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Beginner's Guide to Hemp

Introduction

People use CBD (Cannabidiol)/Hemp for a variety of issues. From quitting smoking, to pain relief, to anti-anxiety and epileptic seizure medication, the internet is full of blogs and research raving about this plant-based all natural "medication".  CBD is extracted from the flowers and buds of marijuana or hemp plants. It does not produce intoxication; marijuana's "high" is caused by the chemical tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). While the FDA hasn't evaluated the product and it needs to be mentioned that it isn't intended for cure, mitigation or prevention of any disease, some customers are swearing by these products.

How Hemp works in your Body
People take or apply cannabidiol to treat a variety of symptoms, but its use is controversial. There is some confusion about what it is and how it affects the human body.
  • All cannabinoids, including CBD, produce effects in the body by attaching to certain receptors. The human body produces certain cannabinoids on its own. It also has two receptors for cannabinoids, called the CB1 receptors and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors are present throughout the body, but many are in the brain.

The CB1 receptors in the brain deal with coordination and movement, pain, emotions, and mood, thinking, appetite, and memories, and other functions. THC attaches to these receptors.

CB2 receptors are more common in the immune system. They affect inflammation and pain.

Researchers once believed that CBD attached to these CB2 receptors, but it now appears that CBD does not attach directly to either receptor.

  • Instead, it seems to direct the body to use more of its own cannabinoids. [Resource]

While the healing qualities of CBD are often disregarded by "the other side", I've seen statements like this: "Only one purported use for cannabidiol, to treat epilepsy, has significant scientific evidence supporting it. Last month, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel unanimously recommended approval of the CBD medication Epidiolex to treat two rare forms of childhood epilepsy. [...] [S]ome human clinical trials suggest that CBD could be effective in treating symptoms of anxiety, particularly social anxiety, Bonn-Miller said." [Resource]

Forms of Hemp and how to take them:

Oil: take a drop under the tongue and let it absorb directly into the bloodstream. You can also add oils to cold foods (do not heat up the oil!) such as smoothies, salads and more.

 

Topical: Apply as needed to the area you wish to heal.

Edible: Snack away the pain.

Smoke: Vapes, Rocks, dabs and flower. 

 

What the research says:

These are the main areas that are said to be affected by taking hemp supplements:

  • mood regulation
  • immune functions
  • pain
  • sleep
  • memory
  • fertility and reproduction
  • temperature regulation

Go Natural:

People tend to use prescription or over-the-counter drugs to relieve stiffness and pain, including chronic pain.

Some people believe that Hemp offers a more natural alternative.

Authors of a study published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine found that CBD significantly reduced chronic inflammation and pain in some mice and rats.

The researchers suggested that the non-psychoactive compounds in marijuana, such as CBD, could provide a new treatment for chronic pain.

 

Also good for: Quitting Smoking

Some promising evidence suggests that CBD use may help people to quit smoking.

A pilot study published in Addictive Behaviors found that smokers who used inhalers containing CBD smoked fewer cigarettes than usual and had no further cravings for nicotine.

A similar review, published in Neurotherapeutics found that CBD may be a promising treatment for people with opioid addiction disorders.

The researchers noted that CBD reduced some symptoms associated with substance use disorders. These included anxiety, mood-related symptoms, pain, and insomnia.

More research is necessary, but these findings suggest that CBD may help to prevent or reduce withdrawal symptoms.

The Problem [How to find the right Shop]

At this point, CBD isn't as regulated as it should be. The market is new and most are afraid of anything derived from a plant that isn't legal in every state. This means, that some of the products on the market aren't truthful in their labels and haven't been tested. It's important to do your research and make sure that the CBD you buy isn't cut with anything else - but without regulation, how do we know?

It works best to get your Hemp from a production that creates products from planting the seeds to harvesting and then creating their own products. www.Wildwestweedandseed.com and www.Drherb-al.com are two of those companies. Our products are made by the farmer/entrepreneur who grows the crop. All products are legal and have less than 0.3%THC.  

 

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