One warm August evening in 2017, Anne was reviewing her notes, getting ready for a business presentation she was scheduled to give in less than a month. A lot was riding on the success of this presentation – her financial stability and her childhood dreams, for starters.
There was just one problem – Anne was terrified of public speaking.
So terrified, in fact, that it was almost crippling. In larger groups of people, she would mostly keep quiet and out of the way, her anxiety levels going through the roof.
And this presentation needed to happen in front of an audience of 100 industry professionals.
Determined not to let anxiety keep her from achieving her full potential, Anne took the advice of one of her friends and started using cannabidiol (CBD) – a cannabinoid found in marijuana and hemp plants. Although she was skeptical at first, she noticed a slight change in her anxiety levels in the first week since she started vaping CBD, and resolved to stick with the treatment until the day of her presentation.
At the time, she couldn’t have even dreamt how profoundly this decision would change her life.
CBD is Not a Miracle Cure – But It’s The Closest Thing We Have to One
Although the scientific community has been aware of cannabinoids for close to 80 years, they were not seriously researched until decades after. At the time, they were a plant compound, like millions of others, and their potential therapeutic effects have slipped through the cracks.
In the early 1990ies, scientists discovered a previously unidentified molecular signaling system within the human body that they named the endocannabinoid system. The name is an homage to the molecules that were found to interact with it the most. Those molecules, which are chemically very similar to plant cannabinoids known previously to be produced only by certain varieties of the cannabis genus, were named endocannabinoids (meaning “internal cannabinoids).
The complete function of the endocannabinoid system remains a mystery that is currently heavily researched. What we know right now is that it’s a very complex system that seems to affect both pre and postnatal development. The Wikipedia article for the ECS looks a bit like a stub but that’s just because there isn’t that much that we know about it that’s been verified by replication studies.
However, the subtopics mentioned there give an idea of how crucial, according to researchers currently looking it to it, this signaling system may be for human health. It seems to play a key role in homeostasis – a physiological, chemical, and biological process that keeps a living organism in a state of dynamic equilibrium, thus allowing it to thrive.
When triggered by the introduction of phytocannabinoids, the receptors in our endocannabinoid system explode – they change the way our brain chemistry work, excite our immune system, fire up our neurotransmitters, and dampen our pain receptors.
As soon as scientists discovered this remarkable interaction between plant-based cannabinoids (such as CBD) and our endocannabinoid system, they were presented with new, previously untapped avenues that they could now pursue in their efforts to make drugs better and more effective.
Potential Therapeutic Benefits of CBD That Could Help Millions
When she started with her CBD therapy, Anne had little to no idea about the mechanisms involved in it. All she knew was that she was noticing a bit of progress with her anxiety issues – she was calmer, less prone to walk away from a social situation due to anxiety, and more willing (and able) to interact with larger groups of people. Instead of taking CBD pills, Anne decided to vape on it using one of Velxtech’s newly-developed CBD vaping devices.
CBD’s ability to reduce social (and overall) anxiety one of the best-researched health benefits this compound is suspected to have. In addition to anecdotal evidence provided by thousands of anxiety sufferers, conclusive studies have been published about it nearly 10 years ago. Here’s one such study from 2011 that was published by Bergamaschi et al. in a scientific magazine called Neuropsychopharmacology. And another one published in Frontiers in Pharmacology in 2017. And yet another one from 2015, published in Neurotherapeutics.
What all of these studies prove is cannabidiol’s strong anxiolytic effect, which is so powerful that CBD can potentially replace prescription medication. This is great news for millions of people who are struggling with various anxiety disorders because, unlike conventional drugs, CBD does not have any known side-effects.
Cannabidiol’s calming properties are not the only thing of interest to scientists and medical researchers. There’s a long list of CBD health benefits that are being looked into, some of which are:
- CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties for pain management – CBD was shown to be an effective treatment for chronic pain caused by arthritis. And, in a study from the European Journal of Pain, researchers discussed its remarkable effectiveness in inhibiting neuropathic and inflammatory pain. Both studies were done on animal models and need to be confirmed on human patients but the predictions from the medical community are encouraging.
- CBD’s remarkable symptom-reducing effect on two rare forms of epilepsy – one of the most thoroughly tested health benefits of CBD is its ability to keep certain epileptic attacks in check, specifically those that are caused by two rare diseases – Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome. Epidiolex is the first CBD-based drug to get FDA approval, and it significantly improves the quality of life of patients with these two diseases.
- CBD’s potential ability to inhibit the growth of cancer cells – a promising study that was done on mice suggests that CBD might have an apoptotic effect on colon cancer cells. In layman’s terms, that means that it kills the cancer cells but does not interfere with healthy colon cells.
All in all, this is an exciting time to be a CBD researcher. Although further studies are needed, scientists (and doctors) are fairly optimistic that the activation of CB1 and CB2 receptors in the endocannabinoid system may prove critical in treating a wide variety of diseases, some of which are currently untreatable by conventional drugs.
Cannabidiol – Could it Help You Treat Your Symptoms?
Thousands of people are taking CBD to treat a myriad of health conditions. Some are using it without cause – cannabidiol is most certainly not a cure-all drug, and you should always consult with your doctor before self-medicating.
But, for some, like Anne, starting to use CBD was as life-changing as winning the lottery.
“My presentation went without a hitch, and my promotion was finalized a few days after that” – says Anne in a phone call. “And I knew it would all go great going into it. I’ve been feeling less anxious by the day since I started vaping on CBD so I wasn’t even nervous that morning. I still carry my trusted Velxtech CBD vape pen in my purse wherever I go, and I make sure to buy my CBD oil from trusted manufacturers. Whenever I feel a bit stressed out or antsy, I take a few puffs and I push through it. It simply works, and I’m amazed by just how good it works!”
If you’d like to learn more about Velxtech’s products, make sure to reach out to our sales team. We’ll happily answer all your questions and, if you’re interested, can arrange for you to test our vaping devices yourself. In the meantime, don’t forget to advocate for more research to be done on CBD and other cannabinoids – they have the potential to save countless lives and we need our scientific community and researchers to work tirelessly on discovering all of CBD’s potential health benefits!