The Science Behind CBD
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a cannabinoid(cannabis compound) found in hemp plants. Like its intoxicating cousin, THC, many studies have been conducted around CBD to determine if this compound, upon extraction, can benefit the health sector.
CBD interacts with our body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS). This system runs throughout our entire body and encompasses other systems like the nervous system and the immune system. The ECS maintains homeostasis in our body, keeping us healthy and all of our bits and pieces functioning optimally. The ECS is lined with cannabinoid receptors to which CBD binds in order to help modulate physiological functions, and since the ECS runs through our other systems, the effects of CBD can be felt mentally (reduction of anxiety), as well as physically (management of pain and swelling).
CBD has been known to affect mood, appetite, even sleep. Meanwhile, CBD oils and creams have been shown to provide temporary relief to joint pains and acne. Unlike other products used for the same problems like steroid based creams and opiate based pain medications, there have been significantly less side effects and a reduced risk of dependency.
CBD and Technology
One of the biggest problems when using CBD as a treatment regimen is the inefficacy of its introduction into our bodies.
Reportedly, when introducing CBD into our bodies through edibles, only a small percentage, around 4%, makes it into our bloodstream and the rest is evacuated from the body through our urine, so a lot of the CBD components in our edibles go to waste. Companies are now looking for other ways to get CBD more efficiently into our bloodstream. The current industry standard uses MCTs or Medium-chain triglycerides, such as coconut oil to mix with CBD. This method may be straightforward and simple, but is quite inefficient.
With the advancements in technology, water-soluble CBD products are now available in the market. These products have proven to be more efficient in delivering CBD into our bloodstream and therefore produce less waste and are more cost effective. The bioavailability (the amount of the cannabinoid in our bloodstream) of CBD will affect the efficacy of the product.
Effects on the Health Sector
One of the biggest breakthroughs found on CBD is that it helps in the treatment of epilepsy. This paved the way into breaking the shackles of shame that surrounded the use of CBD (most likely brought about by its association with the marijuana plant) and finally exposing the benefits of this compound in various treatments. In the years since, the health sector has seen the prevalence of CBD products sold across areas that have legalized its use.
CBD has been printed on many labels and sold on many shelves across wellness stores. Perhaps in all your browsing you may have likely come across a cream, an oil, or a lotion that had CBD printed among its list of ingredients. Scientists have since touted its therapeutic effects on various ailments and marvelled at the significantly lower instances of adverse effects.
More studies are being conducted around CBD and its other possible uses. The health sector will no doubt be seeing more CBD products in the near future.
Heather Smith is the Communications Manager at Sunday Scaries. She’s a composed copywriter and content strategist. She’s also a CBD advocate, promoting a healthy lifestyle free of stress and scaries.