I’m sure by now you’ll have heard the letters CB & D quite a lot of late, especially emblazoned in the front window and displays at your local health food store, but do you really know what it is, or what makes one CBD product better or worse than the next one? Over the last few months, I have been trialling out a locally produced CBD Oil and have had great success (on my mum who has a long history of chronic pain) and due to the fact that the CBD oil product that I have chosen to stock has been rigorously tested and manufactured in Oxfordshire, I have taken the plunge to offer my patients the chance to see some of the benefits from this product for themselves!
So why would you buy CBD Oil from Kennington Osteopathic Practice instead of a stockist like a high street store or online merchant? Holland and Barrett, for example, offer many products which have been tested and have some showed to have both little to no CBD in them and even illegal levels of THC (the cannabinoid that produces the classic cannabis ‘high’) many have even had high levels of ethanol (alcohol) mixed into the carrier mixture.
The market is in the process of becoming much more regulated and thankfully products like that will start to be removed from the market over the next few months. As a result of this and that I have an advocate of CBD benefits for some time now, this has swayed me to start stocking my own CBD products to help my patients.
First things first though…
WHAT IS CBD?
CBD is one of over 85 identified cannabinoids found within the Hemp plant. It is one of the most sought after major cannabinoids. Cannabinoid rich hemp oil accounts for up to 40% of the plants extract and, via stimulation of the Endocannabinoid system, have a huge array of perceived health benefits which some research suggests include;
– Pain relief
-Reduction in Anxiety and Depression symptoms
-Can encourage better quality and deeper sleep patterns
– Help to alleviate some Cancer-related symptoms
– May excess sebum production and Acne
– May have Neuroprotective properties
– Could benefit heart health
– Antipsychotic effects
– Substance abuse treatment
– Anti-tumor effects
– Diabetes prevention
WHAT IS THE ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM?
The endocannabinoid system was named after the cannabis plant, which in turn led to the discovery of the most important physiological system within the human body.
Endocannabinoids and their cannabinoid receptors are found within the body and the brain, connective tissues, glands, and most importantly in our immune cells.
In these tissues, the cannabinoid system has many different tasks, but most importantly it maintains balance and ensures that our bodies maintain homeostasis.
WHAT ARE CANNABINOID RECEPTORS?
To date, researchers have pinpointed 2 specific sorts of receptors: CB1 and CB2.
The two types have different properties and are distributed throughout the body in different regions, similar to a fingerprint are never identical in two distinctive individuals.
CB1 receptors are widespread throughout the brain, connective tissues, glands and also the central nervous system.
They have a strong affinity for THC and are largely responsible for mediating the psychoactive effects of cannabinoids.
CB2 receptors, on the other hand, are found within our the immune systems and organs, this includes the tonsils, the thymus gland and the spleen, as well as the gastrointestinal system. They are found throughout the cerebral network, although not to the same extent as CB1 receptors.
It is CB2 receptors that are most liable for facilitating the therapeutic effects of cannabinoids.
Endo-cannabinoids are the substances our bodies naturally make to stimulate these receptors.
The two most well understood of those molecules area unit referred to as anandamide and 2-arachidonoylglycerol.
They are synthesized on-demand from plasma membrane arachidonic acid derivatives, have a neighbourhood result and short half-life before being degraded by the enzymes carboxylic acid organic compound hydrolase (FAAH) and monoacylglycerol lipase (MAGL).
VERY LOW THC CONTENT
Although our oils and pastes are packed full of healthy cannabinoids it should go without saying that they contain extremely low (legal) levels of THC so you absolutely will not get any psychoactive effects or “high” from using our products.
The CBD oil product has gone through extensive testing, by government-approved laboratories, is aligned with the first approved dossier to be submitted to the European Food Safety Authority (which is a legal requirement moving forward in the CBD market) and has been approved by Trading Standards.
If you are interested in benefitting from CBD but would like to know more, please don’t hesitate to get in touch, its a fascinating product with huge benefits that I love to talk about! Prices start at £39.99. Emil me on [email protected] or call 07787 404419.
Until next time,