Did you know that CBD or cannabidiol has medicinal and therapeutic value? Found in the Cannabis sativa plant, it is one of the more than 100 chemical compounds that naturally exist in the plant. However, unlike THC or tetrahydrocannabinol, it is not psychoactive and does not cause that feeling of euphoria or “high.”
The medicinal value of CBD has been known to man since the early civilizations. And through the years, various research studies have found more uses for CBD in the medical field. It can be used as a natural remedy for numerous health problems and diseases. Below are some examples of the health benefits of CBD.
Manage anxiety – A study that experimented on the effects of CBD on people with anxiety found that the group that took a 600-milligram dose of CBD experienced reduced stress, lowered heart rate, and less anxiety.
Relief from pain – Health experts say that CBD can relieve different kinds of pain, including muscle pains, chronic pain, arthritis, and spinal cord injuries.
Stop the spread of cancer – Research on the ability of CBD to treat cancer is still in the early stages, but certain studies have found that the compound can inhibit the growth and reproduction of some tumor cells.
Treat neurodegenerative disorders – Research studies on the potential of CBD to treat brain and nerve damage and prevent or cure Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, strokes, multiple sclerosis, and others are ongoing.
Boost heart health – A study found that people with high blood pressure could lower their levels by taking CBD. Another study showed that CBD can also reduce cell death and inflammation, thanks to the compound’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Today, there are so many kinds of CBD products available in the market and they come in a variety of forms and flavors. Examples of the most common ones are:
CBD Oils - These are made by extracting CBD from the Cannabis plant and infusing it with hempseed oil, coconut oil, or some other carrier oil. They come in three main forms ---- full spectrum oils, which contain all the chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant; broad spectrum oils, which are a bit different than full spectrum oils in that they contain all the natural compounds present in the Cannabis plant except for THC; and isolate oils, which undergo a thorough refining process to remove other chemical compounds so that they only contain pure cannabis oil or pure CBD.
CBD Capsules or Pills – These are very easy to take and provide a more consistent dosage. Compared to CBD oils, they are considered to be less potent because they need to pass through the digestive tract when swallowed, subjecting them to extra breakdown.
CBD Topicals – These include lotions, creams, and similar products that contain pure cannabis oil and are administered by applying directly onto the skin. They are used to relieve pains and aches and even treat some skin problems, such as psoriasis, eczema, and acne.