CBD extract has a long and interesting history, beginning in ancient Mesopotamia.
In Egypt, there are records of CBD being used pharmaceutic-ally since the time of the pharaohs. In China, hemp was an important and widespread crop. In Europe, CBD from hemp was commonly reported used as a remedy for many ailments ranging from sore breasts and incontinence to venereal disease and childbirth by medical professionals hailing from England, Germany, and Holland. Throughout the ages and all over the world hemp played an important role economically. In fact, world leaders such as King Henry VIII and Thomas Jefferson made laws concerning the growth of hemp – making it illegal for farmers to not grow hemp. For thousands of years, humans have discovered ways to use CBD from hemp as a natural remedy for gynecological ailments. Having been outlawed since the early 1900’s in the United States, women are now rediscovering the benefits of CBD from hemp when it comes to their feminine health.
How our bodies utilize CBD extract
CBD extract is a cannabinoid derived from US hemp plants, which was made legal by the passage of the 2014 Farm Bill Act and is legal in all 50 states. Our body has natural chemicals called neurotransmitters. These chemicals control much of how our bodies function, such as sleep, mood, pain management, cognitive function, energy, stress, inflammation, and so much more. Some examples of these neurotransmitters are dopamine, serotonin, adenosine, glutamate, endorphins and many others. Each of these neurotransmitters has different functions, for example, adenosine has a calming effect on the body. When properly balanced it helps reduce anxiety and promotes good sleep.
We also have millions of tiny receptors that are designed to absorb these neurotransmitters and maintain the appropriate chemical balance our bodies need. This balance (or homeostasis) is critical to good health. Unfortunately when these receptors lose their efficiency they can cause too much or too little chemical to be used. This is when we see conditions like anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain, depression, loss of energy, and so on.
This is where hemp extract comes in! Hemp extract enhances these receptors to run efficiently in maintaining the appropriate balance of chemicals for ideal health. Hemp extract affects so many areas of your health, because so much of your health depends on these receptors.
What are cannabinoids?
Hemp plants contain more than 60 compounds called cannabinoids. These compounds attach to specific receptors in the endocannabinoid system in your body, most notably in the brain and the immune system. The hemp extract we utilize is non-psychoactive and effectively safe for adults and children and is proven to be one of the most medically important supplements of all time, especially when combined with other natural vitamins to help relieve symptoms and promote better health.
There are two primary receptors: Cannabinoid 1 or CB1 and Cannabinoid 2 or CB2. CB1 receptors are abundant in the brain. When activated, they play a crucial role in motor control, memory, processing and pain perception. THC binds to theses CB1 receptors.
CBD binds to CB2 receptors, which are active in the immune system. In this way, it is able to reduce inflammation, relieve pain at its source and influence immune response to symptoms. Also helps to regulate the immune system, which is vital for optimal health.
Full Spectrum vs. Broad Spectrum vs. Isolate
Full Spectrum contains all cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, including Cannabinol (CBN), Cannabigerol (CBG) and Tetrahydrocannabivarian (THCV), including others. Along with theses cannabinoids, full spectrum also contains trace amounts of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), but in very low concentrations (up to .3 percent), resulting in no or minimal psychoactive stimulation.
Broad Spectrum is identical to Full Spectrum, but without THC
Hemp extract has been extracted from cannabis plant and isolate from other cannabinoids. We utilize only the best hemp extracts, to ensure no side effects from other cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant and no trace of THC.
For hemp extract or any supplement to work, your body must first absorb it. This means that it must find its way from its point of entry (lungs, mouth or stomach) into the bloodstream from there it can travel through the body and interact with cannabinoid receptors in the brain.
How fast hemp extract enters the body’s blood stream and interacts with your receptors depends greatly on how you consume or called the route of administration. Some methods enter the body much faster than others, but eventually, given time all methods will provide for entry to the receptors. Vaping through the lungs provides the fastest method, travels from the lungs then directly into the blood stream to the receptors. Drops in the mouth under the tongue falls somewhere between vaping and a capsule. The gel capsules we utilize provide the most convenient and less obvious route of administration.
Hemp Extract in Gynegocology & Obstetrics
Over history, hemp extracts have been widely used in gynecology and obstetrics. In ancient Egypt, a salve of honey and CBD extract was applied vaginally to help relieve the pain of childbirth. In traditional Chinese medicine, CBD extract was taken orally for a laxative. In ancient Rome and Anglo-Saxton England, hemp extract was applied directly to sore breasts to relieve pain and swelling. In Victorian England, Queen Victoria was even known to inhale hemp to help ease her menstrual cramps.
Why were the benefits of CBD lost over time? During prohibition, physicians and pharmacists were banned from prescribing CBD to patients. Prior to prohibition, medicines containing CBD were prescribed to help with issues such as:
- Morning sickness
- Complications with childbirth
- Painful periods and heavy bleeding
- Venereal disease, such as gonorrhea
- Incontinence and urinary issues
- Painful sex
Though CBD was illegal, research still took place. An Irish scientist and physician named William B. O’Shaughnessy was the first to publish a study on the therapeutic benefits of CBD hemp extract’s during his time in India in 1838. Though it received skeptical response by the medical community, research progressed. By the early 1940’s, individual hemp extract’s were discovered by the British and isolated in the United States. This advancement helped the medical community understand which hemp extract’s caused the “high”. As knowledge of the scientific makeup of cannabis increased, legal support was final given for medical research when the 1978 Controlled Substances Therapeutic Research Act was passed in New Mexico. The study of hemp extracts and our endocannabinoid system has become an even more important topic of interest in the United States and across the globe in recent years.
CBD hemp extract has now become legal through many of the United States, and women everywhere are utilizing it for its therapeutic benefits when it comes to feminine health.
Managing PMS & Menopause with CBD Hemp Extract
Throughout time, CBD hemp extracts have been known to reduce the pain associated with a woman’s period. How does that work? Like ibuprofen and other NSAID pain relievers, hemp extracts are a natural anti-inflammatory. CBD hemp extracts also works to desensitize pain receptors, reduce cramps by relaxing muscles, and provide increased blood flow. All these things can naturally help reduce the pain associated with periods.
During menopause, a woman may experience a plethora of symptoms due to low estrogen levels: mood swings, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, insomnia, weight gain, and the list goes on and on. CBD hemp extracts can be used to quiet these symptoms and bring much needed relief. CBD hemp extracts can help with blood flow to the pelvic region, helping to relieve vaginal dryness. Mood swings and insomnia can be helped by CBD hemp extracts anxiety relieving properties. Weight gain can be remedied by using hemp extract to maintain a healthy metabolism and correct resistance to insulin. There are so many uses for hemp extracts in women who are experiencing menopause.
The Future of CBD Hemp Extract in Medicine
Throughout history, CBD hemp extract has been a well-known aid for women in labor, women experiencing painful periods or pain with sex, women who suffer from incontinence and urinary issues, and women who are going through the many changes associated with menopause. CBD hemp extract products are flooding the health and wellness market today. Due to the overwhelming amount of interest in the substance, research will surely continue, and upcoming legislature will allow CBD hemp extract products to be more widely available.
Would you like to experience the amazing benefits of our CBD hemp extract with additional vitamins and minerals to support a woman’s natural cycles? Try Apex PMS to combat the pesky side effects of your period. If you are experiencing menopause, try Apex Menopause to find relief.