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WHAT IS CBD AND SHOULD YOU BE USING IT?

CANNA WHAT?

You've likely heard of cannabinoid oil over the last couple of years as Maraijuana, but CBD specifically have been acknowledged for its medical applications by mainstream sources.

If you aren't familiar then I am so excited for you to read this but first let me start out by saying it is not the same thing as the pot or weed that you typically hear of and this post isn't about getting high.

Much of the scientific and clinical research that is sponsored by the US government downplays CBD’s potential as a treatment for a wide range of conditions, including arthritis, diabetes, alcoholism, MS, chronic pain, schizophrenia, PTSD, depression, antibiotic-resistant infections, epilepsy, and other neurological disorders.

This is part of the corruption and control by large pharmaceutical companies in this country that want to keep us sick and on their drugs.

So why am I so into it?

Each day we are exposed to hundreds of toxins, known as free radicals.

Exposure comes from the polluted air we breath, the food and beverages we consume, and the products we use on our body or around the house. No matter how healthy you are these toxins contribute to aging, both mentally and physically, by constantly damaging your cells and neurons.

This increases your susceptability to premature aging, stress, and disease.

Cannabinoids, like CBD, are naturally occuring antioxidants and nueroprotectants found in Industrial Hemp, which is what its being called..

Yes- there are antioxidants in that stuff and they are very beneficial for our bodies.

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Some History

Although humans have been growing and smoking marijuana for thousands of years it wasn't until the early 1960's that we really started to discover the plant from a scientific POV.

Raphael Mechoulam, an Israeli researcher, isolated two chemical compounds. tetrahydrocannabinol, better known as TCH and cannabidiol, or CBD. Since then he's conducted grown breaking research on the effects is has on our brains.

Back in 2013 Dr. Sunjay Gupta, CNN's multiple Emmy Award-winning chief medical correspondent, publically denounced his stance on the plant, saying he was very truly wrong about its medical applications and shared his discovery in a CNN documentary titled WEED which has a strong focus on the efficacy of CBD and weed for a variety of ailments.

Many of which doctor perscribed pharmaceuticals were providing very little ease for. Let alone in a natural and safe way without a slew of unwanted side effects. This includes epileptic seizure, slowing or reversing cancer cell growth and decreasing anxiety symptoms.

Fast forward to present day and you can get a hot chocolate infused with CBD at a trendy cafe in Brooklyn, New York. Or a CBD infused cocktail at Gracias Madres, pictured above, in Los Angeles. I'm not kidding.

I LOVE this CBD shot (pictured above) from Cafe Gratitude that is great for anxiety and stress.

It's the main reason I use it.

It's natural, non-addictive and non-toxic. All wins in my play book.

TIMES A CHANGING!

We are yet again being woken up to the powerful and very real benefits of the plant kingdom.

But What The Heck is the Stuff?

Here are 3 widely agreed upon facts about CBD.

What is CBD?

  1. CBD is a key ingredient in cannabis/hemp/marijuana

CBD is one of over 60 compounds found in cannabis that belong to a class of molecules called cannabinoids, aka antioxidants, believed to be healthy nutrients and nueroprotectants. Because CBD and THC are usually found in the highest concentrations of the compounds, they're the most recognized and studied. Levels of each vary from plant to plant but like any crop that is cultivated, growers have used selective breeding techniques to create varities with high levels of CBD and little to no THC. These strains are rare but have become more popular in recent years. So popular that Mind Body Green is talking about it too.

2. CBD is non-psychoactive

CBD, unlike TCH does not alter your mental state, yet has been found to improve brain function. How cool is that? This gi