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CBD as a Key Player in the Fight Against Crohn’s Disease

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Crohn’s disease is very rare, with well under 200,000 suffering from it in the North American content. However, for those dealing with it, Crohn’s is a devastating diagnosis.

In fact, Crohn’s is quite similar to ulcerative colitis, with inflammation of the G.I. tract as a key part of the equation.

We don’t really understand the cause of Crohn’s disease, but we do understand what a terrible condition it is for those suffering from it. At this point, we understand that it’s genetic in nature, but the true derivation is extremely complicated and currently beyond medical science to pin down.

However, just as complex is the ways in which CBD appears to interact with the human body through the mechanism of the endocannabinoid system, a diverse and highly integrated regulatory system that spans throughout the body in an array of receptors responsive to CBD.

Getting Your Arms around Crohn’s Disease

As far as we understand it at this point, most of the genetic material that appears to underlie the formation, development, and expression of Crohn’s disease on a phenotypic or physiological level also happened to be integrated within the normal functionality of how the body responds to bacteria that are systemically involved in the digestive process fundamental to the human body.

Vital to an understanding of this point, your digestive track must be understood not simply as a series of organs that are an expression of the genetics of your own body, but is a complex ecosystem playing host to a range of different species of organisms that all work together to form a chemical reaction that we call digestion. In other words, it is just your genes involved, but the genes of these many different forms of bacteria that live in your got.

In other words, human digestion is a team sport.

Intrinsic to this discussion is the idea of the disastrous consequences that befall an individual whose body starts to battle against members of its own team. In other words, if your body starts to kill off bacteria that live in your got in a manner that it’s not supposed to, then you got a problem.

This is basically what happens with an individual with Crohn’s disease. One interesting theory that might explain this kind of process is simply that certain individuals are composed in a manner that allows them to deal with the types of things that humans consume in the world today – which are so very different from the sorts of things that we were designed to consume as we evolved in our environment of evolutionary adaptation over the millions of years prior to now.

In any case, we don’t really understand where it comes from, we got a pretty good idea of how it works, and we also know that CBD appears to be important.

Can CBD Help with Crohn’s Disease?

As should be clear by now, Crohn’s disease is a process problem – the process of digestion becomes a problem because something about the way the body is supposed to work on a normal basis stops working right. In other words, it comes down to our particular system is being regulated in the body.

And, as we have exhaustively discussed, CBD is particularly good in situations where some regulatory function of the body has gone off the rails. The reason? Because, at some point down the line, every regulatory system appears to interface with the endocannabinoid system. And CBD is a highly impactful elements in interaction with the endocannabinoid system.

While new research needs to be done to confirm this in the medical scientific community, we already have a wealth of anecdotal evidence and some formal research. Hopefully, in the near future this research will get on firmer footing and allow the medical establishment to see firsthand the important role that CBD may play in the treatment of Crohn’s disease.

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CBD and ALS

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The most important thing to understand about ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is that it is a neurodegenerative disorder that functions mostly by means of destroying motor neurons, which are brain cells associated with the module of the brain known as the motor cortex, which deals with movements of the body that are voluntary. The other associated impact of the disease, as you might expect, is that the muscles controlled by this system tends to degenerate, or atrophy.

Commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, ALS is rare, impacting only a very small percentage of people.

The central concept here is cell morbidity for cells associated with the motor cortex involuntary movement centers of the nervous system. Most people with this disease generally end up completely paralyzed within two years of initial diagnosis.

Unfortunately, we have no understanding at all about what causes the disease, and even more unfortunately, medical science has devised no treatments or cures. It is a devastating disease with a tragic outcome that is impossible to catch early – because a third of the motor cortex cells have already died by the time we know it’s there – and we don’t know what causes it or how to treat it.

Medical science is completely at sea with ALS.

What about CBD?

It’s remarkable how commonly we find that CBD is able to do things that we don’t fully understand. It almost seems like magic. ALS is another great example.

The only medication it’s been developed by the pharmaceutical industry to treat cases of ALS is Riluzole, a glutamate receptor inhibitor.

The point of the medication is to temper the speed by which neurons associate with glutamate. This helps a little bit but doesn’t provide much relief and hardly ask is a cure.

However, researchers have started to see the possibility that CBD may be able to offer even more benefits, accomplishing much of what this medication accomplishes, but also helping to reduce inflammation and oxidative stress while providing a calming influence to help individuals cope with the very difficult process of dealing with ALS.

In other words, CBD is able to do just as much is anything else medical science has found today in dealing with ALS, and also throws in some extra benefits such as stress reduction and anxiety prevention along with some reduction in neuro- inflammation.

While we don’t fully understand why this is the case, one of the main reasons appears to be the role that CB2 receptors in the endocannabinoid system play in dealing with cell death and micro glial cells.

You can think of these cells as something kind of like the brain’s version of an immune system. To understand this, it’s important to also understand that there is a layer around the brain – the blood brain barrier – that prevents normal immune system components entering the environment of the brain. So the brain has its own separate system to accomplish many of these tasks.

CBD works as an agonist for the CB2 receptors, and is therefore able to potentially push back against the death of healthy neurons, which may aid in slowing the progression of diseases like ALS. While there is still much research to be done, what we know now is promising – at least as promising as anything big Pharma has managed to produce, and without the side effects.

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How CBD is Changing the Game for Alcoholism

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We have made the case that CBD can be an important tool in the toolbox for those suffering from a very wide variety of different impactful health issues.

Normally, when one thinks about a medical problem, one thinks in terms of a disease that is tangible and easy to understand as some kind of abnormal process going on within the body. That’s why it has been such a difficult road for us to understand that alcoholism is a disease.

For alcoholics, hope is often a lost concept. However, CBD may in time overcome that obstacle and become a strong ally in the battle to recover the lost souls of the ranks of the alcoholics.

To understand alcoholism one must understand how dependencies are chemical. In fact, in the case of alcoholism – as in the case of many other substance abuse disorders – the substance in question (in this case, alcohol) becomes a replacement for a substance normally found in the functional physiology of the human body.

This is the essence of the idea of “dependency”.

As we will show below, recent research points to the idea CBD may be able to intervene in these situations and aid in the process of transitioning back to a normal and healthy relationship with chemicals in the body and in the world.

Alcoholism and Addiction

Alcoholism is intimately tied into the concept of tolerance. As an alcoholic disorder develops, an individual becomes increasingly tolerant to a given amount of alcoholic exposure.

As this tolerance grows, it stands to reason that a certain amount of alcohol is necessary just to feel normal. And additional amounts of alcohol are required to feel abnormally happy in the peculiar way that an alcoholic has come to identify happiness.

This leads to a process of escalating dependency on externally provided alcohol.

The important point here is really about the symptoms of withdrawal that necessarily exhibit themselves when an individual stricken with alcoholism attempts to quit drinking.

This is actually quite a common situation. Preventable deaths related to alcoholism rank just behind those caused by heart disease and cancer.

When it comes to withdrawal, the symptoms can be awful. An individual dealing with withdrawal as an alcoholic is going to have to deal with anxiety, irritability, potential tremors, lack of energy, and possibly even palpitations of the heart.

The cost to society is enormous: possibly just shy of $250 billion given the extensive deaths, injuries, and hospitalizations that are implicated from alcoholism. As such, society has a responsibility to find new tools to deal with this terrible problem.

CBD and Alcoholism

Interestingly, CBD is able to engage with the aspect of mental experience known as contentment, which tends to reduce a feeling of craving in situations where an alcoholic has been without alcohol for some period of time. This is known as replacement.

As new research begins to coalesce around the possibility that CBD can act as a functional replacement and provide feelings of contentment for individual stricken with alcoholism, we find that a new ray of hope has emerged for those suffering from this terrible disease. After all, CBD as a treatment for alcoholism is a potent ally in a very difficult war that impacts us all.

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How CBD May Offer a Powerful Alternative for Rheumatoid Arthritis Sufferers

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CBD is a critical piece of the puzzle for so many health issues that we deal with each day. Rheumatoid arthritis is a good example.

Rheumatoid arthritis is rooted in inflammation on some level, with the source generally being related to the body’s joints.

Those hit with this terrible disease will generally experience pain in their joints, hands, and feet. While most patients dealing with rheumatoid arthritis are found between 30 and 45 years old, there are plenty of cases of children suffering from this painful malady.

Arthritis and its Victims

Rheumatoid arthritis can be such a tough one to deal with because it targets common parts of the body, attacking important components of the skeletal and muscular systems, which can drive painful and uncomfortable inflammatory responses at the tissue level.

In the end, it is this inflammation that really causes the major issues, hampering physical performance and causing great discomfort by impacting important tissues that build and maintain joints, leading to further issues for cartilaginous and osteological components of the body.

That pushes patients into a state of often complete debilitation, constricting movement and flexibility in ways that seriously undermine the quality of one’s life.

Obviously, there are both environmental and genetic factors involved, and symptoms often vary drastically for different folks. But, often times, the main issues will include fatigue, swelling, stiffness, and painful movement rooted in the joints.

Sufferers of this malady usually have obstructed sleep as well. This naturally can compound the problems related to the disease by thoroughly disrupting mental and emotional patterns and performance in everyday life.

Diagnosis

A diagnosis for RA is often not difficult. That said, one usually has to deal with a blood test to really nail it down.

Rheumatoid arthritis is far from random. As it turns out, some folks are just destined to have this issue, or at least a strong predisposition toward developing it.

For example, most people are generally between 25 and 45 years old, and roughly 75% of patients are women. In addition, there are often signals of hereditary involvement due to the large role played by family history in diagnosis.

There is also an ethnic component, with Caucasians in the Western Hemisphere having a clearly greater risk than others. Finally, weight is an issue, with obesity increasing the odds.

Affected folks will generally seek out some form of physical therapy involving heating packs, cold packs, and stretching exercises to help deal with the joint stiffness that comes with the RA package. Extra rest is also often another piece of the puzzle.

Naturally, big pharma plays its role here, too, with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs being a mainstay for treatment.

CBD Oil and Arthritis

While there is a traditional path for treatment, many unintended consequences will be brought into the equation, including potentially serious side effects. The solution to this trade-off could be CBD oil.

After all, CBD oil has become a powerful and effective treatment according to a wealth of informal and anecdotal evidence from communities of patient users.

And research is starting to back this up as well, showing that CBD helps to counter both pain and inflammation involved in RA.

As the reader may know, CBD comes from the cannabis plant and is a major part of hemp oil. It has a strong track record in dealing with both pain and inflammation, which is why doctors have already begun to recommend CBD oil for RA.

In fact, one study that was done over a decade ago dealt with RA and a one-month trial of CBD. The data was clear, showing both pain and inflammation abated and progression of the disease slowed materially. With traditional treatments coming with side effects in hand, this should be more than welcome news.

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