What is Hemp CBD?

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Hemp CBD is cannabidiol that is derived from the hemp plant as opposed to from the marijuana plant. CBD is a desired cannabinoid due to its ability to benefit a myriad of conditions while not producing any psychoactive side effects. Some parts of the hemp plant are federally legal, making it more widely accessible to patients than CBD derived from marijuana. There is more CBD present in marijuana due to its large amount of resin, so it is easier to extract CBD from marijuana and requires fewer plants. CBD, whether it comes from marijuana or from hemp, is the same molecule, but where it differs is the plant itself. Because of this, CBD taken from marijuana may contain other beneficial cannabinoids and terpenes that may not be present in hemp extractions.

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CBD Hemp Oil Beneficial for HPV Vaccine Side Effects, Study Suggests

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A new study published in the Israel Medical Association Journal suggests CBD hemp oil could help reduce the symptoms and improved the quality of life for patients who suffer from adverse side effects like severe somatoform and dysautonomic sydrome after receiving HPV vaccination. Researchers entered the study with the notion that adverse side effects resulting from HPV vaccinations may be related to an imbalance in the endocannabinoid system. Authors of the study, who hailed from the University of Modena and the Reggio Emilia Medical School, wrote, “Due to the absence of a safe and effective therapy for these girls who were living with their families and having to deal with difficult conditions (such as emotional instability, social problems as well as school obligations), and suspecting that an endogenous cannabinoid network imbalance might be responsible for some of the described symptoms, we selected a natural therapeutic approach based on CBD-enriched hemp oil over a 3 month period in our Italian cohort.”

In the open-label study, 12 female patients between the ages 12 and 24 that had an adverse response to HPV vaccinations received sublingual CBD hemp oil drops over the course of three months. Each patient received 25 mg/kg daily, alongside 2-5 mg/ml CBD once a week, until they received the maximum dose of 150 mg/ml CBD per day. Researchers observed the oil presented, “significant benefits in the physical component score, vitality and social role functioning… This study demonstrated the safety and tolerability of CBD-rich hemp oil and the primary efficacy endpoint.” Two patients withdrew from the study claiming they experienced no benefits. While the results are hopeful, the researchers urge for blind clinical research to substantiate these results.

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The Endocannabinoid System and its Interaction with Cannabinoids

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In order for medical marijuana and its cannabinoids to be effective in symptom relief, they need to interact with the body's natural endogenous cannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system has CB1 and CB2 receptors all throughout the body that are able to intercept and bind with cannabinoids found in marijuana and hemp. This system is responsible for helping the body achieve homeostasis, so when the body is imbalanced or unstable, the endocannabinoid system sends signals between cells attempting to bring the body back to its normal state. Cannabinoids help in this signaling process. In a sense, cannabinoids don't treat specific diseases, symptoms, or ailments, but it does help to correct the problems that are caused when the neurological and immunological pathways disrupt the body's healthy functions.

This short overview of the endocannabinoid system was brought to you by Hemp Life Today and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.