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CBD BENEFITS

CBD is known to contain several therapeutic benefits and may help promote improved health
in a variety of ways. Countless individuals regularly take CBD for a myriad of different reasons.
Some of the most popular benefits of CBD include:

Anxiety Relief

In today’s modern, fast-paced society, it’s almost impossible not to feel some degree of anxiety. If you’re someone who gets anxious, whether regularly or just once in a while, you’re certainly not alone. Were you aware that over 40 million Americans over he age of 18 are affected by anxiety, making it the most widespread mental illness in the US? Did you also know that anxiety is one of the most common reasons people take CBD? The non-psychoactive cannabinoid is a well-known anxiolytic and has shown to help considerably with several types of anxiety. A 2015 review found that “current evidence indicates CBD has considerable potential as a treatment for multiple anxiety disorders.” It was discovered that preclinical evidence strongly supports CBD as a treatment for the following types of anxiety:

  • Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Panic disorder (PD)
  • Social anxiety disorder (SAD)

One study even found that CBD significantly reduces public speaking anxiety. Authors of the review noted that CBD has an excellent safety profile and there is no definitive evidence of the cannabinoid to contain any unfavorable effects. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a report in 2017 highlighting the safety profile of CBD, stating that CBD doesn’t contain any adverse effects and is well-tolerated in humans and animals.

Chronic Pain Management

Chronic pain can manifest in several different ways in various parts of the body. Regardless of where pain comes from or how bad it gets, dealing with pain on a regular basis can be difficult to say the least. According to a study by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) more than 11% of the general population (25.3 million people) suffers from chronic pain that negatively impacts their daily life. The study also found that 17.6% of Americans regularly experience “severe levels of pain.” In step CBD and its unprecedented ability to help relieve chronic pain. There have been several studies that indicate just how effective CBD can be for managing several different types of pain. A 2015 study, for example, found that CBD has therapeutic potential for relief of pain associated with arthritis. A 2012 study highlighted the efficacy of CBD to suppress inflammatory and neuropathic pain. Another study found CBD to be exemplary in the treatment of chemotherapy-induced neuropathic pain. How exactly does CBD work for pain management? It’s shown that CBD is effective in managing pain because of the way it interacts with a3 glycine receptors. Found in the brain and spinal cord, these receptors control the way we react to pain. CBD’s interaction with these receptors changes the way we perceive pain, essentially reducing the sensation of the pain we experience.

 

Athletic Recovery and Pain Relief

Whether you’re a pro athlete who trains hard on a daily basis, a crossfitter who crushes weights a few times a week, or someone who hits up the gym on the reg, engaging in any type of athletic activity demands a period of recovery. There’s a reason pro athlete like world-renowned UFC fighter Nate Diaz, former professional cycler Floyd Landis, professional MMA fighter Gina Mazany, former NFL tackle Eugene Monroe, and several others stand behind CBD. It’s amazing for athletic recovery. According to Dr. Alan Bayer, sports medicine doctor and medical director at Hoag Orthopedic Institute in California, any workout causes microscopic damage to the body’s muscles and tissues and it’s this inflammation that prompts the body’s repair process. Too much inflammation, however, can cause excessive muscle damage and weaker workout results. Beyer says that people who exercise commonly try to control sore muscles and joints by taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen. Several athletes are turning toward CBD instead. Why? CBD is considered a more natural alternative to the OTC medications countless athletes take regularly. Despite the claims that these drugs are safe, research indicates that the longer they’re taken and the higher dosages a person takes, the higher the risk of developing some serious health complications, such as: heart problems, kidney disease, hearing loss, and significant GI bleeding. CBD is supporting pro athletes and fitness enthusiasts everywhere with its ability to help with muscle soreness after a hard game or workout, relieve pain and inflammation caused by exercise, calm nerves before a big game or competition, and much, much more. CBD, you could say, is taking the athletic world by storm.

Help with Quitting Smoking/Drug Withdrawal

Anyone who wants to quit smoking might find that CBD can help. A 2013 study found that CBD reduces cigarette consumption in tobacco smokers. In the study smokers who used a CBD vaporizer every time they had an urge to smoke a cigarette cut their overall cigarette intake by 40%. A 2018 study discovered that CBD reverses attentional bias to cigarette cues during tobacco withdrawal. When given 800mg CBD in the morning after not smoking all night, the appeal of cues that would normally trigger a person to smoke were reduced considerably. CBD did not, however, reduce craving or withdrawal. Another promising area where CBD shows promise is in the treatment of addiction. In a 2015 review, CBD was found to have a positive impact on the intoxication and relapse phase of opioid addiction by reducing cue-induced, drug seeking behavior. It’s also believed that CBD can reduce some of the symptoms associated with substance abuse disorders, such as anxiety, mood swings, insomnia, and pain. While more research is necessary, these preliminary findings suggest that CBD could have the capacity to reduce or prevent symptoms of addiction withdrawal.

 

Antioxidant and Neuroprotective Properties

In 1998 it was discovered that CBD contains both antioxidant and neuroprotective properties. A patentquickly followed and is held by the US Department of Health and Human Services. It reads: “This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants.” The antioxidant properties of CBD are an important part of any healthy diet and are vital for the maintenance of good health and biological function. Antioxidants are responsible for reducing oxidative stress, which is responsible for cell damage that can lead to illness, aging, and disease. The study that discovered CBD’s antioxidant properties found the non-psychoactive cannabinoid to be a more powerful antioxidant than vitamins A and C. Being a neuroprotectant, CBD can help moderate brain and nervous system damage, while promoting the growth of new neurons. Neuroprotectants are beneficial in regulating neurological damage following incidents such as stroke and trauma.

Acne Treatment

For those who suffer with acne, CBD could be a treatment for clearer skin. Acne, caused in part by inflammation and overproduction of sebum (an oily-like substance produced by the sebaceous glands in the skin), is a condition that affects some 50 million Americans annually. A 2014 study found that CBD has potential as a promising therapeutic agent in the treatment of acne. Research shows that CBD suppresses sebocyte proliferation, inhibits the lipogenic actions of several compounds, and reduces inflammation. Put simply, CBD lowers the production of sebum that leads to acne and the spread of acne and reduces inflammation that leads to acne and worsens its appearance. Authors of the study note that more research is needed, but that CBD has the potential to become a “novel class of anti-acne agents.”

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