CBD, All Your Questions Answered
Aside from the whole marijuana legalization issue, CBD products have been their own controversy. Granted, CBD is a component of marijuana, but most, if not all, of CBD commercial uses have been for medical purposes and contain less than 0.3% THC. However, some of us remain in the dark regarding what CBD is and all the benefits it can be used for.
Even though marijuana itself is legal now in Canada and multiple states in the US, many people decide not to consume it. For example, drinking is legal; however, many people choose not to drink. But when it comes to the misconception that CBD and marijuana are the same, we have to step in and clarify the difference.
CBD represents a great opportunity that many people are overlooking because of a simple lack of information, or misinformation. CBD products can be used to ease chronic pain or help with anxiety and do not get you high. CBD contains no THC, therefore it contains no psychoactive compounds or properties.
In this article, we’re going to answer most of your primary CBD-related questions. Some of the most common and important questions are: what is CBD, how is it made, as well as why and how to use it. We are here to shed some light on a topic growing in popularity by the day and inform our patients on the facts about their medicine.
What is CBD?
CBD is short for cannabidiol which is one of over 110 components of the marijuana plant or, as most people know it, the cannabis plant. Most people’s misconception is that they don’t know there are two types of cannabis: hemp and marijuana. Most people think their CBD is derived from the marijuana plant. While CBD is also found in the marijuana plant, the CBD we use is derived from the hemp plant. What is the hemp plant you ask? The hemp plant is a strain of cannabis that has low THC and high CBD content. These days the hemp plants are bred with extremely high CBD content and less than 0.3% THC content.
Although CBD is one of the ingredients of the cannabis plant, it is not the main component in it. The main cannabinoid in the cannabis plant that is psychoactive and causes someone to get high is called Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). CBD, on the other hand, is not psychoactive at all. In fewer words, CBD does not make you get high or alter your perception of reality. It is totally safe to use without the worry of any psychoactive effects.
How does CBD work in your body?
Now, this part is absolutely fascinating. You see, in the past, it was believed that CBD works with your body solely through attaching to receptors in the brain. The reason those receptors exist and are accepting of CBD in the first place is that the human body itself naturally produces cannabinoids to kill pain on its own. This means it has receptors to activate its own cannabinoids. CB1 and CB2 are the receptors that are believed to also allow CBD to bind to them and start working its magic throughout your body.
Researchers have only recently found that CBD not only attaches itself to any of those receptors but also works by stimulating the body to produce and use more of its own natural cannabinoids. This makes it much safer to use than other painkillers that actually affect the brain and impair judgment. On top of stimulating the body to produce more of its own cannabinoids, CBD also stimulates the body to release serotonin and inhibits cell death in rapid forming cells, aka cancer cells. This makes CBD very interesting because not only does it take your pain, inflammation, and stress away, but it also inhibits our brains to experience more natural happiness, relieving the crushing effects of depression, stabilize moods, AND can help kill cancers. All while being non-habit forming and containing no harsh chemicals or undesirables like most pharmaceuticals on the market. CBD truly is the miracle compound.
What are the side effects of using CBD oils?
While there were no reports of addiction, changes in mood or vital signs, some cases did report experiencing changes in appetite, tiredness, and diarrhea.
However, considering the alternatives such as opioid painkillers, depression and epilepsy medications, it really puts the side effects of CBD in perspective.
Why use CBD oil?
Other than the fact that CBD has been proven to have minimum side effects compared to painkillers and other harsh pharmaceuticals, CBD oil is derived from a plant, not synthetically produced in a lab. CBD oil can help reduce and manage pain, especially pain related to multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. It can also help with anxiety, depression, and PTSD. The benefits don’t even stop there, Full Spectrum CBD oil has been shown to help alleviate chemotherapy-related side effects like nausea, vomiting, & overall pain, while also helping to kill off certain cancers. In a clinical study, CBD oil reduced a group of people’s epileptic seizures by 36%. It can also help improve the overall life and sleep patterns of someone suffering from Parkinson’s Disease. Another one of CBD oil’s many uses is to help lower blood pressure. Which in turn benefits overall heart health and help prevent heart damage.
In addition to the traditional benefits of CBD, Wave has additional natural herbs and ingredients added to its CBD syrup in order to boost its effectiveness. By using 11 other natural herbs in conjunction with Full Spectrum CBD extract, we achieve a level of relief unmatchable to anything else on the market. These are some of the plants Wave CBD syrup contains and the effects each of them has:
- Passiflora: Also known as passionflower. Used to help treat anxiety and aid in insomnia relief.
- Valeriana officinalis: Also known as Valerian Root. Used to help with post-exercise muscle pain & fatigue. Also very effective in treating insomnia.
- Hypericum perforatum: Also known as St. John’s Wort. Used to treat depression and help with anxiety problems
- Eschscholzia californica: Also known as California Poppy. Used as a mild sedative, an analgesic (pain reducer) and helps reduce muscle spasms.
- Scutellaria: Also known as Skullcap. Used to help soothe the nervous system and regulate hormones. Can also be used to treat epilepsy and is used to help cure certain cancers.
- Salix alba: Also known as White Willow Bark. Used to help relieve headaches, menstrual cramps, and muscle pain. Has similar properties to Aspirin.
- Ocimum tenuiflorum: Also known as Holy Basil. Holy basil is an adaptogen. An adaptogen is a natural substance that adapts to whatever kind of healing you’re body is needing. This is used to bring all of our Full Spectrum effects together so they can work with each other to provide maximum relief.
All these herbs and many more are infused in the Wave CBD syrup formula. This may seem like a complicated list of strange plants, but the reality is they can be the very thing standing between you and inflammatory chronic diseases, cancer, and pain-free life. CBD is still a controversial topic for many people, but that won’t deny the facts that CBD has many benefits and minimum risks compared to pharmaceutical options.
Take a sip and feel the Wave!