by Samuel Popejoy
Cannabis sativa has been used in one form or another for thousands of years in various cultures as a healing tool. Modern research is finally shedding some empirical light on the therapeutic benefits of using Cannabidiol to treat and prevent chronic conditions, as well as promote general health and well-being. Cannabidiol, or CBD, has exploded onto the natural healing scene in the last few years as a powerful substance that purportedly cures disease, reduces pain, and generally increases quality of life all across the board. But what is CBD?
CBD is a cannabinoid, a term which, since the 1940s, has been used to designate isolated compounds found within the Cannabis sativa plant. The chemical structure common to cannabinoids is not limited to just Cannabis sativa. Substances found in other plants which resemble cannabinoids are called cannabimimetics, a term that designates a substance which emulates the effects or structure of a cannabinoid.1 The human body even produces its own cannabinoids, called endocannabinoids!2
All of us are familiar with acute inflammation.3 We experience it when, for instance, you stub your toe and it gets big and red, or when you skin your knee and the surrounding area gets red and puffy. This is the body’s natural response to injury and subsides after the healing process gets underway. Countless scientific studies have supported the claim that CBD acts as a potent anti-inflammatory, and helps tissue revert to its natural, healthy state.4
There is another form of inflammation which affects sufferers in a much more intense and debilitating way: chronic inflammation.5 Scientific research has linked chronic inflammation to everything from rheumatoid arthritis, to schizophrenia, to depression, to neuralgia, and everything in between.6 In general, most people are suffering from some form or another of chronic inflammation. In fact, the research suggests that inflammation is the root cause of almost every, if not every single, ailment or disease that affects the human body and mind. If it is true that CBD has as potent of an effect on inflammation as the research suggests, the implications for general health and well-being could be astonishing!
According to the research, not only is it possible that CBD addresses disease by reducing inflammation, but it also may prevent disease and promote health by bolstering the immune system.7, 8 Recent studies also support the claim that CBD may have neuroprotective effects, which means that it may aid in the recovery of persons with neurodegenerative ailments, such as Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s.9, 10
CBD is most commonly taken orally or applied on the skin. While oral application of CBD is by and large the most popular method of application, according to some studies, after being swallowed, up to 90% of the CBD content of orally applied CBD can be filtered out by the liver before reaching the bloodstream. This is why it is important to use liquids, not ingested caplets, and to hold the liquid CBD under the tongue for as long as possible to ensure maximum absorption directly into the bloodstream through the artery under the tongue.
CBD is most bio-available when applied topically using a water-based transdermal absorption formula. When applied transdermally, no CBD is removed by digestion, ensuring that CBD is deployed effectively directly to the desired site. However, as oils don’t absorb well into the skin, using a water-based topical is critical to ensuring maximum CBD bio-availability.
Samuel Popejoy is the business manager for Liberty Lotion. Liberty Lotion was founded in 2014 and has since become the Pacific Northwest’s premier source for topical CBD products. His mission is to educate the public and advocate for safe and affordable access to this amazing substance. For more information, visit their website at libertylotion.com.