Cannabidiol oil, commonly referred to as CBD oil is gaining a lot popularity in the world of medicine and a lot of Canadians are using it. The oil has been proven to have numerous therapeutic benefits to its users and this is why it has gained so much fame. Some rub the oil on their aching joints and others put a few drops beneath the tongue to help them get some good sleep. And even though it is obtained from the marijuana plant, it does not have any mind-altering effects.
Here at Green Canada CBD we take a “quality over quantity” approach to the production of our entire cannabis line(THC blends coming soon!).
Many Canadians are now wondering where they can find these products for their own use.
The Definition Of CBD Oil
CBD is one of the compounds found in cannabis aka the marijuana plant. The cannabis plant contains more than 100 cannabinoids, and the two dominant ones are THC (tetrahydrocannabidiol) and CBD (cannabidiol).
CBD oil is an extract of the cannabis plant. It differs from regular cannabis oil in the sense that it does not cause a “high”. This is due to that fact that the oil does not contain any THC (the psychoactive compound of the cannabis plant known to cause this “high”). Instead, it influences the secretion as well as the uptake of neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine, resulting in numerous therapeutic benefits. In fact, the majority of the cannabidiol products available on the market today are obtained from hemp; a type of cannabis that has much lower THC levels than actual marijuana plants. We assure you that this is absolutely NOT the case with Green Canada CBD.
What Health Conditions can CBD Oil treat?
- Multiple sclerosis: There is proof that Sativex, a prescription-only nasal product featuring both Cannabidiol and 9-delta-THC, is quite effective in alleviating pain and improving muscle-tightness along with the frequent urination seen in individuals suffering from multiple sclerosis.
- Childhood epilepsy: CBD’s anti-seizure properties have been found to be successful in treating drug-resistant kids suffering from neurological disorders such as epilepsy. According to a particular study that was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the frequency of seizures was reduced by 23% compared to those taking a placebo.
- Depression and anxiety: The oil is useful in the treatment of both anxiety and depression. It has been found to decrease anxiety and stress levels of people suffering from conditions like obsessive compulsive disorder, social anxiety disorder, and even PTSD. In addition, CBD reduces depression by improving both glutamate and serotonergic cortical signaling.
- Chronic inflammation: Chronic inflammation is currently a serious issue that contributes to several non-infectious illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease. Research has found that cannabidiol is very effective in reducing inflammation. Green Canada has been studying the specific effects of cannabinoids on inflammation for a while now.
- Schizophrenia: This is a very serious and complicated illness that is usually managed by therapy and medicinal drugs that have heavy side effects. CBD oil, on the other hand, has been found to help reduce hallucinations. According to research, the oil is effective and safe for the treatment of psychosis.
- Cardiovascular diseases: Cardiovascular diseases are among the top causes of death in the world today. Living a healthy lifestyle is one of the leading priorities for heart health, but Cannabidiol oil can assist too. According to studies, the oil reduces blockage of the arteries and blood pressure. It might also lower cholesterol.
- Skin conditions: This natural supplement can be used in the topical treatment of various skin conditions. Studies reveal that skin conditions such as eczema can be treated by the oil through facilitating the death of abnormal cells. On top of this, CBD contains nutrients like vitamin E, which protect and improve the skin.
- Insomnia: According to various research, taking cannabidiol before going to bed has been found to improve sleep. People suffering from insomnia could greatly benefit from this.
- Parkinson’s disease: According to various research, the daily consumption of cannabidiol for four weeks significantly improves the psychotic symptoms in individuals suffering from Parkinson’s disease.
- Cancer: The future of CBD oil in the treatment of cancer is quite promising. The oil has been found to slow down the growth as well the spread of come types of cancer. What’s more, it is quite effective in relieving some of the negative effects of chemotherapy in cancer treatment such as vomiting and nausea.
Are there any adverse effects?
There are a few adverse effects associated with CBD oil in spite of its numerous benefits. They include vomiting, a dry mouth, diarrhea, dizziness, psychosis, depression, and nausea. These effects might be experienced by some users while others might not. Remember, our bodies are not the same and that different people react differently to different drugs.
Is CBD Oil Legal In Canada?
According to the Access to Cannabis for Medicinal Purposes Regulations | Government Of Canada, cannabidiol obtained from marijuana is legal in the country for registered medicinal patients with permission from licensed healthcare practitioners. Additionally, registered medical patients can only buy their cannabidiol products from licensed cannabis vendors. This is, however, expected to change as soon as The Cannabis Act is implemented. The ACT will allow CBD to be legal for all; both medicinal patients and anyone else who wishes to use it.
Also, the government’s official policy already approved the use of cannabinoid as a medicine(quite a while ago).
About cannabis – Canada.ca is a great source of info on this topic as well.
The good news is that Justin Trudeau has actually voiced his support for CBD before (or at least that is what is rumored).
And with an amazing progressive guy like Trudeau in charge, Canadians will have access to great natural health options from now on!
The Mechanics Behind The Substance
Cannabidiol can be classified as a pleiotropic drug; it produces several effects through numerous molecular channels. More than 65 molecular targets of the compound have been identified by scientific literature.
The effects of the compound come down to the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). The system is basically a network of 5-HT receptors which play a huge role in maintain the body’s homeostasis (balance). It determines how cannabinoids are processed and used in the body. CBD interacts with the system’s receptors, mainly CB1 and CB2 found in the brain and immune cells respectively. And even though cannabidiol does not directly interact with these particular receptors, it indirectly interacts with them and controls several ion pathways and non-cannabinoid receptors.
How CBD Works In The Body
The effects of cannabinoids on the human body are broad and varied. The ECS acts as a master regulatory mechanism responsible for maintaining homeostasis in the body in the face of both external and internal stressors.
CBD works through a system of receptors that are found on the surface of cells all through the body; from the brain to the guts and everywhere in between. It also interacts with other systems in the body such as vanilloid and serotonin systems to produce some of its associated therapeutic effects.
How CBD Works In The Brain
Here at Green Canada, we like to remind you that all of the information we come upon is first verified by experts that know what they are talking about when it comes to cannabis and hemp.
Situated in the brain are a huge number of specialized cells referred to as neurons. Every neuron connects to several others via structures known as synapses. These are basically points where one neuron communicates to the other through the release of chemical messengers called neurotransmitters.
The sensitivity of a neuron to a particular neurotransmitter is dependent on whether or not it has a receptor which “matches” that particular transmitter. If a neuron features receptors that fit a certain neurotransmitter (like an electrical socket and plug), then it is capable of directly responding to that transmitter.
Apart from being sensitive to neurotransmitters naturally secreted within the brain such as serotonin and dopamine, brain receptors are also sensitive to chemical receptors produces outside the body like CBD and THC. So, when one consumes an edible form of cannabinoid, it travels through the bloodstream and eventually gets to the brain. Once at the brain, these plant-obtained compounds can influence the brain’s activity by interacting with receptors. However, they will not react with all neurons, only the ones with appropriate receptors.