Season 2 of my podcast, TARA MARIE LIVE, kicked off last week with a fantastic Facebook LIVE event! As we pre-recorded the episode, we simulcast it on Facebook LIVE. We will be doing this for most episodes, and I will notify you each time so you can be sure to take part in these fun and interactive events. For email notification of these and other events, sign up for my Mailing List.
My Season 2 Premier featured a guest who is a listener favorite, Dr. Patricia Pimentel Selassie. She is a Naturopathic Physician who is always on the cutting edge of natural medicine.
We talked about a topic that, in most circles, is considered new and perhaps even controversial: CBD oil, or cannabidiol oil.
The controversy and confusion stems from the fact that people think that anything that comes from the cannabis plant must be pot, weed, marijuana, Mary Jane, or whatever name you use.
Marijuana comes from the cannabis family, and it is grown to have high levels of THC, which is a chemical compound that has both medicinal and psychoactive properties and will get someone high. This is the source of both recreational and medicinal marijuana.
Conversely, CBD oil is sourced from hemp, which also comes from the cannabis family, but CBD is not psychoactive. CBD has medicinal properties. Farmers are now growing strains of cannabis plants with very high CBD and virtually no THC.
To summarize, THC has psychoactive properties, is pain-relieving, can stimulate the appetite, and can stop nausea. Its side effects are anxiety and paranoia.
CBD is not psychoactive. CBD, or cannabidiol, is a plant medicine like echinacea, goldenseal, dandelion, or olive leaf. It is pain-relieving, anticonvulsant, antipsychotic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective, and has immunomodulatory effects. It has no side effects.
The most fascinating thing that I learned on this show is that we humans have an endocannabinoid system. This system contains neurotransmitters that we make from fat that bind to cannabinoid receptors, just as we have estrogens that bind to estrogen receptors or serotonin that binds to serotonin receptors. This system plays a role in the health of your brain, and reproductive, endocrine, and immune systems.