What is CBD?


 

CBD - or more correctly, Cannabidiol – is a compound that forms naturally within cannabis and is found within the resinous flower, seeds and stems of the plant. The medicinal history of the cannabis plant dates back thousands of years, with the earliest recorded use being in China 10,000 years ago. In the current day the medicinal and therapeutic properties of CBD are being rigorously tested by scientists, doctors and other medical professionals who are confirming it as a safe and non-addictive substance.

 

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We understand CBD can be somewhat confusing, here you can find out some of the most commonly asked question....

 

Now when you hear ‘CBD’ you probably assume it to be one single compound substance, and you wouldn’t be wrong, but there’s more to it than that. CBD itself is just one of over a hundred ‘phytocannabinoids’ – for example CBCA, CBG and CBN - that are unique to the cannabis plant and give it it’s rich therapeutic properties. Each cannabinoid has its own different health benefits but are shown to work better in conjunction with each other. Even a tincture or product with all known cannabinoids will be referred to as a CBD product for simplicity of the consumer. So to ensure you are getting the health benefits you are looking for it is worth researching the specific product you are using, we at Nature’s Leaf aim to post lab results of all products we sell so customers can feel confident in the product they are interested in.

CBD is very closely related to another cannabinoid that you may have heard of and tends to carry a lot of stigma: tetrahydrocannabinol, better known as THC. These, along with CBD, are two of the most highly studied compounds of the cannabis plant. THC is a psychoactive compound and is known most prominently for causing a high when ingested or inhaled through smoking. Both CBD and THC have prominent therapeutic properties. Though CBD doesn’t cause the user to feel intoxicated, this is because these two compounds react to different receptors in the brain and body. CBD is known for reducing or even counteracting these psychoactive effects, of course depending on the amount of each compound taken. This can be incredibly beneficial as many people want the health benefits without the side effect of a high.

With CBD being significantly beneficial to your health without an intoxicant effect, while being easy to take as oils or in many other forms, it’s become an incredibly appealing option of treatment for those who are interested in the benefits but are concerned about smoking cannabis.
 

CBD – The Universal Compound

It’s not uncommon at all to find pharmaceutical medicine having prominent or, in some cases, even negative side effects. Because of this many people seek alternatives, a medicine more natural and in tune with your bodies processes. By working with your bodies functions on a biologically cellular level, CBD has the ability to alleviate and provide relief for a huge number of ailments ranging from physical ones like; chronic pain, swelling and seizures – to more mental conditions such as depression, anxiety and insomnia.

Much of the research put into CBD is sponsored by the U.S. Government, while a large portion also comes in the form of anecdotes from patients and physicians reaping the benefits of CBD for a wide range of conditions including, while not limited to

CBD is proven in its ability to recover and regenerate the cells that make up your bodies nervous system and is even being researched for its anti-cancer properties by multiple academic research centres worldwide. In 2010 Californian scientists discovered that CBD “enhances the inhibitory effects of THC on human glioblastoma cell proliferation and survival.” Proving that CBD encourages THC to become even more effective in its anti-cancer properties. While also in 2010, German researches concluded that CBD stimulates Neurogenesis, cultivating new brain cells in adult mammals.
 

So How Does CBD Work?

Our bodies contain compounds known as ‘endocannabinoids’ which are endogenous lipid based retrograde neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors and cannabinoid receptor proteins in the central nervous system. This ‘Endogenous Cannabinoid’ system, called as such due to the similarity to the compounds found in cannabis, reacts positively to CBD and THC and in turn the CBD and THC mimic and augment the effects of our body’s endocannabinoid system.

The discovery of this system has remarkably advanced our knowledge on health and disease and can be implemented into almost every aspect of medical science while giving us a deeper understanding of CBD and THC altogether, explaining why over the many years cannabis has become such a broadly used substance, despite being illegal for the majority.

The endocannabinoid system has an inherently important role in our bodies, managing a large portion of physiological processes that take place on a day to day basis. Effecting our mental attitude and motivation, metabolism, body temperature, immune activity and even how we experience stress, hunger and pain. If the endocannabinoid system is failing to function properly it increases the risk of disease and other ailments. Advancements in science show that imbalance in the endocannabinoid system is observed in nearly all pathological conditions.

But, as suggested by Scientists Pal Pacher and George Kunos of the U.S. National Institutes of Health “modulating endocannabinoid system activity may have therapeutic potential in almost all diseases affecting humans’ going to show that with regulation of the endocannabinoid system CBD and THC can have positive effects in slowing or in some cases even stopping the growth of disease.
 

CBD Products

Single molecule cannabinoids are recognised by many governments to have medical value on their own whereas ‘whole plant’ extracts have no medical value. This has been proven time and time again to be false and is purely bureaucratical and a ‘legislative nightmare’ as cannabis is also a controlled substance due to its recreational use. For this reason pharmaceutical CBD is not an option for most countries, however due to the non-harmful nature of CBD many stores, such as ourselves, offer various hemp-derived CBD oil products, including pure CBD isolates comparable to the chemical composition of Epidiolex, a pharmaceutical CBD option available in the U.S.

When purchasing CBD products there are three main categories; Isolate, Broad Spectrum & Full Spectrum. More information on these three categories can be found on the information page on our website.

Explained briefly, CBD isolate is the purest form CBD cannabidiol compound. Full spectrum CBD contains all compounds formed naturally in the cannabis plant including terpenes, essential oils & even trace amounts of THC. While broad spectrum sits as a middle ground between the two, containing all compounds of the cannabis plant aside from the THC which is removed.

There is compelling evidence that CBD is best used in conjunction with THC and all other compounds leading to the argument that many people could benefit incredibly from legal access to cannabis derived remedies.

As it stands there is no argument against the benefit and merit of CBD as herbal medication, the challenge only lies in utilising cannabis compounds for the best possible medical benefits.
 

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