This article is for the purpose of educating beginners. I will cover the basics for anyone new to the world of CBD or anyone needing some additional clarification. The topic and workings of CBD can be slightly complex, however, I am going to keep things simple so this information is easy for anyone to absorb.
Let’s get into it!
What is CBD?
Firstly, let’s talk about what CBD actually is before we go any further! CBD, also referred to as cannabidiol, is one of over 100 cannabinoids found in the cannabis and hemp plant. Cannabidiol is best known for its healing benefits for the mind and body and has gained a lot of popularity in the holistic healing department in more recent years.
If you are familiar with Cannabis, you have already heard of THC; the only psychoactive compound found in Cannabis (not found in hemp). Unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive meaning it will not get you high. However, extremely similar benefits can be reaped from both compounds. This makes Cannabidiol an exceptionally convenient alternative for those wishing to gain the benefits of THC, only without the high.
There are higher quantities of Cannabidiol found in the Hemp plant then there is in the Cannabis plant. That being said, CBD is most commonly extracted from Hemp. Although this is true, CBD contents can be bred in or out of both Cannabis and Hemp. Since it is more difficult to breed Cannabidiol in, most growers looking to extract CBD just go for Hemp.
Humans and some animals like cats and dogs have Cannabinoid receptors (which belong to the endocannabinoid system) across the body. Humans are covered in them, making cannabinoids like CBD and THC great aids for troubled areas all over the body. When we take Cannabinoids, they react directly with these receptors, resulting in benefits!
So, CBD is a helpful alternative to THC, but what are the benefits? Let’s take a look at those now.
There is a very wide range of CBD benefits from this supplement. To keep things simple, let’s look at the top 3 reasons why individuals choose to use this supplement and why it is so effective.
1. Pain Relief
The number one reason why individuals use CBD; pain relief. Since it is a powerful anti-inflammatory, it could help with reducing levels of pain as inflammation is often the source of pain. While it has and continues to work for many people across the globe, it is not yet proven as effective, despite the small studies that have been conducted that suggest otherwise. More evidence is needed on the topic, as well as many other topics revolving around CBD.
2. Stress & Anxiety
Stress is something that many of us deal with at some point in our lives and stress can often be followed by anxiety. With the fast-paced nature of the human experience, it is easy to get wrapped up in everything and let our emotions get the better of us, unfortunately. Luckily, there are many ways we can reduce symptoms of stress and anxiety-CBD being one of them! CBD interacts in a positive matter with our Cannabinoid type 1 receptor, our serotonin 5-HT1A receptor, and other receptors found in the brain that regulate our anxiety/fear influenced behaviours. Many believe this is why it is such an effective aid for stress/anxiety.
3. Insomnia & Poor Sleep
1 in 3 adults does not get enough sleep at night. Never mind how many adults are not getting enough quality sleep at night. There is a wind whirl of reasons why an individual may be losing out on valuable sleep time, making it very hard to pinpoint the source and find a solution. The stress hormone, cortisol, is typically at its peak in the morning. Individuals with insomnia are known to have higher levels of cortisol at night, resulting in a racing mind and restless attempt to sleep. One study showed us the effects of CBD by suggesting that it affects the regulation of cortisol and showed that it actually may decrease cortisol levels, helping individuals sleep at night.
How do I pick the right CBD product?
With popularity growing, the market is rapidly expanding. This means there are thousands of different businesses selling wide ranges of CBD products. Not very long ago we were limited to simple products like CBD oil, lotions/balms, pastes, etc. Now you can find products like makeup, chocolate, shampoo, etc, that are CBD infused. The best thing you can do is assess exactly why you want to use CBD. Do you want to use it for health reasons? CBD oil may be best for you. If not, you may want to look at products you already use daily and see if some of them can be swapped out for CBD products. For example, you may want to consider switching to a CBD face cleanser or choosing CBD powder if you have a smoothie every day for lunch.
There are so many companies with product available, chances are you won’t have a very hard time incorporating it into your daily life.
What are the negative side-effects?
These three benefits seem pretty amazing, but what are the negative side-effects? The short answer is there are no known negative side effects. Although we have a pretty decent understanding of Cannabidiol for how new the CBD market is, we still have a very long way to go and there is a lot more to be learned. As times goes on and Cannabidiol is taken more seriously by the science community and the rest of society, more funding will go into the studies and we will be able to learn more about it. However, it appears it is a totally safe practice with no risk involved. Basically, the best-case scenario is it helps you, the worst-case scenario, it doesn’t do anything. Just make sure you are experimenting with dosages to find the best quantities for you and your lifestyle.
If you feel like CBD could bring value to your life, I encourage you to educate yourself further and look into it more. You may find a product that really helps you and find yourself wondering how you went so long without using Cannabidiol. It is so important that we take the necessary steps every day to nurture ourselves through natural products. Taking care of your three homes (mind, body, soul) should always be your number one priority.