CBD stimulates and supports the ECS and helps it to keep functioning properly, which in turn enables your body to keep functioning properly. CBD also contains all 20 amino acids, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, Vitamin B6 and B12, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and iron, all of which contribute to overall good health and wellbeing.
CBD Can be Given to Your Pets
CBD oil isn’t just suitable for human consumption, but can be given to your pets as well. All mammals have an endocannabinoid system and can benefit from the health-giving properties of CBD. Though there hasn’t been a huge amount of research done on CBD animals, various studies have found that CBD can help with pain and inflammation in dogs. Other conditions it is believed that CBD can treat in pets include anxiety, seizures, gastrointestinal issues and cancer.
The best way to administer CBD to your pet is through CBD oil specially formulated for pets. Oil contains more cannabinol than other methods, such as CBD-infused dog treats, and can be directly absorbed into the body through the tissues of the mouth, rather than going through the intestine. The oil can be put directly into their mouth using a dropper, squirted onto a treat or put on a paw for them to lick off.
CBD Can Help Other Medications
CBD is not just a substance with a wide variety of medical applications, it can also enhance the activity of other medicines, improving the efficacy of both. In a study conducted for the Journal of Epilepsy Research, a scientist discovered that CBD was effective in boosting the beneficial properties of a drug called Clobazam, an anti-seizure medicine used to treat epilepsy.
A further study on the mechanics of how Clobazam and CBD work together found that they are both metabolized in the same cytochrome P450 pathway, which causes a combined effect that multiplies the drug’s abilities to combat seizures. If you are taking prescription medicine, you should talk to your doctor before taking CBD.
CBD Oil is Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly
Whilst this might seem obvious because CBD oil is derived from a plant, it’s worth bearing in mind that the manner of production for many supplements and similar products can cause ethical concerns for vegetarians and vegans. Luckily, there are no such concerns with CBD extraction.
There are three main methods for producing CBD oil. One involves using solvents such as hydrocarbon, olive oil or ethanol to extract the oil, but this can also remove the chlorophyll and leave the oil with an unpleasant taste. Another method is to use carbon dioxide, which is the preferred method because it results in high concentrations of CBD within the oil. The final method is to use steam distillation, an old fashioned technique which is less used nowadays because it is inefficient compared to modern methods.
Cannabis Was Used as Medicine in Ancient Greece
Galen, a Greek writer, philosopher and physician who was born in 129 AD, often gave what he described as cannabis ‘juice’ to as a remedy for pain. Though this was long before scientific studies into the use of cannabis as an analgesic, its properties as a painkiller were clearly already well known. In Galen’s words: “Some people, pulling the juice from it when it is not ripe, use it against ears’ pains due to an occlusion, as I believe.”
Galen got the idea of using cannabis from what historians believe to be the first written text about using marijuana as an official medine, the De Materia Medica. Written by another Greek physician called Pedanius Dioscorides around 70 AD, it says: ‘Kannabis, is a plant of much use in this life for the twisting of very strong ropes, it has leaves like to the Ash, of a bad scent, long stalks, empty, a round seed, which being eaten of reduces sexual activity, but being juiced when it is green is good for the pains of the ears’.
CBD Can Provide Relief From Sunburn
The healing properties that CBD has for ailments as wide ranging as anxiety and depression to heart disease and cancer are well established, but one lesser known problem it can help is sunburn. Studies have established that CBD has impressive anti-inflammatory properties when applied topically, which can help to soothe burnt skin, and also has an antibacterial effect, which is useful as sunburn is prone to infection.
Even if you don’t have sunburn, topical CBD products are great for your body. Clay masks can rejuvenate tired and dry skin, and skin balm can help to ease painful joints, sore muscles and tension headaches.
Even though CBD products are now part of the mainstream health and wellbeing industry, there are still plenty of fascinating facts about them that people aren’t aware of. Why not try CBD for yourself and enjoy the amazing benefits that many others are already enjoying?