CBD has garnered much attention as a natural alternative to conventional medicine for many health conditions.
It is now legal in South Africa and approved by the South African Health Professionals Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) which is really good news for those looking for a complementary health solution to target a variety of health concerns naturally.
CBD is a cannabinoid and is just 1 of 100 naturally occurring chemicals found in the cannabis or marijuana plant.17
“Unlike THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinolis, CBD is not the psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis, and it does not cause the sensation of getting “high” that’s often associated with marijuana.17”
So if you’re looking for relief from common health ailments and a feeling of overall well-being without the mind-altering effects one can experience from marijuana, then CBD is an option that may appeal.17
Let’s find out more!
Have you heard of the endo-cannabinoid system?
It is the same cannabinoid or naturally occurring chemical compound found in the cannabis or marijuana plant.18 It is also found naturally inside our own bodies!
This endocannabinoid system is quite a complex signaling system within our bodies and, although a lot of us may have never heard of it, it is actually a master regulatory system mediating our physiological state of balance or homeostasis.18
In fact, it’s truly a complete body system with receptors found in the brain, lungs, muscles, gastrointestinal tract, reproductive organs, cardiovascular system, immune system, spleen, liver, pancreas, bones, and skin – just to name a few!
It’s this expansive systemic footprint throughout our bodies that explains why phytocannabinoids like CBD have been shown to elicit wide-ranging health effects.18
When our endocannabinoid is not in balance we may experience a negative impact on our health so this is why targeted supplementary therapy with CBD – a phytocannabinoid – can work to support our endocannabinoid system and maintain homeostasis in our bodies.18
Thanks to its good safety profile and the lack of psychoactivity, CBD is a phytocannabinoid with a lot of reported beneficial pharmacological effects, ranging from analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties to the reduction of anxiety, lifting of mood, and improvement in sleep.8 In addition, CBD has been shown to maintain and enhance general health. 4
In an online survey, almost 62% of CBD users reported using CBD to treat a medical condition, particularly pain, anxiety, and depression.19
Interestingly, most people surveyed reported that CBD relieves their symptoms effectively by itself and without serious side effects.19
We hope that this has shed light on a few of the benefits of CBD. (*source)
Remember to consult with your healthcare professional before combining CBD with any existing medication.