What Does Cannabidiol Do?
Cannabis has many benefits for the mind and body. The substance has therapeutic effects on conditions such as fibromyalgia, migranes, cluster headaches, IBS, peripheral neuropathy, and cancer. It also has anti-seizure, anti-anxiety, and anti-nausea properties. It does this by acting on the receptors involved in serotonin, adrenergic response elements, and NMDA receptors.
where can you get cannabis
Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is becoming increasingly popular among people who are looking for natural remedies for a variety of ailments. It is extracted from hemp and marijuana plants, and is available in various products. As cannabis legalization grows, more states will pass laws allowing its sale.
To obtain a prescription for medical cannabis, a qualified patient must suffer from intractable epilepsy and have responded to at least three medical treatments recommended by their neurologist. A physician who holds an investigational drug permit (IDP) can dispense the product to a qualified patient. However, this is not possible in every state, so qualified patients can access CBD from out-of-state medical cannabis dispensaries.
While the FDA has not approved the cannabis plant as a whole for medical use, it has approved several drugs containing individual cannabinoids from cannabis. One of these is Epidiolex, which contains a purified form of CBD and is approved for treating seizures in Lennox-Gastaut syndrome patients. Other drugs containing cannabinoids include Marinol, Syndros, and Cesamet. Marinol contains synthetic THC and dronabinol, which are used to treat nausea in cancer patients, and Cesamet contains nabilone for weight loss in HIV/AIDS patients.
what does cannabidiol do
Cannabidiol is a non-psychoactive substance found in cannabis that is becoming an increasingly popular option for treating chronic pain. It has been shown to decrease inflammation by inhibiting the release of compounds that cause pain. It is a popular choice for patients suffering from conditions like arthritis and inflammatory skin diseases.
The compound also reduces stress and anxiety. It is also known to improve sleep, so it can help with insomnia. Those who suffer from addiction may also benefit from CBD, as it can decrease cravings for alcohol, opiates, and other drugs. It can even help with insomnia, which can be a symptom of other health issues.
CBD can be found in several types of cannabis products, including medical marijuana. The plant contains phytocannabinoids, which interact with the endocannabinoid system in the body. It also affects various bodily functions, like appetite and memory. CBD is also used as a prescription drug for people with seizures. It is best taken in conjunction with other medications for seizures.
how can cannabis help mental health
Research shows that cannabis may have positive effects on mental health and can alleviate anxiety disorders. However, studies are still needed to explore the biological and social effects of cannabis use. Currently, cannabis is illegal in many states, and it is not widely available. Cannabis users may also have a higher chance of developing a mental health disorder.
Patients with serious mental illness often use cannabis to alleviate symptoms. Some are even diagnosed with a cannabis use disorder. Clinical studies have demonstrated a correlation between the psychoactive effects of cannabis and the symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other disorders. On the other hand, other studies have focused on the negative effects of cannabis use. While clinical and epidemiological studies cannot prove causality, they can be valuable tools for investigating the effects of cannabis on the nervous system.
In a review of 19 studies published between 1980 and 2010, researchers found a significant correlation between cannabis use and seven developmental outcomes. Participants in each study varied in age, with one study involving subjects as young as 12 years old and the other involving patients as old as 64. This association was particularly strong for cannabis users, who had a higher risk of recurrence.
how can cannabis be good for you
Medical marijuana is increasingly being used as a treatment for chronic pain. More than 600,000 Americans have turned to marijuana to help ease the pain of chronic illnesses, including spinal cord injury, complex regional pain syndrome, cancer, and chemotherapy. Research shows that cannabis has been shown to reduce pain by more than 40 percent in gold-standard randomized clinical trials. The substance is also effective for treating muscle and joint pain.
Some studies have linked cannabis to reduced symptoms of depression and anxiety. Although the research is still limited, there are a few promising results. For instance, one study from Washington State University revealed that marijuana can help alleviate the symptoms of depression. People who reported experiencing depression after using medical cannabis showed significant improvement in their symptoms after two puffs of pot. It should be noted, however, that the potency of cannabis may vary based on the patient, so a doctor should be consulted before beginning any cannabis-based treatment.
Studies also show that marijuana helps people sleep better. But choosing the right cannabis is critical, as too much CBD or too little THC can make it difficult to get a good night’s sleep. In addition to sleep, cannabis also helps people reduce chronic tension and lift low moods. In a recent survey, one in three older adults said marijuana helped them sleep better. Other common uses include treating PTSD and relieving chronic pain.
How does caffeine work as a stimulant? Caffeine is a naturally occurring substance found in plants and food substances—both organic and processed. It’s also a stimulant that works by blocking adenosine inside your cells. In this video I show you how this works.
The following questions are answered in this video (go straight to the time stamp):
How does caffeine work in the brain? (0: 33)
How does caffeine help headaches? (1: 31)
How does caffeine hurt your sleep? (1: 56)
What is heavy caffeine consumption? (2: 25)
What is the caffeine content in certain foods? (3: 08)
What are the negative effects of caffeine? (5: 30)
When should you drink your last cup of coffee? (7: 06)
Here’s a more detailed explanation.
Adenosine is produced in the cells of the brain and other organs. And it’s a chemical involved in inducing or bringing on sleep by slowing the activity of the cell.
Caffeine is similar in structure to the adenosine molecule so when you drink coffee and digest it, the caffeine in the coffee travels to you brain and binds to the cells and blocks the adenosine from binding. Without the adenosine to slow things down, your adrenal glands get the signal to release the flight or fight hormone, epinephrine.
Epinephrine –also known as adrenaline then acts to increase alertness, increase your heart rate and constrict blood vessels.
So this is the high you get from caffeine – from the boost of adrenaline. Also as an aside, the constriction of blood vessels that follow caffeine consumption is the basis for caffeine being a part of headache medicines. It constricts the blood vessels in the brain (through the epinephrine release), which gives the tissues more space and relieves some of the tension producing the headache.
Caffeine affects your sleep in a couple of different ways.
First, it extends your sleep latency, which is the period of time it takes to fall asleep. It also shortens the total amount that you sleep. The older you are, the more sensitive you are to these effects.
Similar to alcohol, caffeine has a diuretic effect, which causes the body to lose water.
How much caffeine does it take to affect your sleep? Depending on the amount of time between consumption and going to sleep – I would say anything from 200mg of caffeine or more can create that delayed sleep effect.
A moderate doses of caffeine would be anything between 200 and 300mg per day.
Heavy caffeine consumption would be considered anything from 500mg per day or more.
Well what does that mean exactly? Here is an example: 6: 40
Imported coffees and teas can also carry higher caffeine concentration.
And also, the brewing method used will also affect the caffeine content.
Once you consume the caffeine, it is digested through the stomach and small intestine and enters the bloodstream within thirty minutes to an hour. This relatively rapid response time is one of the reasons a cup of coffee is so popular as a morning crutch.
So what about the half life?
The half-life is the amount of time it takes for something to decrease to half its original quantity.
The half-life of caffeine varies among different studies, but it is generally believed to be between 3 1/2 to 6 hours.
It can take longer in some people with certain medical disorders or under the influence of certain medications.
For example, birth control pills can inhibit or slow the half life of caffeine, making it so that it takes five to ten hours for the amount of caffeine in the bloodstream to decrease by half. Pregnancy and liver disease also significantly extend the half-life of caffeine.
Here is a practical example:
Suppose you were to drink a tall Starbucks coffee at 9: 00am. That size has 230mg of caffeine. If we assume the caffeine carried a half-life of five hours, you would have approximately 130mg of caffeine in your system at 2: 00pm that afternoon from that single cup alone.
Now this is an approximation, but because of the variability in how we metabolize caffeine, some experts recommend not consuming any caffeine after noon. I’m in that camp. I usually recommend to people that your last drink of coffee happen before noon.
Stay tuned for the next video mentioned in the video – the affects of aging on sleep.
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