7 WAYS CBD Oil: Anx­i­ety Aid & Much More

This of­ten mis­un­der­stood hemp ex­tract may be a health mir­a­cle for many

Better Nutrition - - N- VEMBER2017CONTENTS - BY LISA TURNER

This lit tle- known hemp ex­tract may be a health mir­a­cle for many.

You’ve prob­a­bly heard of— and won­dered about— CBD ( cannabid­iol), a con­stituent of the hemp plant that’s be­ing used in ev­ery­thing from top­i­cal creams to daily sup­ple­ment pills. And even though CBD has been used as a medic­i­nal cure for thou­sands of years around the world, it’s still shrouded in mys­tery— and fears that it will make you high, or that it’s not safe for kids. Here’s what you need to know:

It comes from the hemp plant, which is in the same plant fam­ily as mar­i­juana. But it’s diff er­ent. “CBD is like mar­i­juana’s non- psy­choac­tive cousin,” says Alex Cor­ren, founder and CEO of Hem­power Nu­tri­tion, Inc., in Boul­der, Colo. CBD is made from a type of hemp that’s very low in THC, the com­po­nent that’s re­spon­si­ble for mar­i­juana’s min­dal­ter­ing eff ects. The hemp plant has been used for thou­sands of years for build­ing ma­te­ri­als, tex­tiles, and food prod­ucts such as hemp seed and hemp oil— which is not the same as CBD oil ( more on that later).

It’s safe. Un­like med­i­cal mar­i­juana, which con­tains large amounts of THC, CBD prod­ucts are not psy­chotropic, mean­ing they don’t cause the euphoric feel­ing as­so­ci­ated with mar­i­juana. Most con­tain minis­cule amounts ( less than 0.3 per­cent) and some are com­pletely THC- free, Cor­ren says. CBD won’t im­pact drug tests, and it’s safe enough for chil­dren. In fact, CBD came to na­tional promi­nence with the dis­cov­ery of its abil­ity to halt seizures in chil­dren with drug- re­sis­tant epilepsy. And while both THC and CBD are con­sid­ered phy­to­cannabi­noids, they in­ter­act with the body in very diff er­ent ways. THC works by di­rectly bind­ing to cannabi­noid re­cep­tors 1 and 2 ( CB1 and CB2). CBD doesn’t bind

to these re­cep­tors, but in­stead in­ter­acts with the en­do­cannabi­noid sys­tem.

It im­pacts a body sys­tem you prob­a­bly didn’t know you had. CBD works by in­ter­act­ing with the en­doge­nous cannabi­noid sys­tem or en­do­cannabi­noid sys­tem ( ECS), a col­lec­tion of cell re­cep­tors that play a fun­da­men­tal role in the func­tion of the ner­vous and im­mune sys­tem. The hu­man body pro­duces its own en­do­cannabi­noids— the high­est con­cen­tra­tion is in mother’s milk. CBD works with the body’s own sys­tem, block­ing or re­duc­ing the break­down of nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring en­do­cannabi­noids.

It’s not the same as hemp oil. CBD oil is diff er­ent from hemp oil and hemp seeds found in gro­cery and nat­u­ral food stores. Hemp oil is de­rived only from hemp seeds, and does not con­tain ap­pre­cia­ble amounts of cannabid­iol; CBD prod­ucts, on the other hand, are made from the whole plant, not just the seeds. There are thou­sands of va­ri­eties of hemp, and the cul­ti­vars used for CBD oil con­tain sig­nifi cantly higher con­cen­tra­tions of cannabid­iol.

It’s le­gal— sort of. CBD is le­gal, but be­cause of is­sues re­lated to growing hemp, the pro­duc­tion process ex­ists in a reg­u­la­tory gray area. Growing hemp in the U. S. for com­mer­cial pur­poses is pro­hib­ited, and is re­stricted to re­search and pi­lot projects. So hemp that’s used to make CBD prod­ucts ( as well as hemp oil, hemp seeds, and hemp cloth­ing) in the United States is usu­ally im­ported from other coun­tries— pri­mar­ily Eastern Europe, where hemp has been grown for the past 40 years. How­ever, be­cause “pi­lot project” is a loosely reg­u­lated con­cept, Colorado and other states are in­creas­ingly be­gin­ning to cul­ti­vate hemp. CBD, at any rate, is le­gal in all 50 states.

It’s highly refi ned— in a good way. The hemp ex­tract used to make CBD oil comes from cul­ti­vars that are al­ready higher in cannabid­iol. To fur­ther con­cen­trate the ac­tive com­po­nents, that ma­te­rial goes through a sol­vent- free ex­trac­tion process that in­volves CO or other meth­ods, in a man­ner sim­i­lar to the pro­duc­tion of es­sen­tial oils. The ex­tracted oil is then tested for con­tam­i­nants and tox­ins such as heavy met­als, as well as for cannabi­noid con­tent.

It re­ally works. Stud­ies are prov­ing the abil­ity of CBD to stop seizures, calm anx­i­ety, re­duce infl am­ma­tion, ease de­pres­sion, and soothe chronic pain. “CBD has the po­ten­tial to be the most im­por­tant well­ness in­gre­di­ent in the last 50 years,” says Cor­ren. “CBD is im­por­tant for ner­vous and im­mune func­tion, and in the same way pro­bi­otics aren’t just for peo­ple suff er­ing from di­ges­tive dis­or­ders, CBD is not just for sick or hurt­ing peo­ple. It’s for any­one who wants to be proac­tive about their long- term health.”

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