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The Benefits of CBD as a Potential Health Aid
NOTE: Nothing in this guide is meant to be construed as medical advice or guidance of any kind. We do NOT make any claims that CBD can diagnose, treat or cure any medical condition. The information in this guide is for educational purposes only and is based on opinion and our own research. Always discuss with your doctor prior to beginning any new supplement regimen, CBD included.
Modern medicine now understands the extent of damage and increased risk to health that we experience as a result of stress, lack of sleep, anxiety, and mental illnesses. All of which affect and impact the quality of life for millions of Americans and hundreds of millions around the world.
While medications are available for some, for others they are too expensive, ineffective, or cause undesirable side effects and health concerns.
This has left a significant number of individuals seeking alternative remedies and potential health aids as a way to naturally and effectively combat various symptoms.
CBD (Cannabidiol) may be the answer that many have been searching for. After all, stress of any kind often leads to health issues, mood issues, and sleep issues. And in today’s fast-paced world, none of us has time for that!
So, what can be done to help? Of the many solutions starting to flood the market, let us introduce you to CBD.
CBD is short for “Cannabidiol.” It’s a natural phyto-compound (plant compound) found in both hemp and marijuana. Unlike marijuana-derived CBD, hemp-derived CBD is without the mind-altering chemical THC.
Unlike CBD’s counterpart, THC, Cannabidiol is not psychoactive. Marijuana is bred for higher levels of THC, while Hemp is used for CBD and mostly unmodified. Many consumers are starting to look into CBD to treat pain or other symptoms with fewer side effects than certain pharmaceutical drugs. CBD must be added to a carrier oil before consumption, but it continues to gain momentum in the health and wellness world.
Cannabidiol oil is a tincture solution of both CBD and a “carrier oil” (often hemp oil, coconut oil or olive oil). The CBD in this oil reacts directly with our body’s own endocannabinoid system to stimulate certain receptors throughout our bodies. This system is known to regulate functions such as sleep, appetite, immune system response, and pain.
[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/16975519] While more research needs to be done to firm exactly what effects CBD can have, these droplets are showing a lot of potential and many consumers enjoy consumption.
Potential Benefits of CBD
Just what is the potential that so many consumers are discussing? Where do we even begin...Research suggests that CBD can relieve symptoms of anything from anxiety and PMS to Depression and PTSD.
As with any supplement, it’s always best to consult your physician before looking into CBD Oil for relief. You want to be absolutely sure that it won’t interfere with any current medication. If CBD is an option for you, then you may find relief with the below.
Separate studies have looked at CBD’s effect on stage anxiety and social anxiety. For both, results showed the oil effective in minimizing anxiety and helping participants cope with their environment. [ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3079847]
CBD Oil has shown immense promise in the treatment of depression. Should studies affirm this belief, those suffering from depression may have a treatment that does not carry the same side-effects as prescription antidepressants.
A study by Dr. Phillip Blair noted that military veterans who suffered from PTSD better dealt with their coping mechanisms, got a better night’s sleep, and had reduced anxiety levels when taking CBD Oil.
You read that right. Evidence in a test-tube study suggests that CBD oil can reduce sebum production and reduce inflammation, effectively treating acne.
Cannabis has been used since 2900 BC for pain relief; science has identified that CBD is one of the main compounds responsible. Studies show that CBD can be used to reduce pain and inflammation.
This one is for the ladies. That time of the month may be less of a pain than we are used to -- literally. CBD shows evidence of relieving cramps, softening mood swings, and boosting sleep and morale.
These are just the tip of the iceberg. Users of CBD Oil continue to report a myriad of improved symptoms, and science is starting to research this anecdotal evidence more in-depth.
CBD is thought to provide antipsychotic effects, anti-tumor effects, and diabetes prevention. Scientists also suspect it can be used for substance abuse and in place of several current medications.
CBD advocates everywhere are eagerly awaiting results from these studies. Effects could be widespread across the health community.
Is CBD Oil Right For You?
CBD Oil is not a guarantee. Not enough studies have been done to prove that all of these benefits are concrete. However, many studies and individuals are showing that it is worth a try (not to mention this Forbes article).
Make sure you discuss things with your doctor or therapist before giving it a try and keep them in the loop with your results.
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