CBD Benefits: What Are They?
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How Does CBD Benefit People?
How does CBD benefit people? This is a great question, and one that can be answered in a short, non-scientific manner. As much as I love digging into the science behind hemp-based products, like CBD oil, sometimes it isn’t necessary to get the point across. Let’s take time to review how CBD might help you, and how to use it.
TLDR: CBD oil can aid in a variety of ways, but the most popular reasons people use it are: chronic pain relief, anti-inflammatory effects, and anti-anxiety effects.
*Please note that unless otherwise stated, all the benefits listed above are based on scientific research and not official statements by the FDA. It is very important to stay in line with the (lack of) FDA regulations when it comes to CBD oil and other hemp-based items.
Understanding the Cannabis Plant Benefits
The cannabis plant has a long history of providing therapeutic benefits to it’s consumers. Most of us equate marijuana to cannabis. While this is accurate, hemp also falls under the cannabis family.
The main difference between hemp and marijuana, is the THC content. Hemp contains almost no THC (according to law, hemp must contain less than 0.3% THC content) while marijuana can contain a lot.
For this reason, hemp is non-psychoactive while marijuana is very psycho-active.
You do not need a medical cannabis license in order to use CBD. You definitely need one to use marijuana, and marijuana based products, though.
Information gathered from preliminary research shows us that CBD was used for things like wound healing, menstrual irregularities, and tapeworm infection in Ancient Chinese and Roman medicine.
We’ve discovered even more ways for how to use CBD oil today, and we’ll go over them a bit later on.
These days, the use of the cannabis plant is beginning to shift from THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, use to CBD (and other cannabinoids) use. A cannabinoid is just a fancy word that means ‘plant chemical.’
Humans most likely always knew about marijuana and it’s psychoactive properties, but THC use has skyrocketed over the last 100 years, or so.
THC is the primary compounds responsible for giving users the feeling of being ‘high.’ It does a fantastic job and helping mitigate chronic pain, and also plays a significant role in sedating people.
We now know the cannabis plant has so much more to offer other than simply ‘getting high.’ Imagine being able to reap all of the well-documented health benefits from cannabis, without having to get high? Well, it’s now possible through CBD use.
How does CBD help people, then? You’ll have to keep reading to find out.
Cannabidiol (CBD): The New, Big Cannabinoid
CBD oil has been identified to potentially possess antioxidant, antimicrobial, antidepressant, anti-tumor, anticancer, anti seizure, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and anxiolytic properties.
The only reason I say potentially, is because of the lack of additional research from clinical trials to confirm the preliminary research (when compared to other drug research).
The preliminary research being done with CBD is showing promising results. These identifications can be found in the growing amount of peer-reviewed scientific articles on cannabis research.
As a bonus, the World Health Organization reports that CBD is generally safe to use, too.
FUN FACT: as humans, we actually have TWO receptors that can process cannabinoids, like CBD. These are known as the CB1 and CB2 receptors. They are located all over our body, and CBD oil does a great job at targeting these receptors. The health benefits of CBD are nothing short of incredible.
Endocannabinoid System Receptors
As you can see, these receptors are responsible for different forms of health benefits. For example, the anti inflammatory properties of CBD oil come from triggering these receptors.
How to use CBD effectively depends on which receptors you want to target, among other things.
I am now going to answer several of the different manners in which CBD can help people. The answers will be somewhat short, but still informative.
Should you feel the need to dig deeper into each section, New Phase Blends hosts several articles on each of these areas.
If you use the search feature when visiting the New Phase Blends’ Best CBD Blog, you can search for whatever subject you want to learn more about.
CBD oil and pain relief are basically inseparable. This is one of the main health benefits it can offer us. It’s ability to interact with the cannabinoid receptors to control pain responses can come in quite handy for assisting with pain relief.
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