What are the health benefits of CBD? Many claim CBD can be used to relieve anxiety, depression, as well as physical health benefits of reducing pain and muscle soreness, and high blood pressure, among other benefits.
The use of cannabidiol, otherwise known as CBD, can bring many different health benefits to users. Cannabidiol comes from the Cannabis sativa plant, usually known as hemp. CBD is a phytocannabinoid, meaning that it is one of the active compounds found in cannabis plants. All cannabinoids have the ability to interact in the human body because we have a biological system called the endocannabiniodal system (ECS), which works to regulate many aspects of our bodily functions to keep our bodies in a state of homeostatic balance and equilibrium.
The ECS works via a network of signaling molecules called endocannabinoids, which are very similar to the compounds found in cannabis (except that we produce them ourselves in our own bodies). When we take CBD, it stimulates the creation of endocannabinoids, leading to a better-functioning ECS and a healthier, more balanced body.
Using CBD for Health – Is It Safe?
CBD is safe and well-tolerated in humans, according to the World Health Organization. It has been shown to be non-addictive, completely non-intoxicating. Many people are using CBD to improve their general health and live a better life.
As mentioned, the use of CBD can bring many benefits to a person’s health. In an informal survey, CBD shops asked customers the reason why they were buying a CBD product. Here are the results of the most common reasons people bought CBD products:
- Reduce anxiety
- Knee & shoulder pain
- Panic Attacks
As you can tell from the list above, most people ask for a CBD product that would reduce anxiety. The next area of concern is sleeplessness followed by knee and shoulder pain, depression, and then panic attacks.
How to Use CBD
There are a number of ways for CBD to enter the body. The fastest method is by smoking a pre-roll of the ground CBD flower. With CBD flower prerolls, the CBD will enter the lungs into the bloodstream without being metabolized by the liver. The next method is sublingually (a tincture under the tongue) since the tincture bypasses the stomach and goes directly into the bloodstream.
A slower method is topically (a cream or salve) which is rubbed into the body part experiencing pain such as the knee or shoulder. Another slower method is by ingesting edibles such as candies (gummies), food (brownies) or beverages (tea) that pass through the stomach and liver and into the bloodstream.
If you are taking other medications, you should check with your doctor or health care provider to see if you can also take a CBD product and how it could interact with your medication.