There are medicines we take to fix things that are broken. We take medicines to fight infections, remove trespassers from our system, and eliminate bad cells. But there are also medicines we take to treat symptoms. Many drugs on the market are prescribed to minimize the outward expressions of a deeper issue. This means rather than fixing an issue, sometimes we put synthetic drugs into our body as a way to return to normal.
Some of the excitement around cannabinoids stems from their ability to empower the body to regulate and heal itself. This means rather than treating systems, we are improving health.
Note: This is a pretty thought that often comes untethered in corners of the internet where natural health enthusiasts gather. It’s important to read about the benefits and the risks to make an educated choice.
“So I take CBD to get normal? Not to get better?”
Here’s the truth as we know it so far:
- Research points to the positive potential of a stimulated endocannabinoid system.
- Inflammation causes pain. Reducing inflammation can reduce pain.
- Inflammation in the brain is linked to anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Multiple Sclerosis. Reducing inflammation may impede the symptoms of these disorders or delay their onset.
- Your body is designed to regulate appetite, sleep, and mood. It also has systems in place to balance emotions. Cannabis may help your body better regulate these core functions.
- Researchers have studied the anti-spasmodic (seizure fighting) potential of cannabis for nearly 50 years.
- Cannabis has been used by humans as medicine for hundreds of years.
Now, there is evidence that suggests the introduction of cannabinoids into your body can help treat conditions such as:
The benefit of introducing cannabinoids into your body is that they can help your body better regulate itself, or achieve more balance. These benefits are indirect, meaning the health advantages are not a result of the cannabinoid but rather what your body is empowered to do when its regulatory system is fully activated.
[See an alphabetical list of the health benefits of CBD.]
In addition to the cannabinoids, cannabis also contains terpenoids, or terpenes. These are the fragrant, flavorful compounds in cannabis found on the floral leaves and flowers of female cannabis plants. These molecules have health benefits such as:
- Cancer prevention
You may also hear about CBD or cannabis and the health benefits of plant-therapy as it relates to two conditions that are regularly in the news.
If you are interested in trying CBD or adding a cannabis therapy to your wellness plan, it’s always important to speak to a healthcare professional. You never want to change or discontinue prescribed medications without consulting a doctor.