Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is one of at least 113 active cannabinoids identified in cannabis. Unlike Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, this cannabinoid is not psychoactive and is considered to be a legal health herb.
Studies have shown that the cannabinoids of cannabis can aid with many health conditions, including multiple sclerosis.
The Importance of Our Endocannabinoid System
In the 1990’s science discovered that our bodies have a cannabinoid system, called the endocannabinoid system that regulates homeostasis and mediates systemic health.
The endocannabinoid system regulate pain, appetite, sensation, inflammation, thermoregulation, eye ocular pressure, mood energy, metabolism, stress response, muscle control and motivation. It mediates the liver, brain, heart, spleen, lymph cells, blood vessels, nervous system, fat and adiposity, lung, bone kidneys, muscles, blood cells, immune system, digestive system and endocribe glands.
A lack of endocannabinoid tone (name coined for endocannabinoid deficiency) in our bodies is thought to be present in conditions of poor diet, lack of exercise, drug abuse, environmental toxins, genetic factors, chronic stress and compromised health. This, in turn, may have adverse consequences on a plethora of physiological processes.
How CBD can Support Our Endocannabinoid System
Endocannabinoids occur naturally in the brain however, when we have a endocannabinoid deficiency, we can extract the phytocannabinoids in plants such as cannabis.
Supporting scientific evidence suggests that even small dosages of phytocannabinoids can increase the number of endocannabinoids and their receptor sites in our bodies improving the effectiveness of the system as a whole. Of the cannabinoids, CBD has shown to be the most effective in treating many different symptoms and deficiencies in the body (click on the image to download as a pdf).
Ways to Administer CBD
CBD can be administered in many forms. Some forms are much more effective and potent. In the chart below (click on the image to download as a pdf), you can compare the different forms to administer CBD.
Before deciding on which forms to take, it is important to know if the CBD has been properly tested to insure it is organic, has no toxins, and has no mold.
Also, tracking symptoms will allow you to understand how your body is responding to the CBD. You can download the symptom tracker LeTa Jussila mentioned in the presentation by clicking on the image below.
This presentation was held at the MS Self Help meeting of the National Society for MS in Santa Cruz, CA. The National MS Society respects the rights of people with MS to obtain any and all information they want related to MS, including information on wellness, medical treatments or complementary therapies, and products or services. The information presented at these meeting does not necessarily reflect the views or official position of the Society, nor carry the endorsement or support of the NMSS.
Le Ta Jussila is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist, teacher at Five Branches Chinese Medical School in Santa Cruz, California and is currently completing her doctorates on the therapeutic benefits of CBD. For more information contact Le Ta Jussila directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and 831.239.9326 and on her webpage www.optimalhealthandfitness.com.