In my courses throughout this amazing alternative medicine program, I have learned so much. More about everyday herbs and different herbs that we can use to our benefit. Everyone must take an herbal course at some point and time in their life, so informative.
CBD, like many herbs (dandelion, chamomile, lavender, etc.), hold multiple “uses”.
This makes studying different types of herbs mentioned above, so difficult to study, but with technology improving, we are starting to get a better understanding of different herbs and their uses.
One amazing discovery was finding the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is the largest receptor system in our body. The ECS can be found in all animals including us and gives us the interaction with different cannabinoids.
The ECS is cool. Much of the plant's beneficial properties come from terpenes, which is a result of acting on our ECS.
Terpenes are the aromatic compounds found in many plants (this is what makes lemons smell like lemons and lavender smell like lavender) and this is where some herbs' medicinal properties are found.
A specific terpene like linalool is what gives lavender its floral scent and this is where some of its medicinal value can be found. For example, studies show that lavender has neuroprotective, local anesthetic (great for bug bites), great to reduce anxiety, depression, sleep, pain, and help with cognitive behavior (Koulivand, Khaleghi Ghadiri, Gorji, 2013).
I think it’s important to remember health as a whole and herbs are a must!
Koulivand, P. H., Khaleghi Ghadiri, M., & Gorji, A. (2013). Lavender and the nervous system. Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : eCAM, 2013, 681304. https://doi.org/10.1155/2013/681304