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CBD – an interesting question…

CBD – an interesting question…

I recently received this question via email and thought I would post my reply here.  I wish that I had more time to devote to this and to the quality of my answer, but thought that a quick post might helpful to some of the readers of this blog.

I have a quick question for you regarding CBDs and the adrenals.  As a novice to this MMJ world, are we robbing Peter to pay Paul with giving people more energy with CBDs, but not fixing the underlying issues?  I just think of coffee bringing people up, but really draining them in the long haul.  Thoughts?

Cannabidiol_3DThis is a good question.  I think there may be some concern with THC strains but not CBD.  The endocannabiniod system is a harm reduction system in our bodies, and it’s activation leads to protection across multiple body systems.  In general, CBD enhances the body’s innate protective response via the endocannabinoid system (eCB).  I therefore think of CBD as adaptogenic in the best sense of the word. I do not see it causing “depletion”.  In fact, there is a current hypothesis in vogue describing cannabinoid acids including CBD acids as “dietary essentials”, especially during times of stress.  A part of the way CBD works biochemically is similar to how omega-3’s protect – via PPAR signalling, similar to DHA and EPA.

CBD has no known adverse effects and it has been studied very extensively.  It does have a biphasic effect with an optimal dose below and above which it is not as effective.  This effect deals with efficacy though, and not potential harm.

Running, biking and hiking increase our bodies own eCB molecules, which are now largely believed to be responsible for runner’s high to a much larger degree than endorphins.  Wheel running in mice increases cannabinoid receptors as well as sensitivity to cannabinoids.  A part of the way CBD works biochemically is similar to how omega-3’s protect – via PPAR signalling similar to DHA and EPA.

Ethan Russo has proposed that fibromyalgia, migraine, and IBS could represent a clinnical endocannabinoid deficiency syndrome.  Ester Fride has speculated that infant “failure to thrive” syndrome in newborns may be due to eCB insufficiency.  Paolo Sarchielli has described eCB system failure as a basis of chronic migraine.  Mathew Hill posits that deficient eCB signalling contributes to depressive illnesses.  Enhancing eCB with medical cannabis may help with these conditions, as well as the reason cannabis has been found to be effective for those with MS, epilepsy, and chronic pain.

Thank you for your question.  Best,  –Jake Felice, ND, LMP

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IBS relief using CBD rich Sour Tsunami strain

IBS relief using CBD rich Sour Tsunami strain

CBD rich strains are great medicine for IBS and IBD. CBD makes cannabis better medicine and protects against the negative effects of THC. Check out my post ‘What’s in your cannabis’ for more information on how CBD protects you from these negative effects.

Project CBD has lots of information on high CBD strains. Below is a patient testimonial from their site discussing the benefits of CBD rich sour tsunami strain for her irritable bowel syndrome:

 

CBD rich Sour Tsunami

“I am a IBD & IBS patient that has been doing the high cbd sour tsunami hemp oil treatment now since march 4th along with my other diet and supplement regiment. Within a few days great relief to spasms, pain, bleeding and bowel incontinence had been seen. Now up to full dosage and a few weeks into treatment I have much greater relief. Down to one Bm a day from 10-20, and stools are now formed and solid. I have fully adjusted to med and now have energy during day, more stamina, and sleep unbelievably well at night. Some nights I can get 8-10 hrs straight of real REM sleep which has helped healing tremendously. The other effects worth noting are the emotional effects. The oil also keeps any stress and anxiety so common with IBD and IBS under control better than any other med out there and totally safe. The high cbd medicine makes it possible to have great relief, healing and still function during the day with no restrictive effects. I can now leave my bathroom and house and get things done and feel human again! So far I can’t say enough about the effectiveness of this treatment, I still have a few weeks to go. I will report back with new info………”
– H.J, Northern California

If you’re interested in reading more individual accounts about the healing power of cannabis, check out more testimonials on Dr. Lister Greenspoon’s site.

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