What is CBD?

by Dr. Danielle Tomko

Lately, it seems that everyone is talking about CBD, but what exactly is it?Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of over 100 cannabinoids which can be extracted from the leaves and flowers of cannabis plants. Cannabinoids are chemicals found within the cannabis plant that have some sort of effect on the endocannabinoid system, which is found in all mammals. The endocannabinoid system is especially related to the central nervous system, digestive system, and immune system.
The human body produces its own cannabinoids, such as 2-Arachidonoyl (2-AG) and Anandamide (AEA), and when they are produced within the body, they are termed endocannabinoids. Supplemental CBD can help to support activity of the endocannabinoid system.By regulating the productions of signals in your cells, acting as an antioxidant, and activating several different types of receptors in your body, CBD is able to exert a number of therapeutic effects. CBD has been found to strengthen the immune system naturally; and it has been found to benefit conditions as diverse as pain, inflammation, cramps, acne, migraines, depression and anxiety, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and digestive issues, among others.
Because there are over 100 types of cannabinoids, it is possible to have synergistic effects when taking multiple cannabinoids at once. This is called the entourage effect, and it is most commonly found in full spectrum CBD. Full spectrum CBD most often contains some combination of CBD, CBDA, CBG, CBGA, CBC, CBCA, THCA, and THCV. While most of the health benefits discussed above are possible with CBD isolate, it is possible that the effects can be boosted with full spectrum. It’s sort of like opening multiple windows in a house to achieve a cross-breeze instead of sitting in front of just one open window. With that said, full spectrum CBD can legally contain up to 0.3% THC, so if THC testing is a concern, isolate is a more conservative alternative. CBD isolate is odorless and tasteless, so it may be more pleasant to take.
CBD is actually a different compound than Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Although both compounds come from a cannabis plant, FDA regulations require that CBD be derived from the hemp strain of cannabis. However, THC is derived from the marijuana plant and remains an FDA controlled substance. CBD is not psychoactive and does not produce a high. Because it is a different compound, CBD isolate does not show up on drug tests.
When considering taking CBD oil, quality matters. Make sure it is third party tested for purity. It should be non-GMO and free of solvents, pesticides, metals, and unnatural substances. As with any supplement, it is important to speak with your healthcare provider before starting to use CBD, in any of its forms. At Riverview Chiropractic Health, we are here to answer your questions, direct you to more information, and to help you access CBD to meet your needs.


Recipe of the Month

Maple Roasted Butternut Squash with Brussels Sprouts and Bacon

From: wickedspatula.com

Prep time- 10 mins
Cook time- 30 mins
Serves 6

1 small Butternut squash (about 12 ounces; peeled and diced)
1 lb Brussels sprouts (trimmed & sliced in half)
5 slices Bacon (diced)
3 cloves Garlic (minced coarsely)
5 cloves Garlic (peeled, but whole)
3 tablespoons Maple syrup
3 tablespoons Whole grain Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons Olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons Smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon Sea salt
1/2 teaspoon Black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cubed squash, sliced brussels sprouts, minced garlic, whole garlic, and diced bacon.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk the maple syrup, mustard, olive oil, paprika, salt, and pepper together. Pour over the vegetables and toss to coat.
  4. Transfer everything onto a large baking sheet in a single layer. Roast for about 30 minutes, or until the bacon and sprouts are crispy and the butternut squash is soft. If you would like it a bit crispier, simply place under a broiler for a few minutes.

All recipe images and text ©wickedspatula.com


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