In addition to acting on the brain, CBD influences many body processes. That’s due to the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which was discovered in the 1990s, after scientists started investigating why pot produces a high. Although much less well-known than the cardiovascular, reproductive, and respiratory systems, the ECS is critical. “The ECS helps us eat, sleep, relax, forget what we don’t need to remember, and protect our bodies from harm,” Marcu says. There are more ECS receptors in the brain than there are for opioids or serotonin, plus others in the intestines, liver, pancreas, ovaries, bone cells, and elsewhere.


How your body reacts to CBD is unique. Also, whether you want to “feel relaxed” or simply take a daily supplement is up to you. A capsule may give your body cannabinoids that steadily absorb into your body over time. A vape you’ll feel right away. Oils are closer to vapes in how quickly they work, but they take time to get into your system. Don’t immediately take more. The impact of CBD may be cumulative.
There are likely very complex relationships also occurring between various Cannabinoids in Cannabis that may lead to certain medical efficacy. That is important to remember when considering the consumption of products that contain Cannabinoids. There is an attractiveness to isolating a specific chemical, researching it, patenting synthetic derivatives, and marketing specific drugs. That said, the relationships are complex, will likely take years to understand, and many patients I’ve met appear to find the most medical benefit from a diverse group of Cannabinoids whose interactions are not particularly well understand, but the results are hard to argue with.
We have receptors for cannabinoids in the whole body, but the first type (CB1) are very dense in the pain pathways of the brain, spine, and nerves. The second type (CB2) are more important for the immune system but is also involved in inflammation. By gently acting on both pathways, our internal cannabinoids and CBD can balance both pain and inflammation [64].
Did you get an answer for this? I have the exact same scenario. I’m treating my TN with Tegretol, and recently tried CBD. I think I took too much and there are some weird drug interactions with Tegretol and I felt quite stoned….was alone and talking to myself in my head thinking I was Einstein. It freaked me out a bit but I think I took too much. I’m trying lower doses again as recently my TN seems to be resisting the meds, although I have had a lot of emotional stress, which seems to be a trigger. Thanks!! Anna
Locsta….I share your pain of degenerative and bulging disk disease, along with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and arthritis. Absolutely no energy and chronic pain all day, every day. I’m curious as to what type and brand of the CBD oil you are taking and for how long have you been using it? I’ve been researching CBD oil for months and am quite confused!
Cannabidiol has become a very popular supplement, but very few stores adhere to strict selection criteria to ensure the highest standards and purest extracts. These criteria warrants that the edibles, tinctures and sprays from the brands we stock are full spectrum, containing over 400 active organic hemp molecules, including CBDa, CBC, CBG, CBN, terpenes, alkanes, amino acids, aldehydes, ketones, omegas, flavonoids, and glycosides.

At first, I was wary. Although I live in Los Angeles, where it seems like there’s a medical marijuana depot on every corner, I’m not one for doing drugs (legal or otherwise). I mean, I don’t even take Advil when I get a headache!  But despite the fact that CBD oil is made from hemp, it doesn’t contain THC. THC is the compound responsible for the “high” that comes with ingesting marijuana. In fact, scientific reviews have proven that CBD “does not interfere with several psychomotor and psychological functions,” and is safe to ingest without any side effects. Let me repeat: YOU WILL NOT GET HIGH FROM CBD!
When it comes to using CBD, questions keep coming up, especially from people who try CBD for the first time. Since there are different CBD products and because CBD can be used in different ways, the question of how to use CBD oil is quite legitimate.  What CBD products are available, how they can be used, and the bioavailability of each product is covered in this article.
Transparency: cbdMD seems to be going through a transition with their third-party testing practices. Until recently, they only released a lab report for the CBD concentrate they use for all their products, but would not show potency testing for individual products. That seems to be changing. Currently, the only lab report on the website is for their concentrate (and it’s over a year old). But if you contact customer service, they’ll send you a lab report for any product. 

Although CBD oils aren’t regulated by the FDA, purchasing products stateside from one of the nine states where recreational and medical cannabis use is legal will likely result in a higher-quality product than buying one made with hemp-derived CBD oil imported from abroad, says Martin Lee, director of Project CBD, a nonprofit that promotes medical research into CBD.


I am approaching three weeks of being on CBD gold drops and just purchased the applicator version. I also bought the balm to rub on for shoulder pain. The first week I thought maybe I was wanting to believe in it so much that it was working, that maybe it was just that. I simply couldnt believe that it would work after all the doctors Id been to. Was recently told I would need to be on weekly shots for psoriatic arthritis and fibromyalgia. Have had two wrist surgeries and was looking at a shoulder and elbow surgery in my future. Have celiac disease and chronic pancreatitis too. Since taking this, I have had no joint or muscle pain! Happier because can do things! No anxiety being concerned about having to go places with pain. I don’t have the pain. Some days will have an aches, but can handle. Opioids never worked for me, so told doctors not to give me. I felt at a loss and decided one day that I would try CBD oil. By the second week, I was convinced! Im doing yard work and sleeping again! Im feeling normal! So thankful! I take it daily. Right now a dropper full of 5mg but plan on trying the applicator gold.
Cannabidiol, or CBD for short, is a natural phyto-cannabinoid (or plant-based chemical compound) found in cannabis plants, including hemp and marijuana. Unlike other cannabinoids — namely tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC — CBD does not produce any psychoactive effects, and will actually counteract these effects to a degree. CBD will induce feelings of sleepiness; for this reason, it can be an effective soporific for people who struggle to fall and/or remain asleep due to insomnia and other sleep disorders.
Researchers at the Department of Pharmacognosy, The School of Pharmacy, University of London, UK, basis the study conducted on mice found that CBD oil has analgesic properties and may relieve chronic pain of all kinds . It can disrupt the activity of pain receptors in the body and instead cause a release of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine – “feel good” compounds that can ease discomfort and pain, even if the pharmaceutical painkillers have no effect.
I’m totally new to CBD oil but my VA Pain Mgmt doc recommended that I try an oral CBD oil regimen. I spoke with an herbalist who helped me to choose the gold version of this brand. I am a combat wounded Marine (veteran) with fibromyalgia and nerve damage from my waist down. I still have shrapnel in my body and the hardware in my legs aches with arthritic pain. I have uncontrollable high blood pressure with no heart or cholesterol issues which indicate that living in pain is the culprit of my hypertension. I have refused opioids and antidepressants for pain and I suffer greatly when the weather swings, which is quite often here in East Tennessee. I have been using this product for two weeks and take 9 drops twice a day. This stuff is a total game changer!!! The very first time I used it I felt a noticeable decrease in pain after 3 minutes. I increased the dosage over a few days, found my sweet spot and these days I feel like my life has changed! I’m pretty much devoid of pain, my blood pressure has decreased and stabilized and best of all my husband and kids think Mommy’s mood is way better! I sleep better, feel less anxious, am way less irritable and I have lost 11 pounds! I couldn’t be more pleased than I am now that I use Plus CBD Oil. I use the unflavored gold variety which doesn’t taste bad at all. If anyone would have told me how this product would change my life I would have never believed it!

The added stevia herb extract sweetener, along with the real citrus fruit flavor, ensured it tasted great and I only needed about 15mg of CBD (three x 5mg sprays) for the effects I was looking for. It dissolves very quickly, so all you have to do is spray some beneath your tongue and swallow. If, for some reason, the citrus taste is too strong, you can spray it into water and drink it.


People who experience psychosis may produce too much or even too little cannabinoids (from overactive dopamine receptors). CBD is milder than our internal cannabinoids and helps to re-establish a balance of cannabinoids in the brain. CBD also helps lower inflammation, which is often increased in schizophrenia. THC, on the other hand, is stronger than our internal cannabinoids (anandamide and 2-AG), this way potentially triggering psychosis [46, 48].
Simply place the CBD Vape Oil in the designated tank (cartridge), turn on the vaporizer, and smoke the CBD vapor. The great thing about taking CBD vaporized is that it works very fast. The bioavailability is very high, which means that a very large part of the CBD being used is absorbed by the body. The CBD gets into the bloodstream very fast through the absorption in the lungs. 

The science behind CBD is in the relatively early stages. As a cannabinoid, we know that CBD interacts with receptors in your endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is integrated throughout your body — and this widespread, whole-body interaction creates a broad range of effects. Hence, the long list of possible benefits.   We may still be in the early stages of discovery, but there’s plenty of scientific studies and anecdotal evidence that CBD provides relief for an array of ailments. Here’s a non-exhaustive list of some potential benefits of CBD oil:

Topicals – Topicals are typically salves or creams that have been infused with cannabis or hemp oil. This allows for easy use to treat problem areas. Many senior citizens use topicals for arthritis or other auto-immune disorders however because of restrictions imposed by various agencies we are not allowed to say whether this is an effective treatment or now. However, a quick Google search will help you find what you are looking for in terms of effectiveness.
Nabiximols (Sativex), a multiple sclerosis drug made from a combination of TCH and CBD, is approved in the United Kingdom and Canada to treat MS pain. However, researchers think the CBD in the drug may be contributing more with its anti-inflammatory properties than by acting against the pain. Clinical trials of CBD are necessary to determine whether or not it should be used for pain management.
I’m 87. Have lived with Trigeminal Neuralgia for 17 years. At first Tegretol helped a little but disease worsened and Tegretol damages liver. Went to legal Dronabinol(THC) with doc’s prescription. Insurance paid. CVS provided 2.5mg pill. THC Stopped pain, and no side effects.  Also have tried CBD oil with 1200mgs per ounce. 2 drops sublingual. Not a good taste but I am without pain using CBD at 1200mgs per ounce.  It also means I now have only a negligible amt of THC in my body.
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