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10 Common Health Benefits of CBD

CBD Products Might Help with Your Ailments

As cannabidiol, commonly called CBD, becomes more and more popular, people are learning ways it can help them improve their health and daily lives.

CBD comes from the Cannabis sativa or hemp plants, but unlike marijuana, CBD is never psychoactive. It won’t get you high because it is derived from a different portion of the plant than marijuana.

Although more studies need to be completed before scientists can make official conclusions about the powers of CBD, this supplement looks promising to treat multiple ailments and improve overall health.

How Potent is CBD?

Some CBD products have low or trace amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound in marijuana that causes that high feeling. That’s why taking a measured dose is important, especially because different products come in different potencies. The best dosage for you, especially for a product like a CBD tincture that you take orally, will depend on the concentration, your body weight, what you expect from the product, and how well you tolerate it.

When we say “concentration,” we mean the strength of the CBD product. Concentration is measured in milligrams (mg), and is different from the dosage, which is the amount per serving. The higher the concentration value in milligrams, the stronger the CBD oil.

Ten CBD Benefits

Pain relief. Our bodies contain a special system called the endocannabinoid system, which regulates normal bodily function, like appetite, immune system response, and sleep, among others. Your body naturally produces endocannabinoids, which are neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors located in your nervous system. Science has shown that CBD can affect those endocannabinoid receptors and ultimately reduce inflammation and ease chronic pain caused by certain medical conditions.

Anxiety and depression. In multiple studies, CBD was shown to work similarly to an antidepressant, which helps serotonin bind to receptors in the brain. Similarly, CBD acts on the brain’s serotonin receptors, which are responsible for regulating mood. Some people prefer using CBD to pharmaceutical drugs, which can be addictive or have unwanted side effects.

Cancer symptoms. Although CBD has not been shown to cure cancer, CBD can help with symptoms related to a cancer diagnosis and its side effects, like nausea and vomiting. Chemotherapy sometimes makes cancer patients feel nauseated, but CBD was shown to ease this sick feeling better than traditional medication.

Acne. CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties can help treat acne and help to control the overproduction of oil in the skin. CBD topicals, like CBD lotion, are sometimes recommended to help control cytokines, which activate acne.

Insomnia. Some special formulations of CBD can help you fall asleep. People who suffer from insomnia have difficulty finding sleep, which can be like torture. CBD can help calm the mind and promote relaxation.

Neurological disease. Neurological disorders affect the brain. CBD’s ability to act on the endocannabinoid system makes it a great possibility to treat neurological disorders like epilepsy or multiple sclerosis. CBD can help alleviate muscle spasticity and seizures associated with these disorders. However, more research is necessary to confirm initial findings.

Cardiac health. A regular CBD regimen can help lower high blood pressure. Today, most hypertension patients take a prescription medication to lower their blood pressure. CBD’s stress-reducing properties may be responsible for its ability to reduce blood pressure.

Antipsychotics. Some studies have been conducted on patients with mental disorders like schizophrenia. These studies found that CBD may help to reduce psychotic symptoms.

Substance abuse treatment. Addiction is a serious problem that requires multiple types of interventions. In some studies, CBD was shown to modify circuits in the brain related to drug addiction.

Anti-tumor effects. Although these studies are limited to test-tube or animal subjects, CBD has been shown to prevent tumors from spreading, particularly for cancers like breast, prostate, brain, colon, and lung cancer. More research is needed, however.

Diabetes prevention. Diabetes is caused when your pancreas no longer functions properly. Your body relies on your pancreas to make insulin. When your body is insulin deficient you become diabetic. In scientific studies, CBD reduced the incidence of diabetes by 56 percent in diabetic mice!

Side Effects and Research

CBD is generally considered safe to use, but it is always a good idea to speak with your doctor before starting a CBD regimen. Most people tolerate CBD quite well, but it can cause side effects like diarrhea, changes in appetite and weight, or fatigue in some people. It also can interact with the medications your doctor has prescribed to you.

As scientists and doctors study CBD more and more, we will likely learn far more about it and how it can help us in our daily lives. There is a lot left to learn, but for now, CBD looks very promising and already can provide benefits for people suffering from many ailments.


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