CBD is one of the most versatile compounds that we have in the 21st Century. Out of all cannabinoids, cannabidiol (CBD) is most commonly used for medical purposes due to the absence of THC and it’s psychoactive effects. Let’s take a deeper look…
What is CBD?
CBD is an essential component of the cannabis plant. The cannabis plant is known to contain more than 500 compounds, and among them at least 113 are cannabinoids. Cannabidiol (CBD) is the main non-psychotropic phytocannabinoid present in the Cannabis sativa plant, constituting up to 40 per cent of its extract.
Here are some definitions that may help with the explanation above:
Non-psychotropic/Non-psychoactive - does not produce an effect on the mind or mental processes (such as changes in perception or behavior)
Phytocannabinoid/Cannabinoid - the numerous naturally-occurring, biologically active, chemical components produced in the trichomes of hemp or cannabis
Cannabis sativa plant - Cannabis sativa is an annual herbaceous flowering plant indigenous to Eastern Asia but now of cosmopolitan distribution due to widespread cultivation. The word "sativa" means things that are cultivated.
HOW DOES CBD WORK IN THE BODY?
Each of the 113 currently known cannabinoids play a different role in the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS system is tasked with the responsibility of creating homeostasis in the body.
The endocannabinoid system is a complex biological system in the human body. Medical researchers discovered it in the 1990s, but much is still unknown about how it works and its interactions. Today, experts know that CBD impacts several major processes, including appetite, sleep, mood, and memory, but there is much more yet to be discovered.
The endocannabinoid system has three components: (1) receptors, (2) enzymes, and (3) endocannabinoids. These parts function regardless of whether someone uses CBD or not.
- Receptors exist throughout the body and are a substance to which endocannabinoids bind; There are two types of receptors: CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are primarily in the central nervous system and are responsible for governing coordination, movement, pain, appetite, memory, mood, and other functions. The CB2 receptors are in the peripheral nervous system, influencing pain, and inflammation.
- Enzymes appear in many forms, but only two types of enzymes break down endocannabinoids. Enzymes break down the endocannabinoids once they have fulfilled their function. The fatty acid amide hydrolase enzyme breaks down AEA, while the monoacylglycerol acid lipase enzyme breaks down 2-AG. After the enzymes break down the cannabinoids, the endocannabinoids look to bind with receptors.
- Endocannabinoids can bind to either type of receptor to produce a result that is dependent on the location of the receptor and the type of endocannabinoid. Endocannabinoids complement the body by keeping internal functions running smoothly.
3 DIFFERENT CATEGORIES FOR CBD
- Full Spectrum - all phytochemicals naturally found in the plant, including CBD, trace cannabinoids, terpenes, and essential oils. Full-spectrum extracts from hemp also come with a negligible THC content — below 0.3%
- Broad Spectrum - Broad-spectrum CBD contains cannabidiol and all the other compounds within the plant, save for THC, which is completely removed after the initial extraction. Because broad-spectrum extracts contain multiple cannabinoids, they also produce the “entourage effect,” but without the THC.
- CBD Isolate - CBD isolate is the purest form of this compound, made by pulling it from its natural environment and removing it from all other ingredients.
WAYS TO CONSUME CBD
Generally speaking, the global CBD market has been segmented by form (solid or liquid), product (food grade or therapeutic grad), application and end user. There are a wide variety of ways to consume CBD both topically and orally. There are beverages, edibles, tinctures, capsules, vapes, balms and creams. Each of these products can be made using a full spectrum, broad spectrum or CBD isolate depending on the manufacturer.
Determining the best way for you to consume CBD may take a little trial and error to determine your personalized dose and when you consume. Products such as tinctures can leave a bad aftertaste in your mouth, vaping is not always a welcome habit and creams can be difficult to apply during the day. Finding a versatile way to take your daily dose of CBD, such as honey, is one of the best ways to easily incorporate it into a daily regime.
Honey and CBD make a great combination! “The phytonutrients in honey are responsible for its antioxidant properties, as well as its antibacterial and antifungal power. They’re also thought to be the reason raw honey has shown immune-boosting and anticancer benefits.”
Benefits of CBD Infused Honey
Discussed below are some of the benefits that you will get from using CBD infused honey. Although it is not entirely conclusive on the how CBD works with CB1 and CB2, or how many more conditions can be treated or controlled with CBD honey – one cannot ignore the number of anecdotal evidence tables by enthusiastic users or studies done by Universities over a span of ten years and more.
Depression and Anxiety
Depression and anxiety disorders are common mental health conditions that can have lasting effects on a person’s health, social life, ability to work, and overall well-being. CBD has shown promise in initial studies as a treatment for both depression and anxiety, and it may cause fewer side effects in some people.
The findings of research from 2014 may help explain why CBD could be useful in treating depression. They indicate that, in most studies, CBD appears to have a positive interaction with serotonin receptors in the brain.
Serotonin impacts a range of functions in the body, including a person’s emotional state and feelings of well-being or happiness. Keeping serotonin levels balanced is often a key therapy for people with depression.
It is now clear that CBD has therapeutic potential over a wide range of non-psychiatric and psychiatric disorders such as anxiety, depression and psychosis. Moreover, CBD can interfere in learning and/or memory of aversive events, processes that have been associated with PTSD pathophysiology (The memory paradox. Yehuda R, Joëls M, Morris RG Nat Rev Neurosci. 2010 Dec; 11(12):837-9.)
Some studies in humans show that CBD may be useful for other issues commonly associated with depression, such as anxiety or panic disorder. A 2017 review of the potential benefits of CBD for panic disorder found some positive results. According to the authors, panic disorder affects approximately 5 percent of the worldwide population and causes unexpected and recurring panic attacks.
In human models, a single dose of 300 milligrams (mg) of CBD caused a notable decrease in anxiety levels after a simulated public speaking test, according to one study in the review. Another found that 600 mg of CBD caused a significant reduction of anxiety measures in people with social anxiety disorder.
Our CBD honey can lessen the skin's unreasonable oil creation. Furthermore, when combined with its calming properties and nectar's antibacterial safeguard, it can help unblock pores, scrub pollutions, and dispose of skin inflammation and other awkward skin conditions.
Chronic Pain and Inflammation
Inflammation is one of the ways our body’s immune response communicates. Inflammation can be short or long term. Short term inflammation can help actually sometime act as protectant, however long term inflammation has been linked to many serious diseases and issues. Inflammation can impact asthma, allergies, autoimmune conditions, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, IBS, and more.
The informative article, “Antioxidative and Anti-Inflammatory Properties of Cannabidiol” explores how CBD effects inflammation in the body, which often leads to chronic pain:
The chemistry and pharmacology of CBD, as well as various molecular targets, including cannabinoid receptors and other components of the endocannabinoid system with which it interacts, have been extensively studied. In addition, preclinical and clinical studies have contributed to our understanding of the therapeutic potential of CBD for many diseases, including diseases associated with oxidative stress.
Inflammation is a complicated process involving many signaling pathways. The body uses signaling molecules called eicosanoids to initiate the inflammatory response. One of the ways CBD can reduce inflammation is by inhibiting an eicosanoid enzyme called COX2. NSAID medications such as Advil and Aspirin also target COX2 in their method of action.
CBD also appears to affect a class of molecules important to the inflammation process called cytokines. CBD tends to reduce the effects of pro-inflammatory cytokines, thereby reducing inflammation.
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When it’s all said and done, it comes down to you – the patient taking charge of the situation and enjoying the benefits of this wonderful CBD infused honey. Yes, these health benefits have been researched over a number of years, and each one of them found to be valid.