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What is CBD and How Does It Help?

by Luke Stead |

What CBD is and how it can help your overall health

CBD is increasingly becoming a popular solution to aid many common ailments. It has recently gained media exposure, and can be commonly found in grocery stores or even as an add-in on a smoothie or a coffee at certain places. Though it is popular, not too many people are actually aware of its benefits and how they can make use of them to their full extent. Before we further discuss its health benefits, let's discuss what CBD actually is.

 

CBD (also known as Cannabidiol) is one of the chemical compounds that is found in the cannabis (marijuana) plant. Though CBD is found in the marijuana plant, its properties are not exactly the same as cannabis. While most of the compounds found in cannabis such as THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) are psychoactive, CBD does not inhibit such properties. This, in turn, makes CBD a very attractive option to relieve pain and other ailments, without suffering from mind-altering side effects experienced with marijuana or other drugs use.

 

To create CBD oil, the CBD is extracted from the cannabis plant, then diluted with a carrier oil such as coconut or hemp seed oil.

 

High-quality CBD is extracted with high-pressure and heat or air only, while some lower quality products may be extracted using CO2 and other methods resulting in solvents remaining in the final product.

 

Likewise, premium CBD products will be infused with a medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) coconut oil, while cheaper CBD products will likely contain lower quality oils.

 

Since there is a wide array of brands, it’s important to make sure the CBD you choose is lab tested to be solvent and contaminant-free and Infused with MCT oil.

 

Now that you know enough about what CBD is, here’s how it can help your health:

 

1. Relieves pain

CBD is extracted from marijuana, which is widely known to relieve pain. This is due to the fact that the human bodies naturally contain an ECS (endocannabinoid system) which is responsible for the regulation of usual bodily functions such as sleep, appetite, pain and immune system. This system produces endocannabinoids, neurotransmitters that can be bound with cannabinoid which will then help reduce chronic pain in the body. This means that a few regular drops of CBD could be your simple solution to relieving pain.

 

2. Reduces anxiety and depression

Most medications for anxiety and depression have a number of disruptive side effects such as insomnia, sexual dysfunction, headaches and other desired effects. When using a CBD oil to treat anxiety and depression, it can effectively help reduce anxiety and/or depression, without experiencing the typical side effects caused by other medicines.

 

3. Helps with cancer – related symptoms

Usual cancer – related side effects from cancer treatment such as vomiting and body pain are one of the most dreaded conditions a cancer patient experiences. Some even skip cancer treatment mainly because of this. Studies have shown that CBD may help in reducing cancer treatment (such as chemotherapy) side effects such as nausea and headache when administered orally.

4. Helps maintain better heart health

There have recent researches and studies in which it showed that CBD can have several benefits to the circulatory system, particularly in lowering the blood pressure. It was noted that the CBD oil helped in lowering blood pressure mainly due to its stress and anxiety-reducing properties.

 

 5.   Helps reduce Acne production

Though a common skin condition, Acne is still one that people don't like to experience. It is regarded to have several causes which include genetics, bacteria or the overproduction of sebum, and oily secretion that is known to attract dirt. Scientific studies have shown that a CBD oil can help in treating acne mainly due to its anti-inflammatory properties as well as the capability of reducing the production of sebum on one's body.

 

6. Other benefits

a. Antipsychotic effects – studies have shown that CBD can also help in reducing psychotic symptoms such as schizophrenia

b. Anti-tumor properties – studies have shown that CBD intake prevents tumor spread that could possibly cause breast, prostate, brain and even lung cancer

c. Diabetes - Studies have shown that using CBD reduces the incidence of diabetes by ~50% and has a significant impact on reducing inflammation

d. Substance Abuse treatment – studies have shown that CBD can modify some circuits in the brain that are related to drug addiction. Test results have shown that CBD has seen the reduction of morphine and heroin dependence after its intake.

 

CBD is now an important chemical that promises quite a number of important health benefits. It is a completely natural remedy in it can be used regularly and freely without concern of abuse or addiction. Whether using it as some kind of lotion or taken orally (such a tincture or gummies), CBD oil will truly and holistically improve your health.

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