Congrats! After seeing virtually everyone you know – and their pets – trying CBD, you’ve decided to try it out for yourself. After all, it’s supposed to have so many health benefits, and you don’t even need a prescription!
Well, it does have a ton of benefits – but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
There have been some wild claims out there – some people have even said that CBD can cure cancer. And full-scale testing by medical science and regulatory groups like the FDA is still in progress. On the other hand, more and more clinical and anecdotal evidence of CBD’s positive effects is growing every day. In this article, we’ll explore what health benefits you should realistically expect when using CBD.
CBD and Medical Marijuana
CBD (a shortening of cannabidiol) is one of several dozen compounds found in both the cannabis and the hemp plant. For decades, cannabis has been used as a medical prescription for cancer, glaucoma, and arthritis patients, getting the most out of its appetite-increasing, pain relief, and anti-stress qualities. CBD is a major part of those beneficial effects, but since THC (short for tetrahydrocannabinol) was present, medical marijuana continued to be a controversial option.
Luckily, CBD derived from hemp, which is related to marijuana but has little to no THC, is now legal and available. That means users can secure the benefits of CBD without the drawbacks of medical marijuana. Even the World Health Organization has deemed CBD safe, saying, “To date, there is no evidence of public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”
Here, we’ll note that to meet the scientific standards that all medicines are measured by, CBD still needs further study. However, there is a huge amount of both anecdotal evidence and clinical studies that show that CBD has several health benefits for consumers. Among those is improving sleep. Insomnia is among the most difficult syndromes to live with – people need more sleep than they usually get and prescription drugs often leave them suffering the next morning. A recent study indicated that about 66% of poor sleepers trying CBD got more sleep, at least in the short term, than they had without it.
Joint Pain and Inflammation Reduction
Aside from the applications for epilepsy being studied, CBD’s ability to reduce joint pain and inflammation is its most exciting property. Arthritis and similar ailments include constant pain and can halter daily activities like typing or playing sports like golf or rowing. Unfortunately, traditional painkillers and arthritis treatments aren’t always effective and can have troublesome side effects. CBD is showing great promise in treating joint pain, as it can affect the nervous system’s ability to sense that kind of pain, and also shows anti-inflammatory properties. (As a great bonus – it shows the same properties in cats and dogs, meaning it’s a godsend for older pets.)
Anxiety and Stress Relief
Another benefit of CBD which still needs more definitive studies is the reduction of stress and anxiety. Although CBD may not have this effect on everyone, several studies have shown that it’s a useful supplement to lessen the impact that anxiety disorders like social anxiety disorder and panic attacks can have. Just one of many recent studies indicating an anti-anxiety effect, a 2015 study indicated that CBD can be useful in addressing generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, social phobia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.”
There’s No Harm in Trying
If you need a supplement to help with any of these health issues (not to mention CBD’s applications for skin and hair care or simple relaxation), keep in mind that there is little to no risk. Unlike medical marijuana (until recently), you don’t need to smoke or vape CBD to enjoy its effects. Find a gummy, cream or tincture with a flavor you like and see what health benefits you can get from this ever-more-popular supplement today.