CBD for Social Anxiety?

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It’s 40% worse this year than last year….and affects 40 million people in America alone.

Characterized by excessive worry, racing thoughts, fear, and fatigue, the impacts of anxiety are far-reaching, extending into many different areas of one’s life. It’s not uncommon for those with anxiety to feel like they’ve missed out on living, or that they’re unable to do things they once enjoyed.

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Worse this year than last year….and affects 40 million people in America alone.

86% of those affected feel it hurts their physical health, too.

If these stats sound bad, that’s because they are. They characterize a disorder that sometimes gets overlooked: anxiety. And while anxiety may be less noticeable from the outside than things like chronic pain or disease, it can be just as crippling.

Characterized by excessive worry, racing thoughts, fear, and fatigue, the impacts of anxiety are far-reaching, extending into many different areas of one’s life. It’s not uncommon for those with anxiety to feel like they’ve missed out on living, or that they’re unable to do things they once enjoyed.

So maybe it’s not surprising, then, that many people who suffer from anxiety turn to alcohol, tobacco, and powerful prescription drugs. While the opioid epidemic has made us aware of the danger of these types of drugs, those with anxiety may feel they have no other option that gives the same type of relief.

But there are better alternatives. Thankfully, much better alternatives.

In order to alleviate anxiety, it’s important to first understand it. While the causes of this disease are complex, modern science has uncovered some details. We’ll go into the simplified version of these details below!

Anxiety is likely caused by chemical imbalances in the brain. These imbalances are usually first triggered by something; it might be environmental, it might be genetic. But the fact is that, in most people with anxiety, imbalances are there. Usually they take the form of a suboptimal serotonin to dopamine ratio.

Serotonin and dopamine are chemical messengers referred to as neurotransmitters; both are involved in modulating the ‘fight or flight’ reflex. In a very real sense, anxious people are stuck living in fight or flight mode. Not good.

CBD helps with this. If you’ve ever taken CBD oil, you may have noticed just how relaxing you felt afterward. You can thank CBD’s perfect interaction with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) for that. CBD intake allows a boosted ECS to restore normal serotonin: dopamine ratios, making for a calmer and less anxious you.

Another way CBD might help: it ‘dims down’ overactive electrical activity in the brain. That’s because the cellular signallers CBD  amplifies are inhibitory in nature — they slow things down and synchronize them. With regular CBD use comes higher endocannabinoid levels, and with higher endocannabinoid levels comes the brain’s ability to put a damper on excitatory influences. In a very real sense, CBD restores to a person the ability to retain control over their health and wellness … even on an electrical level.

CBD’s anti-anxiety effects have some pretty big research studies backing them, too. One of these studies subjected both SAD (social anxiety disorder) patients and healthy patients to stimulated public speaking tests — both with and without CBD.

What researchers saw happen to both patient groups was interesting:

“Pretreatment with CBD significantly reduced anxiety, cognitive impairment and discomfort in their speech performance, and significantly decreased alert in their anticipatory speech.”

Pretreatment with CBD  took away nearly all anxiety from the healthy control group, even before public speaking. And it kept the SAD group amazingly close to normal during all but the most stressful moments of the test. This group even reported a positive, not negative, self-evaluation as they prepared to begin their speeches.

In other words, the SAD patients experienced less anxiety and more hope. All from a single dose of CBD in the form of cannabidiol isolate! Just imagine what consistent dosing would do.

After all, it can take time to fully rebalance endocannabinoid levels, levels that are often low in those with anxiety and other forms of disease. When taken consistently, CBD improves ECS function and empowers the body to heal itself. ‘Side effects’ include things like better sleep, reduced pain…and less anxiety!

Best of all, CBD reduces anxiety with a minimum of actual side effects. Unlike traditional mood stabilizers, it doesn’t act in isolation on one or two biochemicals. Instead it acts on virtually everything via far-reaching endocannabinoid system pathways, meaning your mental outlook can be gently lifted up.

And though the plant molecule does ‘hit’ the same 5-HT1A serotonin receptors that SSRI drugs do, it does so much more holistically. These receptors can join forces with endocannabinoid receptors when under the protective influence of CBD, after all.

The worst thing that might happen with CBD dosing? If you take too much, it may not work quite as well, and you might get a little sleepy. But even this small drawback is reduced if you’ve opted to take a full spectrum CBD product.

That’s according to a study done by the same scientist that first discovered the endocannabinoid anandamide. While cheaper CBD isolate products do work, they only work up to a certain point. Full spectrum hemp oil, on the other hand, works well even at high doses and never really reaches that point of diminishing returns.

Though many CBD companies produce their oils with CBD isolate (it is cheaper, after all), we’re different. At Vision Aura, we agree with these recent findings —  and know that nature knows best. We choose to make all our products with full-spectrum hemp oil that includes all of the cannabinoids and terpenes found in hemp, allowing you to experience all of the plant’s benefits.

Just keep in mind that it usually doesn’t take much CBD to reduce anxiety, especially if you use the full spectrum hemp oil we advocate. Whether you have SAD or simply want to feel a little more peaceful, consider trying out a hemp product. The testimonials are pretty promising so far:

Not a skeptic now! Rick turned me on to the tincture drops and I was skeptical if the product would help with anxiety. I took the product for a few weeks then forgot to take it over a few days. The real proof is when you stop taking them and the anxiety comes back. I’m hooked and making this part of my daily vitamins. Thanks Rick!”

– Kevin Rose

How to Properly Dose Full Spectrum CBD Oil

CBD is becoming more popular as we speak! One question commonly floating around the community of people taking or interested in CBD is ‘what dose of CBD should I be taking?’ Like everything else in the world of plant medicine, there are few authoritative voices. Dr Dustin Sulak, one of the leading doctors in the cannabis field at healer.com, recommends starting slow, as we do.

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How to Properly Dose Full Spectrum CBD Oil

Best organic CBD Oil is becoming more popular as we speak!  One question commonly floating around the community of people taking or interested in CBD is ‘what dose of CBD should I be taking?’ Like everything else in the world of plant medicine, there are few authoritative voices. Dr Dustin Sulak, one of the leading doctors in the cannabis field at healer.com, recommends starting slow, as we do.  He states that ‘less is more’ and we recommend that approach as well.  We have put together a simple dosing guide and an easy to follow step by step graphic for you visual learners!

WHAT IS CBD

Before we jump in, we will cover what is CBD for those beginners that may be new to the topic. Once we have established a baseline knowledge we can proceed to the rest of the article. If you believe you have sufficient knowledge about CBD and full spectrum versus isolate feel free to jump ahead to the title ‘Dosage of Full Spectrum CBD’. If you are a beginner, this article will be a great starting point for your CBD information needs. 

Let us start by discussing basics. CBD is a chemical that is naturally found in cannabis. The fancy name for CBD and related chemicals is called a cannabinoid.  To date more than 100 cannabinoids have been discovered in cannabis. There are a number of other plant chemicals in cannabis, none of which have been found to be toxic to humans! These include terpenes, sterols, plant esters and other molecules that are found in the plant.  In fact, there have been over 400 types of molecules found in the cannabis plant. The most popular or well-known cannabinoid is THC, which you may be familiar with.  Both THC and CBD are cannabinoids.

There is a stark difference between how CBD and THC act in the human body.  THC acts as a psychoactive, while CBD is not.  THC gets you ‘high’, while CBD is likely to balance your overall systems, resulting in such benefits as pain relief, anxiety relief and other benefits as well. 

FULL SPECTRUM CBD VS CBD ISOLATE

Full spectrum CBD and CBD isolates can be explained in a very complex way.  We feel that simple language is best and explain it to you that way. 

If CBD provides the user with health benefits, why don’t we isolate it and take it like a vitamin? Well, that is precisely what CBD isolate is. Laboratories extract the CBD from cannabis and inject it into different products such as oils, soaps and creams.

In contrast, full spectrum CBD contains many of the beneficial cannabinoids, terpenes and plant compounds that are found together to have a wider therapeutic range than CBD isolate!   In simple language, that means that your dose of full spectrum CBD oil is likely beneficial to you even if your dose isn’t absolutely correct.  In fact, no one knows exactly what the correct dose actually is, making the advice ‘start low, go slow’ very relevant.  Another advantage of taking full spectrum CBD is that the plant compounds work together to provide what is called the ‘entourage effect’, meaning that the chemicals in the oil work together to enhance the effects over what would be found in a single type of chemical such as a CBD isolate.

THE DOSAGE OF FULL SPECTRUM CBD

Now that we are all caught up, we can look at how to dose full spectrum CBD. As you will see below, we provide an infographic that summarizes the details of this section.  Feel free to refer to this infographic when you need a reminder of how to best dose yourself. 

1. DETERMINE YOUR METHOD OF CBD CONSUMPTION

As we mention, there are many ways to take CBD.  Whether lotions, creams, or soft gels, the type of product will determine how much you actually get into your system. Another way of saying this is that the different products have different bioavailability.  Bioavailability is how much of the compound will be absorbed by your bloodstream, providing its effect in near and remote locations in the body.    It turns out that CBD oil taken sublingually is probably one of the most bioavailable methods to take CBD oil.  In fact, this is what we recommend. 

2. DETERMINE WHETHER YOU WANT TO TAKE FULL SPECTRUM CBD OR CBD ISOLATE

As we discussed, full spectrum CBD oil contains many of the other cannabinoids and beneficial plant compounds, so that we recommend this, and remind the reader that full spectrum CBD oil is one of the more bioavailable products on the market. 

Our experience shows that full spectrum CBD oil is more effective than the isolate, and strongly recommend it.  Since more of the product is absorbed, it is probably cheaper than buying CBD isolate.

3. DETERMINE THE SEVERITY OF YOUR CONDITIONS

Do you have debilitating anxiety?  Alternatively, are you trying to just get a good night’s sleep? Depending on the severity of your condition or other factors not yet well understood, you may want a higher dose of CBD oil. 

The most important part of this step is to define your goals for CBD therapy.  Write down what you are currently suffering from and what type of relief you hope CBD will provide. Without this step, you may not be able to determine when to stop increasing you dose! 

4. DETERMINE YOUR BODY WEIGHT

It is likely that the more you weigh, the higher the dose you need for relief.  This may be partly true, but has not been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt. Some people are just more sensitive to CBD and although you might need more because of your weight, you might not!  That is why we recommend starting slow with a low dose.  As we like to say, ‘start low and go slow’. 

5. START WITH A SMALL DOSE THREE TIMES A DAY

Once you start with a small dose 3 times a day, monitor your symptoms and assess them after one week.  If you don’t feel any effect with one drop three times a day, increase your dose to 2 drops three times a day.  Is it too much?  Cut back to 1 drop once a day and two drops twice a day.  Is it not enough?  Then it’s time to increase your dose as above to 2 drops three times a day.  Incrementally increase your dose until you find relief. 

What is a small dose?  Whatever product you choose may have a recommended dose.  I would start with that or possibly a bit more if you have experience with cannabinoids.  Take the dose three times a day and observe for about a week.  If you don’t have any relief from symptoms, increase your dose by one drop three times a day. Repeat this process after a week until the desired effects are felt.  Because different products have a different amount of CBD in each drop, an exact recommendation is not realistic. We have laid out some examples so that you can get the idea. 

EXAMPLES OF DOSING

Jane Doe – an average size woman – has anxiety and mild back pain.  She started by taking one drop of full spectrum CBD oil 3 times  a day for the first week.  Jane did not feel the desired effects, and thus she increased it to two drops three times a say in week 2.  In the second week, she found that the CBD was providing her with decreased anxiety and relief from her back pain. She stabilized and continued to take two drops three times a day. 

In the second example, Mike Smith ( al large man weighing 300 lbs) has recently had surgery and is looking for a natural alternative to pain killers. Mike may get up to 6 drops three times a day to fully feel the effects he desires. It is entirely dependent on the person, and the most important part is to listen to your body!

ADDED TIP

When using CBD oil try the sublingual method by placing the drops under your tongue and holding for a few minutes until the oil is absorbed.  This is one of the fastest and most effective ways to obtain your daily does of CBD.

We hope this article provides some clarity as to how to dose full spectrum CBD oil! If you have any questions feel free to contact us as we welcome your questions of any kind.

Properly Dose Full Spectrum CBD Oil

CBD as a Nootropic?

It’s pretty well-established that CBD’s a powerful neuroprotectant. And as Dr. Bob Melamede explains, the endocannabinoids that CBD helps boost are what actually reduce oxidative stress:


“Endocannabinoids are the oil of life. And what they do is minimise [Biochemical friction] and what we’d like to do is minimise the consequences. Cannabinoids have a profound effect on the nervous system.”

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The human brain has been called the most complex machine in the world. It’s true — with over 100 billion nerve cells and trillions of connective elements packed into roughly three pounds of mass, the brain is a miracle of evolution / thermodynamics / cosmic origin. Even when faced with exponential advances in tech, our brains still edge out the most advanced AI. 

But because the brain is responsible for our perception of reality itself, its own existence goes unnoticed. It’s hard to appreciate the brain, but science has given us a way to try. 

“The human brain is a gargantuan network of one hundred billion neurons. Each of these neurons is endowed with two complementary kinds of tree-shaped extensions: dendrites and axons.”

Trees of the Brain, Roots of the Mind, Giorgio Ascoli

CBD as a Nootropic

Upon close inspection, the mind that makes perception possible get even more complex. Within the brain are what Ascoli aptly calls “tree-shaped extensions” that form interconnected pathways of information and energy transfer. 

And it’s these tree-shaped figures that are responsible for sending signals that — if they fire off correctly — form things and thoughts. These signals are propelled along by electricity in the form of nerve impulses. It’s among these microscopic signaling networks that cannabinoids show their real value. 

Why? We’ve talked about the endocannabinoid system before…but did you know that the ECS helps regulate electrical flow by functioning separately from it? While most neurotransmitters work in tandem with nerve impulses, much like rafts floating together down a stream, endocannabinoids are totally different. 

Endocannabinoids (eCB’s) actually travel in reverse, a phenomenon that scientists call retrograde signaling. 

These eCB’s are produced in response to intracellular pressure, which is mediated by calcium, which itself is mediated by stress. In other words, endocannabinoids are able to respond quickly and accurately to stress. Overall the endocannabinoid system (and the cannabinoids that supplement it) helps the brain process stress, overcome it, and grow stronger. 

CBD as a Nootropic

CBD as a Nootropic

All this makes CBD quite the potential nootropic. After all, two things are most critical when it comes to neuro-boosting substances: helping the brain function its best, and protecting it from toxins in the first place.  

It’s pretty well-established that CBD’s a powerful neuroprotectant. And as Dr. Bob Melamede explains, the endocannabinoids that CBD helps boost are what actually reduce oxidative stress:

“Endocannabinoids are the oil of life. And what they do is minimize [Biochemical friction] and what we’d like to do is minimize the consequences. […] Cannabinoids have a profound effect on the nervous system.”

The first and most important part of optimizing brain function is to allow the brain’s innate power to flow — unhindered by free radicals and other types of oxidation. In this role, CBD makes for an amazing preventative measure. 

CBD For Optimal Brain Function 

Once neuroprotection is ensured, then comes the next step: activating natural pathways to give mental function a boost. For example, higher serotonin secretion within the hippocampus region of the brain has been linked to better memory. CBD, by activating certain serotonin receptors, may help with the formation and storage of memories. 

While the theoretical stuff is promising, so is CBD’s current real-world use as a nootropic. As a daily [CBD] user for 2 years I can tell you that my cognitive function, critical thinking, logical thought and consciousness have drastically increased! 

Let’s take a look at some other reasons CBD may be the ideal nootropic: 

CBD may increase levels of the endocannabinoid anandamide. [1] This “bliss-molecule” has been tied to hope, happiness, and pattern learning —  all things important to functioning at one’s mental best. 

CBD may promote a shift towards fat burning via BAT (brown adipose tissue) formation. [2] Burning fat for fuel, as opposed to carbohydrates, produces less oxidation and stabler energy in many people. 

CBD may foster neuroplasticity. [3] That term just refers to the ability of the brain’s neurons to stretch, shift, and grow, based on environmental demands. Higher levels of neuroplasticity are tied to adaptation and quick learning, while low levels have been implicated in depression, PTSD, and more. Basically, a neuroplastic brain will be able to meet each day with enthusiasm, focus, and an openness to the new.  

CBD might make coffee safer. Given many people enjoy coffee’s stimulating effects on work and focus, we think this indirect benefit warrants a mention! 

Full-Spectrum hemp presents an amazing opportunity to nourish the most important assets we have: our minds. Hemp’s CBD component may protect the brain and preserve its most important roles; yet it’s also been shown to boost existing brain function so that we can think, perceive and be our best. 

Research Around Full Spectrum Hemp Oil

As the world continues to be more accepting of cannabis, there has been a considerable growth of interest in CBD and the physical & mental benefits it can provide. Over the last few years in an attempt to build credibility, CBD has been isolated into its purest form to gauge the benefits on a sole basis. But people have realized returning hemp to its natural state can maximize its benefits.

In recent years, full spectrum hemp oil has emerged as a way to combine CBD with the rest of the hemp plant to massively boost effects and amplify dosage. Like any person interested in natural health, scientific evidence supporting claims can help you feel more confident in giving it a shot.

We wanted to recap the most prolific studies done, and give some suggestions if you’re going to take it yourself. CBD products can vary in effectiveness based on the person, goals, and amount taken, so the best judge is your own experience.

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As the world continues to be more accepting of cannabis, there has been a considerable growth of interest in CBD and the physical & mental benefits it can provide. Over the last few years in an attempt to build credibility, CBD has been isolated into its purest form to gauge the benefits on a sole basis. But people have realized returning hemp to its natural state can maximize its benefits.

In recent years, full spectrum hemp oil has emerged as a way to combine CBD with the rest of the hemp plant to massively boost effects and amplify dosage. Like any person interested in natural health, scientific evidence supporting claims can help you feel more confident in giving it a shot.

We wanted to recap the most prolific studies done, and give some suggestions if you’re going to take it yourself. CBD products can vary in effectiveness based on the person, goals, and amount taken, so the best judge is your own experience.

What is Full Spectrum Hemp Oil?

First, we should quickly outline what full spectrum hemp oil is. As opposed to an isolate, it contains all the cannabinoids found within the hemp plant, in addition to vitamins, minerals, flavonoids, terpenes, fatty acids, and more.  These compounds work together in your body Provide anti-inflammationstress reductionaided sleep, assistance with anxiety and depression, and much more.

The first research paper we want to focus on is a 2015 staple piece regarding the superior effects of having the entire plant as opposed to a CBD isolate. The colleagues at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem looked over studies done in the last 15 years regarding the anti-inflammation effects of isolated CBD. among all of them a consistent factor was found when the amount of CBD exceeded a certain dosage size; the results began to slow down and eventually disappear entirely creating a bell curve.

Research Around Full Spectrum Hemp Oil

Because of this, its medical usage became very difficult to gauge. You needed to fit your dosage within a specific window, and if you over or under did it, you could potentially waste your money and time and have no beneficial effects. Looking for a better solution they began combining CBD with a variety of minor cannabinoids, and other vitamins found within the hemp plant. The goal of this was to eliminate the bell-shaped curve that CBD produced, in hopes of finding a way to create a measurable and effective dosage.

The results proved decisive as their new Full Spectrum solution provided real pain relief with a much smaller dosage amount compared to isolated CBD. Also, the effects did not disappear after a certain amount of dosage was reached, instead it plateaued which suggests that the maximum beneficial potential was reached. Finding this is fantastic news, as dosage could now be measured and appropriately administered.

It seems funny is that the most logical and practical solution with the simplest. Instead of isolating certain compounds of the hemp plant, use the entire thing! But sometimes, the most straightforward answers can only be reached once you’ve exhausted every option. Also, scientific research is fundamental to make sure we are dosing correctly and providing optimal solutions to patients with a variety of illnesses. It’s incredible how powerful and effective natural medicine can be!

The Entourage Effect

This concept of synergizing hemp compounds to maximize effects is referred to as the Entourage effect. The Entourage effect means that the cannabinoids, vitamins, minerals, and other compounds help bring the best out in each other making the plant greater than the sum of its parts. The best example of this is how trace amounts of THC in full spectrum hemp combined with the CBD to produce entirely different positive medical effects on the body. CBD has been researched to show that it helps Mitigate the effects of THC by blocking cannabinoid receptors, which can reduce anxiety and paranoia the THC causes typically.

One of the most common benefits of CBD cited as its assistance with pain relief. Many people mention its properties as the natural painkiller, even going so far as to switch to it thoroughly compared to over-the-counter drugs. People with chronic pain may be prescribed marijuana, but do not like the effects large amounts of THC can have on your body. Taking full spectrum hemp oil or a CBD isolate can help you achieve freedom from pain, but still, have it be a natural solution.

Mentally, CBD dosage can reduce anxiety for things such as public speaking, completing stripped stressful tasks. Many people have come to rely on CBD to help with social anxiety, or even with things such as going to parties, introducing yourself to new people, or speaking in front of a class. Building on its anxiety-reducing effects, it can also help with sleep and insomnia, using it as a sleep aid is much better than traditional over the counter methods and will make you much less dependent on it in a toxic way.

Other benefits include anti-cancer properties, protection from neurodegenerative diseasesmultiple sclerosis symptoms, and even potentially reducing seizures or helping people deal with epilepsy. You can read more about the effects CBD has had on people in our testimonial section, as the results tend to vary from person to person, as well as their dosage and for how long they’ve taken it.

What you need to know before you order

No matter the reason, ensure you’re ordering your products from someone you can trust. With the industry snowballing, many people are looking to cash in on a growing space. Usually, this is by repackaging other people’s products and selling low-quality CBD for absurd prices. Always look into the background on the computer ordering from, ask questions via email and ensure they can provide you with the necessary documents, or expertise to help you improve your health.

When taking full spectrum hemp oil, we strongly suggest using the up-titration method. Just start with a small dosage and track the effects as you work your way up on a week-by-week basis. Once you’ve reached a dosage amount that produces the desired results, you can maintain that. This works much better than taking a massive dosage at once, and never knowing explicitly how many drops it took to reach that point.

If you are transitioning from CBD to full spectrum hemp oil, we strongly suggest starting small as well because the effects are hugely amplified, and we do not want you wasting any money, time, or product. Best of luck on your journey!

How CBD Works

CBD has taken off in popularity over the past few years. Hundreds of thousands of people are experiencing amazing benefits from the plant compound, and our customers are no different.

CBD, short of cannabidiol, is the primary active ingredient in the hemp plant. Even small amounts of this plant-derived molecule have a significant impact on health, so maybe it’s not surprising that people are, well, surprised at just how well CBD works.

In a quest to explain this impact, various terms get thrown around — technical stuff like endocannabinoid system, cellular signaling, or homeostasis. While these terms can be useful, they speak to a larger concept that’s actually pretty easy to understand. And it’s this overarching concept that truly explains why, and how, CBD does just what it does. Let’s take a look.

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CBD has taken off in popularity over the past few years. Hundreds of thousands of people are experiencing amazing benefits from the plant compound, and our customers are no different.

CBD, short of cannabidiol, is the primary active ingredient in the hemp plant. Even small amounts of this plant-derived molecule have a significant impact on health, so maybe it’s not surprising that people are, well, surprised at just how well CBD works.

In a quest to explain this impact, various terms get thrown around — technical stuff like endocannabinoid system, cellular signaling, or homeostasis. While these terms can be useful, they speak to a larger concept that’s actually pretty easy to understand. And it’s this overarching concept that truly explains why, and how, CBD does just what it does. Let’s take a look.

Have you ever wondered what life is? Not in a spiritual or existential way, necessarily, but from a biochemical basis?

While the field of physics explains a lot, up until recently it couldn’t really explain the flowing nature of life or the natural world. Its theories, while useful, remained ‘fixed’ within a snapshot of time. There were a lot of things these theories just couldn’t account for.

Within the world of endocannabinoid system science, for example, you may have seen diagrams like this:

How CBD Works

Photo courtesy of CBD Jubilee

This visual can be helpful in helping one grasp where endocannabinoid receptors are and what they do. But it doesn’t — and it can’t — really do justice to the ECS.

That’s because in reality these receptor sites and their densities are constantly changing! They actually change based on what the body needs, on where there’s inflammation. Static physics doesn’t take this into account.   

But things have improved with the advent of a new field of physics, called far from equilibrium thermodynamics. (Don’t worry, we won’t get any more technical than this). The only thing to take away from this thermodynamics is that flowing energy organizes matter.

In other words, that energy gives life the fuel it needs to efficiently structure itself.

Think about the human body for a second. It’s an incredibly complex system that has been designed to efficiently process flowing energy…through itself. There’s a lot of moving parts: trillions of cells, hundreds or thousands of energy-producing mitochondria per cell, billions of pairs of DNA, etc. Most of these elements are spinning or otherwise in motion.

This complexity is there for a reason. It allows us as human beings to move, act, think, and ultimately thrive as we move throughout our environment. It allows us to stay far from equilibrium — far from the baseline. Unlike single-celled organisms, we don’t just exist. We can do stuff!  

But what holds all these systemized complexities together? Once again, traditional biochemistry and physics didn’t really have an explanation. Until now.

In the late ‘80s, it was discovered that the human brain contains receptors that could be activated by cannabis. Then, in the early ‘90s, Israeli scientists discovered the first endocannabinoid, anandamide. Anandamide helped regulate mood, emotion, memory, stuff like that.

Intrigued, they kept searching. By the middle of the decade, these isolated discoveries had been pieced together… and it turned out that humans actually had an entire endocannabinoid system.

This system was discovered to be incredibly far-reaching. It was interwoven into every other biological system in the body, and worked behind the scenes to support health in many (mostly subtle) ways. There were endocannabinoid receptors in the brain, in the nervous system, in the heart; in muscle fibers and fat cells.

These many receptors were getting ‘fed’ by a constant flow of endocannabinoids, little molecules that pulled themselves out of cell membranes and traveled back and forth to send signals.

While the existence of most other organ systems has been pretty much established as scientific fact for hundreds of years, it’s only now that we understand there’s another system designed specifically to hold all the rest of them together: the endocannabinoid system (ECS).

Endocannabinoids aren’t the only things that balance out the ECS. Intuitively enough, phytocannabinoids from plants do, too.

And CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of the most potent cannabinoids out there. It’s also among the most gentle. These qualities make it the perfect candidate for boosting the endocannabinoid system. A boosted ECS, of course, means better health!

You know how people report so many different health benefits from CBD? How one person might experience pain relief (which is what they need), while another might only experience the sleep improvements…that they need? In many ways, the versatility of the endocannabinoid system explains the versatility of CBD. It’s a truly holistic solution.

Let’s say you’re taking CBD in full spectrum oil form, which is what we recommend. Hold the oil sublingually for a little while, and some of its cannabinoids will seep into the bloodstream (via glands in the mouth and under the tongue) almost immediately. This explains why those with anxiety or epilepsy can get fast relief from CBD in many cases.

Fully ingest the CBD oil, and the rest of its cannabinoids (and terpenes, and flavones, and chalcones…) get processed in the liver. It’s there that partial conversions to other cannabinoids take place, and then everything is released into the bloodstream. The entire process may take an hour or two.

At this point, really good things really start to happen. Soon enough, individual molecules of cannabidiol find their way to endocannabinoid receptors. Unlike resident compounds like anandamide, CBD doesn’t bind directly to ECS receptors; it has what researchers call a “low affinity” for them.

Instead it actually helps these receptors ‘open up’ more fully so that they can be totally saturated with endocannabinoids! The plant molecule has this impressive effect mostly at type-2 receptors (located in the body), though it’s also indirectly involved in improving function at type-1 receptors in the brain.

CBD’s activity isn’t limited to the endocannabinoid system, either. It also gently activates receptors for serotonin (improving mood and reducing anxiety) and adenosine (improving sleep and muscle relaxation).

One more significant interaction: CBD quiets inflammation via directly activating the TRPV1 system. That’s the same one responsible for your perception of heat… like how you feel when eating a capsaicin-filled hot pepper.  

And that’s just the start. Listing everything CBD interacts with as it promotes health would take some time. As we said, the endocannabinoid system is incredibly far-reaching — and so is CBD!

Our hope is that in reading about some of these mechanisms you can better appreciate just how holistic CBD is. At the hearts of its qualities is this amazing ability to maintain homeostasis, or balance, in the body… allowing one to overcome equilibrium and truly thrive.

To summarize everything in just one sentence: CBD helps the body heal itself and rise above external stress. Sounds pretty good, right? And it’s all factual, from a scientific perspective.