What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring cannabis compound that has significant medical benefits but unlike it’s counterpart THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), it does not make people feel “high”. The Cannabis family has 2 popular plants: Hemp, which is CBD-rich contains little THC, and Marijuana, which is THC-rich, and contains little, yet varying degrees of CBD. For this reason, SunnySide Botanicals exclusively use only hemp-derived CBD. As it is a safe, non-addictive, substance that does not produce a high it an appealing option for patients looking for relief from a number of health issues.
CBD also has demonstrable neuro-protective and neurogenic effects and its anti-cancer properties are currently being investigated. There are many on going studies currently being conducted in the United States, Canada and elsewhere World Wide, including by the National Institute of Health, Health Canada, and the World Health Organization, all of which have information available online about CBD.
There are so many different health benefits to taking CBD, many of which are still being studied and discovered, and many of the benefits are anecdotal. The first legal and pharmaceutical use has been to treat children suffering from epileptic seizures and a CBD drug has been approved by the FDA and prescribed to many children with amazing results. However, without anecdotal evidence, the FDA would never have pursued CBD as a realistic treatment for such a serious condition – especially for children. What else is known to date is that it can help individuals who are experiencing nausea and vomiting because due to chemotherapy or any other type of necessary, but difficult medical treatment.
There is also strong evidence to suggest it can be of great assistance to those who suffer with any of the following:
- depression and other mood disorders
- insomnia and other sleep disorders
- chronic pain
- multiple sclerosis (MS)
- neuropathic pain
- skin conditions like eczema and acne
- gastro-intestinal diseases / disorders like IBS or Crone's
- neuro-genitive diseases like Parkinson's, Huntington's, Alzheimer's
- opioid withdrawal
How do I Take my CBD?
We recommend you first consult our DOSING GUIDE but we have a number of addition tidbits we feel important you take note of:
1) The full benefits of CBD aren't felt until at least a week of continuous use. It is best not to think of CBD as a once-in-a-while Advil or melatonin, but instead, as part of your daily supplement/nutrition or well-being regimen. Regular consistent dose will activate your endo-cannabinoid system and help your body achieve homeostasis (see down below)
2) CBD is Biphasic / Adaptogenic which means that at certain doses, CBD can a certain sort of effects, and while at a different range of doses can provde a different list of effects.
An example of this would be alcohol. Below a certain blood alcohol content (BAC) alcohol can provide a stimulating effect ,making one very social.But with much more elevated BAC content level it acts as a depressant and makes one sleepy.
This isn't to say CBD will do the same -it wont act like a stimulant / depressant in the same way alcohol does in the varying doses. But depending on what you are using CBD for, an extremely high dose may not be the answer. Some might consider journaling their experiences as they experiment with dosages.
CBD will NOT get you High / Intoxicated
Contrary to popular belief, products such as CBD oils and other CBD products not going to get you high. THC, which is a psychoactive substance, is the chemical found in cannabis that leads to a psychoactive “high” and it acts much differently CBD. SunnySide Botanical products are lab-verifiable THC-free – something we guarantee. Of interesting note, if someone get’s into psychosis or get’s too high from ingesting too much THC, the antidote is actually CBD! We don’t think it’s 100% accurate to say CBD is entirely non-psychoactive. As there are some anti-anxiety relieving results due to interaction with your brain’s serotonin production, there can be mild psycholigal relief for those suffering from anxiety and or depression. This isn’t a high, especially anything like one that THC would produce, but to say it’s non-psychoactive would be misleading. It’s safe to say though, that there are no negative side-effects. The conclusive, anecdotal, human studies, lab-mice studies all agree – CBD in any amount is 100% safe.
The Endocannabinoid System
First discovered in 1988, researchers found that these receptors reacted specifically to THC, and were found primarily found in regions of the brain responsible for mental and physiological processing such as memory, high cognition, emotion, and motor coordination. Unfortunately, it was found in a rodent.
In 1993, the second cannabinoid receptor was found, this time as part of the immune and central nervous system. Again, this time in a rodent.
Continuing their promising research, their breakthrough came in 1995. They discovered that these receptors, now officially referred to as the CB1 receptor and CB2 receptor, were found not only in rats, but within thousands of other species, including humans!
Thanks to advancements in technology and knowledge and tons of clinical trials, researchers were able to reverse engineer what they’d discovered, trace back through the metabolic pathways of various cannabinoids, and uncover an entirely unknown signaling system between the CB1 and CB2 receptors in our bodies and receptors found in Cannabis compounds, which they called “endocannabinoids.”
Due to the role of endocannabinoids in this system, the system was officially named the Endocannabinoid System (ECS).
As continued research evolved our understanding of the ECS, its been discovered that it’s a vital component in maintaining your the body's homeostasis, which is the ideal balance between interdependent elements in the body.
An example: When we become stressed, our mind releases cortisol, which is the compound responsible for those stressed-out feelings. Cortisol can be helpful when we need to react quickly to a dangerous situation; however too much disrupts the natural balance of our body and mind can result in serious health problems.
When certain endocannabinoids are introduced into the body, it not only helps provide stress relief, it helps manage our perception of stress so that we can look at the situation with clarity of mind and follow though with reason in our decision making.
Scientists discovered that there are systems in our bodies that are solely dependent on their interaction with cannabinoids, and these systems are part of vital functions in our bodies. Basically, our bodies were designed to work with cannabinoids, and they can even be considered as essential to our overall health and wellness. This is the scientific / biological process or proof of how Cannabinoids can actually improve our lives. Instead of just the anecdotal evidence of our friends and family who say they use cannabis to ease their mind. We now have scientific data on how that process actually works.
Special Thank-you to CBDOrigin.com for research and data collection about the endocannabinoid system. Check them out - they are a valued resource!