Canabidiol (CBD) is a chemical compound that occurs naturally in plants and is also made by our body to fight inflammation and stress as well as balancing our immune and nervous systems. The cannabinoids our bodies make are called Endocannabinoids (ECS) and are short acting, not stored anywhere and used to help the body to maintain balance or homeostasis. ECS receptors are found throughout the body the use of CBD as a supplement is designed to target these ECS receptors.

Since our ECS receptors like the oily membrane of our cells, CDB which is available as a supplement is found as an oil (CBD Oil) so it stimulates the ECS better. However, the absorption of CBD oil is poor through the gut and is much better sub-lingual, or under the tongue. 

 CBD Fun Fact 1: Taking CDB oil is most effective as a liquid under the tongue or to chew the capsules and keep the oil in your mouth for 60 seconds before swallowing. 

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The most common ECS receptors are CBD1 and CBD2 although there are over 85 different cannabinoids. In general, CBD1 receptors are found more in the brain and nervous system while CBD2 receptors are more concentrated in the immune system and outside the brain.

CBD Fun Fact 2: When taking a CBD oil as a supplement, full spectrum oils will have a greater effect in stimulating all of the ESC receptors. Be sure your CBD product is full spectrum.

THC is a specific cannabinoid that is found in marijuana and is psychoactive. It stimulates the ECS receptors found in the brain. While THC is a cannabinoid, CBD does not have to contain THC. Legally produced CBD oil from hemp will not have a psychoactive effect (a “high”).

CBD Fun Fact 3: CBD oil derived from agricultural hemp contains trace to zero amounts of THC so there is no psychoactive effect from pure CBD oil.  

CBD oil is legal and safe to purchase in New Jersey. However, like any natural supplement the concentration of active ingredients needs to be standardized. More than knowing that a CBD product is full spectrum, as a consumer you need if your product contains any pesticides or heavy metal residues and if any of the natural occurring phenols are present.

CBD Fun Fact 4: Be sure your CBD oil is tested by an independent laboratory for concentration, purity, contaminants and THC level. This information needs to be readily available to you at the point of purchase.

CBD oil has shown benefit for treating pain, inflammation, anxiety, stress and sleep imbalances. The research is ongoing and as we gain more understanding of the ECS the use of CDB oil will continue to increase. The response to CBD oil is individual, just like each of our ECS receptors are different. When taking CBD oil start a low dose and build it up slowly to observe how it restores you back to homeostasis.

CBD Fun Fact 5: An initial dose of CBD oil to start is 10mg and slowly build the dose up every 4-7 days to find the perfect amount for your body. Be sure your product is clearly labeled so you can dose it properly.

CBD oil has many benefits and although it is now over the counter, take the time to research all of it’s benefits, contraindications and purity claims of the manufacturer. If you doctor has a background in nutrition, talk to them about CBD or obtain a nutritional consultation from a doctor that is informed. As with any nutritional supplement, the most expensive one is the one you do not need.

*Free CBD informational workshops are being held this month at DeFabio Spine Sports Rehab.

Wednesday September 25, 1:45 PM and Tuesday September 24 at 6:45 PM. Free, open to the public and just the facts about CBD.*

Dr. Donald DeFabio is a dual board certified Chiropractic Physician in Berkeley Heights, NJ and  the Director of DeFabio Spine and Sports Rehab, LLC where Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Nutrition, and Sports Rehabiltation are integrated for a comprehensive approach to your health management. The office may be reached at DeFabioChiropractic@gmail.com  or  www.DeFabioChiropractic.com.