CBD oil can reduce inflammation, lower the need for pain medications, minimize anxiety, help with sleep and replace medications with known serious side effects. This natural supplement is available over the counter (without a prescription) in most states in the United States.
CBD oil is controversial because it contains cannabinoids, which are also present in THC-containing cannabis. What CBD oil doesn’t contain is the THC that is responsible for getting people high. CBD comes from hemp that is specifically bred (not GMO, but like how we get A2 milk by breeding two A2 cows) to not contain THC, but it does contain over 400 compounds that are beneficial for many people.
Cannabinoids in your Brain
Your brain actually has ‘cannabinoid receptors’, which are specifically are made to receive a cannabinoid. Rour brain can even manufacture cannabinoids on its own – that’s literally what the ‘runners high’ comes from! (source)
In some cases, people benefit from extra cannabinoids, and thankfully this part of the plant is completely legal (in the US at least, I’m not sure about overseas). These cannabinoids are found in CBD oil.
Who can benefit from CBD?
Supplementing cannabinoids through CBD oil has been shown to be helpful reducing inflammation, soothe the digestive system (source), and for neurological issues such as parkison’s disease, epliepsy, and more. As we talked about in our recent brain-trauma post, many things (like the ketogenic diet!) that calm a brain to reduce seizures or slow parkinson’s also correlate to helping any kind of neurological problem – autism, anxiety, depression, etc.
CBD oil is not a one-stop fix, there are many components to a mental-health program, but CBD can certainly play a part in the ‘progress snowball’ of getting one thing that works and having it snowball into a much higher quality of life.
What to look for in CBD Oil
Thankfully now that CBD is recognized as being separate from the ‘high’ part of the cannabis plant, it is considerably less sketchy to buy! When looking at CBD oil, you want to verify that it has been tested to actually contain CBD through lab/batch testing like Plus CBD does here.
Please note that I do have a partnership with both of these companies, but I did use them on my own first before deciding to become partners. These are the brands that I use in my home when we use CBD oil.
Silica: Natural agent used to control viscosity (how thin or thick a liquid is).
Monolaurin: Emulsifier with antibacterial properties, derived from coconut oil.
Quillaja Saponaria: Extract from the ‘soap tree’, enhances absorption and provides slight anti microbial properties.
Ascorbyl Palmitate: Vitamin C. Used as an anxioxidant.
Alpha Tocopherol: Vitamin E. Used as a natural preservative.
There are many reputable companies out there now, SOLCBD is one that many choose due to the ingredients they use, that they screen and eliminate all THC (so no chance of it showing up on a drug test!), and their super-clean method of extraction with CO2.
You get free shipping on orders over $75 when you order from SOLCBD.
SOLCBD uses a pure cold extraction that retains over 300 of the plant compounds that all work together within your body.
Suggested Products from SOL CBD
For people who are very sensitive to dietary or supplement changes (this will be many of our spectrum-y kids who often get a healing crisis when something new is introduced) Whole Body Activation Tincture is a slower-acting more slow-and-steady tincture that still contains all the needed compounds. I use this with my daughter since the Lipsomal is ‘too strong’ for her. I do see an immediate (5-10 minutes) change when she gets this, she is just really sensitive.
For those who need more quick absorption, Lipsomal CBD quickly enters the bloodstream in water-soluble form (which dissolves in the blood). I use this for workout recovery and many use it for fast-acting anxiety relief.
For those with pain, topical CBD balm can be applied directly where it is needed for a localized application. CBD is absorbed through the skin.
CBD is not for everyone, and if you have a specific health condition or are on a medication you should check with a qualified physician before use. I am just a mom, not a medical professional in any capacity, and this is informational in nature, and this cannot be considered medical advice. High doses of CBD may make you more sensitive to pain medications, and can interact with some seizure medications, for more information please click here.