By now, you may have heard some buzz about CBD and CBG extracts and some of their amazing benefits for the brain and the body. CBD has become quite popular in recent years as people see and experience specific benefits for themselves. CBG is yet another compound that can be helpful as part of a comprehensive care plan, due to its neuroregenerative and neuroprotective properties. 

General Benefits of CBD and CBG

CBD is an abbreviation for cannabidiol and CBG stands for cannabigerol. So, why would someone want to use a hemp extract such as CBD or CBG?

Most recently, CBD has been commonly used by people seeking relief from: 

  • anxiety,
  • Insomnia, and
  • chronic pain.

Additionally, early studies are linking CBG to therapeutic uses such as:

  • Treating neurodegenerative disorders (especially Huntington's disease)
  • Treating glaucoma
  • Killing drug-resistant bacteria 
  • Reducing inflammation and inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Combatting disease and inhibiting growth of tumors.

How we use CBD and CBG at Austin Functional Wellness

At Austin Functional Wellness, we look to these compounds primarily for their potential effects on the brain, the gut, and inflammation throughout the body. 

Brain Health

CBD has been used alongside other neurological treatments for Alzheimer's disease, malignant brain tumors, multiple sclerosis,  neuropathic pain, Parkinson’s disease, and some difficult-to-treat childhood seizure disorders.

Phytocannabinoids are also being studied for use in cases of psychiatric and mood disorders, such as addiction, anxiety, depression, post concussion syndrome, posttraumatic stress disorders, and schizophrenia.

Gut Health

While non-psychoactive cannabinoids like CBD and CBG have only recently begun to be studied, early indicators are finding they may become useful nutraceuticals to help prevent and treat a wide range of gastrointestinal disorders. At least one study has found, for example, that cannabidiol may have reduced intestinal inflammation in mice. 

Inflammation

The endocannabinoid system in every human is a system of neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors. This system is responsible for anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective effects throughout the body. CBD and CBG are being studied for seizure prevention, modification, and/or suppression.

Specific CBD and CBG extracts we recommend 

While there are many non-psychoactive phytocannabinoids products on the market today, it’s important to know what you are getting. You want to know that you are getting a high-quality product and that what is stated on the label exists inside the product--that the levels of active ingredients are as stated. It’s also preferred to find one that has undergone third-party testing to ensure it has no heavy metals or pesticides. 

In particular, I recommend PrimeMyBody extracts. These extracts that contain both CBD and CBG in a single oil that can be ingested using a dropper. PrimeMyBody uses a proprietary Sonicated Nano-Technology™ delivery system to increase the body’s ability to absorb the beneficial phytocannabinoid compounds. These activate what PrimeMyBody refers to as the body’s Master switch, the endocannabinoid (ECS) signaling system. This network of neurotransmitters affects the organs, glands, and tissues throughout the body, helps control the body’s psychological and cognitive functioning, and helps regulate the immune and nervous systems.  

PrimeMyBody’s hemp extracts are potent, pure, absorbable, and comparatively well researched. For example, in a study of former NFL players, PMB was found to have effects that correlate with improved speed of focus (attention), speed of information processing, and a faster visual response time. PrimeMyBody has also conducted research on military veterans who have reported similar successes over time.  

Clearing up some common misconceptions

Please know that CBD and CBG compounds are not the same thing as marijuana itself. They come from the hemp plant -- a cousin to marijuana -- and have no hallucinogenic or psychedelic effects. If a cannabis plant contains less than 0.3% THC (the intoxicating cannabinoid in cannabis), the plant is legally classified as “hemp” according to the federal government. To be clear, neither CBD or CBG themselves cause a “high.”

Further, a 2018 report from the World Health Organization has stated, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”" 

Finally, CBD and CBG have been legal at the federal level since 2018. While the cannabis plant and hemp had been carefully controlled in the United States since 1937, a 2018 farm bill legalized the hemp plant and all of its derivatives.

Conclusion

In sum, CBD and CBG are legal, non-psychoactive, and are being found to have many benefits to overall health and wellbeing. Especially for anyone experiencing brain or gut issues.

For a free 20-minute consult to find out if CBD and CBG extracts might be right for you, please contact my office. If you’d like to try these for yourself, you can order hemp extracts directly from my affiliate site at PrimeMyBody.

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    After spending 2+ years going from doctor to doctor telling them my symptoms of extreme pain, dizziness, blurry eyes, tummy problems, back problems, memory issues, you name it, I probably had it, and all of them telling me it was just in my head, I had just about given up...

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    Dr. Austin is my first phone call every time I have the opportunity to fly back home. I always feel ten times better walking out of his office then I did walking in. He has helped me with chronic neck, sinus, and herniated disc issues. I just wish he made house calls in...

  • Brandon K.

    Dr. Austin is one of the most brilliant, well-rounded health professionals I have ever met. He is able to analyze patients in a holistic way, which enables him to notice things most people miss. His breadth and depth of knowledge in neurology and chiropractic care allows him...

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    I came to Dr. Austin after suffering with a chronic illness and brain injury for nearly 2 years. I was afraid to be hopeful because I had already tried many things to heal and was struggling to make further progress. Dr. Austin has several ways of objectively testing brain...

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    Dr. Austin is an extremely knowledgeable chiropractic neurologist. He has capabilities to help with a variety of problems, but he specializes in the brain. I would highly recommend him to anyone who is recovering from a concussion, brain fog, or dizziness! And I think all...

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    Dr. Austin's practice has given me the hope of recovery after a difficult brain injury. I found Dr. Austin after seeing many specialists - neurologist, rheumatologist, endocrinologist - and receiving an uncertain diagnosis that left me without a recovery plan. He has brought...

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    Dr. Austin pretty much saved my life. I was very dizzy from the moment I woke up until the moment a went to sleep every day this year. The feeling would never go away. I had very low quality of life, could barely drive and was on the verge of losing my job because I could no...

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    Is there such a thing as a perfect person? Maybe not, but Dr. Austin sure does come close. Using "alternative" medicine can often be a confusing or scary experience for new people, which is what sets Dr. Austin apart from the rest. When a Doctor takes time to actually explain...

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    No matter where I travel in the world, this is where I will come to have my spine cared for. I started here two years ago with horrible lower back pain and didn't have to come in for another adjustment for almost two years. Impressive holistic approach from this crew....

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    I have been a patient of Dr. Austin's for many years now, after years of searching for a good chiropractor, and he is hands-down the best! I have never had my neck cracked so perfectly and I feel amazing after every appointment. He uses a lot of functional neurology...

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    I've been seeing doctor Paul for close to 25 year. He has helped me through my pregnancy, he has adjusted my 21 year old daughter since she was 2 days old. I suffer from lower back, shoulder, and migraine headaches. He has been able to provide relief and continued treatment...

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    I have been seeing Dr Austin for years now, originally after a car accident but now more for tune ups. He is one of the most caring and educated healers I have ever been to. I have many friends that have started seeing him as well and they have all been very pleased with the...

  • Jason C.

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    Dr. Austin is my chiropractor of choice because of his vast knowledge in sports medicine, neurology, and nutrition to train the root cause of any issue I may have. It is not a blind treatment which is what I have seen in many other chiropractic offices. I am currently...

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    I was pretty nervous to get my very first adjustment, but Dr. Austin put my mind at ease. Hugely knowledgeable and very kind. The whole experience was exceptional!

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    I started going to Dr. Paul Austin for some neck discomfort and I received so much more. His knowledge of the workings of the nervous system, balance, brain function, etc. has helped me tremendously. He suggestion of simple exercises has helped with overall balance (something...

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    He is a master of his craft. I've used him for about 20 years. He's helped with posture improvement, subluxation, and various injuries.

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    Have been bringing my children and myself to Dr Austin for over 10 years! From neuro support to mental and physical wellness, he looks at our whole bodies and provides nourishing enhancement, alignment and support. Truly grateful for all he does for our family.

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    Dr. Austin changed my life. I’m not exaggerating. When I went to see him I was experiencing extreme back pain! Sometimes the pain would shoot down my leg to my foot. I had already seen two healthcare professionals who diagnosed me with Degenerative Disc Disease. One laid out...

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    Dr Austin takes special care and pride in his role to heal people and guide them down a healthier path. If it wasn’t for Dr Austin‘s approach after my back had failed I probably would not have been able to walk today, and wouldn’t be as healthy or happy as I am.

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    I've been a patient of Dr. Austin for a few years now. He has always gone the extra mile to relieve my pain. He helped me recover from an auto accident and has continued to treat me for chrinic back and shoulder issues. I would highly recommend Dr. Austin.

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    I came to Dr. Austin after suffering with a chronic illness and brain injury for nearly 2 years. I was afraid to be hopeful because I had already tried many things to heal and was struggling to make further progress. Dr. Austin has several ways of objectively testing brain...

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