Hi everyone. It’s Dr. Connie.
There’s been so much talk about CBD, hemp, and medical marijuana.
But more recently, with medical marijuana legalized in some states, I began to get more and more questions about it from those living with Lupus.
It’s hard to ignore the tremendous benefits that patients like you and me would receive from it.
So today, I will be diving deep into CBD, or cannabinoid, and its physiological effects on the body.
First of all, CBD is NOT another nutritional supplement.
Before I talk about CBD we need to understand our physiology.
Striving for Homeostasis
Our body is hard at work everyday trying to maintain homeostasis.
We’ve got multiple systems in our bodies, and every system has polarity built in.
For example, our neural network has positive and negative charges within our nerves that trigger our muscles to contract or relax.
The pH in various parts of our body spans the whole pH scale, from very acidic to very alkaline.
Even our endocrine system can be catabolic, which means to break down, or anabolic, which means to build up.
So in essence, every aspect of human physiology is constantly and dynamically striving for balance.
And your metabolism is, as well.
So our body is constantly doing the dance; yin and yang, expanding and contracting, degenerating and regenerating, in flow and out flow….
Homeostasis is at the core of health. However, in our lives today, our homeostasis is a bit skewed.
We are living in a toxic world and our bodies are not able to maintain the optimal homeostasis.
But because our bodies are so resilient, they are able to shift and still function in suboptimal environments.
We are able to adjust and adapt, and it is this flexibility and resilience that we lose as autoimmune patients.
All body systems have to communicate, and they do so by way of signaling molecules.
Pharmaceutical drugs act in the body by further altering our homeostasis to decrease a specific symptom, but this often results in unintended consequences.
So what happens? If you take one medication, you often need more to counter the effects of the meds you were initially placed on.
Ultimately, when taking medications long term, they end up altering our physiology so much so that we now need meds to run functionally.
But the meds don’t allow you to achieve optimal functionality, rather, they keep you at declining functionality.
How Does CBD Work in Our Body?
It just so happens that CBD physiologically keeps our body in balance, promoting optimal function.
All systems of the body contain CBD receptors.
We have an endocannabinoid system in our body. This is a network of cells that contain receptors, and these receptors are the most prevalent type of receptors throughout the body.
Dr. Rafael Mechoulam at Hebrew University in Israel discovered the endocannabinoid system.
We also have our own cannabinoids in our bodies: Anandamide and 2AG.
Meditation promotes anandamide, which is also known as the bliss molecule.
Breastfeeding promotes 2AG.
Receptors for CBD travel to the heart of the cell called the nucleus, where the intelligence of our cells lies.
In essence, the CBD receptors travel to the nucleus and impact our entire physiology.
They bind to chromosomes and affect our DNA code, which is the software that runs our physiology.
Which Proteins are Made as a Result of the Influence of CBD in Our Body?
Genes code for various proteins in the body.
It just so happens that CBD modulates the transcription of over 1100 genes that activate the signaling molecules that naturally reduce inflammation in our central nervous system and throughout our immune system.
Signaling molecules include:
- Neurotransmitters (nervous system)
- Hormones (endocrine system)
- Cytokines (immune system)
CBD restores homeostasis to both our immune and central nervous system:
- Promotes up-regulation of anti-inflammatory biochemicals, known as GABA
- Brings calmness
- Promotes down-regulation of inflammatory biochemicals, known as Glutamate
- Reduces over excitation
Therefore our body returns to homeostasis.
So instead of having so many unintended consequences from one medication, I think CBD oil may just be the thing to keep our bodies in balance, sparing us from those meds that we are constantly prescribed.
Remember, our homeostasis results from a cascade of biochemical reactions on the entire immune and physiological system, including:
- Cardiovascular system
- Central nervous system
- Immune system
- Bone marrow
- Lymph System
So why is this important?
If you are living in the 21st century, you’re inflamed. No one is exempt.
We all have some degree of toxic overload.
Many prevalent conditions today didn’t exist 100-150 years ago. They’ve been growing in the last century due to increasing toxins in the environment.
This toxic load can cause a degradation in our gut lining (leaky gut), and through a cascade of biochemical reactions in our body, brain inflammation results, causing brain fog, epilepsy, anxiety, PTSD, and insomnia.
Additionally, immune dysfunction as a result of toxic load can lead to the autoimmune conditions we’re so familiar with, like lupus, RA, MS, fibromyalgia, etc.
Such conditions were so rare in the past. But due to ongoing insult to our system, these conditions are on the rise.
CBD provides tremendous relief and healing for your overall system.
Because health is achieved through physiological homeostasis, CBD seems like a good option.
Some of you asked and after extensively looking for a reputable source, I’ve partnered with Quicksilver Scientific and their high potency CBD oils in various forms to deliver an IV infusion-like absorption using their proprietary nano liposomal technology, which can be taken sublingually.
It’s proved to be 6x more absorbable than the pharmaceutical grade CBD oils.
CBD will help with pain, as well as promote the body’s ability to naturally detoxify and heal, all while supporting our body’s overall systemic homeostasis.
So after much research, I am excited about the potential relief that we can gain from its use.
- Decide on the delivery method. Cannabis oil is available in sprays, capsules, edibles and other products.
- Begin slowly, low dose to start.
- Spread dosing throughout the day.
- Use consistent dose and ratio for several days, see how you do and adjust accordingly.
- Don’t overdo it. “Less is more” is the case with cannabis.
- Be aware of possible side effects. Cannabis is a safe and forgiving medicine. It can sometimes increase anxiety and mood disorders. Other possible side effects are dry mouth, dizziness, and faintness.
- Consult your health provider. Proceed cautiously, especially if you have a history of alcohol or drug abuse, mental illness, or are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Want to purchase CBD? You can do so HERE.
I’d also recommend that you visit ProjectCBD.org for some legitimate information on CBD.
I hope you enjoyed this topic today, I certainly learned a lot and will begin to use immediately.
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