17 Sep How Does CBD Work?
How does CBD work? We would love to tell you exactly what CBD does for you! The problem with that is… we can’t! The FDA doesn’t allow any CBD companies to make any medical claims.
What Can We Tell You?
The FDA has only allowed one company to make medical claims for one CBD product. That product is called Epidiolex and it is sold on the pharmaceutical market to treat two rare kinds of epilepsy.
US Patent No. 6,630,507
We can also tell you that the US Federal Government owns a patent on cannabinoids, CBD and THC, for their neuroprotective qualities. We want to make it clear that we at Chillum are not making a medical claim here. We are simply pointing out that the Federal Government owns the financial rights to the medical claim that CBD has neuroprotective properties.
The Endocannabinoid System
We can also tell you that CBD is a cannabinoid and it interacts with the Endocannabinoid System.
The Endocannabinoid system is the system, of the body, that reacts to cannabinoids. Cannabinoids being defined as any chemical compound that reacts with cannabinoid receptors.
CBD is a cannabinoid, and there are three different types of cannabinoids: Phytocannabinoids, Endocannabinoids, and Synthetic Cannabinoids. CBD and THC belong to the class of cannabinoids called Phytocannabinoids, meaning they come from plants.
Synthetic Cannabinoids are engineered in a lab. Dronabinol, sold under the brand name Marinol, is probably the best example of a synthetic cannabinoid. This is an FDA pharmaceutical approved drug that is used to treat loss of appetite in people with AIDS and to treat nausea and vomiting caused by anti-cancer medicine (chemotherapy). Marinol is said to be the synthetic equivalent to THC.
Humans and animals alike synthesize their own cannabinoids naturally within their own body.
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is currently being studied for its role in bodily function. There is a great deal of evidence that the ECS is responsible for the regulatory function of the body and its goal is to achieve homeostasis.
The endocannabinoid system makes sure that the body is functioning properly. When the endocannabinoid system is working to its full potential then everything is balanced and working properly within the body.
We naturally synthesize and release our own cannabinoids when the body requires a variance in function. The endocannabinoids that we synthesize on command regulate a number of the body’s essential functions when they interact with cannabinoid receptors. These functions include appetite, digestion, temperature control, the immune system, inflammation, sleep, fertility, motor control, mood, memory, pain, and pleasurable sensations.
How does this system do all this? In short, if something is wrong with the body, the endocannabinoid system releases endocannabinoids and they are received by receptors.
What Changes if We Legalize Cannabis?
If the Federal Government ever legalizes cannabis we might be able to research phytocannabinoids and their ability to be used to supplement the endocannabinoid system. Meaning research is needed to see if phytocannabinoids, like CBD, can be used to further regulate the ECS when there is a defect in the ECS!
Until then, CBD companies will not be allowed to make medical claims and only market their products as hemp extract.