High There!

Sean and I are at the 50th anniversary of Woodstock at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (original location) waiting to see John Fogerty (CCR), Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, and last but certainly not least, the Tedeschi Trucks band.

So I thought it only appropriate to write about CBD oil this week, a plant-based compound that comes from both hemp and marijuana. But we are only talking about the legal stuff today. Are you disappointed? Did you think I was going to talk about medical marijuana? Maybe next time, so stay tuned.

Back to CBD and all its purported properties such as:

1. Pain relief

2. Anxiety and depression reduction

3. Alleviates Cancer-related symptoms

4. May reduce acne

5. Aid in treating neurological disorders

6. Heart health

CBD is a Phyto cannabinoid that is found in both hemp and marijuana plants, the difference being that the hemp has less than 0.3% THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) the psychoactive ingredient that makes you high, while marijuana contains up to 30% THC – big difference.

These compounds react with endocannabinoids that are present in our bodies, at all cell levels, and bind to them to affect many of our functions, within the endocannabinoid system (ECS).

I first heard of CBD oil several years ago from my Aunt Edna, in the UK, who was putting some drops under her tongue, to help with chronic pain. Relief comes from the use of CBD to reduce the inflammation that occurs with chronic pain, at a neurotransmitter level. While most of the pain studies have been on rats, and have conclusively shown reduction of pain responses, there have been human studies, using both CBD and THC in combination to treat multiple sclerosis pain, successfully. In fact, in some countries, Sativex oral spray is approved for use in treating the pain associated with MS and arthritis.

Promising new developments in treating anxiety and depression using CBD is giving hope to those who want to treat these two common mental disorders naturally, rather than relying on pharmaceuticals. Some studies have shown CBD efficacy and safety in treating insomnia and anxiety in children suffering from PTSD. CBD appears to act on brain receptors for serotonin and act as an anti-depressant, in animal studies.

As for cancer -related nausea and vomiting, CBD alone can help reduce these symptoms, while the pain associated with chemotherapy and disease, is most effectively treated with a combination of CBD and THC.

And did you know that CBD oil may help with acne? Apparently, its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to reduce sebum (oil) production may help reduce outbreaks