This Cannabis Compound Eases Pain and Anxiety (And Won’t Get You High)

“There were never so many able, active minds at work on the problems of diseases as now, and all their discoveries are tending to the simple truth — that you can’t improve on nature.-Thomas Edison

Over a century later, Edison’s words still ring true. With 28 states having legalized marijuana in some capacity, it’s clear that more and more of us are looking towards nature to restore our health. But it is lesser known that anyone can reap the medicinal benefits of cannabisregardless of their state’s marijuana laws.

Americans are more concerned about health than ever, with the US supplement industry growing in recent years to be worth a whopping $37 billion. People want more natural supplements, fewer corporate pharmaceuticals and fewer side effects. For many, cannabis is the answer. Whether you are pro-marijuana or not, it’s important to know that cannabis has dozens of different powerful medicinal compounds (called cannabinoids), most of which will not ‘get you high’. One picking up steam in the wellness industry is cannabidiol (CBD). Hugely medicinal and completely non-psychoactive, CBDs can legally be derived from hemp to support your overall health.

Why are CBDs so therapeutic? Enter the endocannabinoid system. It turns out our bodies are loaded with cannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors that are constantly working to maintain homeostasis within the body. That means when things get stressful, intense or inflamed, this system works to keep everything balanced. Even sea squirts have an endocannabinoid system—it’s that important.

Researchers first discovered the system in the mid 1990s, so our knowledge on the endocannabinoid system is relatively new and research is ever evolving. But, studies have shown that by supplementing the body with small doses of the plant-based cannabinoids in cannabis (which includes marijuana or hemp), we can promote balance of the endocannabinoid system, and by association, our overall wellness. What’s more intriguing is that CBDs bind to different receptors than THC, meaning CBDs won’t get you high but still offer loads of therapeutic benefits like pain-relief, anti-inflammatory action, seizure suppression, anti-cancer activity, antipsychotic activity and more.

And, unlike other manufactured supplements in the industry, CBD has no known side effects. While most manufactured options for stress, anxiety, inflammation and pain relief often come with a disturbing list of potential side effects, CBD is a natural compound which functions naturally and seamlessly in the body without any known undesirable effects. This is huge and so important for people who need relief on a regular basis. CBDs and other cannabis-based medicines have the potential to give millions much needed natural relief from chronic, looming ailments.

For this reason, CBDs are fast becoming a flourishing facet of the wellness industry. I had the opportunity to discuss CBDs with two growing companies, Aceso and Mary’s Nutritionals. Both companies utilize CBDs (among other compounds) to create wellness and pain relief products that are nationally legal, completely natural and hugely health promoting.

Aceso

When discussing CBDs with Aceso’s marketing director, he explained that perhaps the biggest misconception in the industry is that hemp is just another euphemism for marijuana. Regardless of how you feel about marijuana, it is important to know that hemp and marijuana are not the same thing.  

Hemp and marijuana are both part of the cannabis plant, but hemp contains virtually no psychoactive THC, meaning hemp-based products will absolutely not get you high and are legal in all 50 states. For this reason, all of Aceso’s products are hemp-based so that everyone and anyone has the opportunity to experience the therapeutic powers of CBDs.

Aceso Products

Named after the Greek goddess of healing, Aceso works to combine the natural compounds in hemp with reputed healing superfoods and herbs like turmeric and lavender. The formulations they create target the everyday ailments that plague so many of us, including anxiety, pain and poor immune function.

Their innovative, hemp-based product line of beverage powders and sprays come in three distinct formulations (Calm, Soothe and Wellness) to specifically target unique concerns with powerful combinations of plant-based extracts. Aceso currently offers the first and only powdered cannabinoid beverage formula on the market, making it a great wellness tonic on the go, post workout, or in the middle of a taxing day.

When I asked why they chose to utilize CBDs for their product line, Director of Hemp Products Kurt Forstmann replied, “Inflammation indicates an imbalance in the body, and the science shows cannabinoids reduce inflammation. When this happens it frees up your immune system, making it more effective at fighting off invaders. When your body is not in a state of inflammation it is closer to homeostasis or its natural state—’balanced’—and therefore healthier.” The company spent 5 years on research and development before officially launching in 2015.

Aceso also creates a line of CBD wellness products for your dog called Therabis. All mammals have an endocannabinoid system, meaning CBDs can be hugely medicinal for your pets, too. If your canine pal struggles with joint pain, anxiety or itchiness, it is worth looking into supplementation with CBD wellness products.

Mary’s Nutritionals

Mary’s Nutritionals products are also all hemp derived and entirely legal. Focusing on pain-relief, their CBD-based products range from muscle patches to muscle freezes to tinctures and more. Although the entire product line is available to ship nationally, Mary’s also creates a line of therapeutic products known as Mary’s Medicinals, some of which contain THC (some products are still non-psychoactive) and are only sold in states who have legalized marijuana medically and/or recreationally. I had the opportunity to do a small Q & A about CBDs in the wellness industry with a representative from Mary’s.

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Q: Could you speak to the power of the endocannabinoid system, for those who don’t know about it? 

A: The endocannabinoid receptor system exists in every animal and is intimately involved in many functions such as mood, appetite, sleep—to name a few. Endocannabinoids (created from within) are compounds our bodies naturally produce to balance and control communication between cells to help modulate these natural functions. Researchers believe that, often times, regulation of the endocannabinoid system falls out of balance and physiological issues can arise as a result.

Cannabinoids are chemical compounds derived within cannabis that show the ability to stimulate the endocannabinoid system and give therapeutic relief to many ailments. Cannabinoids resemble endocannabinoids in that they can also bind to the endocannabinoid receptors. When cannabis is administered, cannabinoids bind to receptor sites in the brain and body. Cannabinoids have different effects based on which receptors they bind to. For example, CBN (cannabinol) binds with both CB1 and CB2 receptors located throughout the body, which may explain why patients report that it is a powerful analgesic. With an increasing understanding of the effects of cannabinoids, patients can now tailor their cannabinoid consumption to the type of relief they need.

Q: Cannabis is making a rapid surge in overcoming a lot of negative stigma. What kinds of shifts have you noticed in the wellness market in the recent years? 

A: Through extensive amounts of published scholarly research, the health and wellness market has started to widely accept the healing powers of hemp and cannabis. Education and partnering with key members of both the cannabis and non-cannabis community is paramount to our brand. We collaborate with groups from doctors to scientists to industry advocates to ensure each group as well as the general public is receiving accurate and helpful information on the benefits of cannabis and our products. We rely heavily on our amazing relationships with all of our allies to get our messaging out to the market to help continue to shift the perception of cannabis.

People have been using cannabis for a very long time.  In modern times using cannabis has had the potential for legal repercussions, thus cannabis therapies have been underutilized.  Now, we find ourselves in a unique time where cannabis therapies can be explored under pseudo-legal conditions meaning a handful of states have legalized it, but it is still illegal under federal law.

Mary’s Chief Scientist, Dr. Noel Palmer, collaborates with a team of experts to pioneer novel delivery methods, cannabinoid extractions, combinations and complementary nutritionals to better ease patients’ pain. These developments contribute to what makes cannabis medically unique.

We pride ourselves for being a part of the modern-day resurgence of natural therapies. Our goal is to transform how people view and utilize cannabis by developing products that maximize the benefits of cannabinoids, terpenes and other plant nutrients.

Hemp-derived CBDs make a good alternative for folks looking to reap the medical benefits of cannabis, but who cannot obtain cannabis due to legality issues, or simply do not want to experience the psychoactive effects of THC.

While it is clear that the public perception of cannabis is in the midst of a radical, positive shift, hemp-based CBDs are bringing the medicinal benefits of cannabis to the forefront of the wellness industry while bypassing much of the controversial stigma surrounding the plant.

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