CBD is a naturally occurring cannabinoid taken from the cannabis plant. In contrast to the full cannabis plant, which is used as a recreational drug, CBD does not have any psychotic effects. Recently, much, and more has come to light regarding this wonder product, and its increased popularity in the treatment and prevention of various health issues.
The fact that it is a naturally occurring substance and much stronger makes it a great substitute for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. It is for this reason that you will find CBD being marketed as a relaxant, as well as for treating chronic pains. Take a look at the top five CBD benefits that are hard to ignore.
1) Anxiety management
CBD is known to have helped manage anxiety, rather than providing overall relief. According to research, CBD changes the way our brain’s receptors respond to serotonin, which can make all the difference when it comes to stress management.
Some studies show that a small dose helps people with social anxiety give a speech in front of large crowds. Others have concluded that CBD greatly improves symptoms related to post-traumatic stress disorder.
2) Pain relief
Since we have understood that CBD affects our brain’s receptors and how our brand responds to different stimuli, it becomes easier to acknowledge CBD’s benefits when it comes to pain management/relief. Studies show that CBD hemp oil can offer relief when taken after chemotherapy treatments.
There is a growing awareness among the masses for CBD as a more natural alternative over conventional drugs to help relieve pain and stiffness. Indeed, a study in 2018 showed that CBD reduces inflammation by preventing the release of particular compounds that trigger inflammation. Research is still underway to look in-depth CBD’s role in the following:
- Chronic pain
- Spinal pain
- Muscle pain
3) Quitting Smoking and withdrawals
If you have had enough of smoking and want to call it quits, CBD can surely help you with that. According to a 2013 study, people who used inhalers containing CBD craved less for nicotine and smokeless cigarettes than before.
Moreover, CBD is known to reduce the cravings for cigarettes/nicotine during the withdrawal period, due to the relaxing and anti-depressant effect.
4) Fighting Cancer
Back in 2012, a study found evidence that CBD helps in the prevention of some types of cancer. It was observed that CBD appeared to suppress the growth of cancer cells and even help in their destruction. And when compared to other suppressors, CBD has the lowest levels of toxicity.
Okay, this might be an unexpected item on our list here, but is true, nevertheless. Acne treatment is another promising use of CBD. Since acne is caused by inflammation, to some extent, CBD helps prevent that by stopping inflammation in the skin. Another factor that leads to acne is the overworked sebaceous glands in the body. According to a 2014 study, CBD helps to lower the production of sebum thus helping in the treatment. Not only that, applying CBD topically has shown to reduce inflammation in psoriasis and other skin diseases drastically. You will not be surprised, therefore, by the sheer number of skin creams and ointments that have CBD as a common ingredient.