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CBD and other hemp-derived products are sweeping the nation – but what exactly is CBD, and why does it seem suddenly so popular out of the blue? If you’ve been seeing advertisements for it lately but you’re still in the dark, we’re here to give you a full breakdown on everything CBD.

We see CBD covered in the media, endorsed by celebrities, and on countless grocery store and gas station shelves. Is there something to CBD, though, or is it just another trend? Let’s dive into our full guide on CBD and the ways it can be beneficial for one’s general wellness.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is the most abundant non-psychoactive cannabinoid found both in marijuana and in hemp. Derived primarily from hemp, it’s one of the 400+ compounds found within the plant. Extracted as an oil, or as a powder form called isolate, CBD is a beneficial healing compound found in larger quantities in the hemp plant.

Unlike THC, which is the most abundant psychoactive cannabinoid, CBD cannot get you high, but it may have an array of properties that could benefit someone through a daily routine. People report using CBD to help them sleep better, reduce their anxiety, less inflammation, or boost and maintain overall health and wellness.

Is CBD Legal?

The 2018 Farm Bill legalized states to be able to create their own industrial hemp plants. They also legalized industrial hemp federally, changing the definition of hemp to mean any cannabis strain that contains less than 0.3% THC. Since CBD can be extracted from the hemp plant to contain less than 0.3% THC, CBD hemp-derived products are legal in the United States, if they meet the other regulations involved.

The short answer? Yes, CBD is legal, but do remember that each state has their own interpretations of the new federal law. Presently, there are 47 states out of 50 that have approved of the production and sale of CBD within their state lines. Make sure you research your local and state’s laws on CBD before you decide to purchase it for yourself.

How Does CBD Interact with the Human Body?

The human body is made up of different body systems, like the skeletal system, digestive system, and nervous system. We also have an endocannabinoid system, however, which is lined up by receptors across the body. These receptors, called CB1 and CB2 receptors, are placed on the skin, throughout the body, and in the brain.

Our bodies produce our own cannabinoids that interact with these CB receptors in the endocannabinoid system. The CB1 receptors, primarily concentrated in the central nervous system and the brain, helps maintain core functions such as pain perception, motor activity, memory, and stress response. The CB2 receptors are more widely distributed throughout the peripheral organs in the body. These serve as core components in the cardiovascular system, the muscular system, and the immune system.

Even more interesting than our bodies producing our own cannabinoids, though, is that it can take in outside cannabinoids for the same process. This means that CBD (and THC, by proxy) can interact directly with our body and brain’s endocannabinoid system to help with all sorts of important bodily functions.

It’s only been a few decades since we discovered the endocannabinoid system, so research is still very new. In fact, before 1995, most of our research on the topic had been performed on rats rather than humans. We’ve only recently (in the last 20 years) been able to observe how the body’s endocannabinoid system interacts directly with other body systems.

7 Ways CBD Can Improve Overall Health

You may often see a CBD brand brag that cannabidiol can promote general wellness – but how is general wellness determined in the first place? There are some key measures that can demonstrate your level general wellness, as well as quality of life. CBD helps to improve a variety of these measures to promote better health overall. Let’s look at just some of the ways CBD may work throughout the body.

1. Thermoregulation

One of the key giveaways that you’ve reached overall health is when your body is able to regulate your own body temperature no matter what temperature the environment may be at (within reason for a human being). CBD may interact with the receptors in the brain that control temperature regulation throughout the body. While cannabidiol doesn’t likely directly affect body temperature, it can still improve the efficiency of this homeostasis measure.

2. Improves Mood

We’re excited to see further research on the subject, but studies involving some healthy volunteers and some animal models of anxiety both suggest CBD may have an anxiolytic-like effect. Cannabidiol may be able to work directly with our serotonin receptors to improve symptoms for certain mood disorders, including anxiety and depression.

3. Anti-Inflammatory

As we touched on briefly, CBD is often used to help lessen the inflammation throughout the body. Though nothing is confirmed, ample evidence through studies and clinical trials lean positively towards CBD having anti-inflammatory properties. More specifically, CBD may be able to induce T-regulatory cells and suppress cytokine production to keep the body from attacking itself, alleviating some of the symptoms of autoimmune conditions.

4. May Lessen Chronic Pain

In addition to relieving some inflammation, CBD may be able to ease certain types of pain. Though it’s not guaranteed which types of pain is alleviated from cannabidiol, researchers believe it may be because CBD can inhibit the transmission between the neuron signaling through specific pain pathways. In some cases, though everyone is different, the body’s ability to perceive pain is altered while enjoying the benefits of CBD.

5. Sleep Better

In 2017, a clinical review of the studies and other data observed regarding CBD’s effects on sleep was compiled and published. The purpose of the review was review the literature available on specific sleep disorders and cannabis, as well as just sleep and cannabis. The findings concluded that CBD may have therapeutic potential for insomnia, REM sleep behavior disorder, and even excessive daytime sleepiness. While THC showed there was a potential impairment to sleep quality long-term, the opposite could be seen for cannabidiol.

6. Cardiovascular Health

It’s always reassuring to hear about something that can promote heart health. And while we don’t have all the answers, there are countless anecdotal reports that CBD may be able to seriously improve the cardiovascular system. In fact, we look at one compiled review of preliminary evidence that observes whether the cardiovascular system could be a therapeutic target for CBD.

7. Nicer Skin

The endocannabinoid system contains CB receptors that are placed all across the skin, so it makes sense that CBD could benefit skin health in some way. We look forward to future studies and research on the matter, but a 2009 published review looked at therapeutic opportunities and novel perspectives as to the endocannabinoid system’s potential for both skin health and skin disease.

More than Benefits

This isn’t to mention the consumer experiences we’ve heard about CBD helping them get better, deeper, and longer sleep, or using it for one of the other benefits above. Even though CBD has the potential to do all of this, there’s more than just the individual benefits that it has to offer. Rather, improving overall health by delivering these properties to your body may help, but helping your body reach homeostasis delivers far more long-term.

What is Homeostasis?

A vital physiological state our body is always striving to achieve, homeostasis is when we are functioning at full optimal capacity. It’s the noun that we use to describe the human body’s tendency to seek and maintain a condition of equilibrium or balance within its own internal environment, regardless of any external changes.

We feel symptoms of illness and disease when certain physiological functions fail to operate properly. Our body never stops trying to achieve perfect homeostasis; it’s a necessity for us to function, grow, and survive, as it’s the way our body maintains its own internal environment.

How Does CBD Help with Homeostasis?

CBD may be able to improve the body’s efficiency to achieve homeostasis by interacting with the appropriate sections of our endocannabinoid system, which plays some of the most important roles to maintaining homeostasis.

As a brief summary, the endocannabinoid system (ECS) is made up of cannabinoid receptors, called CB1 and CB2, that are located all across the body. The receptors help the body regulate countless other functions, including memory and mood, energy regulation, having an appetite, producing an immune response, pain perception, and the regulation of inflammation.

Our ECS helps us maintain homeostasis by utilizing the endocannabinoids we produce to interact with our own cannabinoid receptors. In fact, some researchers believe some of the endocannabinoids we produce naturally may be what allows different cell types to coordinate and communicate.

To keep a long story short, CBD may help with homeostasis by mimicking our own endocannabinoids when consumed. We look forward to further clinical studies on the subject to help confirm these preliminary observations.

Consistency is Key

An important fact to note about taking CBD for overall health is that nothing is likely to happen immediately, or even on the first day. Rather, just like other health and wellness supplements, it can take a few weeks before you start noticing any differences. Most people report feeling noticeable benefits after the 4th week or so, but everyone is different.

Experiment until you find a serving size that’s right for you and stick with one product until you start feeling the benefits stack. Over time, the results are far more noticeable than the first day you ever took CBD.

Cannabidiol Can’t Do it Alone

Don’t rely on just CBD products to get you to the overall health level you want. You must do your part in helping your body achieve homeostasis, because cannabidiol can’t do it on its own. Pick up healthy habits and start reaching towards a healthy lifestyle to get the most out of your CBD.

Make sure you’re drinking plenty of fluids (especially water), you’re trying to get an appropriate amount of restful sleep, and you’re watching your sugar intake to reduce the risk of diabetes and other diseases that inhibit the regulation of glucose levels in the body.

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, cannabidiol is so popular across the nation because it could improve overall health in a number of ways. By alleviating symptoms, providing relief in other departments, and promoting general wellness, as a whole, CBD products are considered effective by the millions already using them. With how many benefits CBD has the potential of offering, it’s no wonder why so many have started incorporating it into their daily routine.

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ULTRASONIC CBD ENHANCEMENT – THE FUTURE OF THE CANNABIS INDUSTRY https://www.hemp-joy.com/2019/07/05/ultrasonic-cbd-enhancement-the-future-of-the-cannabis-industry/ https://www.hemp-joy.com/2019/07/05/ultrasonic-cbd-enhancement-the-future-of-the-cannabis-industry/#respond Fri, 05 Jul 2019 15:37:42 +0000 https://www.hemp-joy.com/?p=1651 ULTRASONIC CBD ENHANCEMENT – THE FUTURE OF THE CANNABIS INDUSTRY Read More »

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Over the years, the Cannabis debate has quickly moved from how legal it is to how important it is. This debate over the importance and medical applications of cannabis has led to rapid technological advancements in the medical cannabis industry. These advancements all seek to find the most efficient method of amplifying the viable therapeutic compounds found in the cannabis plant – cannabinoids. 

A new leap in the enhancement of cannabinoids is the Ultrasonic Enhancement Technique. This method heightens the bioavailability of the extracts, providing an improved method of enhancement for CBD products. 

How does the Ultrasonic CBD Enhancement Technique work?

This technique, which is only just becoming relevant to the CBD, has been around in the pharmaceutical industry for a long time as pharmaceutical companies have been using this technology to micro-encapsulate compounds and enhancing the compounds for more effectivness. In recent years and with the stringent rules and regulations governing the medical cannabis industry, concentrated extracts of CBD have become more popular than the traditional method of smoking the cannabis plant. This is as a result of the fact that such extracts can be delivered through a variety of forms including edibles, vapor inhalers, and body lotions. Also, consuming a smaller dose of the extract has the ability to produce the same effects as smoking the plant directly.

The Ultrasonic Enhancement Technique is the most effective method of amplifying or enhancing these CBD extracts. Here, a vibrating ultrasonic probe transmitting high and low-pressure sound waves is immersed into a solvent mixture usually of an oil such as hemp seed or mct coconut.

The high and low-pressure sound waves cause the molecular cohesive forces of the CBD to break down, creating millions of micro-bubbles – or cavities. These cavities expand during low pressure and implode during high pressure. As these cavities collapse, they create micro jet streams, microscopic shockwaves and eddies which creates a particularly harsh environment – a process called cavitation. And while this process of cavitation lasts but a few seconds, the harsh environment causes the cellular walls to break and release the bioactive compounds and components into the solvent. 

After proper enhancement, the extract’s effects become heightened due to the smaller, more bio-available nano-particles of CBD. The pharmaceutical industry’s own white papers are showing that nano-enhanced products are typically 4-8x more effective than those without nano-enhancement.

Benefits of the Ultrasonic CBD Enhancement technique

Though recent, this technique of CBD enhancement has quickly gained grounds and keeps on growing in terms of popularity. While most experts understand that the most widely-used methods of applying CBD to products are effective, the benefits of ultrasonic enhancement seem to overpower its competition.

  • One of the most outstanding benefits of the Ultrasonic CBD enhancement technique is its high level of effectiveness makes it the ideal technique for small, medium-sized and large operations. This nano-enhanced method of CBD enhancement is also easily adaptable to a wide variety of applications and it can be used with a variety of solvents including water, ethanol, hemp seed oil, mct coconut oil, olive oil and carbon dioxide.
  • In addition, ultrasonic enhancement is environmentally friendly as it does not make use of harsh solvents to enhance the CBD. In addition, it is safe and easy to use. 
  • This method of enhancement preserves the concentration and integrity of the CBD. This is primarily due to the fact that ultrasonic enhancement does not rely on heat. Heat destroys CBD, which in turn reduce or destroy the medicinal benefits of the extract. However, ultrasonic enhancement is non-thermal and as such preserves the medicinal value of the extract. 
  • Nano-enhanced CBD extracts makes dosing easier, more effective and more convenient. This is because the nano-enhanced CBD extract has essentially no colour, odour or flavour. 
  • Another benefit of nano-enhanced CBD extracts and products is bioavailability. This pertains to the rate and amount of CBD that enters into your bloodstream including the level of CBD needed to give you the desired effect. Due to the ease of dosing, the varied methods of delivery and the nano-amplified nature of the extract, it is easier to deliver these extracts in a manner that allows the extract to be delivered to the blood stream within minutes. An example of such a method will be to encapsulate the nanoparticles in a topical cream or lotion helping that CBD get more efficiently delivered to the body where you need it.

The process of Ultrasonic CBD enhancement is seen by many as the next step in enhancement, processing and preservation of CBD. It is a newer and better method of CBD enhancement as it is cheap and easier to use, adaptable, environmentally-friendly and maintains the extract’s quality, integrity and concentration. There is no doubt that Nano-enhanced hemp and CBD products are more effective, more convenient and above all more bioavailable. Taking all the aforementioned benefits of this method into consideration, the ultrasonic method of CBD enhancement and nano-enhanced CBD products are the future of the cannabis industry.

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CBD a Shining Alternative to Opioids – A spotlight during MLB Season https://www.hemp-joy.com/2019/04/07/opioid-alternative/ https://www.hemp-joy.com/2019/04/07/opioid-alternative/#comments Sun, 07 Apr 2019 06:36:58 +0000 https://www.hemp-joy.com/?p=855 CBD a Shining Alternative to Opioids – A spotlight during MLB Season Read More »

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CBD has been heating up across the country, becoming popular in different groups and organizations. Since then, former and current athletes from most professional sports leagues have continued to come forward and speak about the benefits CBD has to offer. Now that it’s officially MLB season again, we want to touch on some of the many current and retired MLB players that are speaking out on CBD and why they think endorse it so highly.

Former Athletes Advocate for Current Athletes to Use CBD

David Wells, a former MLB superstar that helped the Blue Jays win the World Series in 1992 and the Yankees in 1998, had a successful 21-year career playing baseball. Known for pitching a perfect game, Wells’ reported in an interview back in 2016 that he fell into heavy painkiller use in 1999. This continued past 2007, when he ended his MLB career, and he said he used drugs like Percocet as often as 70% to 80% of his time.

Then, after Wells had already retired, he tried CBD after getting inspired from a 60 Minutes Story on a young girl’s success in treating her seizures with CBD.

Wells started advocating for CBD oil and medical marijuana at a time when it had already started growing social acceptance. With cannabis legal in more and more states and industrial hemp now legal in all 50, many now seek CBD as a viable alternative to opioid addiction.

What Can CBD Help With?

Helpful for both addiction and recovery, CBD can help with pain, inflammation, and a plethora of other symptoms to some degree. David Wells is a living example of how easily someone can switch from opioids to CBD, and it’s hopeful that he’s a shining influence on future athletes when they need help with their pain.

David Wells is far from the only retired athlete to stand up against the opioid epidemic and for the medical use of CBD. In fact, cannabis has been more of a non-issue as far back as 2002 for the MLB, with the MLB Players Association (MLBPA) focusing first on performance-enhancement drugs instead of marijuana.

The fact that CBD was so heavily stigmatized by society is what’s kept more MLB players from using it for their needs. Now, as more states lift their decades-long bans on a substance that provides so many positive effects, even current athletes are warming up to the idea of using CBD for their everyday aches and pains, inflammation, chronic symptoms, and much more.

How Can CBD Benefit Baseball Players?

While many may be considering CBD as a viable alternative for after-game painkillers, it does so much more than that. On the contrary, CBD can be used as a pre-workout just as reliably as a post-workout supplement. More baseball players are discovering the benefits of adding CBD into their daily routine to enhance their recovery and training routines and help them perform at their best, every day.

Our CBD products can be taken daily to improve their effects over time. When you supplement the endocannabinoid system in your body with enough cannabinoids to feel satisfied, your entire body is made more efficient both in the short-term and long-term. Athletes will add additional servings to encourage greater focus or relaxation, because you don’t have to feel burnt out when you’re taking CBD. A THC-free alternative to opioids that you know aren’t working how you want them to, you’re guaranteed pure CBD that can truly change the game. 

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CBD Finally Finding Acceptance in Professional Sports https://www.hemp-joy.com/2019/01/21/cbd-finally-finding-acceptance-in-professional-sports/ https://www.hemp-joy.com/2019/01/21/cbd-finally-finding-acceptance-in-professional-sports/#respond Mon, 21 Jan 2019 09:21:42 +0000 https://www.hemp-joy.com/?p=721

CBD Finally Finding Acceptance in Professional Sports

Medical marijuana (or recreational marijuana, for that matter), still has a long way to go, before it makes its way into professional sports. However, that’s not the case for CBD products. With the now irrefutable science behind the destructive power of opioids, and their high-risk of addiction, professional athletes and their advocates are looking for alternatives. Many are choosing CBD as an option; although, they still risk penalties from their sport’s governing bodies. 

Yet, with science finally backing the anecdotal claims of the many health benefits of CBD use, it appears the winds of change are shifting. 

CBD (cannabidiol) is a compound found in the cannabis plant that is NOT psychoactive. Unlike THC, users do not get “high” from CBD use, but it does provide a wide spectrum of health benefits from reducing inflammation to pain management. 

In June of 2018, Big3 Basketball became the first professional sports league of any kind to permit CBD use among its athletes. Many of the players in the league are retired NBA players, and after years of hard knocks on the court, they sought an option other than opiates to address chronic pain from injuries. While the Big3 league is leading the charge, other more notable and larger organizations seem willing to at least discuss the benefits of CBD. The National Hockey League released a statement recently saying, “It’s possible that the NHL and NHLPA could come to an informal understanding about marijuana usage among players in the League in the future.” 

Professional UFC fighter Nate Diaz has been a very public advocate for CBD use, even appearing with his CBD vape pen at a press conference. Others in the fighting world, like former champion Bas Rutten, have increased their support, as well. Rutten stated that he was addicted to opioids at one point in his career, and was able to switch to CBD, as a healthier option for pain management. 

Why now? 

The opioid crisis that is affecting communities throughout the United States may actually be far worse in the locker rooms and training facilities of professional sports teams. Former NFL players report opioids being passed out “like candy” by trainers and medical professionals. The career of an average NFL player is only three to four years, yet many report leaving the sport with debilitating addictions. 

The concerns over athlete health, particularly in light of the CTE issues now associated with heavy-contact sports like football, are now being aired in the public forum. The opinion of the NFL leadership 10 years ago was that football was a contact sport, and when injuries occur, “that’s just the nature of the sport.” Thanks to lobbying efforts from athletes and their representative associations, there’s been a renewed responsibility for sports leagues to look after their players, both current and past. 

What’s the delay?

Because CBD is extracted from the cannabis plant, there is an undeniable stigma attached to it, and it remains illegal in many places. It takes time to change opinions, and most people do not understand that CBD and THC are different compounds. Thankfully, the distinction is finally being clarified in the eyes of the law, as the DEA moved from Schedule 1 to Schedule 5 certain CBD products that are approved by the FDA; (unfortunately, cannabis itself remains on Schedule 1, along with hard drugs such as heroin and crack).

Smaller professional leagues like Big3 are just the start, and the trend is certain to continue. When one of the four major American sports leagues finally allows CBD, the others are likely to follow. The athletes are demanding it, and it appears their respective sports are finally listening to them. 

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