What is CBD and How Does it Work?

CBD (Cannabidiol) is a compound found in the Cannabis plant. It can be used in several different ways including vaping, CBD Oils and tinctures, capsules, and edibles.

Unlike its close relative, THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD is completely non-intoxicating This allows us to benefit from the many health properties of the Cannabis plant without the negative side effects of “getting high.” Because of this, CBD became a very popular option for those seeking a natural alternative to treat conditions such as chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, PTSD, epilepsy, and other disorders.

At first, many were skeptical, thinking that a natural compound, let alone a Cannabis-compound, could effectively treat such a wide range of conditions. But as medical researchers learned more, and the stories from tens of thousands of people began to stack up, the truth was undeniable––CBD works.

So, how exactly does CBD work?

For starters, CBD inherits many of the medicinal properties of Cannabis such as being anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiolytic. This allows it to provide natural stress, anxiety, and pain relief. But this alone isn’t what allows CBD to benefit so many conditions.

What allows it to effectively treat so many conditions, and maintain health and wellness in the body, is how the cannabinoids found in CBD interact with receptors throughout our body.

Next let’s talk about the Endocannabinoid System.

The Endocannabinoid System

In 1988, the first cannabinoid receptor was discovered in the brain of a rat. Researchers found that these receptors reacted specifically to THC and were found primarily found in regions of the brain responsible for mental and physiological processes such as memory, high cognition, emotion, and motor coordination.

Two years later, in 1993, the second cannabinoid receptor was found as part of the immune and central nervous systems. It was then that researchers started to realize that they may have been onto something, but these receptors were only found in rodents, so what’s the big deal, right?

Fast forward to 1995, researchers 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 researchers learned more about the ECS, they discovered that it was a vital component in maintaining the body’s homeostasis, which is the ideal balance between interdependent elements in the body.

To give you an idea of how the ECS helps maintain homeostasis, let me give you an example. When we become stressed, our mind releases cortisol, which is the compound responsible for how we feel when we are stressed. 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 a clear mind and make the best decision.

With all the scientific jargon, this last section may have been a little confusing. So just to clarify… 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. With such a discovery, you’d think we wouldn’t have to cover this next section… but here we go.

Article Credit: Aaron Cadena – 7/4/19

Americans and CBD Use

AUGUST 7, 2019

14% of Americans Say They Use CBD Products

BY MEGAN BRENAN

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • 14% of Americans say they use CBD products
  • 40% of users utilize CBD products for pain, 20% for anxiety, 11% for sleep

WASHINGTON, D.C. — One in seven Americans say they personally use cannabidiol- (CBD-) based products, which have proliferated since last year’s passage of a federal law legalizing this hemp form of cannabis. Younger Americans and those in the Western U.S. are most likely to report using these products, which are widely touted for their therapeutic benefits without any psychoactive effects because they contain a low level of THC.

Although CBD was legalized federally last December, the FDA is still researching it, and some states are still restricting it. While 14% of U.S. adults are using CBD products, Gallup’s June 19-July 12 polling found that 50% do not use them and 35% are not at all familiar with them. (Those who do not have any familiarity with CBD products were not asked about their personal usage of them.)

Twenty percent of adults younger than 30 say they use CBD, but usage and familiarity decrease progressively in older age groups. Just 8% of those aged 65 and older say they use CBD, and 49% are not familiar with it. This same pattern is evident in Gallup data on marijuana usage, with younger adults reporting a higher prevalence of marijuana use than is true for older adults.

Regionally, 21% of those in the Western U.S. use CBD products, compared with 13% in the South, and 11% in both the East and Midwest. Marijuana use is legal in many Western states, and CBD products have therefore been available for a longer time to residents of those states.

Why CBD Users Utilize It

While the FDA is still researching the uses and effectiveness of CBD products, marketers claim they have a wide variety of medical and therapeutic benefits. CBD users in the U.S. cite relief from pain (40%), anxiety (20%), insomnia (11%) and arthritis (8%) as the top reasons for use.

Why Americans Use CBD Products

For what condition or purpose do you use CBD products?

%
Pain (nonspecific) 40
Anxiety 20
Sleep/Insomnia 11
Arthritis 8
Migraines/Headaches 5
Stress 5
Muscle spasms/Soreness 4
General health (nonspecific) 4
Mental Health/PTSD/ADHD/Neurological disorders 4
Recreational 4
Depression 2
Skin care 2
For pet 1
Gastrointestinal/Digestive issues 1
Inflammation 1
Other 7
No opinion 1
Based on U.S. adults who say they use CBD products. Percentages add to more than 100% due to multiple responses.
GALLUP, JUNE 19-JULY 12, 2019

Among men and women who use CBD products, roughly four in 10 of each say they use them for pain relief; but women are more likely than men to use them for anxiety (25% vs. 14%, respectively), and men are more likely than women to use them for help in sleeping (15% vs. 8%).

Bottom Line

Since the 2018 Farm Act legalizing the cultivation of hemp was signed into law last December, many CBD-based products have hit the market, but the large majority of Americans are not yet familiar with them or don’t use them. Those who say they use them do so primarily to treat pain, anxiety, and sleeplessness.

Older Americans are less familiar with CBD products and less likely to be using them now. As the FDA begins to regulate CBD products and if they become more mainstream, older Americans may stand to benefit the most from them for the treatment of the aches and pains that come with age.

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Gallup Poll on CBD Use

AUGUST 7, 2019

14% of Americans Say They Use CBD Products

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • 14% of Americans say they use CBD products
  • 40% of users utilize CBD products for pain, 20% for anxiety, 11% for sleep

WASHINGTON, D.C. — One in seven Americans say they personally use cannabidiol- (CBD-) based products, which have proliferated since last year’s passage of a federal law legalizing this hemp form of cannabis. Younger Americans and those in the Western U.S. are most likely to report using these products, which are widely touted for their therapeutic benefits without any psychoactive effects because they contain a low level of THC.

Although CBD was legalized federally last December, the FDA is still researching it, and some states are still restricting it. While 14% of U.S. adults are using CBD products, Gallup’s June 19-July 12 polling found that 50% do not use them and 35% are not at all familiar with them. (Those who do not have any familiarity with CBD products were not asked about their personal usage of them.)

Twenty percent of adults younger than 30 say they use CBD, but usage and familiarity decrease progressively in older age groups. Just 8% of those aged 65 and older say they use CBD, and 49% are not familiar with it. This same pattern is evident in Gallup data on marijuana usage, with younger adults reporting a higher prevalence of marijuana use than is true for older adults.

Regionally, 21% of those in the Western U.S. use CBD products, compared with 13% in the South, and 11% in both the East and Midwest. Marijuana use is legal in many Western states, and CBD products have therefore been available for a longer time to residents of those states.

Why CBD Users Utilize It

While the FDA is still researching the uses and effectiveness of CBD products, marketers claim they have a wide variety of medical and therapeutic benefits. CBD users in the U.S. cite relief from pain (40%), anxiety (20%), insomnia (11%) and arthritis (8%) as the top reasons for use.

Why Americans Use CBD Products

Among men and women who use CBD products, roughly four in 10 of each say they use them for pain relief; but women are more likely than men to use them for anxiety (25% vs. 14%, respectively), and men are more likely than women to use them for help in sleeping (15% vs. 8%).

For what condition or purpose do you use CBD products? %
Pain (nonspecific) 40
Anxiety 20
Sleep/Insomnia 11
Arthritis 8
Migraines/Headaches 5
Stress 5
Muscle spasms/Soreness 4
General health (nonspecific) 4
Mental health/PTSD/ADHD/Neurological disorders 4
Recreational 4
Depression 2
Skin care 2
For pet 1
Gastrointestinal/Digestive issues 1
Inflammation 1
Other 7
No opinion 1
Based on U.S. adults who say they use CBD products. Percentages add to more than 100% due to multiple responses.
GALLUP, JUNE 19-JULY 12, 2019

Bottom Line

Since the 2018 Farm Act legalizing the cultivation of hemp was signed into law last December, many CBD-based products have hit the market, but the large majority of Americans are not yet familiar with them or don’t use them. Those who say they use them do so primarily to treat pain, anxiety, and sleeplessness.

Older Americans are less familiar with CBD products and less likely to be using them now. As the FDA begins to regulate CBD products and if they become more mainstream, older Americans may stand to benefit the most from them for the treatment of the aches and pains that come with age.

BY MEGAN BRENAN

The Potential of CBD to Support Gut Health

Did you know that over 70% of your immune system exists in your gut?  Proper gut health is a vital part of a healthy human life. Getting the occasional tummy ache or an episode of heartburn after overeating or indulging in unhealthy foods is a problem most people are familiar with. However, It is widely believed that the stomach is the root of many chronic health problems including cancer, obesity, depression, autism, obesity, and more.  The microbiota of the gut is a complex, living ecosystem which thrives off of balance and healthy living. When this microbiota is out of balance, problems develop.  Many people take things like probiotics to support their gut health. Research is now suggesting that cannabinoids like CBD may also help support a healthy gut.  

As we already know, the endocannabinoid system (ECS) has a vital role in many of the body’s essential functions. One of these functions is basic gut health. Since we know CBD as a compound can alter the functions of the immune system as well as act as an anti-inflammatory, it could have incredible applications for those with digestive issues. Also, things like stress or anxiety can heighten the symptoms of those who already have abdominal conditions. Using CBD may not only help with gut issues but also prevent your brain from making them worse than they already are. 

One of the digestive issues which CBD is thought to be able to relieve is gut motility— a general term used to describe the stretching or contraction of muscles in the GI tract. When these muscles don’t function normally, symptoms like diarrhea, bloating, constipation, or cramping can develop. The endocannabinoid system plays a key role in the contraction of these intestinal muscles. It is thought that stimulating the ECS with compounds like CBD might promote the healthy contraction of abdominal muscles. This contraction could help digestive problems like irritable bowel syndrome, small intestine bacterial overgrowth, and inflammatory bowel disease. 

Another condition which CBD may help with is leaky gut. It has been found that there are many cannabinoid receptors along the small intestine which are thought to modify the places in the digestive tract where leaky gut occurs. Additionally, it is now known that signaling is transmitted between the ECS and the gut microbiota, which could explain why an imbalance in the ECS can contribute to leaky gut syndrome. 

The gut barrier is another place where CBD is thought to be a helpful dietary supplement. According to one study, CBD may be able to mediate or counteract gut permeability. Gut permeability is the process of materials from inside the gut passing through the barrier to other parts of the body. There are many autoimmune diseases associated with problems in this gut barrier, and cannabinoids have been shown to have therapeutic potential to reduce or reverse this intestinal permeability. 

The gut is one of the places where people should be paying the most attention when it comes to their overall health. If there is a sense of disorder in the intestines, it can impact almost all other functions in the body. Another great thing about CBD is that it can be used in conjunction with other dietary supplements like probiotics without any interactions or harmful side effects. A recent animal study found that giving rats a probiotic increased the number of endocannabinoids present in the gut microbiota. This study illustrates the positive association between gut health and cannabinoids, and points to the fact that in the future, CBD could have therapeutic applications for those with intestinal issues. 

Article by BY BRI STEPHENS  – www.echoconnection.org

How CBD Supports Cardio Health

Cardiovascular disease, which includes heart disease and stroke, is the number one cause of death worldwide, causing about 610,000 Americans to die each year. While exercise, a heart-healthy diet, and adequate sleep can go a long way toward prevention, research has found that CBD can also support the cardiovascular system and improve heart health. 

CBD contains cannabinoids that interact with our body’s endocannabinoid system, which helps our body maintain homeostasis or balance. While cannabinoids don’t connect to the cardiovascular system directly, their interaction with the cannabinoid system can have a positive effect on cardiovascular health. 

Blood Pressure

High blood pressure (hypertension) causes slow damage to the arteries which can eventually lead to heart disease or stroke. Approximately one-third of those with untreated hypertension will die of stroke, while as many as halves will die of heart disease. It can also cause serious damage to the brain and kidneys. Over 75 million Americans, almost one-third of the U.S. population, suffer from high blood pressure, and only about half have the condition under control. 

CBD acts as a vasodilator, widening arteries to increase blood flow, allowing blood to provide nutrients and oxygen to vital tissues and organs. A 2017 study published in JCI Insight examined the effects of CBD on healthy individuals. When researchers administered either CBD or a placebo to nine healthy males, they found that those who took the 600 mg dose of CBD lowered their resting systolic blood pressure by an average of 6 mmHg. Systolic blood pressure measures the amount of pressure in your veins when your heart is beating and should stay below 120 mmHg. 

Heart Arrhythmia

Irregular heartbeat, or arrhythmia, can be harmless, but can also be a sign of heart damage such as atrial fibrillation, which causes more than 750,000 hospitalizations per year and can increase the risk of blood clots and other heart issues. A study in the British Journal of Pharmacology showed that the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of CBD had a positive effect on animal test subjects, indicating its potential to offer protection against ventricular arrhythmias. 

Inflammation 

Myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart muscle, can cause fatigue, chest pain, and difficulty breathing, and severe cases can lead to blood clots and even heart attack or stroke. 

CBD has powerful anti-inflammatory properties, and studies have suggested that these properties could provide effective treatment for vascular damage caused by glucose and inflammation. It has also been shown to reduce the number of cells that are destroyed by inflammation, which could help the heart maintain vascular health and strength. 

Article BY BRI STEPHENS – www.echoconnection.org

Overview of Cancer and CBD

Cancer is a general name used to classify a large group of diseases that develop because of abnormal cells growing out of control. Normal body cells are continuously growing, dividing, and dying. When cells in a part of the body begin to grow out of control, it is diagnosed as cancer. Cancer cells will continue to grow, rather than die, and they can invade other tissues. Most of the time, cancer cells form a tumor, which can, in turn, invade nearby normal tissue and crowd it out or push it aside. The cancer cells will often travel to other parts of the body, a process referred to as metastasis, through the bloodstream or lymph vessels. According to the American Cancer Society, there are over 1.6 million new cases in the United States every year, and if left untreated, cancers can cause serious illness and death.

Cancer is considered a genetic disease because it is caused by changes to the genes that control the way our cells function. Although these changes can be inherited, they can also arise during a person’s lifetime. There are more than 100 different types of cancers, which are commonly named for the organs or tissues from where they form.

Treatment of cancer varies depending on the location of cancer and how far it’s advanced. However, there are a number of primary types of cancer treatment include the following: surgery, which involves removing the cancerous tumor; radiation therapy, which uses high doses of radiation to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors; chemotherapy, which uses drugs to kill cancer cells; immunotherapy, which helps your immune system fight cancer; hormone therapy, which slows or stops the growth of cancer that uses hormones to grow; targeted therapy, which targets the changes in cancer cells that help them grow and divide; and stem cell transplant, which involves a procedure that restores blood-forming stem cells in people who have had theirs destroyed by high doses of cancer treatments.

Findings: Effects of Cannabinoids and CBD on Cancer

Evidence suggests that cannabis has the potential of inhibiting the growth of and even killing cancer cells and can help patients manage symptoms associated with cancer treatments. After examining the available literature, a recent research review concluded that cannabis possesses anti-tumor properties and is effective at offering pain, nausea, and vomiting relief for patients with cancer.

Two of the major cannabinoids found in cannabis, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), activate the cannabinoid 1 (CB1) and cannabinoid 2 (CB2) receptors of the endocannabinoid system. Activation of the CB1 and CB2 receptors by cannabinoids can elicit antitumor effects in a number of aggressive cancers. THC and CBD have been shown to inhibit the progression of cancers located in the breast, lung, prostate, and colon in animal models, suggesting that the cannabinoids may also be effective at mediating cancer cell death in human subjects.

CBD acid (CBDA), the acidic precursor of CBD, has shown in one study to have the capability of down-regulating invasive human breast cancer cells and therefore preventing their growth. In 2016, the same team of researchers found CBDA to effectively inhibit the migration of breast cancer cells and was able to identify the effect to be associated with the cannabinoid’s downregulation of the proto-oncogene c-fos and the enzyme cyclooxygenase-2.

Cannabinoids have long demonstrated it can provide relief for patients suffering from nausea related to cancer treatments. Studies have found that CBD is effective at treating the more difficult to control symptoms of nausea, as well as preventing anticipatory nausea in chemotherapy patients. Another study found that THC was effective at reducing conditioned rejection and chemotherapy-induced nausea.

Cannabis has also been shown to be effective at lowering neuropathic pain that traditional treatment was unable to manage. In one study, cancer patients with intractable pain who had previously and unsuccessfully tried to manage their discomfort with opioids saw significant reductions in pain levels after being treated with cannabis containing both THC and CBD for two weeks.

Weight loss due to nausea and a loss of appetite are common side effects of cancer treatment. However, THC has shown to significantly stimulate appetite in patients that have cachexia related to cancer. In addition, patients treated with THC have a larger appetite and report that food “tastes better”. The ability to stimulate appetite in cancer patients is significant in helping to prevent wasting syndrome related to cancer treatments.

A survey study analyzing the effects of cannabis in cancer patients after six to eight weeks of treatment found significant improvements in all of the measured cancer-related symptoms, which included nausea, vomiting, mood disorders, fatigue, weight loss, anorexia, constipation, sexual function, sleep disorders, itching, and pain2. Patients treated with THC also experience a higher quality of sleep and relaxation. The National Cancer Institute, an organization run by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, currently recognizes cannabis as an effective treatment for providing relief of a number of symptoms associated with cancer, including pain, nausea and vomiting, anxiety, and loss of appetite.

Article by Andrea – www.echoconnection.org

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder, most common in war veterans, involves uncontrollable anxiety and flashbacks following a traumatic experience. Studies have shown cannabinoids are effective at lessening the emotional impact of traumatic events and can help patients experience less anxiety and fear and improve their sleep.

Overview of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental condition that develops after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. Those suffering from PTSD experience flashbacks, severe anxiety, nightmares, and uncontrollable thoughts about the event, according to Mayo Clinic. They often feel stressed and in danger when no real threat exists. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, other symptoms of PTSD include staying away from places or events that are reminders of the traumatic experience, feeling numbness or guilt, losing interest in formerly enjoyable activities, being easily startled, feeling tense, having problems sleeping and experiencing angry outbursts.

PTSD is prevalent in military veterans but can develop following any type of traumatic event, such as a mugging, kidnapping, car accident, plane crash, physical attack or natural disaster.

Currently, PTSD is commonly treated with psychotherapy efforts that include exposure therapy, which exposes patients to the trauma they experienced but in a safe way, cognitive restructuring, which helps patients make sense of the bad memories, and stress inoculation training, which teaches patients how to reduce their anxiety. Antidepressant medications are often prescribed to help curtail feelings of sadness, anger, worry, and numbness. These medications can sometimes have side effects like headache, nausea, sleeplessness or drowsiness, agitation, and sexual problems.

Findings: Effects of Cannabinoids and CBD on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Cannabis has been found to help PTSD patients manage their symptoms. Two major cannabinoids found in Cannabis, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), influence the body’s endocannabinoid system, which plays an essential role in maintaining emotional homeostasis and in regulating memory consolidation, retrieval, and extension. Cannabinoids found in cannabis activate the cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2) of the endocannabinoid system, which in turn modulates the release of neurotransmitter and produces a wide range of effects on the central nervous system, including an increase in pleasure and the alternation of memory processes. The cannabinoids block the continuous retrieval of the traumatic event, thus enhancing its extension and reducing its associated anxiety.

These effects help PTSD patients manage the three core symptoms of the condition, which include re-experiencing, avoidance and numbing, and hyperarousal. PTSD patients saw a 75% reduction in PTSD symptoms, as measured by the Clinical Administered Post-traumatic Scale when they were using cannabis compared to when they were not.

Military veterans use cannabis for coping purposes, especially those whose condition causes difficulties in emotional regulation or stress tolerance. An improvement in sleep patterns in those who suffer from insomnia or nightmares is another primary motivating factor for cannabis use in PTSD patients. The more severe the PTSD symptoms, the more that military veterans desire to use cannabis to cope. Preclinical evidence supports CBD as having considerable potential as a treatment for PTSD when it’s administered acutely as symptoms arise rather than chronically.

There’s evidence to suggest, however, that the benefits of cannabis for PTSD patients go beyond temporary. Findings support that cannabis has the potential to dampen the strength and emotional impact of traumatic memories. In addition, administering cannabinoids shortly after the exposure to an intensely stressful event can help prevent the development of PTSD-like symptoms.

Article by Andrea – www.echoconnection.org

An Overview of the Minor Cannabinoid CBCv

Cannabichromevarin (CBCv) was first discovered in 1975 by researchers from the University of Nagasaki who isolated the cannabinoid from the cannabis plant. However, after CBCv’s discovery, there was not much research done about it, but because of its similar molecular structure to CBC, it can be assumed that is shares some similar benefits.

CBCv is one of several minor cannabinoids found in cannabis sativa and is present in both marijuana and hemp strains of the plant. But if CBCv holds similar benefits to CBC, there could be an array of conditions and diseases that could be improved with CBCv. CBC is known for being an antidepressant and could potentially bring relief to individuals struggling with this disorder.

Being an anti-inflammatory, it may potentially help individuals who have chronic inflammation and pain. CBC has also been found to be antifungal and antibiotic, which could end up being an all-natural alternative medicine for fungal issues like athlete’s foot and ringworm. And because it has antibiotic properties, it may help fight against certain resistant bacteria within the human body.

One thing we do know about the compound is that it has the potential to be a powerful anticonvulsant. This alone makes it worthy of further investigation.

When it comes to CBCv, there is still plenty of research to be done about this cannabinoid. Researchers from the Regents of the University of California have found it important enough to patent an anticonvulsant drug for infants in which CBCv is mentioned as a potential ingredient. Going forward, scientists will no doubt be looking deeper into the properties of this mysterious cannabinoid. From what it looks like, CBCv has all the possibilities of being a life-changing cannabinoid.

By Andrea, published on echoconnection.org

An Overview of the Minor Cannabinoid CBNa

Cannabinolic acid (CBNa) is one of many compounds found in cannabis. After the process of decarboxylation, CBNa converts into cannabinol (CBN). Decarboxylation is when one compound converts into another by exposure to sunlight or ultraviolet light. CBNa is believed to portray similar benefits as CBN.

Though CBN is found in trace amounts within a cannabis plant, higher levels of CBN are found in aged cannabis. Any individual can receive the benefits from CBNa by juicing the compound. Juicing is a simple yet helpful method for ingesting the benefits of this healthy cannabinoid.

The therapeutic benefits of cannabinolic acid are very similar to the ones an individual would receive from CBN. CBNa has been found to possibly help relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and promote sleep. CBNa also fights against bacteria.

CBNa has the potential to help individuals struggling with insomnia, chronic pain, and other complicated issues. Because CBN is known to help reduce and prevent seizures and convulsions, it can be assumed that CBNa has the same effect. This potential benefit could change and improve the lives of millions of individuals struggling with life-altering issues.

A significant fact about CBN is that it stimulates appetites. It is possible that CBNa holds the same benefit due to both of the compound’s similarities. This cannabinoid could be the all-natural answer for individuals struggling with a lack of appetite. There is still research that needs to happen about cannabinolic acid. From our still limited understanding of CBNa, there appears an enormous potential to help with a variety of health conditions.

By Andrea, published on echoconnection.org

An Overview of a Minor Cannabinoid CBDVa

Cannabidivarinic acid (CBDVa) is another minor cannabinoid found in cannabis sativa. It is the acidic version of cannabidivarin (CBDv). CBDVa is non-psychoactive, which means that it does not induce a “high” when it is taken. This should be reassuring for those who may want to try this cannabinoid but are worried about mind-altering effects.

CBDVa is usually found in trace amounts within more common cannabis plants in North America. However, CBDVa is found at high levels within cannabis plants found in Nepal and India.

CBDVa is produced within raw cannabis. The best way to ingest the benefits of cannabidivarinic acid is by juicing. Juicing is an excellent way to receive any unique cannabinoids benefits. Recently, there has been a lot of research on CBDV (CBDVa’s non-acidic version) and the results are promising.  With such similarities between CBDv and CBDva, it is quite likely that they hold similar benefits.

One of these benefits is its anti-inflammatory properties. In fact, nearly all the cannabinoids found in the plant exhibit this property. Many physicians believe that inflammation is responsible for a host of conditions within Western society. With that being the case, CBDVa could be a potent remedy for several issues.

Cannabidivarinic acid also has the potential to prevent vomiting and nausea in patients undergoing chemotherapy. That benefit would bring much-needed relief to individuals struggling with cancer.  Chemotherapy may become less difficult for the patient if CBDVa were administered. Adding it to one’s diet in raw cannabis smoothies may be beneficial.

Additionally. CBDv is known for being an anticonvulsant and antiepileptic aid. The same can be assumed about CBDVa. Potentially, cannabidivarinic acid could help reduce convulsions during seizures, although more research is needed. The compound also could reduce the number of seizures an individual will experience.

The fact that CBDVa may be able to help with everything from inflammation to seizures is astonishing. As researchers delve deeper into the minor cannabinoids, the more we become aware of the possible life-changing benefits of these all-natural compounds.

By Andrea, published on echoconnection.org

An Overview of a Minor Cannabinoid CBDv

Cannabidivarin (CBDv) is a cannabinoid found in cannabis. Non-psychoactive, it produces no high but is one of over 100 hundred cannabinoids found within cannabis with unique benefits. There are typically high levels of CBDv in cannabis located in northwest India and Nepal.

There have been a few animal and human tests about the possible health effects CBDv could provide. Research is still in the early stages, but preliminary results indicate there are positive therapeutic effects CBDv could bring to someone’s life.

Though CBDv’s molecular structure and makeup is similar to Cannabidiol (CBD), both compounds bring different types of relief compared to one another. CBDv has been found to have both anticonvulsant and antiepileptic properties.  This fact indicates that it could help individuals struggling with neurological disorders.

There is the potential for CBDv to bring relief to individuals with Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy. CBDv is thought to reduce the intensity and length of seizures. The cannabinoid could also prevent convulsions when an individual does experience a seizure.

Researchers are currently looking into the benefits CBDv could have on individuals who have disorders like Rett syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder as well.

CBDv, like many of the minor cannabinoids, shows potential to prevent nausea and vomiting and has been a helpful tool for chemotherapy patients.  It is currently being researched in depth because of all the new and hopeful information arising from other studies. From what researchers know now about cannabinoids, cannabidivarin has the potential of giving patients a new quality of life.

By Andrea, published on echoconnection.org