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There has been an explosion of questions – and now, hopefully, some answers – when it comes to understanding cannabis and its effects on the body and healing.
This is the first in a two-part series discussing CBD and how it interacts with your body’s systems. Especially at is relates to alleviating pain along with chiropractic treatments.
CBD is shaking up the medical cannabis industry. Recently, consumers haven’t been the only ones jumping on the cannabidiol (CBD) bandwagon. Chiropractors and health and wellness professionals nationwide are becoming curious about the potential benefits of CBD.
Are you a patient of a chiropractor professional and interested in the potential benefits of CBD? Below are some answers to the most commonly asked questions about what CBD is, how it interacts with the human body, and more.
An Explanation of CBD
CBD is a cannabinoid extracted from cannabis plants. While CBD derived from marijuana has high levels of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the CBD extracted from hemp does not. You as a patient benefit from supporting your endocannabinoid system, with no risk of THC intoxication.
CBD is one of the many cannabinoid molecules produced by cannabis, second only to THC in abundance. These plant-derived cannabinoids are characterized by their ability to act on the cannabinoid receptors that are part of our endocannabinoid system (ECS).
While THC is the principal psychoactive component of cannabis and has certain medical uses, CBD stands out because it is both non-intoxicating and displays a broad range of potential medical applications. These include helping with seizures, anxiety, inflammation, and pain. These make CBD an attractive therapeutic compound.
The extracellular cannabinoids in CBD mimic the naturally occurring endocannabinoids, essential to the functioning of the nervous systems. By supplementing endocannabinoid deficiencies, communication and balance are potentially restored to the body.
What exactly does the endocannabinoid system (ECS) do?
We do not have a full and complete picture of what the ECS does, but we do know that the ECS helps fine-tune most of our vital physiological functions. It promotes homeostasis affecting everything from sleep, appetite, pain, inflammation, memory, mood, and even reproduction.
So, in basic terms, the ECS helps modulate the regulation of homeostasis across all major body systems ensuring that all systems work in concert with one another.
CBD Works with the Endocannabinoid System
While the ECS is a relatively new field of study, you may be aware of the critical role this network of neurotransmitters and receptors play in the normal functioning of the central and peripheral nervous systems.
This complex system is responsible for regulating almost every vital system in the body. Some of the processes regulated by the endocannabinoid system include:
• Pain perception
• Stress responses
• Metabolism and thermal regulation
• Learning and memory
• Muscle movement
• Immune system responses
• Circulation and digestive processes
• Reproductive systems
Since the ECS regulates so many essential functions like mood, memory, and pain, some researchers suspect that endocannabinoid deficiencies may be the cause of many health conditions.
The Potential Benefits of Supplementing the Endocannabinoid System
CBD from hemp is showing remarkable potential in laboratory studies. By supplementing the endocannabinoid system, or alleviating cannabinoid deficiencies, communication and balance can be restored to the body.
Much of the research on the effectiveness of CBD is based on laboratory tests in the testimony of those who report symptom relief.
Safe Supplementation without Potentially Risky Pharmaceuticals
Research shows that doses up to 1,500 mg/ day are well tolerated, although starting at a much smaller dosage is typically recommended. The potential risks of side effects are much lower than pharmaceuticals. Some of the potential side effects of cannabidiol from hemp-based sources include:
• Interaction with some medications – check with your doctor before taking
• Dry mouth
One of the best features of supplementing the endocannabinoid system with hemp-based CBD supplements may be its record for safety. Even in high doses, CBD is considered safe and non-toxic, with no reported fatalities or serious side effects from CBD use. CBD is also non-psychoactive.
what are the cb1 & cb2 receptors?
CBD effects many different receptor systems. Although it is a cannabinoid, CBD does not directly interact with the two classic cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2). Instead, it affects signaling through CB1 and CB2 receptors indirectly. This partly explains why, in contrast to THC, CBD is non-intoxicating.
The brain has receptors which can be found in basal ganglia, cerebral cortex, hypothalamus, cerebellum, hippocampus, medulla, and spinal cord.
Cannabinoids can help regulate and coordinate how we think and feel by binding with the C1 and C2 receptors – rather like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. These links can activate the receiving neuron into action and will trigger a set of events to pass along the message and carry out a variety of cellular responses needed for homeostasis and healthy functioning.
CB1 receptors are found on nerve cells in the brain, spinal cord and central nervous system. They are very abundant in the cerebellum, basal ganglia, and hippocampus. The CB1 receptors have been found to play a role in motor regulation, pain sensation, memory processing, sleep and mood.
CB1 receptors are also located in the spinal cortical regions, cerebellum, brainstem, hypothalamus, thalamus, thyroid, olfactory bulb, pituitary, upper airways, liver, basal ganglia, adrenals, prostate, testes, uterus and ovaries.
CB2 receptors are primarily found on cells in the immune system and its associated structures. When they activate, they stimulate a response that will fight inflammation, which can minimize damage to tissues and reduce pain. CB2 receptors are also found in pancreas, heart, stomach, eyes, digestive tract and bone.
Cannabinoids help coordinate and regulate how we feel and think by binding with the ECS’s CB1 and CB2 receptors. Fitting like puzzle pieces, cannabinoids are designed to link together with the cannabinoid receptors.
pain relief – CBD & chiropractic treatment
Chiropractors are trained to help your mobility and pain management. With their alignment procedures combined with the use of topical CBD pain relief ointment, your body will relax.
Being able to move without pain is reason to head straight for your local chiropractor. Setting your spine and body into new patterns can be aided by CBD products. Talk with your chiropractor about whether this is something you wish to try.
In Longmont, Colorado – that is Dr. Wendy Shimer at Shimer Chiropractic. We carry CBD clinic topical pain relief ointment as well as CW Hemp Capsules.
Take care of your body and it will take care of you.
To schedule an appointment for treatment with chiropractic, acupuncture or massage, please contact Shimer Chiropractic today at 720-340-4107. Your body will thank you.