CBD, Wellness, and You

What is CBD?

CBD or cannabidiol is derived from low THC cannabis plants. After hemp cultivation was legalized, there was a groundswell of CBD products entering the market. It has become the focus of a lot of medical research in recent years. It has also become a buzzword, particularly in the wellness sphere. “It’s good for what ails you”, as the medicine show men used to say. CBD can cure just about anything, if you believe the hype. 

While CBD is a powerful tool in our wellness toolkit, it is not a panacea. Testing has shown that cannabidiol is useful for a lot of things. It’s even more useful when combined with THC, or used as complementary therapy. Now, all of this research is still in the early stages. This means more study is needed to confirm all of these results. However, the early studies have made some incredibly interesting conclusions that ought not be ignored. It may not be a cure-all, but it isn’t just snake oil. So, let’s try to cut through the hype and get down to the meat of the matter.

What is CBD good for? 

1. Reducing Acne:

Acne is a common skin condition caused by inflammation and overproduction of sebum. Sebum is an oily secretion from the skin’s sebaceous glands. CBD has been found to have anti-inflammatory properties and may be effective in reducing acne, and psoriasis.

A 2014 study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation found that CBD can reduce the production of sebum in human sebaceous glands. This may help reduce acne. Additionally, CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties may help reduce redness and irritation associated with acne. While by no means a silver bullet, CBD appears to be a valuable tool for those that suffer from this condition. A CBD infused moisturizer is the way to go if you want to try it for yourself! While you’re at it, you might want to try it in combination with our Natural Face Toner.

2. Reducing Pain and Inflammation:

One of the most widely recognized uses of CBD is to reduce pain and inflammation. Some studies have shown that CBD can help reduce chronic pain associated with conditions such as arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and fibromyalgia. You have surely seen advertisements for gels, creams, and even supplement capsules that are intended for just this use. 

So what do we really know? 

A 2015 study in the journal Pain found that CBD significantly reduced joint swelling and pain in rats with arthritis. If you are interested in trying CBD for joint pain, a cream or gel is recommended. Like most anti-inflammatory creams they are applied directly to the affected area. Capsules containing CBD bearing oil are also available, and are considerably less messy to apply. As always, consult your doctor should you have any concerns!  

3. Alleviating Cancer-Related Symptoms:

Cancer and cannabis are often mentioned in the same breath. Cannabis’s ability to suppress nausea and stimulate appetite makes it a common complementary therapy for Chemotherapy patients. In fact, this utility has been a talking point in the legalization push for years. So, what does CBD do for cancer patients? 

Early studies posit that CBD may be helpful in alleviating symptoms associated with cancer and cancer treatments, such as nausea, vomiting, and even neuropathic pain. A 2016 review of studies in the journal Current Oncology found that CBD can help reduce nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy.  In addition, a 2017 study in the British journal of Pharmacology found that CBD in concert with extremely low doses of THC can help reduce neuropathic pain in cancer patients. While these results are promising, more research is still needed to confirm them. If you are a cancer patient who is interested in CBD, start by talking to your doctor. Suggested delivery methods for nausea and vomiting include capsules, or edibles. For pain, creams or gels are usually a better bet. 

4. Benefiting Heart Health:

Cannabidiol may also offer potential benefits for heart health, specifically in reducing high blood pressure. A 2017 study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation found that CBD can help reduce resting blood pressure. In addition, the study found that CBD helped ameliorate blood pressure response to stress. CBD’s ability to reduce stress and anxiety may be one reason why it can help lower blood pressure. Additionally, CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties may help prevent damage to the heart and blood vessels. If you are a person experiencing high blood pressure, or suffering from heart disease, talk to your doctor before adding CBD to your regiment. The best delivery method for those wishing to use CBD to help promote heart health is the oral capsule. Preference should be given to capsules that use a nut oil or glycerin as the carrier.

 

5. Improving Sleep Quality:

Finally, CBD may offer potential benefits for improving sleep quality. A 2019 study in The Permanente Journal followed 72 adults with anxiety and poor sleep who took CBD for several months. The researchers found improved sleep quality in 66% of participants and decreased anxiety in 79% of participants. These numbers are promising, and warrant further research. While we don’t have a full picture yet, these early studies suggest that CBD may be a promising treatment for sleep-related issues. If you are experiencing poor sleep, and want to try CBD, the best forms are capsules, or edibles. While there are smokable or vapible options, they are not as strong or long lasting as one that is metabolized in the digestive system. As always, it’s important to talk to your doctor before starting any new supplement or treatment.

CBD and Wellness:

Cannabidiol is an amazing compound. It has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, antiemetic, and anti-anxiety properties. While it is still early days as far as the science goes, the preliminary results are promising. It is generally safe, and can slot into any wellness regiment. It does not matter if you are using it for joint pain, nerve pain, insomnia, anxiety, or even acne. There is a delivery method that will work for you.

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