Due to the prohibition of cannabis in some countries and the lack of scientific evidence, some people do not have enough knowledge about the benefits of CBD, needless to say the “natural” benefits of CBD. Then, how natural is it? What’s the differences between CBD and other pharmaceutical drugs.
A natural compound extracted from cannabis plants
To begin with, CBD is a natural compound extracted from cannabis plants. We just using modern technology to extract it from plants and do not add anything into it or change its molecular architecture. On the contrary, pharmaceutical drugs are synthetised by human being, they are totally new to our body. Although before one medicine is applied into human being, many experiments must have being conducted. We can not be sure there in no side effect or potential danger. Thus, CBD, as a natural exist substance, is much safer than pharmaceutical drugs. Recently, there is a wave that people tend to buy and use natural things, for example the boycott of genetically modified soybeans. So what are the potential dangers?
The first is toxicity. Some researchers believe that the artificial extraction and addition of genes may not only achieve the desired effect, but also increase and accumulate the original trace toxins in food.
The second is allergic reaction. People who are allergic to a food can sometimes become allergic to a food they were not allergic to before. For example, scientists add a gene from corn to walnuts, wheat and shellfish, and protein is added to the gene. Then, people who were allergic to corn may be allergic to these walnuts and small walnuts. Wheat and shellfish are allergic.
The third is nutrition. Scientists believe that foreign genes can destroy nutrients in foods in a way that people don’t yet understand.
The fourth is the resistance to antibiotics. When scientists add a foreign gene to plants or bacteria, the gene will be linked to other genes. After people eat this improved food, the food will pass the resistance gene to the pathogenic bacteria in the human body, making the human body resistant to drugs.
Fifth, it is a threat to the environment. Many genetically modified varieties contain bacterial genes extracted from bacteria that produce a protein that is toxic to insects and pests. In a laboratory study, the death or abnormal development of a butterfly larva after eating pollen from a bacterium-containing plant of the genus Gluten caused another concern among ecologists that other species that were not within the scope of improvement might become victims of the improved species.
The same phenomenon is prevalent in the field of medicine. The reason is that more and more side effects of synthesis medication are found. Compared with the pharmaceutical drugs, CBD has no side effects to human body.
Endocannabinoid system in human body
Besides its inherent naturality, there is CBD and a endocannabinoid system in human body. We human bodies produce CBD and have endocannabinoid system. So how natural and safe it is to use CBD! The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a biological system composed of endocannabinoids, which are endogenous lipid-based retrograde neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors, and cannabinoid receptor proteins that are expressed throughout the vertebrate central nervous system (including the brain) and peripheral nervous system. There are receptors on the surface of individual cells, and the CBD bind to that receptor then it sends a message into the cell which travels all the way down to the nucleus of the cell where the entire intelligence of our physiology is contained within our chromosomes so a chromosome is going to unwind and you are going to see the actual DNA that contains the codes for everything that our human does. The endocannabinoid system is involved in regulating a variety of physiological and cognitive processes including fertility, pregnancy, during pre- and postnatal development, appetite, pain-sensation, mood, and memory, and in mediating the pharmacological effects of cannabis.
Two primary endocannabinoid receptors have been identified: CB1, first cloned in 1990; and CB2, cloned in 1993. CB1 receptors are found predominantly in the brain and nervous system, as well as in peripheral organs and tissues, and are the main molecular target of the endocannabinoid ligand (binding molecule), anandamide, as well as its mimetic phytocannabinoid, THC. One other main endocannabinoid is 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG) which is active at both cannabinoid receptors, along with its own mimetic phytocannabinoid, CBD. 2-AG and CBD are involved in the regulation of appetite, immune system functions and pain management.
Functional differences between CBD and pharmaceutical drugs
In order to know the functional differences between CBD and pharmaceutical drugs, we need to know how human physiology is designed. In general, every aspect of human physiology is based on the balance between polar opposites between the YING and YANG. When we look specific parts of our physiology like immune system the YIN and the YANG, the opposites would be anti-inflammation and inflammation. When those two opposites are in balance, your immune system is functioning properly.
Physician often use drugs in the lesions of patients, and hope to play a therapeutic role in the lesions, but have no effect on other parts. However, the effects of drugs have many aspects. Different organs, parts and constitutions have different effects, and at the same time, other effects are inevitable. The side effects of the drug refer to other effects of the drug on the pathological effect under the normal dose and the method of use, and the effect is not within the scope of the therapeutic purpose. The saying that “the drug is a three-point drug” is based on the fact that most western medicines are organically synthesized, and their purity is high and effective, but it is easy to cause discomfort and cause various adverse reactions. Traditional Chinese medicines are natural ingredients. The human body has good adaptability and less toxic side effects, but it is often treated for a long time and has a slow effect. Global health care is dominated by Western medicine, and the side effects of synthetic drugs cannot be completely avoided, so they often cause harm to patients during treatment.
Pharmaceutical drugs works at the level of symptoms, not the system which cause enormous strain on the physiology. But the CBD is totally different from that. There is an Endocannabinoid System (ECS), named after the plant that led to its discovery, is perhaps the most important physiologic system involved in establishing and maintaining human health. The endocannabinoid system (ECS) plays a very interesting and varied role within the body. At its most basic, the endocannabinoid system is a huge network of cannabinoid receptors which are spread through the body. The human endocannabinoid system releases cannabinoids that interact with receptors found in virtually all of the tissues in our bodies. You can also take in phyto-cannabinoids (CBD) in addition to those compounds that your body produces to help boost this system. The role of the endocannabinoid system is to bring balance to our tissues, including the heart, digestive, endocrine, immune, nervous, and reproductive systems. In short, it’s working to keep you in neutral. Neutral means different things in different areas of your body, which is possibly one of the very best things about the compound it can have a different impact on different receptors in your body. There are CBD receptors on the surface of individual cells, and the CBD bind to that receptor then it sends a message into the cell which travels all the way down to the nucleus of the cell where the entire intelligence of our physiology is contained within our chromosomes so a chromosome is going to unwind and you are going to see the actual DNA that contains the codes for everything that our human does.
From the above analysis, we can see that CBD does not focus on one symptom, it naturally interact with other organs of our bodies to achieve a dynamic balance and thus better cure our symptoms. Pharmaceutical drugs works at the level of symptoms, not the system which causes enormous strain on the physiology. Once our physiology can not stand the pressure, we will suffer worse diseases. So CBD is safer than pharmaceutical drugs.