Ironically, one of the most viral, influential advertisements for CBD to date came from an impromptu UFC post-fight interview. Then, a bloodied and battered Nate Diaz, still zestful even after 5 rounds in the Octagon with Conor Mcgregor, gave his two cents on the value of vaping CBD for his “inflammation and healing.” For the last few years, CBD has been gaining momentum and acknowledgement for its therapeutic value, for things like MS and PTSD. While Nate Diaz has been the unintentional champion of CBD, he only scratched the surface of its therapeutic value, for which we can forgive him - we’d probably have a tough time plugging CBD after squaring up with Mcgregor too. In this article, we’ll do our best to fill in the holes that Nate Diaz left behind.
How CBD is believed to Benefit the Body
Neuroprotective and Antioxidant Effects
CBD is said to have neuroprotective properties, a quality that has been suspected in THC as well. In CBD, it is believed that the chemical may prevent, reverse, or stall many of the processes that lead to the failure of neurons in the brain and nervous system of diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, and more. CBD may also have anti-inflammatory effects on the brain, which experts believe to be responsible for illnesses like chronic fatigue.
There is also research suggesting that the Endocannabinoid System which CBD activates can have a positive, neuroprotective effect post-brain injury. In traumatic brain injury, there is primary damage followed by secondary damage mechanisms, triggered by the release of a neurotransmitter called glutamate. Damaged brain cells release this chemical in toxic amounts and produces a flurry of reactions to further damage the brain. Beyond Glutamate, other chemicals are released that cause contraction in blood vessels that decrease blood flow leading to cell death. The picture after brain injury is like a chain of reactions that leads to further damage. Then what is there to do?
Fortunately, as well as these damaging reactions, the brain deploys other mechanisms to try to save the brain after brain trauma. It is here that the Endocannabinoid System becomes involved. The Endocannabinoid System blocks the release of compounds that contribute to secondary damage in brain cells. Further, Endocannabinoids decrease the intensity and level of brain cell toxicity following injury, promoting cell survival. Endocannabinoids are your brain’s method of of self-preservation following brain injury, which makes the Endocannabinoid-activating component of CBD so important.
Anxiety and Mood
One of the most common responses to CBD consumers is for anxiety reduction and mood enhancement. This could be down to many factors. Cannabidiol has many effects of 5-HT receptors that are the control hub for so many of our neurotransmitters, including serotonin’s effect on stress and anxiety.
Research has already been performed on Cannabidiol’s influence on the hippocampus. The hippocampus is small part of the lower brain best known for regulating cognition and memory. Observations have shown that patients struggling with depression and anxiety often show hippocampal atrophy, and that successful treatment has been associated with hippocampal neurogenesis (growth).
Studies have shown that CBD could be helpful in the neurogenesis process, which is a remedy to anxiety and depression. While research is still tentative, indications are CBD can have a hand in the growth of new neurons, which could be invaluable to sufferers of depression and anxiety.
In Brazil, one study on CBD featured the use of FMRI’s (Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging), to examine subjects who had taken 600mg doses of CBD in the face of stress and anxiety-inducing stimuli. The results showed that CBD had a calming effect on the amygdala and cingulate cortex, both known control fear, stress, and anxiety.
While more research is needed, the early signs are promising for individuals with anxiety and mood disorders (Serotonin). There are many self-reported successes already, but both the neurogenesis and calming properties seem to suggest multiple pathways for CBD to have verifiable therapeutic effects .
Inflammation & Pain Reduction
Many studies suggest that CBD has a strong ability to slow down cellular processes that lead to inflammation and pain. In Europe, there is a product called Sativex that has 1:1 ratio of CBD and THC. Studies for Sativex have found the product to reduce the pain of peripheral neuropathy, rheumatoid arthritis, and symptoms of cancer. While Hemp Bombs products do not contain any THC, CBD is believed to be a major component of the pain reduction properties in products like Sativex.
This review, published in 2008, analyzed CBD studies between the 1980s and 2007. The organizers of this review concluded that CBD was effective in chronic pain management without adverse side effects. They also noted that CBD was beneficial for insomnia from chronic back pain.
In a study from 2016, researchers administered different levels of CBD for four consecutive days and noticed reduced inflammation and and overall pain in problem joints, confirming CBD’s effect for arthritis.
In 2006, a study demonstrated the effects CBD can have on certain sleep mechanisms, especially for those with daytime somnolence. Daytime somnolence is a sleeping disorder where sufferers have an overwhelming desire to sleep during the daytime. CBD has been shown to elevate alertness in the presence of daylight, something that could have huge implications for individuals with this disorder. There are also suggestions that the leveling effects of CBD can help individuals with anxiety-induced insomnia arrive at better sleep.
We can tell you that Hemp Bombs products are popular with Veterans for many reasons, pain and PTSD among them. But there is some more evidence coming out to back up these claims. Some connections are being made between PTSD symptoms and the Endocannabinoid System, which CBD has a direct effect over. An endogenous (within your body) chemical called Anandamide, is said to be at lower levels in individuals with PTSD. It just so happens that Anandamide production is triggered by the same receptors that are activated with THC and CBD. It is speculated that endocannabinoid deficiency (deficiency of cannabinoids naturally produced in our body) may have a causal relationship with PTSD, and the introduction of phytocannabinoids (cannabinoids from the Hemp plant) may help spur Anandamide production. This potentially could be a way to treat individuals with PTSD symptoms.
Nate Diaz is perhaps one of the most unlikely spokespersons of all time. He probably couldn’t see which camera he was supposed to be looking at through his swollen eyes and let’s just say, his enunciation isn’t the best. However, his accidental advertisement may be one of the most effective campaigns to date. While he tipped off people about the anti-inflammatory and healing properties of CBD, there’s so much more to the product that he and others can benefit from. For Nate, it might be the neuroprotective properties after getting his head bashed to the mat. For Veterans, it could be the anxiety-relieving elements. At Hemp Bombs, we have a number of products at different potencies. Whatever health concern you have, research is pointing to the multivariate benefits of CBD. We encourage you to trial them for yourself, black eye or not.