CBD Benefits: Simplified
People swear by CBD health benefits but how can one substance do so many things?
Below you’ll find out exactly how CBD works and why it has such wide-ranging health benefits.
- Find out how CBD works with your body’s main regulatory system to help maintain emotional and physical balance
- Learn precisely how you can boost CBD health benefits with complimentary compounds like terpenes
- Finally understand why CBD is such a powerful compound and what good things are to come from this health revolution
- By the end of this guide, you will have a complete understanding of how to get the CBD benefits you want
Let’s dive in and find out how you can get the most from you CBD experience.
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Chapter 1 What is CBD?
Chapter 2Why it works + Video explanation
How CBD works
Chapter 4Power of terpenes
Chapter 5 Health benefits
Chapter 6Side effects?
What is CBD?
CBD Medical Definition
Medical Definition: Cannabidiol is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid naturally found in hemp.
CBD stands for cannabidiol.
CBD relaxes you but doesn’t get you “high.”
CBD is non-psychoactive.
THC is the cannabinoid that gets people “high.”
THC and CBD have different effects because they act on different parts of your nervous system.
CBD Health Benefits
CBD is exciting because it has so many benefits.
People take CBD for:
- as a mood lifter
- appetite control
- pain relief
- and more
CBD is changing how we care for ourselves.
All these good things are happening because CBD and hemp were legalized federally in 2018.
Yes, CBD works…
But how does it work?
How can one compound have so many effects?
The short answer is that CBD works with your body’s regulatory system.
That system is called your endocannabinoid system (ECS).
It’s part of your nervous system.
Your ECS is why CBD can have so many effects on your health and mood.
CBD mimics the natural chemicals your ECS uses to send regulatory signals throughout your nervous system.
By consuming CBD, you affect how your ECS operates.
Then, your ECS causes all those different health benefits.
That’s how CBD works.
It’s cause and effect.
Not so complicated, right?
CBD is all about boosting your body’s own regulatory system.
More on your ECS regulatory system later…
First, is CBD legal in the US?
CBD Legal Status In U.S.
The short answer is, “Yes!”
Let’s take a quick look at where cannabidiol comes from so we can understand its legal status.
CBD is created by high CBD hemp strains.
Hemp and marijuana are technically similar but hemp contains virtually none of the intoxicating cannabinoid THC.
THC is the compound that gets people “high.”
Hemp plants contain less than 0.3% THC.
Again, hemp has less than zero point 3 percent (0.3%) THC content!
There is virtually no THC in hemp plants.
Hemp and CBD get people well, not high.
And, you should correct anyone who says otherwise because they’re just plain wrong.
CBD is not habit-forming and not addictive.
If a cannabis plant contains virtually no THC, then it’s a hemp plant by law.
That’s how the federal law that legalized CBD and hemp works.
Hemp plants are bred to have high CBD content and virtually no THC content.
All cannabis plants were illegal in the U.S. until the passage of the 2018 Farm Act.
The 2018 Farm Bill is the federal law that made hemp plants legal in all 50 states.
If you live in a farm state you might even see hemp growing on the side of the road.
Isn’t it amazing how the world has changed?
2018 Farm Bill
When hemp became legal in 2018, CBD products made from hemp also became legal in the U.S.
That’s why research into the health benefits of CBD has only started in the last year or two.
There are many health benefits from hemp beyond CBD.
Hemp actually has over 100 non-intoxicating cannabinoids—many with health benefits.
CBD is just the best known. (Check out CBG benefits)
While marijuana (cannabis with THC) is a schedule 1 substance, CBD is not a scheduled substance.
Schedule 1 substances are regulated by the DEA.
CBD is regulated by the FDA, not the DEA.
So, CBD is definitely legal everywhere in the U.S. for consumers to buy and consume.
For businesses, regulations are still being drawn up as to how CBD can be advertised and sold.
CBD vs. CBG vs. CBN
As I just said above, hemp plants actually have over 100 cannabinoid compounds with health benefits.
That’s another reason CBD appears to have so many benefits.
It’s likely that CBD is used as a shorthand for a variety of helpful cannabinoids that also come from hemp.
Full spectrum CBD oil will get you most of the cannabinoids available in a specific hemp strain.
CBD is also available as a tincture, isolate and wax concentrate.
CBD tinctures and isolates are usually consumed orally.
CBD wax or rosin can be dabbed or added to your favorite meal recipe.
Studies have shown CBG has pain and inflammation relieving properties for difficult to treat pain and neuropathic pain.
According to the studies below, CBD has a wide range of pain benefits.
New NIH research shows that CBN is a promising treatment for PTSD.
All cannabinoids work by effecting a critical regulatory system called your endocannabinoid system (ECS).
In the next section, you’ll find out some truly AMAZING facts about your ECS.
You’ll also learn how you can use CBD to make yourself feel better and be healthier.
Why CBD Works
CBD works because it affects your “endocannabinoid system.”
Your Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is an important part of your nervous system.
Your ECS is found in your brain, spine and throughout your body.
Your ECS regulates:
- mood (anxiety and depression)
- stress reaction
- and more
Your ECS performs these critical wellness functions every day.
It also has an important role in your happiness and well being.
The ECS was discovered in 1992 which means it’s pretty new—even for most medical doctors.
Some studies say that only 5% of medical doctors received training on the ECS while in medical school.
That’s why it’s up to you to educate yourself about CBD and your ECS.
But, that also means you have the opportunity to have more control over your own health and how you feel.
After reading this guide, medical doctors will be playing catch-up with your knowledge about hemp and CBD.
You’re the one with the knowledge.
So…how do you want to influence your ECS?
How are you going to put CBD to work and make yourself feel better?
Video: ECS Explained
I love this video.
Dr. Ruth Ross gives a superb TED talk explaining the endocannabinoid system.
She quickly explains the important parts of the ECS with visuals and easy language.
I hate overly technical stuff.
That’s one reason I love this video.
The other is I like watching cool people doing their thing.
CBD For Anxiety
Anxiety is defined as hypersensitivity to stimulation in a normal environment.
CBD will help fight anxiety and stress for you.
CBD works by signaling your endocannabinoid system to regulate anxious feelings that might be getting a little out of control.
It can change how you feel.
CBD can make you feel uplifted.
It can also relax you.
CBD can even make you feel more confident.
CBD for anxiety is one of the most frequent reasons people take cannabidiol.
The study below shows CBD has results even in cases of severe anxiety disorders.
CBD For Depression
CBD benefits depression as well.
Taking CBD for depression is believed to have fewer side effects than popular pharmaceutical drugs.
The research study below found that CBD effects on depression are rapid and sustained.
While pharmaceutical drugs take up to 6 weeks to start working, some doctors claim CBD will start to have effects on depression symptoms within 24-48 hours.
I have also heard interviews from family doctors who say CBD works better for depression than pharmaceuticals.
CBD For Pain
The one question I hear most is, “will CBD help my pain?“
CBD for pain is why I started researching CBD in the first place.
CBD benefits pain in different ways.
It’s not like an opiate that “kills pain” but also intoxicates you.
CBD doesn’t make your thinking fuzzy like an opiate.
With CBD, you can expect to keep a clear head.
Instead of killing pain, it feels more like CBD disrupts my pain.
CBD is non-addictive, non-habit forming and non-intoxicating.
According to the research below, what CBD does is effect how pain is transmitted to the brain.
CBD can also effect the source of the pain, especially pain caused by chronic inflammation.
Cannabidiol and hemp terpenes have strong anti-inflammatory properties.
Chronic inflammation can be the cause of many types of pain.
By reducing inflammation and neuropathic pain, CBD does have a painkilling effect.
Reducing inflammation with CBD has other health benefits too.
Inflammation is bad for cardiovascular health and brain aging.
And the National Institutes of Health CBD research is just getting started.
This press release from the NIH on September 19, 2019, announces its new CBD research initiative.
NIH will study pain management using cannabinoids and terpenes from hemp.
In the next section, I’ll show you how to use CBD and terpenes to effect mood, relaxation, confidence, and more…
How CBD Works
Stick with me in this section.
Understanding the interaction between CBD and your endocannabinoid system is important.
Knowing this stuff gives you the power to control your CBD benefits.
Do you take CBD for pain or relaxation?
Maybe you want CBD to uplift your mood?
Which CBD you take and how you take it changes the benefit you’ll get.
My goal is to make sure you get the CBD benefits you want.
This section will be simple and quick.
It’ll focus on only what matters.
Your endocannabinoid system (ECS) has two main types of cannabinoid receptors.
Dr. Ruth Ross from the video above tells you to think of cannabinoid receptors like a “lock.”
She says, think of CBD like your “key.”
When CBD comes in contact with the right receptor, it unlocks the lock.
That means, CBD bonds with the receptor and releases its benefits.
Not too technical, right?
TIP: Watch Dr. Ruth Ross’s Video for a Fast Explanation of how cannabinoids work
Different Cannabinoids, Different Benefits
Different cannabinoids bond with different receptors.
That’s why taking different cannabinoids causes different benefits.
THC (the one that will get you “high”) unlocks the CB1 receptor.
CBD (the one that “relaxes you“) unlocks the CB2 receptor.
That’s the difference between the two.
THC and CBD have different effects because they “unlock” different cannabinoid receptors.
That said, CBD also regulates how THC interacts with the THC receptor.
CBD effects how THC bonds with its CB1 cannabinoid receptor.
This means that if THC gives you anxious feelings, CBD can calm those feelings.
But, things don’t work the other way around.
THC does not affect the CBD receptor (CB2).
Only CBD can affect both CB1 and CB2 receptors.
THC vs. CBD
THC doesn’t always make people feel good.
Sometimes THC causes anxiety instead of euphoric feelings.
When this happens, it’s actually the THC that makes people feel anxious.
Some people quit smoking marijuana completely because of these anxious feelings.
Unlike THC, CBD doesn’t cause anxious feelings.
It has the opposite effect.
CBD relaxes people. Consistently.
When CBD and THC are present at the same time, CBD calms anxious feelings caused by THC.
CBD regulates how THC bonds with its receptor (the CB1 receptor).
Doctors say that CBD “modulates down” how THC and the CB1 receptor interact.
However technical they want to say it, the result is that CBD consistently provides a more relaxing experience.
How am I doing?
Not too bad, right?
Now to the part I find AMAZING!
We’ve been talking about “cannabinoids” as if they come from hemp.
That’s not exactly correct.
Cannabinoids are actually something that your body makes.
They’re how your endocannabinoid system sends signals to regulate itself.
Cannabinoids are naturally part of how your endo-cannabinoid system regulates your body.
The “cannabinoids” that come from hemp (like CBD, CBG, CBN) are really called phytocannabinoids.
“Phyto” means they come from plants.
So CBD is actually a phytocannabinoid because it’s a cannabinoid that comes from a plant—the hemp plant.
The AMAZING thing is that phytocannabinoids like CBD are practically the exact same compound as the cannabinoids created by our own bodies.
In fact, cannabinoids and phytocannabinoids are so similar your body can’t tell them apart.
That’s the magic of hemp.
It’s a plant that creates practically the exact same chemicals as your own body.
Hemp creates the chemicals we use to regulate:
- muscle recovery
- and more
That’s why CBD works.
It mimics the chemicals in your body and gives you control over your ECS.
You can use CBD to boost or diminish self-regulatory functions controlled by your ECS.
Hemp essentially makes natural copies of the chemicals your body makes itself.
That’s how taking hemp cannabinoids can put you in control of your own health and how you feel.
I find that amazing.
How is that possible?
A plant makes the same chemicals that are key to controlling how we feel.
It’s like magic.
However you want to look at it, hemp cannabinoids are a wellness breakthrough.
Let’s make sure you get the exact benefits you want.
Hemp makes more than just cannabinoids.
Hemp is also full of beneficial terpenes too.
Terpenes are natural compounds that give high CBD hemp strains their tasty flavor and unique smell.
The same terpenes in hemp are in fruits and vegetables as well.
Like CBD, terpenes have health and mood benefits of their own.
Terpene Mood Benefits
According to the study below, limonene is a terpene that can uplift your mood.
Other terpenes have different benefits, like relaxation.
Linalool is a popular terpene that is found in lavender.
It has a relaxing effect according to multiple studies.
That’s just a few of hemp’s terpenes and their effect on mood.
There are many terpenes that affect mood and have health benefits.
Terpene Health Benefits
Terpenes have different types of health benefits.
Terpene health benefits include:
- anti-microbial properties
- anti-fungal properties
- anti-inflammatory properties
Terpenes are useful in treating wounds.
They’re helpful in cosmetics for skin care.
Terpenes can even help protect the brain from the effects of aging.
If you want to get more benefits from your CBD oil add terpenes.
Check out our guide right here to the 14 most beneficial terpenes in hemp plants.
Its a simple, quick, searchable reference for everything you need to know about hemp terpenes and their benefits.
Our guide gives you the ability to recognize the terpene profile of your favorite hemp strain.
CBD Rosin and Terpenes
Terpenes lengthen and strengthen the benefits you get from CBD.
You can add hemp terpenes to your CBD oil or tincture to increase the strength of CBD.
When terpenes and CBD are taken together, they increase the effects of both.
This is called the “entourage effect.”
The entourage effect is strongest when you take full spectrum CBD products.
CBD wax has the ultimate entourage effect.
CBD wax contains the full spectrum of cannabinoids and the complete terpene profile found in a hemp strain.
That’s why I love wax.
I’m also a chef so I love infusing CBD wax into delicious recipes.
Doesn’t CBD wax look like honey?
Potent hemp wax is full of flavorful terpenes and concentrated CBD.
CBD Health Benefits
NIH CBD research is moving quickly.
Breakthrough CBD studies are underway now at the National Insitutes of Health.
NIH researchers are publishing new CBD health benefits every month.
Let’s take a quick look at the latest CBD findings in 2019.
CBD Sleep Benefits
Studies show cannabinoids effect slow-wave sleep and REM sleep.
Taking CBD for sleep helps sleep onset insomnia and sleep manitenance insomnia.
CBD works because it gets to the root problems causing your insomnia.
CBD effects the causes of insomnia including anxiety, depression, pain, and inflammation.
Are you’re struggling with insomnia? If so, I can relate.
I used to toss and turn for hours every night.
That’s when I started looking into CBD for sleep.
CBD has really helped me by breaking down the anxiety that was keeping my mind awake.
Check out my guide to CBD for Insomnia.
You’ll find answers there and a sleep trick video that really works.
CBD isn’t the only cannabinoid that can help you sleep.
CBG, or cannabigerol, is another cannabinoid with benefits for insomnia.
CBD Exercise Benefits
Your ECS promotes the euphoric feeling you get from a hard workout.
You know that feeling—it’s called runner’s high.
I love it.
I get my best ideas during a jog.
Runner’s high is a reward from your body for strenuous exercise.
It can lead to uplifting effects on mood and decrease depressed feelings.
I can think of many disorders where the research above could be helpful.
Or, you could use CBD to supercharge your task motivation and get more done.
CBD Pain Relief
By disrupting these signals, the ECS can relieve pain.
Cannabidiol pain-relieving properties are currently being studied for chronic pain, difficult to treat pain, palliative care, and neuropathic pain.
CBD Fertility Benefits
If cannabinoid levels in the uterus are either too low or too high then the likelihood of pregnancy is reduced.
The proper function of the endocannabinoid system is about balance.
This extends to the reproduction benefits of CBD.
CBD Immune System Benefits
The ECS affects white blood cell distribution in your body.
White blood cells are critical to proper immune system function.
They’re your main defenders from infection.
Cannabidiol benefits the immune system by affecting your regulatory endocannabinoid system.
CBD also benefits your immune system by helping you sleep and recover.
Anxiety, stress, and worry are all contributing factors to immune suppression.
You are less likely to get sick if you are well rested physically and mentally.
Since I started using CBD to help me sleep, I’ve had fewer colds.
For me, I know that a few days of bad sleep really disrupts my defenses against viruses.
CBD Anxiety Benefits
CBD anxiety research shows your ECS can help with anxious feelings and even panic attacks.
In stressful situations, CBD benefits anxiety and stress.
If you struggle with anxiety check out my CBD for sleep guide.
There’s a whole section on CBD benefits for anxiety.
Anxiety is one of the main causes of insomnia.
CBN is also helpful for anxiety.
CBN is a cannabinoid sedative but it’s non-habit forming and not addictive.
CBN is mildly intoxicating.
The research says CBN is about 10% as intoxicating as THC.
CBD Metabolism Benefits
Cannabidiol has a critical role in regulating metabolism because it affects the endocannabinoid system.
Your ECS controls energy storage and nutrient transport.
Both are critical to controlling your metabolic rate and available energy.
CBD Benefits: Appetite
There is a direct connection between appetite, CBD and food pleasure.
Some cannabinoids have been shown to increase hunger (THC) while other cannabinoids decrease appetite.
Cannabinoids also effect the pleasure received from food.
CBD Benefits: Memory
Your ECS plays a critical role in long term memory.
Cannabinoids benefit long term memory creation.
Traumatic memory destruction is an important function of the endocannabinoid system.
Destroying traumatic memories promotes well being.
CBD helps PTSD because it relieves anxiety from traumatic memories and diminishes their recurrence.
Though the mechanism is not understood, there are studies that show that CBD can help to decrease the lifespan or immediate availability of traumatic memories.
That is, CBD helps extinguish traumatic memories.
Uncontrollable recurrence of traumatic memories is one of the main symptoms of PTSD.
CBD Side Effects
CBD adverse effects and toxicity are minimal.
CBD is tolerated well across a wide dosing range.
CBD research shows that taking up to 1500mg/day orally showed no psychomotor slowing, vital sign abnormalities or negative mood effects.
CBD Side Effects
Side effects of cannabidiol:
- dry mouth
- low blood pressure
The symptoms are reported as infrequent to rare.
CBD is generally well tolerated.
If CBD side effects do occur, you should stop taking cannabidiol or consult a doctor.
A survey of CBD research shows most participants continue taking CBD to completion of the study.
This lends evidence to the idea that CBD generally has a low occurrence of substantial side effects.
Evidence from these studies shows CBD side effects are generally minimal with CBD benefits outweighing adverse effects such that most people do not discontinue taking the CBD product.