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A Deep Dive into CBD – Will Kleidon on Revolution Health Radio, Hosted By Chris Kresser

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Key Takeaways

  • CBD, which simply stands for “cannabidiol,” is a by-product of the cannabis plant
    • (The cannabis plant produces over 114 cannabinoids, of which CBD is one)
  • CBD reacts with a variety of endocannabinoid receptors located throughout the brain and nervous system
    • Because of this, it has a wide range of therapeutic applications
  • CBD is beneficial for:
    • Inflammatory bowel diseases and GI issues
    • Mood disorders and anxiety
    • Pain
    • Chronic inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis
    • Autoimmune conditions
    • Nausea
  • CBD counteracts the psychedelic effects of THC

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Intro

What is CBD?

  • CBD, which simply stands for “cannabidiol,” is a by-product of the cannabis plant
    • (The cannabis plant produces over 114 cannabinoids, of which CBD is one)
  • CBD reacts with a variety of endocannabinoid receptors located throughout the brain and nervous system
    • Because of this, it has a wide range of therapeutic applications
  • CBD doesn’t have psychoactive properties like THC, the principal psychoactive component of cannabis
    • Fun fact: CBD actually counteracts the psychedelic effects of THC

The Legal and Regulatory Environment Surrounding CBD

  • CBD is legal in all 50 states at the federal level
  • The Farm Bill stipulates that states cannot block the intrastate transport of hemp and its derivatives, including cannabinoids such as CBD
  • The TSA states that it’s 100% legal to travel with CBD oil
  • In the U.S., cannabis plants with a THC content <0.3 percent are not considered psychoactive, and are therefore legally classified as “hemp”
    • Certain countries in Europe have THC thresholds at 1 percent

The Health Effects of CBD

  • The endocannabinoid system (which CBD interacts with) has receptors in every system of the human body: Nervous, digestive, skeletal, dermal, reproductive, cardiovascular, respiratory, etc.
    • The primary function of the endocannabinoid system is to maintain balance for the above-mentioned systems, all of which have cannabinoid receptors
      • If one system goes out of balance, the endocannabinoid system deploys cannabinoids to bring that system back into harmony
        • (Cannabinoids are like fuel for the endocannabinoid system and help buffer stress)
  • “Pain, inflammation, and oxidative stress characterize every chronic, modern, inflammatory disease—from headaches to migraines to Crohn’s disease to ulcerative colitis to arthritis to cardiovascular disease, and to depression, which is now considered to be an inflammatory condition” – Chris Kresser
  • CBD is beneficial for:
    • Inflammatory bowel diseases and GI issues
    • Mood disorders and anxiety
    • Pain
    • Chronic inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis
    • Autoimmune conditions
    • Nausea

Choosing a CBD Product and Determining Dosage

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  • A lot of CBD comes in the fat-soluble form (fat enhances the bioavailability)
    • You need ~500 milligrams of fat-based CBD to turn on the endocannabinoid system functionally
  • A single CBD dose (~two droppers) during the day is sufficient for most people to notice beneficial side effects
  • With THC, you need to take more over time because you develop a resistance
    • But with CBD, you’re able to take less over time, as the body becomes sensitized
  • During cold or flu season (for a short-term), you can increase your dosage to ~six droppers a day to boost immunity

Topical Uses for CBD

  • In gel form, CBD can be used for the treatment of aches and pains associated with injuries, as well as as an antimicrobial for skin conditions
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