Are you familiar with how CBD may help with health issues? A few years ago, hemp derived CBD was only found at random health food shops. Today, you can find it everywhere from gas stations to corner drug stores. First sold as a liquid extract in oil, it is now available as balms, sprays, tinctures, pills, edibles and even beauty products! If you are not familiar with the many health benefits of CBD, you may wonder why the demand for it grew so fast. The answer is simple. It works!
CBD may relieve some of the most common ailments, and uncommon ones too, that we humans experience. Here are seven areas of concern where scientific studies show that CBD may be of help:
Every person with a living body, and that should be all of you, will get sore muscles or a tense back from a hard day of work or exercise. For those with sore muscles, a topical application of CBD will work wonders. Unfortunately, some of us have more severe pain or chronic pain. Good news! A pill or consumable CBD product works for that too.
CBD May Help Pain
Pain is connected to our body’s ECS (endocannabinoid system) activity. ECS is part of the central and peripheral nervous system integral to many organs and systems of the body. The ECS is also involved in our involuntary physical responses, like sleep or appetite, and mental responses, like our emotions. Luckily for us, CBD may be a potent reducer of ECS nerve activity, thereby effectively reducing pain.
Depression, Anxiety and PTSD
A common psychological ailment is depression. CBD has a positive interaction with serotonin receptors in the brain. Serotonin affects a person’s emotional state and feelings of well being or happiness. Keeping serotonin levels balanced is key for people with depression.
Another disorder that may benefit from the use of CBD is anxiety. Scientists conducted a study in 2019 on the effects of CBD on social anxiety. Subjects were to give a public speech, an activity that causes anxiety in most people. Half the participants took 300 mg of CBD before their speech. When compared, those who took CBD showed significantly reduced anxiety while speaking. than the group who did not.
CBD may also help with a more serious form of anxiety – post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This disorder causes severe anxiety that can lead to insomnia. A study published in 2016 showed CBD is effective in helping with anxiety and insomnia. CBD may provide immediate results. Most importantly, it is not a narcotic which can be addictive.
CBD May Help Addiction
Our ECS also plays a major role in reducing physical drug addiction and alcoholism. Think of the ECS as a system of circuits that became rewired due to chronic substance or alcohol abuse. Then think of CBD as a tool that may help reset those circuits back to working order. A working ECS makes the symptoms of some drug or alcohol withdrawal less severe. In turn, this can increase the chances of the addict overcoming their addiction.
Many opiate users become addicted because they need to ease chronic pain. They rely on narcotics to get them through the day. Since the use of CBD may ease chronic pain, the user requires less or no narcotics, also reducing the chance of relapse.
How CBD May Help Lower Blood Pressure
Known as a silent killer, high blood pressure is dangerous and can lead to cardiovascular, stroke and kidney disease. It occurs when the arteries constrict making it difficult for the blood to flow. This constriction causes the heart to pump harder which can lead to a heart attack or stroke. In some patients, doctors found that CBD works as a natural vasodilator by eliminating the swelling of arteries. Compounds in CBD release the tension in the vessels and allow blood to flow.
A 2017 study showed that if a single dose of CBD is taken before a stressful event, it can reduce the spike in blood pressure that often comes with anxiety from stress. Cortisol, known as the stress hormone, spikes in stressful situations. CBD balances the cortisol response, reducing the amount of stress.
CBD may also help restore a healthy heart rhythm after a TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack) mini-stroke. Data from a 2013 study published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology suggests that CBD protects neurons and may prevent any cardiovascular conditions, including stroke.
While there are medications to treat high blood pressure. Those meds also have unpleasant side effects like depression, erectile dysfunction, insomnia, dizziness and irregular heartbeat. CBD does not have these side effects making it a safe alternative. Talk with your doctor to see if this natural alternative might work for you.
CBD May Help Acne
Our skin produces a natural oil called sebum to keep it healthy and elastic. When it produces too much sebum, the oil collects in pockets which appear as pimples, known as acne. CBD helps to regulate the production of sebum in the skin which can lead to a reduction in acne. An excellent anti-inflammatory, CBD may also keep your skin pimple free.
An exciting breakthrough for seizure sufferers is the discovery that CBD is a natural anticonvulsant medication without major side effects. While there are plenty of drugs to treat these disorders, most of them have severe side effects. These side effects often cause disruption in one’s day to day life. In a study of treatment resistant epileptic youth and teens cannabidiol (CBD) oil was found to be beneficial in helping to control seizures in epileptics and spasms in those suffering from Multiple Sclerosis.
There are many drugs to help with psychotic disorders, but as with epileptics, the side effects are often intolerable. Some common side effects are even reported to be worse than the disorder itself.
In this area, CBD once again provides hope and relief. Studies show that CBD reduces the frequency of psychosis in those with schizophrenia. With the guidance of a doctor, CBD can become part of a prescribed treatment plan. The antipsychotic effects of CBD are promising and research is ongoing.
Try it – CBD May Help
While many of us only need CBD for soothing sore muscles or easing chronic pain, others may be freed from the discomfort of seizures or the uncomfortable side effects of traditional medicines. Those who use CBD report healing effects on other disorders that can’t be repeated here due to lack of clinical data. Research has only begun to discover the many applications of CBD on our health. What we can say for sure is that with common treatable ailments, CBD is a natural and safe way to help you find relief.
Do you use CBD? If so, what health issues do you use it for and what are your results?
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Written by contributing writer C.R. Smyth