Until recently, hemp has never been sought after to the same degree as marijuana. At least not for health reasons. Hemp has little to no THC, the chemical guilty for psychoactive effects, and therefore holds no value to recreational users looking to get high.
For too many years, research on hemp (and cannabis in general) has either been brushed to the side or made impossible to even attempt. In many cases, people simply snickered at the idea that marijuana could be the answer to any illness, while other times new studies never made it into our news outlets. Medical marijuana has been legal in certain states for quite a while now, but it’s ridden with negative presumptions.
Thanks in large part to a 2013 CNN documentary hosted by Sanjay Gupta called “Weed,” people have come together to make a change in laws as well as influence change in society’s opinion of cannabis. This has led to an immeasurable amount of people suffering from various symptoms to wean themselves off dangerous pharmaceuticals and begin a safe and natural regimen of CBD-rich hemp oil supplements. Although a lot of evidence is currently anecdotal and large clinical studies are still underway, people can no longer dismiss the plant’s potential after the numerous research that’s already been published.
Research CBD Oil Benefits & Endocannabinoid System Regulation
Researchers have found that all vertebrates have something called an Endocannabinoid System (ECS). In short, this system consists of two types of receptors located all throughout our bodies with potential regulation of many biological processes to bring the body to a state of homeostasis. Although the name clearly comes from cannabis’ chemical compounds (called cannabinoids) that lead to the system’s discovery, they’re not the only things that interact with this system. Our bodies produce some of their own cannabinoids, called endo-cannabinoids, which also have a role in the ECS.
Cannabinoids that come from cannabis plants include the psychoactive THC, and then there’s CBD: the non-psychoactive compound scientists are realizing could have numerous benefits. You can learn all about CBD in our brief 3 minute video.
A quick PubMed search for cannabidiol will bring up more than 1,400 results. This month alone, positive study results have been made public regarding CBD’s use for colon cancer, tinnitus, bladder health, and epilepsy.
One of these studies suggests that our endocannabinoid system is involved in many areas that may have an effect on gastrointestinal processes. If this is true, regulating our endocannabinoid system with these cannabinoids would help many people.
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