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BENEFITS OF CBD

CBD and Homeostasis

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Years from now, we may look back on the present period as an important juncture in our shared history. It is only over recent years that CBD has become legal in all 50 states of the United States of America.

The key in this process was the separation of CBD from THC, creating an anonymous psychoactive cannabinoid compound. At this compound is what has been made fully legal to use as a nutritional supplement for those seeking powerful positive health benefits.

We’ve seen a massive growth in market interest in the meantime. And much of that has to do with CBD’s important role in a process known as homeostasis.

The Big Questions

It’s important to understand that our goal here today is to lay things out in layman’s terms rather than get bound up in arcane scientific gobbledygook.

In order to truly appreciate the importance of CBD, we must begin by posing some critical questions: for example, what do we really mean by health? Are we just talking about a lack of malady? In other words, are we simply saying that if something’s not wrong with you, then you’re healthy?

To get to the bottom of these interesting and important questions, we must look at elements of the physiology as existing on a spectrum, where the goal is to find the proper balance points.

For example, we could start with a look at the immune system. A good way to address the immune system is to think in terms of inflammation and the lack of inflammation. A perfectly healthy system finds a perfectly healthy balance between these two opposite ends of that spectrum.

In the case of the nervous system, we’re talking about excitation and inhibition.

If, instead, we’re talking about the endocrine system or the hormonal system, we’re talking about catabolic and anabolic physiological responses.

Oxidation? It’s counterbalanced by antioxidants.

In every one of these cases, were dealing with a balance point between two opposite extremes. In many cases, extremes of any kind are a sign of a lack of health, and the healthy point is the balance point.

Homeostasis

Homeostasis is essentially about finding that balance. This may be a little bit tricky, but if we use descriptive devices to model out this concept, we may be able to truly communicate the importance of this extremely significant idea.

Fueling this idea, we must think about interconnectedness. In fact, everything in the human body is interconnected in some form or another. And every one of these elements has a balance point that should be taken into consideration.

This complex web of interconnected pieces circling around central balance points provides a good metaphorical model for understanding the forces integral to the body’s ability to maintain a balanced state of health.

Importantly, as the body goes through significant changes, its ability to find new balance points evolves over time. This is the essence of homeostasis. It is about finding new balance points as changes in the body proceed through life.

The Pharma Solution Has Problems

This is one of the problems that many people have with pharmaceutical solutions. In fact many drugs developed by major pharmaceutical companies interact with the body’s ability to search out and find its key balance points in a manner that is destructive through the creation of unintended consequences unrelated to the initial problem being treated.

In other words, the doctor may be able to give you a pill that will solve the thing that you came to him for, but it may at the same time throw many other systems slightly out of balance.

Imagine for a moment, that you’re an ecologist. And you decide to take on the role of trying to slightly tweak the way the rain forest works. So, you decide to reduce the population of a specific kind of beetle because you think there’s too many of them. But then, a year later, you find that there’s too few oak trees. To understand how the first situation or move caused the second consequence or effect brings into view such enormous complexities that you would probably give up right there.

But if you were making billions of dollars and you could show that you did reduce the right number of beetles then you’re probably not going to give up that job.

Hence, we can’t expect to see the pharmaceutical industry dial back its willingness to throw our systems out of balance with short-term solutions through new drugs. However, we can find our own solutions that are better in harmony with the way that life tries to balance itself.

Enter CBD

At this point, it should be clear that homeostasis is an important factor in overall health for the human body. Furthermore, it should also be clear that many pharmaceutical treatments, while they may treat a particular condition, can also function to throw the body out of kilter.

By contrast, CBD does not pull at the various ends of the spectrum, but instead functions to support the balance point of various systems in the body. This not only helps maintain an important balance in various systems, but it also helps to tell the body where those balance points stand so the body can adapt to support its own proper and balanced healthy functionality.

CBD and the Body’s Systems

To start, we’d like to take a closer look at how CBD interacts with the central nervous system.

The best way to do this is to understand the concept of receptors and how they function in the central nervous system, especially with respect to CBD.

CBD binds to receptors in the nervous system, thereby sending a message into the cell, or neuron. That message travels down to the nucleus of the cell, thereby interacting at a chromosomal level.

In other words, CBD, through its interaction with these receptors, can impact the very functioning of cells in the central nervous system.

Next, let’s take a look at how CBD interacts with hormonal and protein systems in the body. In this case, we’re talking about the endocrine system, and the cytokines that run the body’s immune system.

Interestingly, here, as in the nervous system, we also have a receptor system attached to cells that is allowing CBD to bind, thereby transmitting important messages impacting the way these cells behave, which allows CBD to interact with the system on a level that creates the potential for greater balance in the system.

In fact, CBD regulates over 1100 genes, using the genetic information system of the body to naturally impact the nervous system, the hormonal system, and the immune system, which helps restore balance to the homeostasis that governs the body’s overall physiological functioning.

In Conclusion

Through its impact on genes and key balance points in the body, it should be clear at this point that CBD can, in many cases, be a superior solution to maintaining the important state of homeostasis that allows us to achieve real and lasting health.

In fact, we think you’ll find over time, that CBD has more to offer than many pharmaceutical solutions in many areas of proper physiological functionality, given its lack of side effects and its targeted activity on receptors in primary systems regulating the overall well-being of the human body.

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The Effects of CBD and Glaucoma

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As we discussed the variety of different health conditions that appear to be treatable or preventable through the use of CBD, we must admit to the existence of a spectrum of efficacy. In other words while it appears to have an enormous range of application, there are certain things that it works even better for than others.

One of the best of the bunch is glaucoma.

As the reader is likely aware, glaucoma is a defect with implications for severe damage to an individual’s optic nerve, and thus a failure in the proper functionality of the eye.

Coming to Terms with Glaucoma

While we don’t understand exactly how it’s cause, the most relevant source of serious long-term damage to the optic nerve in cases of glaucoma appears to be hypertension on an intraocular level. In other words,, comes from too much pressure inside of the eye because of too much fluid in between the iris and cornea.

How prevalent is glaucoma? About 2 million suffer from it just in the US. Most of them are around 50 years of age or older by the time we actually see signs of the glaucoma.

The early stage symptomology is relatively inconspicuous. The first thing you deal with in a case of glaucoma’s difficulty seeing out to your periphery – otherwise known as a loss of peripheral vision. If this happens to you, unfortunately I have some bad news: glaucoma is already irreversible at this stage.

This is when we know that there’s already too much pressure directly in the eye and damage is already been done to the optic nerve.

While we don’t fully understand exactly why or how this happens from the outset, the consequences are undeniable.

Here’s how it breaks down: the eye produces something called aqueous humor. No, that’s not a comedy club for fish. It’s actually a fluid it’s meant to sit between the iris and cornea of the eye. But when there’s too much of it, it results in pressure that can damage the optic nerve. It’s also important to understand that this is a very sensitive system.

The optic nerve is actually a highly delicate grouping of nerve tissue and it’s easily damaged. It is a highly delicate instrument. Any alteration leads to irreversible issues with vision.

Can CBD Help?

As we have described, glaucoma is the result of a failure to regulate some delicate balance of some kind of substance somewhere in the body – in this case, the aqueous humor in the eye. What we want to highlight here is that this is a regulatory issue.

While CBD is still on the frontier of its important research development, one thing we have learned for certain at this point is this: CBD is great at regulatory problems.

Why? Because CBD impacts the endocannabinoid system, and the endocannabinoid system is intimately tied into most of the body’s major regulatory systems.

That’s why it’s so good at helping with immune system issues, inflammation issues, pain management, and hormonal balance. These are all important regulatory functions in the body, and ones that the endocannabinoid system is intimately integrated within.

As such, anecdotal and formal research has shown CBD could be a highly valuable tool in the battle against glaucoma. While more research needs to be conducted, we already know that it’s effective, and we already have a pretty good idea why.

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Treatment Option for CBD and Sickle Cell Anemia

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Did you know that scientists aren’t even sure how many people are affected by sickle cell anemia in the world right now? Most people don’t realize that one of the most frequently identified hereditary conditions is in fact sickle cell anemia.

While we don’t know exactly how many people suffer from this difficult condition, we do know that it’s at least millions. Those living in Southwest Asia, the Mediterranean countries, Africa, and India are most at risk.

Coming to Grips with Sickle Cell Anemia

Sickle cell anemia is a common version of the sickle cell disease, as you might guess. The most important and peculiar characteristic that defines this disease is a crescent shape found in red blood cells.

A red blood cell isn’t supposed to be crescent-shaped. Instead, it supposed to be round and flattish, allowing transportation through membranes with tight gaps, which are common throughout the body’s circulatory system.

It is this crescent-shaped or sickle shaped character as well as a rigidity that is responsible for all of the problems that go along with sickle cell disease.

What Causes Sickle Cell Disease?

The cause of sickle cell disease is a gene mutation. Specifically, it is the gene that responsible for hemoglobin production.

Hemoglobin, an important protein found in red blood cells, attaches itself to oxygen molecules to help transport them around the body.

The mutation that causes sickle cell disease is a mutation involved in the production of the shape of red blood cells, resulting in the misshapen, rigid, sickle shaped design that is responsible for the problems that come with this difficult condition.

At the end of the day, the problem that is found with this condition is that of factors involved in causing a difficulty adjusting when the weather is cold, some occasional bouts of dizziness, and a lack of energy.

Diagnosis is actually extremely easy, and most cases of the disease are already detected by the time the baby is born. That said, to know for sure, a doctor will prescribe a blood test diagnosis that will determine precisely whether or not the patient carries the sickle cell abnormality and thus will suffer from effects associated with the disease.

A Solution and a Problem

If you understand more about sickle cell disease, it may not be too surprising to know that case density is greatest in areas where prevalence of malaria is to be found.

You see, the odd shape of red blood cells for individuals with sickle cell disease actually works to repel the spread of malaria throughout the body. Hence, over an even illusionary timeline, sickle cell disease has actually evolved as a defense in areas where malaria is particularly common in individuals are likely to be exposed to it.

In such places, having sickle cell disease actually decreases one’s chances of death, thereby increasing one’s chances of survival and eventual reproduction. This is why the disease has gained traction in certain areas of the world.

How Can CBD Help?

While there are no absolute treatments for sickle cell disease, cannabis and CBD have appeared to make a positive difference in both coping and managing the process that one must endure as a sufferer of sickle cell anemia.

CBD works to aid in the functionality of the immune system as well is the nervous system, thus treating many of the symptoms that are most often experienced by those with this terrible disease.

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Important New Tool CBD Migraines

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There can be no doubt about it: headaches are a real headache. For those that suffer from migraines, headaches can be hell.

It’s important for people to understand that migraines represent a special form of headache that constitutes a major health problem. Migraine headaches can be so severe that they can bring about suicidal thoughts for those who suffer from them chronically. But, for such unfortunate individuals, we do have some good news: there is a new weapon in the fight against migraine headaches – CBD.

Migraines, and the Search for a Cure

Any attempt to fully understand the migraine health issue and it’s possible treatment options must start with the following fact: migraine headaches have no known cure.

Certainly, there are many treatments out there that claim to provide some relief for a chronic migraine headache problem. But none have been shown to truly stop the problem from being a part of life for those who suffer from this terrible condition.

Some of the tools offered to us by the pharmaceutical industry to treat migraine headaches include trazodone, propranolol, L-5HTP, flunarizine, nimodipine, and papaverine. However, once again, none represents a cure, and many have important and life-changing side effects included in the package.

However, the good news is that CBD has begun to offer a new ray of hope in this battle. Recent research suggests a strong potential for cannabis and cannabis related substances to provide important measures of relief for those suffering chronically for migraine headaches.

For example, recent research in the journal ‘Pharmacotherapy’ suggests that scientists are starting to build the case that the frequency and intensity of headaches for chronic migraine sufferers can be powerfully impacted by CBD.

Survey Evidence Could Point the Way

In addition, other studies can also be of important note. Unfortunately, one important study did not particularly isolate CBD but may still help to make the case for the impact that CBD can have as a tool for those suffering from this difficult condition.

In fact, in this case, it is an important survey. Assembled by SFGate, the survey was comprehensive and stated clearly that 100% of individuals who responded stated that CBD oil sharply diminished the intensity and frequency of their headaches.

As you may be aware, CBD is perhaps the most important of the cannabinoids, and has zero psychoactive impact. According to historical research, use of CBD for headaches dates back to the Roman Empire, over 2000 years ago.

There is firm evidence to suggest that CBD represents a valuable tool in the fight against migraine headaches. More research is needed to confirm this hypothesis in a manner that is sufficiently convincing for the medical and scientific establishment. But for patients and consumers in the world today suffering from this terrible condition, know that history and anecdotal evidence makes one crystal clear case: that CBD is a tool with tremendous potency and promise.

One should expect the drift of research to land on the same conclusion over time.

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