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Functional Medicine • October 17, 2019 CBD: Creating Stability in an Unstable World

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Health Advantages

You might’ve heard about all the health advantages of CBD oil but wondered how it can specifically benefit you. We’ve gathered a variety of research and information to help.

 

Aiming for Homeostasis 

The body has a central regulatory system called the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). According to a UCLA article, “In the 1990’s, scientists discovered endocannabinoids, the natural cannabis-like molecules produced by the human body. Scientists began to realize cannabis exerted its effects, in part, by mimicking our endocannabinoids. It appears the main function of the endocannabinoid system is to maintain bodily homeostasis—biological harmony in response to changes in the environment.”

 

Endocannabinoid Receptors

Where are these receptors found? The UCLA article goes on to name the many points in the body the endocannabinoid receptors can be located: “Research initially suggested endocannabinoid receptors were only present in the brain and nerves, but scientists later found that the receptors are present throughout the body, including our skin, immune cells, bone, fat tissue, liver, pancreas, skeletal muscle, heart, blood vessels, kidney, and gastrointestinal tract.”

 

Alleviating Pain 

An article from Harvard Medical School highlights the pain relieving qualities of CBD: “A study from the European Journal of Pain showed, using an animal model, CBD applied on the skin could help lower pain and inflammation due to arthritis. Another study demonstrated the mechanism by which CBD inhibits inflammatory and neuropathic pain, two of the most difficult types of chronic pain to treat.”  From my patient reports, this is truly an amazing benefit that I cannot tout enough,  

 

Non-Addictive 

Many people are, understandably, concerned about becoming dependent. The Harvard Medical School explains that’s one of the several advantages of CBD–it’s not an addictive substance: “According to a report from the World Health Organization, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”

 

Environmental Friendly

Our CBD is also sustainable because it’s made from hemp grown outdoors. Hemp has the special ability to capture CO2 and it actually improves the soil condition where it grows. An article in The Guardian explains: “The plant acts as a carbon store, sequestering (absorbing) atmospheric CO2 for as long as the plant continues to exist.”

 

Quality Counts

Why choose Good Medicine? All of our CBD is non-GMO. Our PlusCBD™ Oil Gold Formula is the first full spectrum hemp extract to be self-affirmed Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS). We have organic varieties that ensure you’re getting all the benefits without any contaminants. Whichever variety you choose, consider adding CBD oil to your wellness routine to see the health benefits for yourself.

 

Not All CBD is Equal

To the uninitiated, it sometimes is not clear that you are not getting “apples to apples” with CBD content when some labels use labeling like “Organic Broad-Spectrum Hemp-70 mg”.   There is a lot that this 70 mg can represent, but how much is CBD?  We don’t know, and that is where you need to be careful.   Label claims should make it very clear that there is a certain amount of CBD per serving i.e. “25 mg of CBD per serving”.

 

Delivery is important, and not just of CBD

There is another product, Hemp Extract Vesisorb, which is one of my new favorite products, that not only has a unique delivery system that gets more into your bloodstream, but also delivers 25 mg CBD plus 10-12 mg of BCP’s  and other terpenes in just one capsule.  The hemp plant is not just CBD, and a lot of the medicinal value of hemp oil is these additional terpenes.   This is also the only product that is “THC-free-each batch is tested to ensure non-detectable levels.”