Since legalization in Canada in 2018, we’ve seen accelerated interest in cannabis as medicine and how it can play a positive role in one’s natural health lifestyle. However, many of those who would love to take advantage of its health benefits often look for alternatives since they associate cannabis with the high often sought out by recreational users.
The great news is, there are many other compounds in cannabis that can bring about those same health benefits without the high. While much of the focus has been on cannabinoids (THC, CBD, CBG, etc., which are all strictly regulated in Canada and not legal for sale outside of government-licensed cannabis dispensaries), another class of compounds called terpenes are gaining attention, with numerous publications considering it equally important, if not more important, than the cannabinoids.
In fact, terpenes from the essential oil component of cannabis are the reason why different strains of cannabis offer different effects for the user—the reason why some strains are better for sleep, while other strains are better for pain relief. Those same terpenes found in cannabis are also found in a number of other plants, and the reason why the essential oils of plants can offer such a wide range of health benefits.
Cannanda, a multi-award-winning brand, now makes it easy for consumers and patients to leverage the power of terpenes in a manner that’s completely legal for sale in any store, including health food stores. However, unlike essential oils that contain a mix of various terpenes—many of which may not contribute to the effect you’re looking for, or just function as a scent—Cannanda starts with isolated terpenes to create blends where 100% of the formula is committed to the therapeutic effect you’re after. Think of these blends as super-potent essential oils that are highly targeted to specific biological processes. For example, the award-winning CB2 products (CB2 Wellness blend, CB2 Hemp Seed Oil, and the new CB2 Salve) effectively target your endocannabinoid system (ECS) in a manner similar to THC and CBD, but without the high. 1
For Pain, Anxiety, and So Much More
Since Cannanda’s CB2 products effectively target the main receptor of the ECS, called CB2 receptors, they can have a wide assortment of benefits. While most will use these products for either pain or anxiety, some other examples include:
● heart disease and cardiovascular health
● insulin sensitivity, obesity, and other metabolic conditions
● dementia Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, and other neurodegenerative conditions
● multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other autoimmune conditions
● osteoarthritis and joint pain
● fibromyalgia and other types of chronic pain
● digestive disorders
1 The endocannabinoid system (ECS) functions as the master regulator of homeostasis—balance within the body—and found within every tissue and organ. It’s made up of two main cannabinoid receptors (called CB1 and CB2) and “endocannabinoids” (which are produced by the body and mimics compounds from cannabis). When the normal function of our tissues or organs are disrupted, that specific area of the body produces more cannabinoid receptors, which are then activated by our endocannabinoids to bring things back into balance.
● migraines and headaches
● skin health
● and the list goes on.
With or without CBD
The vast majority of users will find that CB2 works well on its own (assuming your body has sufficient amounts of CB2 receptors and you’re taking the right dose of the product); however, many CBD users are finding the addition of Cannanda CB2 greatly improves their response to CBD. The combination of CB2 with CBD can be a therapeutic power punch against what ails you—and should be a serious consideration for anyone using CBD but not getting the results they thought they would.
Even if you’re getting great results from CBD, however, adding CB2 can help get the same results at a smaller dose of CBD, which can help save your financial resources. The end benefits of CB2 and CBD are very comparable, but many continue to buy the more expensive CBD when they could be getting the same results at a fraction of the cost by switching to CB2.
All Without the High
Many will be wondering if it’s possible to get a “high” from CB2 or Cannanda’s other terpene blends, and the answer is absolutely not. With respect to the ECS, the “high” is associated with the activation of another receptor called CB1 receptor. Activating just the CB2 receptors, without activating CB1 receptors can offer many of the benefits of cannabis, without the high, and this is exactly how CB2 works.
The amazing thing with Cannanda’s CB2 is that it benefits your body wherever it’s out of balance. This is because CB2 receptors are increased in those areas needing balance, essentially making these products similar to personalized therapy, but without any complicated tests or procedures. Your body tells these terpenes where to take effect. This is also the reason why many times people use these products for one reason, but find other aspects of their body or health are improved.
Small Investment for Fast Results
While many products on the market can take months to notice a benefit (and in that time cost a considerable amount on a monthly basis), Cannanda CB2 products often work within the first week or two—with many users reporting it works from the very first use, almost instantly! Whether these products work with your body or not will only require an investment of one bottle. You won’t need to buy many bottles over months to finally determine whether it’s a product you want to continue with or not, so give these award-winning products a try—your health and wallet will thank you.
Lee Know is a licensed naturopathic doctor, recipient of several awards, and has held positions as medical advisor, scientific evaluator and director of R&D for major organizations. He’s the author of Mitochondria and the Future of Medicine (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2018) and the VP of Scientific Affairs for Cannanda.
While our High Ground Immune works through the endocannabinoid system to support immune system response, Our CB2™ line works through direct activation of our body’s CB2 receptors, which has the following possible benefits:
• Reduces stress and anxiety (i ii). (factors that influence on how well the immune system responds to challenges) (iii)(iv)
• Immune modulation(v)(vi) and anti-inflammatory benefits(vii)(viii) (can help dampen the cytokine storm and resulting damage leading to acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS—the primary cause of mortality with COVID-19)
• Reduce lung fibrosis(ix) (which is appears to be consequence of COVID-19x and could result in long lasting or permanent lung damage in survivors)
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ii Regulatory role of CB2 in stress-induced neuroinflammation in mice. Br J Pharmacol. 2014 Jun;171(11):2814-26.
iii Immune system. Relationship to anxiety disorders. Psychiatr Clin North Am. 1988 Jun;11(2):349-60.
iv Stress, Anxiety, and Immunomodulation: A Pharmacological Analysis. Vitam Horm. 2017;103:1-25.
v Emerging role of CB2 in immune regulation: therapeutic prospects for neuroinflammation. Expert Rev Mol Med. 2009 Jan 20;11:e3.
vi CB2: potential role in immunomodulation and neuroinflammation. J Neuroimmune Pharmacol. 2013 Jun;8(3):608-20.
vii Role of CB2 in mediating interleukin-1β-induced inflammation. Clin Exp Rheumatol. 2019 Nov-Dec;37(6):1026-1035. Epub 2019 Mar 18.
viii CB2 and its role as a regulator of inflammation. Cell Mol Life Sci. 2016 Dec;73(23):4449-4470. Epub 2016 Jul 11.
ix CB2 agonist prevents nicotine induced lung fibrosis. Exp Lung Res. 2018 Sep;44(7):344-351
x Radiological findings from 81 patients with COVID-19 pneumonia in Wuhan, China: a descriptive study. Lancet. Epub 2020 Feb 24.