Correcting a calorie excess with a calorie deficit sometimes works for weight loss, but it can be difficult. First of all, reducing calories leaves people feeling hungry, which can be incredibly uncomfortable. Second of all, weight gain can cause changes to hormone levels and balance, metabolic patterns, inflammation status, and balance within the endocannabinoid system.
The increased activity of the pancreas in an attempt to secrete additional insulin can cause inflammation throughout the gland. That chronic inflammation can actually destroy the beta cells which are the sites that secrete insulin. This downward spiral diminishes the body’s ability to make insulin at all – a dangerous path that can lead to diabetes.
Another field in which CBD is creating a buzz is in the area of mood disorders like anxiety and depression. Both conditions have been treated with a variety of medications, courtesy of Big Pharma, that have had varying levels of success. Again, the long list of side effects can be off-putting to someone who just wants to get through the day without the sweaty tension of anxiety or the gray haze of depression.
For a more detailed list of medications which use the P450 enzyme, see this list provided by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia. Even as most common medications utilize this enzyme in their potency, it is important to note that CBD may have little to no effect on the drug depending on the patient, the medication, and the amount of CBD taken. As with most cannabinoids, CBD and its side effects are being studied further to fully understand its side effects on certain drugs, including its effect on hormones. Therefore, in speaking with a medical professional, it is wise to gain as much knowledge as possible about the specific drug you are taking, its dosages, and if CBD might affect its results.
One the most well known benefits of the CBD oil comes from treatment of seizure related illnesses. A 2014 Stanford University study showed great results for use of CBD to treat children with epilepsy. The study revealed that cannabidiol oil helps reduce the amount of seizures a kid with epilepsy might face; it helped reduce the number of seizures in a day by 1/2. The most significant part of the study was that the participants were patients who had a tough time controlling their epilepsy via the traditional medications. This is great information for the people with drug resistant forms of epilepsy, and for the families that are hesitant to put their kids on many different types of drugs at an early age.
To best understand the side effects of CBD and its reactions to pharmaceutical drugs, its first important to understand how the human body reacts to and processes cannabidiol. From a neurological perspective, CBD interacts very closely with the endocannabinoid system (also known as the ECS). Generally, the ECS can be described as the system in all mammals that is used to adapt to changes in our environment, and it is responsible for many of our day-to-day bodily processes. Physically, the ECS is one of the most significant systems in the human body. It is made up of thousands of neurological receptors throughout the brain and body, all passing messages to one another in order for the body to function. The ECS is known to be responsible for a variety of motor functions, immune system functions, and nervous system functions as well. Through this intricate network of receptors, various enzymes, proteins, and other components pass signals to and from one another, thus helping us to physically adapt to changes. Through various studies, the plant-based properties found in cannabis have shown a tendency to influence ECS functions in a stimulation-to-structure sort of way, which includes the way that the body reacts to CBD. Studies revolving around the molecular relationship between CBD and the ECS has revealed that cannabidiol can specifically target serotonin receptors, aid in the passage of proteins and enzymes, and help in cell rejuvenation throughout the body’s healing processes.