Updated: Oct 25, 2022
What is CBD?
CBD, or cannabinol is derived from hemp or marijuana. Contrary to marijuana though, it does NOT contain THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), so it will not make you high ;-). However, it does have an impact on your consciousness. You may feel mellow, experience less pain, and be more comfortable. In addition, some CBD products do contain small amounts of THC.
Usually the ones that do contain THC are branded “full spectrum”. CBD is not to be confused with hemp oil though: hemp oil is a waste product of CBD production and is widely available in shops as a "health food". Although this oil (like flaxseed oil) is branded for its high omega 3 content, it does not have any pain reducing or nerve calming effects like CBD does...
Which conditions can CBD help with?
CBD is known to help reduce inflammation and have a calming effect on your nerves.
There is moderate evidence that CBD can improve sleep disorders, fibromyalgia pain, muscle spasticity related to multiple sclerosis, and anxiety.
People report that oral CBD helps relieve anxiety and pain and also leads to better sleep. (Source)
Luckily I’m not dealing with migraine anymore but I’ve been interested in trying CBD to see if it can help improve my sleep… I have taken it on 2 occasions when I was at my Mom’s (she has a bottle at home) but I have not seen any improvement in my sleep these days. I do think that one probably has to use the product for a bit longer though to see an impact. In order to know if it works for you, you should at least try it for 3 weeks.
An overwhelming majority of migraine sufferers found relief with the use of CBD oil, according to the results of a recent study.
Data from a clinically validated survey showed that 86% of respondents reported a decrease in headache impact after using a cannabidiol (CBD) formulation for a 30-day trial period.
During the 30-day trial period, respondents experienced a reduction of 23%. Chronic migraine sufferers, defined as people who experience 15 to 29 headache days over a 30-day period, saw a 33% reduction in their headache days.
How does CBD work?
Have you heard of the endocannabinoid system (ECS)? Despite the very early discovery and use of cannabis as a medicinal drug, the ECS was only discovered in 1988.
The ECS regulates and controls your:
learning and memory
inflammatory and immune responses
The ECS works via its vast network of cellular receptors that are located in your brain (CB1) and throughout your body (CB2).
Your body is actually producing endocannabinoids that will bind to the ECS receptors. These endocannabinoids have a similar molecular structure to molecules in the cannabis plant.
The type of ECS receptor that’s located in your body (CB2), mainly plays a role in your immune function and can therefore play an important role in regulating intestinal inflammation, contraction, and pain in inflammatory bowel conditions. (Source)
Experts aren’t completely sure how CBD interacts with the ECS, but they do know that it doesn’t bind to CB1 or CB2 receptors the way THC does. Instead, many believe it works by preventing endocannabinoids from being broken down. Others believe that CBD binds to a receptor that hasn’t been discovered yet.
The role of your ECS is to keep homeostasis or you could also just say balance in your body. Research from this article suggests that endocannabinoid deficiency could be a reason why some people develop migraine, fibromyalgia, and irritable bowel syndrome.
Which CBD product to choose?
There’s a wealth of CBD products out there today promising all kinds of wonders. You should probably be aware that hemp production world-wide has drastically increased in the past years. The quality of the products is not always trustworthy though (as is with all supplements actually, isn’t it!?)
You want to look for a CBD broad spectrum isolate that has a minimum of 1200mg CBD
Copmed is a company that I trust because of its high quality standards and they have recently launched their CBD products at a reasonable price I find if you compare to other products on the market.
#Copmed is a company here in Europe that I trust because of its high quality standards and they have recently launched their CBD products at a reasonable price I find.
If you want to check out their broad spectrum CBD isolate 1500mg (it’s a professional grade supplement company who doesn’t sell openly to private individuals. For purchase you need to be linked to a practitioner. You can use my code ABE803)
For the US, check out this article from Forbes Health review of “Best CBD Oil Of 2022”