wHAT IS CBD?
There has been a lot of commotion around THC and CBD lately. You may have heard stories about Montel Williams using medical marijuana for multiple sclerosis or Sir Patrick Stewart Using CBD topical lotion for his arthritis symptoms. The fact of the matter is THC and CBD are finding their way into everyday, mainstream, society, but what are CBD and THC?
The ENdocannabinoid (EC) system
Over the past 40 years scientist and doctors have been studying the effects of marijuana on the brain. In 1988 research came to a head with the discovery of a cannabinoid receptor in the brain of a lab rat. That breakthrough led to the discovery of a whole new system within all mammals and most vertebrae - the Endocannabinoid system.
We have 2 different types of cannabinoid receptors located throughout our central and peripheral nervous system CB1 and CB2 receptors. Our bodies produce natural cannabinoids to regulate how cells and neurotransmitters in our brain communicate. These CB receptors regulate many functions of the body including inflammation, mood, pain, and especially appetite
THC- the compound that gets you "high"
When marijuana is brought up in conversation people immediately associate it with the intoxicating high. Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC is the chemical compound responsible for altering a person's state of mind. When THC is supplemented to the body the THC finds and attaches itself to our CB receptors and overloads them. This disrupts our body's natural cannabinoids and causes users to feel 'high'
CBD- the non-psychoactive hero
Cannabidiol or CBD directly counteracts THC. Unlike THC, CBD is non-psychoactive. Instead of attaching itself to the CB receptors in our bodies CBD controls the enzymes and endocannabinoids our body naturally produces, inhibiting the overload of CB receptors. In June 2015 Nora D. Volkow, Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse, testified in front of the US senate about the potential therapeutic benefits of CBD including:
- Anti-seizure effects
- Neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory effects
- Analgesic effects
- Anti-tumor effects
- Anti-psychotic effects
- Anti-anxiety effects
- Efficacy of treating substance abuse disorders
A newer study published in 2017 by the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology states that cannabinoids could be especially effective in treating skin diseases like psoriasis and eczema. Due to federal laws clinical studies cannot be performed. Unfortunately marijuana is still listed as a schedule 1 drug alongside bath salts and heroin. Until socio-political barriers are hurdled we can only hypothesize the benefits of marijuana. Researchers at the University of Colorado Medical Campus agree, the properties of CBD are potential, powerful weapon against chronic skin disease.
how cbd topical lotion works
Now that we have a basic understanding of how CBD and THC work within our body we can delve into how CBD topicals like King's Tree Lotion work. When applied topically CBD and many other cannabinoids are absorbed through the skin with the help of a carrier oil (coconut oil, vitamin E oil) and finds its way to the nearest CB receptor. Once the cannabinoids from Kings Tree Lotion reaches the CB receptor it can curb problems like inflammation and pain.
King's Tree Lotion focuses a great deal on educating our consumers on the benefits of using CBD in a skincare regimen, but even before we started putting cannabis oil in our creams we had an amazing all natural skincare product. We spent years forging effective, unique, and cruelty free lotions. King's Tree Lotion only uses the finest and most regulated oils. You will never see controversial ingedients like parabens, lanolin, or palm oil in our ingredient lists.