When a product becomes so hyped up, it’s often just hot air. But when it comes to cannabidiol (CBD), that is not the case. Why? Because there is actual science researching its effects. And while many people have personal experience with CBD, myself included, the rest of us like to see proof. The scientific method offers us the best proof possible, but let me first tell you about my psoriasis. Bottom line: I had psoriasis for over 20 years, and nothing worked. Nothing. But CBD completely eradicated it. I wish I took pictures, however, I have friends and family members who have witnessed the transformation.
At one point, my psoriasis was so bad that it looked like a flesh-eating bacteria. It was embarrassing wearing shorts. And in the hot and dry southern California weather, shorts are a must. That said, I started trying out CBD products at the beginning of this year (2018). But it was mostly for mild anxiety, and it worked better than anything else I have ever tried. So all the research of it being a powerful anti-inflammatory were true!
I was heavily into CBD research. One of the most recent research done this year was on schizophrenia– a severe mental illness debilitating many individuals and lacking any true remedies. The research concluded:
These findings suggest that CBD has beneficial effects in patients with schizophrenia. As CBD’s effects do not appear to depend on dopamine receptor antagonism, this agent may represent a new class of treatment for the disorder.
How CBD Works
It is now an accepted fact that most diseases originate from inflammation. Headaches, muscle pain, epilepsy, anxiety, cancer, and auto-immune diseases. EVERYTHING stems from inflammation. And this is where CBD comes in.
CBD naturally signals our bodies in multiple ways to decrease inflammation and encourages homeostasis. The science is conclusive and exhaustive, but for a quick summary:
- After studying why THC has such a powerful psychoactive effect on humans, researchers discovered the Endocannabinoid System.
- The Endocannabinoid System (ES) is found in all invertebrates.
- The ES consists of two cannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2
- CB1 is found in the central nervous system (brain). THC targets this receptor.
- CB2 is found in blood cells and the immune system.
- CBD is found (targets) both CB1 and CB2 receptors, hence the benefits for using it for mental and auto-immune disease therapy.
- CBD sends signals to our cells to reduce inflammation and get into balance (homeostasis)
That is a very oversimplified explanation of how CBD works. I just want you to know that there is real science behind the experiences. So when I tell you that this CBD topical cream cleared up my psoriasis, I am not pulling your leg. Is it a sales pitch? Partly. Will you benefit? Definitely.
Not all CBD Products Are Created Equal
As in all free market economies, one must practice personal responsibility and take measures themselves to assure quality. We don’t want the government overregulating this industry, or else we will have monopolies as we do in other government regulated industries.
Just this week, the FDA approved Epidiolex, a big-pharma drug made mostly of CBD. The FDA also asked the DEA to reschedule the drug (Epidolex specifically, not CBD) as a Schedule V drug. That means all the other CBD products out there are still classified as Schedule I drugs since they didn’t pay 100s-of-thousands-of-dollars in government fees and bureaucracy to get approved. See where we are going with this?
Nonetheless, do your own due diligence and make sure that the CBD products you buy have been tested and verified by independent 3rd party laboratories. The CBD Online Store makes sure that all our CBD products come from manufacturers that can provide this information to us. So far, only Elixinol has passed our strict procedures. But we are looking at others. Make sure to check out our products and contact us if you have any questions.
Disclaimer: We are not medical doctors, so make sure you ask your physician before beginning or changing any regimen, as it may affect your current medication. CBD is a powerful compound and will interfere with your current medication.