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CBD stands for cannabidiol. It is the second most prevalent of the active ingredients of cannabis. Cannabidiol (CBD) has long been prized for its pain-controlling, anxiety-relieving and even cancer-killing properties, but does it live up to the hype?
Studies say yes! The hemp-extract is championed by stars from all spheres, from Whoopi Goldberg to Olivia Newton-John and even Kim Kardashian-West, and with the industry flourishing, it’s time to learn about what CBD can do for YOU.
A common misconception is that CBD will give you a ‘high’ like cannabis, and while CBD is the second most prevalent ingredient in the plant, it is extracted from a hemp plant and contains no THC - the ingredient that creates the ‘high’ for cannabis users.
What are the benefits?
CBD users have reported a whole host of benefits to their mental and physical health.
CBD is a known pain-reliever. The body produces endocannabinoids – molecules which are responsible for a range of functions including pain, inflammation, sleep and stress, with one study finding that CBD may aid the reduction of chronic pain by impacting endocannabinoid activity.
CBD is also known to relieve anxiety and depression symptoms. Low serotonin levels, which are widely accepted as the cause of depression outside of environmental factors, can be helped with the use of the hemp extract by affecting how the brain’s chemical receptors respond to the existing serotonin in one’s body.
Often difficult to treat, with anti-depressants hosting various side effects, CBD could be the solution to millions worldwide. One study found that a 300-mg dose of CBD was the most effective at significantly reducing anxiety during the test, while other studies showing a positive link between CBD and insomnia, as well as a post-traumatic stress disorder.
Most shockingly, one study has found that CBD has anti-tumour effects, although there is insufficient evidence at this stage to draw a strong correlation. The study found that CBD has demonstrated anti-tumour effects in animals, ‘preventing the spread of breast, prostate, brain, colon and lung cancer’.
Among the quality of life-improving effects, CBD can also positively impact acne, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, high blood pressure, and multiple sclerosis, mainly due to its anti-inflammatory effects.
Which CBD products could be best for me?
With a vast array of products on the market, from oils to gummies to drinks, it can be difficult to know which is best for you, so let’s discuss the various features of each.
If you are experiencing skin problems or pain in specific areas, CBD in topical form may be the best route for you. Providing almost immediate relief, topical massage oils relieve tense muscles and joints and will help to soothe any sore areas, so they’re perfect for those with arthritis, joint mobility issues, and even if you’re prone to shoulder and neck aches during long hours at the office.
CBD oils are often the ‘face’ of CBD, and that’s because they are multifaceted. From daytime use through to night time use and everything in-between, with just a few drops you can feel the positive effects for hours on end.
Oils with high CBD content, such as 1500mg, will ensure that you avoid the groggy morning feeling, with energy boosts throughout the day, as well as an increase in your brain function.
With one-third of the UK population reportedly having insomnia, we could all benefit from assistance with not only getting to sleep but also staying asleep too. With the addition of chamomile oil to many CBD oil products, your sleep quality can reap huge improvements. And if you’re guilty of giving in to your cravings once your head hits the pillow, MCT oil will help curb those midnight feasts by releasing hormones which help you feel fuller for longer.
If you’re an avid exercise-enthusiast, CBD oils with tissue-recovery properties will be your saving grace. Used by top athletes to aid sports performance, several CBD oils also boost your metabolism and aid muscle recovery. You can go even further, by coupling your oil with CBD protein powder to ensure you are getting optimal results from your workouts.
For those with fast-paced lifestyles or who are just getting started and want to slowly integrate CBD into their daily lives, you can get your CBD intake through tea, coffee, water, energy drinks and even beer! With the ability to sip on your favourite drink on-the-go, whilst receiving huge natural benefits to your overall health and well-being, it’s almost too good to be true.
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