The other day a mother came into the store and asked for another bottle of CBD oil for her autistic son. I asked her how that was working for him and she replied, her son has not had a tantrum since she put him on it. She said this has been a lifesaver because his psychotropic medication was not working for him. Another mom told me CBD oil is the only thing that works for her daughters seizures. Our very own Kendal Stewart, M.D. a leading Neurotologist / Neuroimmune Specialist has recommended CBD oil to many of his patients to stabilize and improve nervous and immune system functions. So what is CBD oil and what does it do?
CBD is extracted and separated from specific varieties of cannabis, often known as hemp. The most abundant constituent of cannabis is the cannabinoid known as THC, an intoxicating and illegal substance that is responsible for causing the “high” in marijuana use. There is a lot of misinformation surrounding CBD, partially because of its close resemblance to THC. It’s important to know that CBD is completely separated and isolated from THC and CBD cannot get you “high”. CBD is non-psychoactive because it does not act on the same pathways as THC. Therefore, unlike THC, CBD is considered a legal cannabinoid and is safe to consume in any amount and concentration.
… But what is CBD exactly?
Let’s start with a little history: in 1992 a report by Devane et al discovered the existence of specific receptors in mammalian cells known as the endocannabinoid system which is closely interconnected with the nervous and immune system. Since CBD has been shown to boost just about every function of our cannabinoid receptors, it is proven to have an extensive soothing and relaxing effects. But research is showing CBD is far more valuable than just for relaxation. Studies have shown CBD to:
Reduce nausea and vomiting
Suppress seizure activity
Combat psychosis disorders
Combat inflammatory disorders
Combat neurodegenerative disorders
Combat tumor and cancer cells
Combat anxiety and depression disorders
Combat cigarette addiction
Used in the treatment of acne
Prevent the production of IL-12 the cytokine that plays a huge role in many autoimmune diseases such as diabetes.
Reduction of pain due to inflammation from fibromyalgia.
Have anti-anxiety effects caused by PTSD
Be used in treating Schizophrenia
Control gut function and could be an effective treatment for bowel diseases like Crohn's Disease.
Have the potential ability to reduce various aspects of MS.
WOW, sounds too good to be true? … Possibly, but Mother Nature can be very benevolent and perhaps she has graced us with one of her many miracles. I know this much -- CBD is well tolerated and safe even at high doses, and seems to be effective for many conditions. Many of our patients are grateful to have it available. It comes in 1mg, and 3mg peppermint, vanilla and unflavored oral spray, 10mg and 25mg capsules, as well as a topical balm.