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9 Celebrities Who Use CBD

Posted: October 11, 2021

CBD is a European market set to expand by 400%. A product adopted, and now championed by the pharmaceutical, personal care, cosmetic, bioceutical and even medicinal industries. CBD; the non psychoactive compound derived from the hemp plant, hailed for its positive physical and mental health and wellbeing properties continues to exhibit ever further potential. Little wonder then that an almost countless number of high profile celebrities, actors, musicians and athletes are endorsing this humble phytocannabinoid.

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Celebrities who use CBD products

Far from a new discovery, the first medicinal uses of Cannabidiol (CBD) are believed to date back thousands of years. Now, increasing numbers of successful scientific studies have revealed an almost dizzying array of potential health and wellbeing benefits including uses in pain management, the reduction of anxiety, stress and depression and even the treatment or alleviation of the symptoms of chronic illnesses and neurodegenerative conditions such as Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer's disease.

A-list actors, Olympic athletes and platinum selling performers are just some of the high profile personalities endorsing, and even creating an array of premium quality CBD products. So, who's taking, making or promoting CBD products and why?

Martha Stewart

The who: Businesswoman, writer and TV personality

The how: In 2019 she released her own CBD range and has gone on to become the company's official strategic advisor and subsequently launched a CBD for pets line of products

The why:I’m an insomniac and the Martha Stewart CBD oil drops are so helpful.” Martha has attributed numerous health and wellbeing benefits including sleep promotion, anti-aging properties and help ''managing the stresses of daily life'' to her use of various CBD products; namely CBD masks, CBD oil and CBD gummies

Willie Nelson

The who: Musician, actor and activist

The how: After putting down the rolling papers one of marijuana's most mainstream advocates turned his attention to the CBD industry. Willie Nelson created his own CBD brand, stocking a range of CBD products

The why: According to Willie, his CBD is aimed at improving general wellbeing, using natural ingredients to promote calm and reduce muscle aches and pains

Seth Rogan

The who: Actor, comedian, writer, and filmmaker

The how: Founder of cannabis company Houseplant and non-profit organisation Hilarity for Charity, Seth Rogan is focused on helping “consumers to understand cannabis on a deeper level so that they can truly have the best experience possible.”

The why: Cannabis advocate Seth Rogan is no stranger to the promotion of all the benefits of CBD products, in fact he gave a testimony at a Senate hearing to discuss the potential benefits of CBD, specifically CBD oil, in the management of Alzheimer's disease.

Jennifer Aniston

The who: Actor, producer, and businesswoman

The how: I love using CBD and I wish more people would know the benefits.” Whilst Jennifer Aniston has neither a product line or CBD business she does actively endorse CBD, and whilst she has enjoyed smoking cannabis she now prefers THC free hemp products

The why: In interviews the much loved Friends actress has stated that ‘CBD helps with pain, stress and anxiety’, ‘it has all the benefits of Marijuana without the high

Nate and Nick Diaz

The who: Mixed martial artists

The how: Notorious for their advocation of cannabis, brother Nate and Nick Diaz are founders of a vegan friendly, organic CBD company. Their product line includes a range of hemp based CBD oils, CBD edibles, CBD topicals and even CBD for pets

The why: Pain management, the reduction of inflammation and the increased speed of recovery are just some of the reasons the Diaz believe athletes should be using CBD infused products rather than PED's

Megan Rapinoe

The who: American professional 'soccer' (football) player and Olympic Gold medalist

The how: Alongside twin sister and fellow soccer star Rachael Rapinoe, Megan is the co-founder of a CBD company focused on improving the lives of athletes using Mother Natures' best ingredients

The why: According to Megan her preferred CBD products include CBD gel caps, CBD gummies, CBD massage oil and CBD salve sticks to which she attributes benefits including a reduction in pain and inflammation, improved sleep leading to quicker recovery times and the increased release of serotonin ultimately reducing stress, anxiety and improving mood

Michael J Fox

The who: Actor, author, film producer, and activist

The how: The Back to the Future Star is the founder of the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (MJFF). So far it's estimated that the foundation has raised around one billion dollars, furthering the advancement of research into potential cures for Parkinson's and Alzheimer's

The why: Since being diagnosed with Parkinson's back in 1998 Michael J Fox has been a staunch advocate of medical marijuana, and has encouraged fellow sufferers to follow suit. Research by the foundation is heavily centered around the potential of CBD oil, as well as CBD candy which naturally raises the body's dopamine levels easing involuntary shaking and muscle seizures.

Mike Tyson

The who: Boxer, businessman, Baddest Man On The Planet

The how: Founder of the Tyson Ranch, a 420 acre 'wonderland of weed' Mike Tyson has been a supporter and outspoken promoter for the benefits of cannabis products for some time. The former heavyweight champion's range of CBD products is extensive, with offerings including CBD beverages, CBD edibles and flower. 

The why: Tyson has said the use of CBD and cannabis products has helped not only calm him down but also help to fight the cycle of substance abuse. “I had two surgeries and I used marijuana to calm my nerves, and it would take the pain away…"But before, they had me on those opiates, and those opiates had me all screwed up."

Whoopi Goldberg

The who: Actor, author, comedian, and television personality

The how: Since opening, and subsequently closing the Whoopi & Maya medical cannabis business, Whoopi Goldberg has gone on to create a line of CBD products. The product line is said to include CBD edibles, vapes, pre-rolls, flowers, accessories as well as Award-Winning strains and recipes

The why: When asked about her motivation to create a line of CBD and cannabis products Whoopi responded "Every new market we are able to expand into is a victory for women looking for relief from pain and menstrual discomfort."..."I used to be under the table with my cramps, and my daughter and granddaughters are the same way"

Why is CBD so popular with celebrities?

CBD interacts with a system in the body known as the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is primarily responsible for regulating our physiological and cognitive functions and encompasses things like (but not limited to) appetite, mood, immunity, pain sensation and memory.

Not only is CBD clearly popular among a widespread demographic, but the formats by which CBD is ingested and the reasons for doing so vary considerably. From CBD oil for fast acting results to slow release CBD capsules: let's take a look at some of the reasons CBD is so popular among celebrities.

Anti-inflammatory properties

Whilst there are no current definitive studies to prove that CBD is in fact an anti-inflammatory and viable source of pain relief it has been adopted and used by many for just that. CBD is commonly used to provide relief from arthritis along with other joint pains, as well neuropathic pain and chronic pains such as fibromyalgia. For those with particularly strenuous lifestyles, think top tier athletes, these reductions in inflammation and pain are crucial in order to be able to maintain an elite level of function.

Relief from stress, anxiety and depression

In much the same way CBD is thought to provide relief from stress, anxiety and depression. These ailments are, in part, a result of low serotonin levels: a neurotransmitter that plays an important role in mental health. Through interaction with CB1 and CB2 receptors, it is thought that CBD may play a role in altering the levels of serotonin, thus improving mood and reducing the symptoms of these conditions. There is also evidence to suggest that the relaxing benefits of CBD include improved sleep cycles, which in turn can provide relief from stress, anxiety and depression - ideal when you are living a high octane, fast paced lifestyle.

Reduction in the symptoms of cancer and neurological disorders

By modulating different cell signalling pathways in gliomas, lymphoma, prostate, breast, skin, and pancreatic cancer cells CBD has demonstrated an ability to inhibit tumour cell growth. It has also shown great promise with respect to improving the quality of life of those suffering with conditions such as MS, Parkinson's and Alzheimers. Whilst further research is required, this is surely a worthwhile enough cause for any public figure or celebrity to advocate and promote CBD use. 

Improve skin quality

An overproduction of a waxy, oily substance that our skin produces called sebum can lead to skin ailments such as acne. CBD, particularly when applied as topical creams, is not only proven to reduce the overproduction of sebum, but is also shown to provide pain relief in the same way as it does for other painful conditions.

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