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Some CBD manufacturers have come under government scrutiny for wild, indefensible claims, such that CBD is a cure-all for cancer, which it is not. We need more research but CBD may be prove to be an option for managing anxiety, insomnia, and chronic pain. Without sufficient high-quality evidence in human studies we can’t pinpoint effective doses, and because CBD is currently is mostly available as an unregulated supplement, it’s difficult to know exactly what you are getting. If you decide to try CBD, talk with your doctor — if for no other reason than to make sure it won’t affect other medications you are taking.
There are some important points to keep in mind, though. The recent passing of the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 changed the classification of hemp from a Schedule I substance to an “agricultural commodity,” paving the way for hemp and hemp-derived substances to be bought and sold legally. It’s also worth pointing out that the DEA recently reclassified some CBD (with a THC content <.0%) from a Schedule I, illegal substance, to the less-restrictive Schedule 5 drugs, as long as an item has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Lastly, the Farm Bill lifted restrictions on sales and transportation, as well as possession of CBD derived from hemp as long as the hemp:
Recent studies have shown that CBD massively reduces the bodies cortisol levels. Because cortisol is the hormone produced by the body to manage stress and when stress occurs, muscle growth is slowed or stopped. CBD Oil helps to reduce cortisol levels (and stress) which then allows energy supply to the body. This improves stamina and endurance so using CBD Oil before working out will help lower cortisol levels and improve your overall performance and output.
If your weight loss regimen entails a lot of hard and intense workouts, using marijuana might not be your first choice to make it easier. However, you’d be surprised by how many of CBD’s anti-inflammatory benefits could be right for you. If you’re dealing with muscle soreness after a workout, having a strong and natural anti-inflammatory added to your post-gym smoothie could help you recover faster.
To my understanding, neither CBD nor THC are effective for “severe” pain; rather, they work better for mild to moderate chronic pain. Often, with severe pain, the dosage of opiates can be decreased with concomitant use of medical cannabis or CBD and that decrease in dose makes their use safer. Concurrent use of THC does increase the analgesic effect of CBD, but it also adds the “high” which some people do not want as a side effect.
Protein intake is important for bodybuilding and hemp seed protein offers a lot of benefits. Most vegetable and grain derived proteins are ‘incomplete’ which means they lack one or more of the amino acids. Complete proteins are generally only found in animal products. Hemp protein, like hemp oil, also contains all 20 amino acids including the nine amino acids that our bodies don’t produce. The ratio of amino acid content is important in defining the quality of protein. Hemp seeds contain a ratio of amino acids closer than that of almost any other plant to the quality of animal-based proteins.
The endocannabinoid system appears to have an essential role in regulating basic human functions like sleep, eating, metabolism, and more. When this system is not functioning correctly, weight gain can occur. CBD helps to restore homeostasis to the cells of the body and can be very useful in reducing fat accumulation and subsequent health risks related to excess body weight.
All in all, current research shows us that we will experience the most significant degree of therapeutic relief when all the cannabinoids and the terpenes — essential oils that produce the plant’s aromas — are in the oil. Even adding just a little THC in CBD oil can greatly improve the medical properties because of the phenomenon known as the entourage effect.