Unless you’ve been hiding away in a cave, you’ve probably noticed there’s a CBD oil obsession going on in the UK. Can one humble hemp oil help so many human malaises? Or is CBD some kind of 21st century snake oil? Let’s take a look at just why there are so many CBD oil benefits to our bodies.
If we hopped in a time machine, turning back the clock five years, no one apart from a select few, had ever heard of CBD oil. These days not a day goes by without some kind of ‘CBD oil cured my X’ sensationalist story, with even celebrities like Kim Kashardian and Jennifer Aniston getting in on the act. The internet is crammed with CBD-cure-all accounts for seemingly unrelated health conditions. But can they all these purported CBD oil benefits be true?
No Medical Claims
If you’re expecting to find an exhaustive list of health conditions that CBD may benefit, this is not going to be the right place. CBD products available in the UK are sold as nutritional supplements, meaning they can support the healthy functioning of your body and do not treat or cure any illness. While there may be some extremely exciting studies out there highlighting CBD’s therapeutic potential, in order to talk about any specific health benefits, a special marketing license is required. Plus, the CBD products themselves need to have gone through exhaustive clinical trials.
That’s why no reputable CBD oil company (such as Spirit of Hemp) will suggest that CBD can cure or help the symptoms of any illness or disease.
However, if we just take a look at how CBD affects the body, we get to understand how CBD oil benefits may be just as varied as the anecdotal reports suggest.
CBD - The Ultimate Multi-Tasker
CBD (Cannabidiol) was first isolated in the 1940s, but for many years was underestimated in scientific research because it didn’t have any intoxicating effect. The fact that unlike THC, CBD didn’t activate CB1 cannabinoid receptors in the brain and central nervous system, meant that CBD might never be more than a cannabinoid-also-ran.
However, over the last twenty years scientists have uncovered a host of mechanisms by which CBD affects the body.
Activates 5-HT1A Serotonin Receptor
CBD has been found to bind with the 5-HT1A serotonin receptor, that plays a role in a number of biological such as mood, pain perception, sleep, addiction, appetite, nausea, and vomiting. CBDA, abundantly found in our Spirit of Hemp CBD oil, also shares a strong affinity with the 5-HT1A receptor.
Binds With TRPV1 Vanilloid Receptor
CBD activates the TRPV1 receptor, responsible for mediating pain, inflammation, and body temperature. Anandamide, the body’s own natural cannabinoid (endocannabinoid) also binds with the TRPV1 receptor
CBD Blocks The GPR55 Receptor
Causing physiological effects in the body isn’t just about activating receptors, indeed, blocking certain receptors can be equally significant. GPR55 receptor signalling is associated with osteoporosis and even the spread of cancer cells. CBD is a GPR55 antagonist, dampening its response.
CBD Is An Immunomodulator
On the whole CBD is thought to suppress the inflammation response of the immune system by reducing cytokine production and inhibiting T-cell function, meaning CBD has an anti-inflammatory effect.
CBD May Improve Anandamide Signalling
Anandamide is a key endocannabinoid, similar to a neurotransmitter, produced by the body. As well as helping the endocannabinoid system to maintain internal balance in our organisms, anandamide production promotes feelings of well-being and is anti-inflammatory. CBD blocks the enzyme (FAAH) responsible for breaking anandamide in the body, allowing it to hang out and do its amazing work for longer.
The above are all biological mechanisms of action and in no way prove that CBD has any of the reported health benefits found in the media such as reducing anxiety or managing chronic pain. In fact, scientists are still uncovering as yet unknown ways in which CBD interacts with our complex biological systems, so this could just be the tip of the iceberg.
In the meantime, we can confidently talk about using CBD oil as a way to maintain optimum health, supporting the everyday functioning of our precious minds and bodies. At Spirit of Hemp, we’re delighted to accompany you in this journey towards vitality and abundant health by offering our range of organic, full spectrum CBD oils. Feel free to contact our customer service team if you have any questions about our whole plant CBD product range.