Inside of cannabis, two chemicals are responsible for the assortment of effects brought on by the product: tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and cannabidiol (CBD) – the topic of this blog. To learn more about how these two chemicals differ, be sure to checkout our recent blog on the subject to get filled in. Here, we will be looking at the science behind CBD, how it acts on the mind and body, and where it is being used currently.
While cannabis and cannabidiol products are often painted with the same brush, it is important to note that there is a distinction between the two – where cannabis refers to the plant matter that contains both THC and CBD, cannabidiol (CBD) is the extract from cannabis. THC is what produces the psychoactive “high”, whereas cannabidiol has subtle effects that may even be counter to that of THC.
How CBD Works
Without getting too technical, CBD works by acting on receptors in the body whichare known as “CB1” and “CB2″. These receptors are part of the “endocannabinoid system”, which regulates various physiological and cognitive processes. This is why cannabis is able to effect appetite and mood, pain and memory, the effects are wide-ranging and differ person to person.
The Effects of CBD
In terms of what to be expected from CBD products, researchers are still working out the exact details. Currently though, there has been a significant amount of research that shows anti-anxiety (anxiolytic) and anti-inflammatory effects when consumed. Additionally, CBD has been effectivein the treatment of individuals with epilepsy and other diseases that cause seizures. Given that CBD can be consumed in several different ways, it is quickly becoming a common product for alleviating anxiety or pain for patients.
One study, for instance, took a group of people who had been diagnosed with generalized social anxiety disorder and tested the effects of CBD on their self-reported feelings of anxiety. It was a double-blind study (where one group has a placebo, one has the actual drug, but neither group knows which they have). Participants were asked to perform a simulated public speaking test, then report their feelings of anxiety, cognitive impairment, and discomfort in speech through a series of tests. The CBD group was found to have felt significantly better across the range of measures.
So, there is merit to the anxiolytic effects of CBD. For this reason, CBD has been used in health products for pets and people alike for quite some time now. Whether it’s dog treats for overly excited pups or liquid drops for people experiencing anxiety or pain, CBD has found its home as a natural health product. Lexaria’s DehydraTECH™ is being used in such products to enhance the flavor profile and efficacy of cannabidiol. Scientific research is still being conducted, though studies continueto show promising, displaying positive effects for treating pain and anxiety without the adverse psychoactive effects of THC.
Continue to follow along with us as we disseminate the available information on cannabis, CBD, and the rapidly growing industry that surrounds it. Get in touch with us anytime to learn more about how Lexaria is directly involved with this growth and bringing better products to market than ever before!