Can you imagine a world where CBD is used to treat all medical diseases and disorders without having to put your brain in an experimental state? CBD indeed has very little impact on the functioning of the endocannabinoid system in the brain. Nevertheless, some scientists claim that CBD is the real thing. If they are right, then perhaps we should try giving CBD a try!
Non-intoxicating CBD is made by isolating CBD from different sources.
You may wonder how the body can get along with non-intoxicating CBD. It is possible because the plant only contains two major proteins, whereas the major components of the drug cannabis are believed to contain at least four. Non-intoxicating CBD is made by isolating CBD from different sources. Some of these sources include hemp and pollen, as well as from an inactive variety of the annual flower, C. coccineum. So how do we know that this CBD is not harmful? Let’s look at the science behind CBD and see if it stands up to the claims by the supporters of the drug.
The name ‘CBD’ stands for Cannabidiol, which is a Latin term that means ‘plant of the hemp’.
In fact, there is no known cannabis plant that produces any of the valuable compounds (tannins or volatile oils) that are contained in CBD. The plant contains mostly CB1 and CBD. We don’t know whether these other chemicals are useful or not, but it is clear that these aren’t the active ingredients of CBD.
So, the question ‘Does CBD make you feel good?’ is partly answered by looking at what the major source of CBD, oil extracted from the hemp plant, does for us.
As far as our knowledge goes, CBD is not an addictive drug. It does, however, act on our central nervous system, reducing blood flow to our brain and activating certain brain receptors that cause a calming effect – something like the feeling you get when you’re walking through a garden full of herbs and spices.
So, if CBD doesn’t act like an addictive drug, why do people think it does?
Proponents of CBD will tell you that it acts on your central nervous system, reducing blood flow and activating non-intoxicating (neither stimulant nor depressant) Cannabinoid receptors in the brain, thus producing a feeling of relaxation, sedation and a ‘high’ as they like to call it. Their claim is that this produces a good mood, increases concentration and improves attention span. If true, this would explain the reduced incidence of ADHD, a decrease in substance abuse and possibly even an increase in IQ. They also claim that CBD reduces the symptoms of nausea and vomiting, seizures, anxiety, depression, restless leg syndrome, tardive dyskinesia, seizures, hyperactivity and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children.
So, does CBD really make you feel good?
Yes, CBD can make you feel good. I don’t know the science behind the claims. Still, I do know that the people who use it report benefits such as enhanced concentration, reduced attention spans, elevated mood levels and overall sense of well being. So maybe CBD is the cannabis of the 21st century!
CBD doesn’t affect physiological processes rate enough to be considered an ‘endocannabinoid system modulator’
The real science on CBD is that while it does slow down physiological processes such as heart rate and blood pressure, it doesn’t affect these processes’ rate enough to be considered an ‘endocannabinoid system modulator’. Other neurotransmitters are affected, such as dopamine and serotonin, which are thought to mediate the experience of pleasure. They are also involved in the neurobiological basis of appetite suppression and may explain why a patient may eat less when given CBD; it may act on the reward pathway in the brain without crossing the conscious mind. However, the reward pathway is activated by high concentrations of endocannabinoids, so whether CBD makes you feel good or not depends on whether or not the body responds to the endocannabinoid system.
Studies suggest that CBD may work by interfering with lipid rafts which carry cholesterol from the liver to the bloodstream. This allows the body to flush it away. However, the effects observed in clinical trials of CBD and other marijuana-derived Cannabinoids are mixed. There is also some evidence that suggests that dietary sources of CBD can increase the risk of pancreatitis and gallstones and may contribute to the development of psychosis. However, we do know that CBD is an incredibly popular market and one that is exploding at the moment. The CBD industry is expected to be worth $20 billion by 2024. This means that it is an excellent time to be investing in the area and maybe even trying your own hand at setting up an online CBD store. Consequently, it is important to find an established wholesale CBD partner such as Cannacares.