As with any new item that has a lot of potential and might just be healthy for you*, there are questions we hear over and over we would like to tackle head on, such as…
I have heard CBD damages brain cells - true?
Since industrial hemp was illegal to grow for over 60 years in the United States until the 2014 Farm Bill was signed Dec. 20, 2018, there was nearly zero work being done stateside to find out anything about hemp or CBD. Most of the research is either too new, or not enough of it, to make definitive statements about what pure CBD oil does and does not do as “proven” by the medical and pharmaceutical industries in the United States. However, there are many studies that have been conducted by leading research institutes elsewhere in the world. That being what it is, here at Vid we make no medical claims for our natural, all organic wide spectrum CBD hemp oil products except that we are bringing you a compound that Mother Nature makes that is very close to things your body makes and needs to survive. You make your own judgments and choices about using the compound for the wellness and well-being* you may be seeking.
That said, let’s talk about what we do know. To do that, we have to talk about a bit of biology.
We know that cannabinoids, of which CBD is one of over 200 so far identified, bind to receptor cells all over the body, but more in the brain. It was also thought for a long time that CBD, like THC, bound to CB1 receptor cells located all over the body, but a whole lot of them are in the brain. We now know that CBD does not act like THC and nearly all the rest of the cannabinoids in that it does not bind to CB1 cells. Those cells do a lot of things as far as the systems and responses they have input into and control over throughout the body, including those working on emotion, appetite, mood, thinking, coordination, movement, and memories, as well as a lot of other functions. CB2 receptor cells, the other important receptor that THC binds to, are also located all over, but they primarily deal with inflammation and pain. THC binds to both CB1 and CB2 receptor cells, and that is why THC’s psychotropic action affects all sorts of various systems in your body and appears to work on pain, in particular.
CBD does not bind to either CB1 or CB2 receptor cells, but to endocannabinoids, another form of receptor that has a more direct effect on the body because they are direct messengers to and through the neurotransmitters or nerve cells throughout your entire system. THC has to be broken down by heat to have a strong effect on the CB1 and CB2 cells. So far research shows that the less processed and more full range of cannabinoids that are presented to endocannabinoids in the body, the better they all work, and CBD is the molecule that acts as a “coach” to get the other cannabinoids to the reception spot on the endocannabinoid, gets them introduced and matched up, helps attach, and facilitates them working together.
It has been discovered there is a relationship, though, between CBD and THC besides having the same parent. CBD acts as a buffering agent to THC when THC is “doing its thing” in your system, part of the entourage effect. In other words, CBD tempers, controls to some extent, and modifies the psychoactivity THC exhibits, making some of the unpleasant responses diminish or disappear entirely. As Cannabis has been bred for increased THC content, CBD has sometimes been bred out, and now growers are realizing to provide the best experiences for medical and recreational users that the entourage effect is important for the best of their offerings as well.
CBD, unlike other cannabinoids, appears to act as a messenger or facilitator for the endocannabinoid receptors to take up, utilize, or replenish their own endocannabinoids from what scientists have been able to figure out. It has a direct relationship that basically tells the receptor “hey, relax, it’s ok, let this cannabinoid in” thereby allowing the body to gain what it is unable to produce on its own. The reason the body needs help has much to do with diet, exercise, medications, and the biggest things, environment and stressors that are part of your daily life. The endocannabinoid system and all the very finely tuned components of it are in delicate balance or homeostasis. It does not take much to throw it off kilter and create a situation where the body is not able to produce the kind, or as much of, a particular endocannabinoid as it takes to keep things functioning correctly. This is especially true for CB2 receptors that control allergic response, inflammation, and pain. Elsewhere in this site you will find more detailed information about the endocannabinoid system, and how it functions. It is really involved and is truly newly explored territory in the human body.
There is no evidence that CBD damages brain cells in any fashion. It also does not cause cognitive impairment, negative changes in vital signs, alteration of moods or negative affects on the central nervous system in all the research that has been done*. In fact, full spectrum CBD hemp oil has been found to improve vital signs, provide calming effects, improve mood, and enhances productivity*.
CBD can make me infertile I have heard. We are trying to conceive.
As for infertility, there have not been enough studies done yet to address the question, at least in the United States. To date there have been no negative issues found elsewhere in the world regarding fertility in all the research we have seen. Some groups are claiming CBD may help fertility*, but there is not enough evidence to support or detract either way, so the official stand regarding CBD oil at Vid is simply we do not know enough yet to comment.
Can I get addicted to CBD?
CBD oil, according to the World Health Organization and dozens of other well-respected research, medical and testing agencies world-wide have all stated CBD oil is not addictive and has no ability to create addiction within its components. It has shown no ability to create abuse syndromes in people who utilize it, either.
As for the addiction question, there have been accusations for decades that anything to do with Cannabis was addictive, and its use would lead to worse things. This was based on smear campaigns that came out of the 1930’s attempt to financially destroy the medical and industrial use of hemp in the United States so other pharmaceuticals and manufactured products could be sold in their place. There has never been in over 80 years of tests, trials, studies, and any other way you can track it, evidence that any component in hemp was addictive, either physically or psychologically. There is also no evidence ever been proven that hemp leads to the use of other, more damaging materials. Most all of the wide blanketing accusations are based on false information that was spread about THC. What they do not tell you is that artificial THC has been and is manufactured for a number of drug and medical purposes and is used throughout the world, including here stateside. What HPN grows, produces, and offers is an organic, fully natural, wide spectrum CBD hemp oil product that has well below the absolute maximum percentage for THC content set by federal law. It is not even the same thing all the naysayers are talking about.
It is worth saying that CBD oil is under a lot of research studies including those funded by federal grants as a contender to help deal with the opiate crisis. Components of full spectrum CBD hemp oil show tremendous promise for potentially replacing many prescription drugs for pain control, inflammation, depression treatment, mood disorders, anorexia, PTSD, and many other concerns*. There is also research supporting CBD oil’s potential use for smoking cessation, and trial participants and non-official study users all report that cravings just stop*. There is a lot of healthy potential out there, and Vid is anxious to see what researchers get to share with us next.
In closing, regarding panic and fear spread for whatever means…
Human beings are sadly led around by other human beings looking to make a profit and sell their own stuff. If they make patients instead of helping people get well, they make a lot more money. Those with less than humanitarian ideals often accuse other things of being “evil” to justify or hide their own avarice. A lot of that information sadly only comes out after a fast push through the approval agencies when people start getting sick – really sick – or worse. Hemp’s history of being used for wellness* is thousands of years old. You have to be your own judge, and make decisions for your own wellness. We are not telling you not to do what your doctor says, or to not take care of important medical matters. On the contrary, we want you to always consult with your doctor before you start or change any supplemental routine you have. It is the responsible thing to do. We know at Vid-CBD that listening to your body will tell you a lot, and often what you need, natural or conventional.
You have our word on that.