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The Wonderful World of CBD- What is CBD?

Written By: Enjonai Jenkins 

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a chemical compound that is found in the cannabis plant. There are multiple species of cannabis that naturally contain CBD. In the mid-1960s, scientists identified the first cannabinoid. Since then, scientists have gone on to identify more than 80 individual cannabinoids and continue to investigate them for their potential symptom-relieving and disease-fighting abilities.
 
Cannabis has been used for centuries to treat a wide range of medical issues such as pain, nausea, anxiety, and other mood irregularities. Two of the cannabinoids that are most widely recognized for their medicinal value are THC and CBD. They each have distinctly different effects within the body, and different potential uses for health and disease.
 
THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is a chemical compound that delivers the “high” that occurs from ingesting marijuana. CBD, on the other hand, has no “high” associated with it. Instead, this compound has calming, anti-anxiety, and anti-psychotic effects. It is CBD’s interaction with the endocannabinoid system that produces this result.
 

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CBD & Passing Drug Test

 

When drug testing is mandated, employers almost always follow the SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) guidelines because it puts them on solid legal ground. Typically, there is an overlap between testing guidelines and accepted cutoff levels for drugs and drug metabolites in confirmatory testing and screening.
 
Because THC is widely recognized as being responsible for marijuana’s psychoactivity and euphoria, a routine urine drug screen for marijuana use consists of an immunoassay with antibodies that are made to detect it, and its main metabolite, 11-nor-delta9-caboxy-THC (THC-COOH). SAMHSA has set the cutoff level for a positive urine screen in the immunoassay at 50 ng/mL. When the immunoassay screen is positive at the > 50 ng/mL level, a confirmatory GC/MS (Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry) test is performed to verify the positive urine screen. The confirmatory GC/MS has a cutoff level of 15 ng/mL and is specific only to the 11-nor-THCCOOH metabolite.
 
Fortunately, the urine drug screen for THC-COOH is known to have very little cross-reactivity to other cannabinoids that are not psychoactive, such as CBD (cannabidiol), CBG (cannabigerol), CBN (cannabinol), and others. This is good news for “normal” consumers of CBD/hemp oil.
 

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The Wonderful World of CBD- Fibromyalgia

By Enjonai Jenkins
 
 
Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency is a theory being posited as a possible explanation for Fibromyalgia. Developed by neurologist and psychopharmacology researcher Dr. Ethan Russo, he suggests that in the same way that other diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s are attributed to neurotransmitter deficiencies, so a lack of sufficient endocannabinoids can also cause certain clinical disorders with ‘predictable clinical features.’
 

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Wonderful World of CBD- For Your Pets

Written by Enjonai Jenkins

 CBD has the same type of healing and balancing effects on all mammals. Pet owners have used it for a broad spectrum of medical and behavioral issues in their pets. During recovery from illness or surgery, CBD can stimulate the appetite and speed healing. At the end of life, it can ease the pain and fear your pet may be experiencing. CBD does all of this by stimulating the same endocannabinoid system humans have –  since animals, such as dogs, were found to share almost 70% biological homology with humans.

For Dogs, CBD May Help Ease

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The Wonderful World Of CBD-Depression

Written by Enjonai Jenkins 

Depression is often attributed to a chemical imbalance in the brain. While depression can have various causes, the medical community agrees in its ability to severely impact a person’s nervous system.
 
Many cannabis users are familiar with the drug’s ability to relieve stress and promote relaxation. While THC can make some people feel more relaxed, it also seems to increase anxiety in others. This has led researchers to focus on CBD as a treatment for depression.
 

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The Wonderful World of CBD-Children and CBD

Written By Enjonai Jenkins 

While the volume of data on the safety of CBD for children is lacking and unlikely to grow soon, due to restrictive laws that make clinical trials difficult, findings so far indicate that cannabidiol is safe for children.
 
 
Children are actually exposed to cannabinoids for the first time through the endocannabinoids found in their mother’s breast milk. These cannabinoids in breast milk are used by the baby’s endocannabinoid system as a form of self-regulation as the cells of the body continue to grow and mature.
 
 
Dr. Leslie Iversen of Oxford University, who has studied the safety profile of different substances, believes that cannabinoids are even safer than aspirin and can be uses long-term without serious side effects.
 
 

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