What you need to know about CBD

CBD oil (cannabidiol) is said to have many health benefits and could improve the lives of many patients by fighting certain pathologies or their symptoms. It would prove to be an effective alternative remedy where other conventional remedies no longer work and/or cause too many side effects.

Is cannabidiol a drug?

CBD is a naturally occurring cannabinoid found in cannabis and hemp (hemp stands out from most cannabis strains due to its low THC production). Its extraction is made from the resin or the head of the cannabis plant. In our country, the legislation allows CBD if it is extracted from a plant that contains no more than 0.2% THC. The presence of THC in the finished products, whatever its level, is prohibited. Contrary to what one might think, CBD does not have psychoactive properties because it does not contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), yet it is THC which is the active molecule of cannabis and which causes effects on the physical and psychological level (sensation of dry throat, hunger, red eyes, drowsiness, feeling of fatigue and euphoria, etc.). Since cannabidiol is a relatively new product on the market, there are still a lot of misconceptions about it. Some believe that CBD is a drug, and that, like cannabis, it is illegal to possess and consume it. Taking CBD is however perfectly legal, without side effects, and can be beneficial for your health.

Asleep aid

10% of the population suffers from chronic insomnia and 30% would face it during life. CBD helps you fall asleep thanks to its relaxing and anxiolytic effects without causing side effects like RSO

the usual sleeping pills. In addition, a study published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information showed that CBD would maintain alertness during the day, even despite a lack of sleep.

A natural painkiller

CBD has analgesic properties, it acts on painful joints and relieves chronic inflammation. In addition, its relaxing effects help to better support pain and improve mood, especially in the elderly. Cannabidiol stimulates the endocannabinoid system (CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors) plays a key role in controlling inflammation and the autoimmune response. This has the effect of lowering the pain threshold, especially in the case of chronic diseases such as osteoarthritis.

A natural antiepileptic

CBD could relieve epileptic and convulsive seizures. Epilepsy is a chronic nervous disorder manifested by sudden seizures. Symptoms can take many forms, depending on the type of epilepsy and its intensity, ranging from simple cramps to uncontrollable spasms or even blackouts, which can be extremely stressful. The body naturally secretes molecules close to cannabinoids (endogenous cannabinoid system) which contribute to internal balance. This system is made up of sensors located throughout the body, including the CB1s which act on the nervous system. Cannabidiol molecules attach themselves to these sensors and manage to change the “message” sent to the brain, which could reduce the chemical activity that triggers epileptic seizures. Research is still needed to prove the exact mechanisms of cannabidiol in epileptic seizures. However, marijuana-based oils such as Rick Simpson Oil have been reported to have an “epileptic relief” effect.

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