One of the hottest new items to come along in health care in a long time is CBD.  It’s everywhere — in every form! Topical, pills, drops, vapes… it’s the magic pill everyone has been hoping and waiting for.

Well, is it that? Maybe. We are seeing many benefits in our clients and the feedback continues to roll in.

From our 3 year old client who asks for it when she has anxiety from a complex medical condition to a harried mom whose anxiety calmed down within 20 minutes of taking a capsule here at our office to other clients who report better sleep and less pain, we are hearing good reports about the use of CBD.

So what exactly is CBD? The initials stand for “cannabinoids”. Cannabinoids are derived from the hemp plant, which is rich in CBD, contained in the flowers, seeds and even stalk fibers.

How is CBD different from marijuana?

The active ingredient in marijuana is the chemical THC, which is psychoactive.  CBD is not psycho active. The legal production and sale of hemp was signed into law by President Obama in 2014. We are grateful for access to this helpful compound!

You may be surprised to know that receptors for cannabinoid exist throughout the body: in the brain, digestive system, lymphatic system, etc. In fact, activation of the endocannabinoid system is essential to healthy living. The phytocannabinoids, or plant cannabinoids, interact directly with these cannabinoid receptors.

The endocannabinoid system is responsible for balancing the following areas:
• regulation of breath
• reducing inflammation
• improving a balanced immune response
• improving mood
• reducing pain
• normalizing gut motility
• protecting the brain
• balancing hormones
• regulating the sleep-wake cycle
• normalizing blood pressure
• healthy reproduction

Research supports the use of CBD in a variety of health challenges including pain and inflammation, glaucoma, mood disorders, heart disease, obesity, metabolic syndrome including insulin resistance, Parkinson’s, Huntington, Alzheimer’s, Tourette