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CBD, non-psychoactive cannabis extract
CBD (Cannabidiol) is a one of five major cannabinoids derived from the cannabis plant. It is considered non-psycho active (it won't cause impairment or inebriation) unlike another popular cannabinoid, THC.
There are numerous cannabinoid receptors throughout the human body because the body produces it's own natural endocannabinoids. Endocannabinoids help regulate the immune system, inflammation, pain and stress response, and other important processes. They are even found in breast milk.
Many times due to genetics, environmental and psychological stressors, we find our bodies' natural reserves are depleted and need additional help to combat the symptoms of stress, inflammation and illness. By supplementing with a phtyocannabinoid (plant-derived), like CBD, our bodies can function more optimally and achieve widespread symptom relief.
CBD is often used to help with anxiety, stress, insomnia, headaches and other localized and generalized pain and inflammation. Many use it to help with discomfort associated with auto-immune disease. It has recently achieved orphan drug status in the US, under the brand-name Epidiolex, as a treatment for a type of epilepsy known as Dravet Sydnrome.
CBD may also be used to kill pathogens as well. As far back as the 1950's, cannabis was being studied as a treatment for tuberulosis and other diseases. And in 2008, researchers Giovanni Appendino of the Piemonte Orientale University, in Italy, and Simon Gibbons of the School of Pharmacy at the University of London, U.K. Used five cannabinoids, including CBD, to effectively kill MRSA bacteria. Out of the five cannabinoids tested, CBD, proved to be one of the most effective, according to their research.
The internet is also littered with numerous personal accounts and anecdotal evidence supporting the use of CBD and other cannabinoids to help combat their pathogen-related issues with much success. Shelly White is a young woman who attributes much of her recovery from lyme disease to cannabis. She has authored a book on the subject.
CBD is an excellent supplement to add to any wellness protocol because of it's wide variety of uses and it's low side effect profile. It is well tolerated even amongst the most sensitive individuals. However, because of it's strong pathogen-killing properties, you may experience what is known as a Herxheimer reaction. This is a reaction the body has when byproducts are released into the bloodstream from the death of microorganisms. People can experience this from antibiotic treatment or any product that kills pathogens. Symptoms range from mild fatigue, to flu-like symptoms and will generally pass fairly quickly. It is best to start off at a low dose of CBD and increase as tolerated.
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