Common Uses of CBD
Numerous studies have been conducted over the past decades assessing the impact of CBD on a variety of conditions ranging from pain to anxiety. Research into CBD’s effects and ways of working is continuously growing, and leading to exciting findings related to physical, mental and emotional health.
Pain relief: The use of cannabidiol to treat chronic pain dates back thousands of years. Still today, pain relief is the most common reason for the use of medical cannabis in the US. CBD helps to regulate the activity of the nervous system, while blocking pain promoting agents in the brain, and stimulating the immune system to reduce inflammation.
Skincare: When applied to the skin as an ointment, CBD can significantly reduce acne. One of the causes of acne is underlying inflammation, and the overproduction of an oily secretion produced by the skin, called sebum. Recent studies show CBD oil may help treat acne due to its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to reduce sebum production. In addition, CBD has been shown to relieve psoriasis and minimise the appearance of scarring.
Focus: CBD effectively relieves many of the factors that impair our focus — pain, anxiety sleep — and can therefore naturally help boost our concentration. Research investigating additional effects of CBD on concentration is currently anecdotal, but results are promising. A 2017 study on adults with ADHD showed that a combination of CBD and THC led to the reduction of ADHD-related symptoms.
Anxiety: How to use CBD oil for anxiety? CBD relieves stress and anxiety by positively invigorating neural regeneration and regulating the endocannabinoid system, which becomes deregulated during times of stress.
CBD also binds to serotonin receptors, specifically the 5-HT1A receptor which is responsible for anxiety disorders. A number of studies have shown that CBD oil is highly effective in treating anxiety, depression and stress in a variety of beneficial ways.
Inflammation: CBD shows potential as a powerful anti-inflammatory without the side effects of synthetic medications. It reduces inflammation through several mechanisms of action, and represents an effective potential treatment for a range of conditions characterized by inflammation, including arthritis and multiple sclerosis.
Cancer: CBD can be extremely beneficial in blocking the growth of tumors, and may also be beneficial in treating certain types of cancers triggered by chronic inflammation. In such instances, CBD can either directly inhibit tumor growth, or suppress inflammation and the growth of the blood vessels that help sustain the tumor. Furthermore, The National Cancer Institute lists CBD as a treatment for reducing common side effects of chemotherapy, including pain, vomiting, and lack of appetite.
Sleep: Cannabidiol can help us get a better night’s sleep by alleviating some of the root causes of sleeplessness, such as pain and anxiety. However, CBD boasts additional benefits in treating sleep disorders because of its interaction with the endocannabinoid system, which is involved in the regulation of the circadian sleep–wake cycle — including the maintenance of healthy sleep. Pilot studies have shown promising results of the effects of CBD on sleep and fatigue.
Recovery: The main role of CBD in recovery is reducing inflammation. While inflammation is integral to exercise-induced muscle damage repair, regeneration, and adaptation, excessive inflammation may contribute to prolonged muscle soreness and delayed functional recovery. Inflammation reduction is important for limiting the damage caused to the muscles, joints and nearby tissues. CBD offers to reduce inflammation and pain, lower tension, and quicken the recovery process of the body after an injury or an intense workout.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6928757/