Another perspective of cannabidiol - aromatherapy
CBD is one of the main therapeutic agents that helps treat one of the many symptoms/ diseases, like epilepsy, that are traditionally harder to treat with any current medicines. The other symptoms/ diseases also include rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder), schizophrenia, neuropathic pain, seizures, convulsions and the list goes on.
Since aromatherapy uses aromatic plant extracts and essential oils for healing purposes, it was only a matter of time before the health practitioners took a shine on CBD.
As we know, the fragrant essence of plants, including cannabis, comes from naturally occurring molecules, called terpenes. Terpenes are the main component of any plant resin or essential oils and play many important roles in the plant kingdom- from deterring insect predation, protection from environmental stresses and vitally, as chemical building blocks for more complex molecules, like cannabinoids, certain hormones, vitamins (Vitamin A), pigments and sterols.
Essential oils used in conventional aromatherapy derive from the extraction of these terpenes and their infusion into oils.
We are all familiar with cannabis as medicine or as a recreational drug, but the more subtle aspect of it being an aromatic plant goes too often unsaid. The herbs we use in our kitchen are considered aromatic plants because they contain a particular terpene profile that gives a distinctive flavor. Cannabis is so complex from this point of view that the possible terpene combinations are endless, creating a broad spectrum of aromas and flavors.
The diverse palate of cannabis flavors is impressive enough, but arguably the most fascinating characteristic of terpenes is their ability to interact synergistically with other compounds in the plant, like cannabinoids. This synergy has a scientific basis in our body’s endocannabinoid system. As we already know, CBD stimulates activity in ECS receptors (CB1 and CB2) without actually binding to them. This results in changes within any cells that contain either receptor. Because CB1 and CB2 receptors are present throughout the body, the effects of CBD are systemic.
Let's have a look at the video from Medical Cannabis Clinic Australia perfectly explaining CBD's effects on the Endocannabinoid system:
- Daf Thomas