If you struggle with body aches, joint pain, anxiety, insomnia, or depression, there’s a good chance you’ve probably heard of CBD treatments.
It seems like over the past few years, CBD products have sprung up everywhere and they seem to promise some pretty intriguing natural solutions and relief.
Although the world of CBD and its potential benefits are still just beginning to be unraveled, there’s no denying that its loyal enthusiasts and many clinical trials report a note-worthy alternative to prescription drugs and pharmaceutical solutions.
Could CBD products be the best holistic approach for those of us looking to feel better, calmer, and overcome many of the common ailments and stresses we face each day?
That’s right, CBD comes from the same plant that produces the psychoactive compound that gets people “high.” That’s why when someone mentions cannabis or hemp plants, people usually think of THC, the part of the plant that induces the psychoactive effect on users.
But the truth is that hemp and marijuana are both cannabis, but hemp always contains less than 0.3% THC.
In reality, the cannabis plant contains over 113 “cannabinoids” and CBD is just one of those many cannabinoids. THC and CBD are usually the most available and highly concentrated part of the plant, which is why you likely hear about them most often.
CBD is completely non-psychoactive and therefore produces no “high” side effects when used for health benefits. THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is the cannabinoid responsible for the psychoactive side effects associated with marijuana users. In a 2017 review, the WHO (World Health Organization) determined CBD to be generally safe for use, with little to no side effects.
There is currently no known lethal dose of either CBD or THC, but most users prefer CBD in the balancing of symptoms, due to the lack of side effects.
CBD can be derived from the hemp or marijuana plant. When derived from hemp, CBD is currently legal for importation and consumption at the federal level in all 50 states. Marijuana-derived CBD is not currently legal in every state.
On the other hand, CBD derived from marijuana is not legal in every state and local laws vary. The main reason for this is that hemp plants contain almost no THC (less than 0.3%) and therefore don’t get users “high.”
Although there is more research to be done, initial studies on CBD have found that it offers a variety of medicinal benefits and may provide relief for a long list of health concerns.
Some of these include: Anti-inflammatory, Antidepressant, Anxiolytic (combats anxiety), Antioxidant, Antipsychotic, Antiemetic (lessens nausea and vomiting), Anticonvulsant (suppresses seizures), Analgesic (relieves pain), and Anti-tumoral/Anti-cancer.
Did you know that many pet owners give CBD to their pets as a popular treatment for many anxiety, arthritis, joint pain, skin issues, epilepsy, and more?
Considered safe in the correct doses, CBD give pets suffering from health conditions a safe option without the negative psychological effects of THC.
Generally, CBD oils (or mixed ‘tinctures’) that are placed under the tongue with a dropper are the most popular and well-known method for administering CBD.
However, with the recent rise in popularity and overall social acceptance, CBD products can now be found in anything from pain relief capsules to bath bombs and salts, topical creams, edibles (like gummies), vaporizer liquids, and more.
Not only is CBD non-psychoactive, but it has also been shown to counteract the negative side effects of THC, including memory impairment, paranoia, and anxiety.
Numerous studies have shown that CBD naturally seems to counteract the “high” side effects of THC in marijuana users, therefore reducing the intoxicating side effects.
Most recent studies on CBD and mental health have concluded that CBD positively interacts with serotonin receptors in the brain. Since low serotonin levels are often linked to increased symptoms of anxiety and depression, this may be the reason why many CBD users find relief from these conditions.
One 2014 animal study reported these anti-anxiety and anti-depressant effects on the brain, as well as a 2019 animal study that concluded that CBD provides fast, sustained antidepressant-like effects (unlike antidepressants, which can take weeks to show results).
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