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What’s All of the Hype About CBD Oil?

CBD oil, or cannabidiol, is a non-psychoactive part of the cannabis plant, meaning it is not a hallucinogen (and won’t make you feel high).1

It is a supplement that is not designed to be taken at the sign of your symptoms, but rather on a regular basis, for you to reap the benefits. For example, if you have a cold virus or the flu, eating oranges and drinking orange juice isn’t going to cure the infection; the vitamin C is meant to be preventive and to strengthen your immune system so you don’t get sick in the first place. The same goes with CBD oil. It should be taken regularly in order to see the benefits.

CBD may do the following:

  • reduce anxiety;
  • reduce pain and inflammation;
  • clear your mind/mental clarity;
  • help with depression symptoms;
  • help with PTSD;
  • and reduce stress.

What does the research say?

Early research has indicated that CBD has many properties that make it anti-tumoral, anti-psychotic, anti-spasmodic and neuroprotective, among other great benefits.

At high concentrations, CBD can activate the 5-HT1A (hydroxytryptamine) serotonin receptor, which is implicated in a range of biological and neurological processes, including pain perception.2 CBD also binds to TRPV1 receptors, which is known to mediate pain perception, inflammation and body temperature. In addition, CBD activates adenosine receptors, which play a great role in anti-inflammatory effects.

An experimental study in the Journal of Experimental Medicine found that CBD can reduce pain and inflammation.3 In addition, researchers found that subjects were not likely to build up a tolerance so they would not need to increase the dosage to ensure effectiveness.

For help with proper dosing, talk with your Stretch Moves health professional. Be sure to talk with your primary care doctor first to ensure there are no contraindications between CBD oil and your prescribed medications.