CBD is a product renowned the world over and used by millions for its seemingly limitless health benefits. Many people enjoy CBD as a part of a healthy and balanced lifestyle to aid with unwanted symptoms and to increase general health and wellbeing.
Extracted from the cannabis plant, non-prescription CBD products contain your dose of CBD and often extra health boosters/dietary supplements and other natural products. These include:
Some CBD products contain THC and other minor cannabinoids.
Why do people use CBD?
There are many reasons that people use CBD, more often than not people are looking for a natural alternative to over the counter medicines like pain relievers, anti anxiety drugs and antidepressants.
Some of the most common ailments and illnesses that people use CBD to help treat and relieve symptoms of (but not limited to) include:
- Multiple sclerosis and other chronic pain disorders
- Stress disorders including things like post traumatic stress disorder and anxiety
- Sleep disorders like insomnia and other sleep deprivation symptoms
- Inflammatory and neuropathic pain
- Seizure disorders
- rheumatoid arthritis
Of course, CBD is not limited to treating just these conditions, it is commonly used because of its powerful anti-inflammatory properties and pain relieving effects for treating almost any unwanted symptoms. Furthermore, CBD oil and other extracts like isolate can be found in sports recovery balms, cosmetics and in food products to improve general health and wellbeing.
There are many health benefits of cannabis based medicine which includes CBD and other medical cannabis based products. Products made using the cannabis plant include; CBD products like CBD oil, CBD isolate and vape products, hemp seed oil, medical marijuana and CBD herb just to name a few.
It is always advised to check with your doctor, healthcare professional or GP before using CBD and other cannabis based products especially if you are taking prescribed medications or are breastfeeding or pregnant.
Physical health benefits of CBD
When it comes to CBD, there is plenty of scientific evidence of its efficacy which is largely why it is popular. Unlike THC, CBD is completely legal here in the UK as well as many other countries around the globe.
CBD works by interacting with our endocannabinoid system and cannabinoid receptors found throughout our bodies in our central and peripheral nervous systems, our brain, organs, immune cells and glands.
Here we will take a look at some of the physical benefits of CBD so that you can better understand how CBD can help with your health conditions or health issues as well as increasing general wellbeing.
CBD for pain relief including chronic pain
CBD can bring significant reduction in pain for things like chronic pain, acute pain and also for pain related to sports injury like strains and aches too.
It does this by interacting with our endocannabinoid system which is responsible for regulating our nervous system and nociceptive (which is pain sensing) systems. Our endocannabinoid system is a complex system of neurotransmitters enzymes and receptors that plays a very important role in the development of our central nervous system.
It helps to regulate functions like; memory, appetite, mood, inflammation, motor control and pain.
CBD can help to treat skin conditions
One of the lesser known physical benefits of CBD is that it can help to treat the symptoms of skin conditions.
Our skin pores can become blocked, greasy and in turn our skin can become spotty, dry or just itchy and painful. It is CBD's interaction with the endocannabinoid system that helps to regulate the production of sebum that is the main oily matter found in our skin. Overproduction of sebum can lead to oily and spotty skin.
The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD help to reduce soreness and swelling and in turn relieve your skin of unwanted redness and itching. Furthermore CBD is well tolerated by all skin types and proves to be a great cosmetic skincare product providing moisture and relief of dryness and itching.
Often CBD skincare products are made with other natural products that are good for the skin like coconut oil, beeswax and shea butter.
CBD may help to lower blood pressure
Although more research needs to be done for science to fully understand how CBD's interaction with the endocannabinoid produces effects to aid the reduction of blood pressure, many anecdotal resources suggest that CBD helps to widen the blood vessels and reduce high blood pressure.
What is fascinating is that CBD helps to reduce stress induced high blood pressure. CBD's unique ability to reduce stress has consequent benefits on many things including things like blood pressure.
Mental health benefits of CBD
Whether it is full spectrum CBD, broad spectrum CBD or CBD isolate, CBD holds great benefits for mental health. Unlike THC (the psychoactive compound found within cannabis) CBD has an extremely high safety profile, has little to no negative side effects and can be used by almost everybody.
Below are some of the main mental health benefits of CBD.
CBD helps to reduce stress
CBD interacts with the CB1 receptor in our endocannabinoid system. Found within our brain, it helps prompt response from other receptors like 5-HT1a which, if blocked, can dramatically increase anxiety and other stressful symptoms. There is plenty of evidence that says that CBD use causes a sense of relaxation and helps people with stressful conditions to relax, get well needed sleep and reduce anxiety.
CBD is commonly used by people suffering stress disorders like PTSD - a condition commonly suffered by veterans of war and can be anybody that has experienced some kind of trauma. PTSD sufferers use CBD to aid sleep and relaxation, both things reduce the common symptoms of PTSD. Although more research, human studies and clinical trials into how CBD helps regulate sleep patterns and provides relaxation is needed, there is plenty of anecdotal testimony praising the effects CBD has for sufferers of stress disorders.
CBD for depression
Depression is commonly linked to low serotonin levels and although CBD isn't a serotonin booster it has a positive impact on the regulation of serotonin.
Along with this serotonin regulation, its anti-stress effects and help with things like sleep and relaxation mean that CBD can be used to aid the treatment of depression.
CBD for sleep
One of the many reasons that people use CBD products like pure CBD oil or CBD edibles is to wind down for bed and in turn get a good night's sleep. Even people with severe forms of sleeping disorders can benefit from the relaxing effects of CBD.
Patients that were partaking in clinical trials "were more likely to experience sedation and somnolence in comparison to placebo", other studies suggest that users benefitted from a better quality of life and increases in appetite and a better quality of sleep.
Choosing the right CBD
One of the most valuable things about CBD is that, whether you are using it for pain treatment, relaxation, for sports recovery, cosmetically or simply for a health boost CBD comes in many different product types, there is something to suit everybody.
If you are a sportsperson or find yourself out and about often then CBD edibles are a simple and effective way to get your dose of CBD. No need for tablets or drops of oil, you can simply eat when you need it. We also think that CBD edibles are perfect for relaxation at home too.
If you suffer with pain conditions and are seeking pain relief and a simple way to regulate pain management then a regular and daily dose of CBD oil might work perfectly for you. CBD oil is available in many strengths and flavours and is simple to use, simply pop a few drops under your tongue or in your food or drink (if you have a water soluble CBD oil or one that can be added to food) and wait for the relief you require
It is best to find a CBD product that most suits your needs, routine and lifestyle. Bear in mind that CBD comes in many strengths and product types.
- Find a CBD product that works for your individual lifestyle, that you enjoy and can take easily. You might find it easier to enjoy an edible at work on your break than using oil drops for example. There are plenty of product types available to you and many ways in which to get your dose of CBD.
- Shop for CBD that matches your strength requirements (the world's strongest CBD probably won't be suitable for your sports recovery or cosmetic uses, it will be better for people suffering chronic pain and conditions needing substantial relief of unwanted symptoms - on the flip side, if you suffer with ongoing chronic pain conditions or consistent insomnia then a low dosage CBD oil or edible probably won't cut it). When starting to take CBD it is always advised to start with a low dosage and increase until you reach your desired effects.
- Always shop for quality products. At ICE Headshop we always recommend buying quality, lab tested products from a renowned retailer. That's why our experts source the best CBD available from across the globe so that you can shop for many different types of high quality CBD.
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Disclaimer: Please note that you must be 18 years or older to purchase CBD products. All claims and effects of CBD have been regulated by the MHRA since 2016 and distributors require a license from the MHRA to make any medical claims. Claims are opinion based and non-scientific, and while we may discuss the opinions people share, they are not our own. Our CBD is not intended to treat, cure or prevent disease. Although we can advocate its calming & healthy properties it is in no way intended for medicinal use.