CBD, the compound from the cannabis plant that people cannot stop talking about, is the wellness world’s treatment-for-all, and for some a saving grace.
CBD, the non-intoxicating component extracted from the hemp strain of the cannabis plant, has proven on multiple accounts to help people’s anxiety, stress, mood, focus, skin conditions, and gut health, and then more serious health conditions like cancer, Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease and seizures.
It’s no wonder it has been touted as the miracle medical marvel of 2018.
While CBD has a seemingly unlimited number of beneficial uses, here we give you the top 5 reasons people are using CBD, evidenced from both anecdotal data and clinical cases studies.
1. CBD for Pain
This falls under any and every category of pain that people face on a daily basis. From arthritis to chronic back pain to sports-related injuries, CBD is helping people manage their pain better than traditional (not to mention, extremely dangerous when taken every single day) medications like Tylenol and Advil.
In fact, former athletes suffering from sports-related injuries (knee, shoulder and head are among the most common) have replaced their 5-10 Advil popping per day with a few drops of CBD oil/tincture, finding the constant pain from their previous injuries to be healed. Athletes, as well as the rest of us, are also using it topically in creams and salves to relieve aching muscles and joints.
Seniors suffering from arthritis of the hands, feet and knees are praising CBD creams, balms, salves, and lotions for ridding their arthritic pain and giving them their youth back.
Because CBD is a natural compound (remember, it is extracted from a plant!), both holistic and progressive parties are giving CBD two thumbs up for drastically reducing (and in some cases, completely diminishing) their pain.
2. CBD for Anxiety
We are living in stressful times. From the increasing demands of career and parenthood to the political climate, modern society has given us a run for our money, and our bodies are starting to pay the price.
Anxiety and depression rates have skyrocketed over the last several years because of unrealistic expectations humans are being forced to meet. This has resulted in an uptick in the prescription of anti-anxiety and antidepressant medications, which people have come to heavily rely on just to get through the day.
Thanks to CBD’s natural anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiolytic properties, people are noticing a drastic difference in the way they feel after consuming CBD, typically by way of CBD oil or CBD capsule.
Common ways people are utilizing CBD for their anxiety and stress are by taking it in the mornings, preventing those bouts of anxiety from happening in the first place, and also by way of preventative measures before a stress-inducing event occurs, such as heading an important meeting for work.
CBD is an excellent alternative to potentially harmful and brain fog inducing prescription medications for depression, anxiety, and pain.
3. CBD for Sleep
The same way CBD works to provide the body with calming and anti-anxiety feelings to feel better, CBD interacts with the body’s central nervous system to provide a better quality of sleep.
In addition to taking CBD on its own (through oil, tincture, capsule or vape), people are finding that mixing the supplement into their night time tea further enhances the sleepy effects, contributing to a better night’s rest.
4. CBD for Inflammation
As mentioned before, CBD is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent, explaining why the cannabinoid aids in so many different uses.
People taking CBD for inflammation are doing so to help with their gut health (gut inflammation contributing to a range of digestive issues from eating unhealthy foods and other external factors), skin conditions like acne and eczema, as well as swelling of the joints from intensive labor or internal health condition.
Inflammation in this regard is typically resolved by rubbing CBD creams and salves on the affected area. In the case of acne, there are also great CBD skincare products including face washes, serums, scrubs and moisturizers, all proving to help keep blemishes, redness, and irritation from appearing.
5. CBD for Seizures
There have been many successful stories on how CBD is dramatically reducing the frequency of seizures in those with epilepsy and other health conditions contributing to seizures.
The response from taking CBD has been so positive in this regard that the FDA has approved the first cannabis-based medication for rare forms of onset epilepsy in children.
The answer to how CBD is able to help with so many varying conditions and disorders? The Endocannabinoid System, or ECS. The ECS is responsible for regulating everything from sleep, mood, appetite, and pain tolerance. It is viewed as a literal bridge between our bodies and minds, promoting and maintaining homeostasis (balance) among all of our working systems.
When a person takes CBD, the compound interacts with the ECS to further enhance all of the regulatory systems, therefore acting as an anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety agent, relieving body aches and pain, providing a better night’s rest, and aiding in a healthy digestive tract. Essentially, it helps everything run as optimally as it is supposed to.