If you’ve heard anything about CBD, you’ve probably heard about the heated debate between whether or not CBD can really provide the benefits people have been raving about. Issues over its legality and its association with the drug, marijuana, have presented limits to its growth as an industry. But ultimately, with compounding anecdotal evidence, CBD is winning over the hearts of millions, popping up everywhere in the form of oils, pastries, gummies, and more.
CBD stands for cannabidiol, a chemical compound extracted from hemp. While CBD is often confused with marijuana, CBD is actually only one of the components of marijuana and does not present any psychoactive effects. The psychoactive component in marijuana is TCH, which is typically only found in trace amounts in CBD products.
Those who support CBD cite its use in treating many common disorders and ailments such as anxiety, depression, epilepsy, and even cancer. While the exact mechanism behind these effects and the relationship between CBD and our bodies are still being researched, enough evidence has been put forth to convince many of its healing properties.
One of the most prominent stories of CBD’s miracle-like effects is Ben, a child who suffered from epileptic seizures since he was three months old. Ben’s mother, a postdoctoral researcher in neuroscience and epilepsy, did all that she could to help her son. Because Ben suffered from a severe form of epilepsy, drug after drug, he and his family still lived with the fear that a seizure could take him suddenly.
After reading a double-blind study on the effects of CBD, Ben’s mother ended up turning to CBD for help. And unlike the various FDA-approved drugs she previously administered, CBD gave Ben some relief, something she had been trying to give her son for ages.
This sort of story has been reported by many others. Whether they’ve been suffering from epilepsy, depression, or pain, CBD has offered a sense of relief unlike any other.
Although CBD isn’t well-regulated due to constraints on its legality, CBD is sold in many places and in many forms. In fact, CBD is so popular that people are incorporating it into their daily lives, almost like a vitamin or supplement.
But if you haven’t been convinced about what CBD can do for you, here are 5 reasons why CBD should be part of your regular diet:
1. Alleviating anxiety and mood disorders
One of CBD’s most common uses is to mitigate the intensity of anxiety, depression, and other mood-related disorders. According to Daily CBD Mag, CBD can be used to combat such disorders through both directly relieving elevated feelings and addressing associated behaviors such as sleep.
Although, as previously mentioned, the exact mechanism for how CBD achieves this isn’t fully understood, treating mood disorders is a widely accepted use for CBD and CBD products such as tinctures, oils, and edibles.
2. Managing physical pain
Many people suffer from some kind of chronic pain. Being a disorder that has such a relevant impact on people’s daily lifestyles, many have faced difficulty in diagnosing and treating.
Since many of those who experience chronic pain spend a lot of time and money going from doctor to doctor to diagnose their disorder, CBD can help make the diagnosis process more manageable. Though it might not directly address the cause of chronic pain, even addressing the symptoms can make a huge difference.
According to CBD Kyro, CBD microdosing can help regulate your hormonal balance, enabling long-term alleviation from many endocannabinoid-related functions.
3. It’s potential to combat other diseases and disorders
Currently, CBD is being investigated for its properties that have the potential to address many deadly and serious diseases. Some of these include cancer, diabetes, lupus, and Huntington’s. While not a cure, CBD has presented many possible ways to alleviate, slow, and reduce many painful symptoms and effects.
Not only has CBD been used to treat the symptoms of cancer and cancer treatments (i.e. anxiety, nausea, loss of appetite, etc.), but it’s also being studied for its ability to prevent cancer altogether. As of now, the results are fairly mixed. While studies have shown that there is little correlation between CBD and decreased risk for tobacco-induced cancers, some promising results were found for its treatment of bladder cancer.
4. Low side effects
According to Cool Things Chicago, CBD has very few side effects. And the side effects that it does have are mild and only temporary. Typical CBD side effects include nausea, diarrhea, and dry mouth. These are much less severe than many side effects of over-the-counter medications.
So, for common ailments, CBD might be a better alternative to traditional drugs and medications.
There is also virtually no risk of overdosing on marijuana. Studies have shown that unreasonably high amounts of marijuana have to be ingested in an incredibly short amount of time for a person to overdose.
5. It’s a natural substance
One fascinating thing about cannabinoids, the family that includes CBD, is that our bodies naturally produce them. They are important substances found in the endocannabinoid system (ECS), a vital physiological system that helps maintain our health. Because our body naturally produces cannabinoids, this means that they also contain cannabinoid receptors.
While the cannabinoids produced by the human may be slightly different than the ones produced in hemp plants, they share many of the same qualities. Cannabinoids have also been found in many other plants and animals.
Although there are still many limitations on the production, distribution, and consumption of CBD. CBD products that contain less than 0.3% THC are legal on the federal level.
However, the laws and regulations surrounding CBD have had a difficult time keeping up with CBD’s growing popularity and industry, meaning that you should also be careful with where you purchase your CBD products.
While ingesting CBD may be safe overall, there are still many precautions that should be taken before consuming CBD products. Users should be sure to be educated about the products they ingest and take time to understand the different consumption methods and dosages that can influence how CBD affects their mind and body.
Author bio: This article comes from Andrew Peterson at VegasForAll