Hemp Health: CBD Oil Explained
You may have come across CBD Oil in the press recently and read about the amazing effects it has had on so many different health issues.
Our journey started in a similar way about a year ago when we came across a story of a young girl who suffered from a rare form of epilepsy (Dravet syndrome) and experienced hundreds of seizures per week. As a last resort her parents and a US physician used CBD oil with life-changing benefits. Within weeks, this girl’s seizures reduced to only several per month. Her story is often referred to as Charlotte’s Web due to a special strain of the plant grown to help Charlotte’s condition. This story can be sourced via the internet.
What is CBD Oil?
We were curious to know how a compound from a natural plant could have such powerful effects. CBD stands for Cannabidiol and is one of approximately 85 cannabinoids found in both the hemp and cannabis plant. CBD is extracted either with olive oil or a CO2 method and usually mixed with an oil base to form CBD oil. A few drops of the oil are added to the tongue several times per day. This is enough to work with our body’s most important physiological system to promote healing at a cellular level, with the recently discovered ENDOCANNABINOID System (ES). Please note, high levels of CBD are only found in special strains of hemp produced for this purpose and that cold-pressed hemp oils generally do not contain CBD.
The Endocannabinoid System Explained:
Only 20 years ago, scientists discovered that the ES is a central component of the health and healing of every human system (and most animal systems too). This endogenous cannabinoid system, is named after the plant as both hemp and cannabis contain compounds that work directly with this natural system. It was through researching how cannabinoids work in the body that led to its original discovery. Scientists are calling this the MOST important physiological system involved in establishing and maintaining human health.
Endocannabinoids occur naturally in the human system and their receptors are found throughout the body; in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands, and immune cells. In each tissue, the cannabinoid system performs different tasks, but the goal is always the same: HOMEOSTASIS. This explains why CBD is linked to helping improve so many varied conditions from Alzheimer’s, reducing the growth rate of cancer cells, asthma, chronic pain, glaucoma, sleep problems, stroke and anxiety to a post-traumatic stress disorder, auto-immune illness such as MS & fibromyalgia, muscle spasms and more.
Thousands of Peer-Reviewed Research Available:
There are numerous gold standard, academic research articles available via credible sites such as Pub Med on how Cannabidiol (CBD) can help almost every human disease in the body. This is due to CBD’s unique properties such as anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, cardio-protectant, neuro-protectant, cancer cell inhibitor, relaxant etc. Here is our website that has links to interesting articles in the cannabinoid field: www.ammalife.co.uk/research
How to maintain your own Endocannabinoid System:
Omega-3 fatty acids are a precursor for the body to produce its own endocannabinoids, so this is a great thing to include in your daily intake.
CBD Oil Blend Recipe for Eczema:
Add a few drops of CBD oil (choose any strength of CBD oil) to some virgin coconut oil and mix well. Then apply topically to the affected area several times per day. The CBD oil will turn the coconut oil a slight green colour, so be sure to let it soak into the skin for a few minutes before it comes into any contact with your clothes as it may stain. The CBD oil is safe to apply on children’s skin as there is no known toxic level. This oil blend will do wonders help to heal the skin and soothe the symptoms!
CBD oil can be ingested and used topically to support everyday wellness.
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Guest post by Amma Life Founders Sophia Ali (Public Health MSc, Chinese Medicine, Shiatsu & Reflexology Practitioner) and Kirk Thompson (NLP Master Practitioner and Workshop Facilitator in Business & the Creative Arts).