CBD Emerging as A Major Recovery and Overall Wellness Compound

by Erik Tremblay

Cannabidiol is one of the many cannabinoids found in the Hemp Plant and is abbreviated as CBD. Through much research recently conducted due to several states legalizing the sale of the cannabis plant, it has been found that CBD actually carries many benefits that not only relate to recovery from strenuous exercise, but actually work to improve overall health as well. It is important to understand that hemp-derived CBD used for supplementation purposes is not related to marijuana and does not produce any pyschoactive effects, it is an isolated compound that works much differently than the active compound in marijuana, THC.

Benefits of CBD

CBD carries a wide-range of benefits that can help pretty much everyone out there, Below we will list the major benefits and briefly discuss how it all works;

Reduces Inflammation/Pain

Inflammation can cause many problems within the human body ranging from autoimmune diseases to skin problems, so being able to reduce and control it is a major plus. Inflammation also occurs post workout as your body senses damage to tissue that was just worked out. While the inflammatory response is natural, it is not needed for the muscle recovery and inflammation can also cause other problems in athletes such as painful swelling of the joints and ligaments. However, CBD has the ability to interact with two vital receptors and block their function as key mediators in the inflammatory response. One receptor is the transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 (TRPV1) which is carried on cells in the body, specifically in high amounts in the central nervous system. When bound by chemical stimuli in the body that is triggered from high temperature or acidic conditions, allyl isothiocyanate, or capsaicin, an ion channel is activated and an inflammatory response is initiated by the release of prostaglandins and bradykinins. CBD has the ability to sterically block the binding of these chemical stimuli on certain cells and reduce the inflammatory response, alleviating pain.

CBD also works as an analgesic due to its pain relieving properties from its ability to interact with CB1 and CB2 receptors of the central and peripheral nervous system. These G-coupled cannabinoid receptors play a major role in mediating several processes from mood and memory to pain sensation. Since CBD is able to block some of the CB1+ CB2 receptors, pain induced from inflammation is alleviated. The CB1 pathway is most notably associated with activation of mast cells (a type of immune cell activated during an inflammatory response) and the CB2 pathway most commonly aids in the mediation process different immune cells such as monocytes, macrophages, B-Cells, and T-cells.

Anxiety Relief

While the mechanism is not fully understood, it has been reported that CBD actually has the ability to reduce anxiety. While the one study with most the conclusive results was done on a population of people that were diagnoses with Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD), the benefits reported can still have the ability to produce similar effects in those who are not diagnosed with SAD but do experience anxiety. The study was structured in which 24 participants with SAD were divided into 2 groups, an experimental and a control group (in which each group was not aware which one they were). The experimental group received 600mg of CBD while the experimental received just a placebo. They subjected the groups the various amounts of public speaking (to induce anxiety) and measured vital signs like blood pressure and heart rate to observe the affect of the CBD. Their results indicated that the group that had been supplemented with the CBD produced far less signs of anxiety than the control.

Affects On Cancer

One of CBD’s greatest benefit is it’s affect to actually slow the growth and even cause apoptosis(bursting of a cell resulting in it’s death) of cancer cells. Cells contain programmed apoptosis pathways that are vital in regulating cell death when that cell becomes infected or to regulate tissue growth. When cancers occur, programmed apoptosis is not happening in the tissue resulting in rapid proliferation (dividing and multiplying of cells) and the growth of a “tumor”. These tumors are hard to be detected by the immune system as they are our own cells and they use nutrients from the blood vessels of the tissue they’re contained in. As they grow they compromise the function of the tissue they’re located on and have the chance of traveling in the blood to surrounding tissues in what’s known as metasis. Luckily for us, CBD actually has the ability to combat these three mechanisms behind cancer. They have shown in studies to actually stop the proliferation of cells in some cases even aiding in triggering apoptosis and also blocking certain cancers from metastasizing. This is due to its interaction and stimulation of the endocannabinoid system(eCB), specifically the CB1 and CB2 receptors. While it’s ability to do so in all cancers is unknown, there have been positive results in impeding the development of cancers such as lung, glioma, thyroid, lymphoma, skin, pancreas, uterus, breast, prostate and colorectal carcinomas.


Added to the benefits above, CBD also shows signs of improving the function of the immune system and acting as a antipsychotic compound. It’s ability to improve overall wellness while aiding in recovery from strenuous exercise makes it a very appealing recovery compound. One downside to supplementation of CBD is the low bioavailability the Compound has most of it ends up being broken down before it actually is metabolized and interacts with any receptors. However, Compound Solutions Inc. of Carlsbad California has announced the release of a game changing version. This versions, called nextCBD™ is 95% more bioavailabile than raw CBD due to a patented matrix that surrounds the molecules and shields it. This allows small doses of nextCBD™ to be consumed to produce the same effects as large doses of raw CBD. This is definitely going to become available in a CATEGORY5™ ELITE SERIES  product ASAP.

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