It seems like CBD has found its way into a wide array of products overnight — from toothpicks to breath sprays, skincare products, and edibles. Offering the same potential health benefits as THC but without causing psychoactive effects associated with marijuana, CBD from hemp has gained legal status in all 50 states (but with varying degrees of restriction) and quickly whipped up a storm of interest among manufacturers and consumers. Many celebrities have been openly advocating for the use of CBD products to help address certain conditions, based on their own experiences.
While research that supports the many, supposed health benefits of CBD is still limited, the growing body of scientific evidence is showing a lot of promise. Here are 10 unexpected ways CBD products can make your life better.
1. May help you sleep better
Research on CBD and sleep is still in its infancy, but early findings have found that CBD “may have therapeutic potential” in treating insomnia. Some findings have also shown that CBD may improve the quality of sleep and may help people stay asleep. If you often experience daytime drowsiness and low energy levels due to lack of sleep, CBD may offer a solution.
2. May help promote calmness
Available evidence suggests that CBD may have a calming effect on the central nervous system. This effect points to the potential of CBD as a treatment for certain mood disorders, such as anxiety and depression. If you get the jitters when speaking to a crowd, a few drops of CBD oil or popping a few CBD gummies into your mouth before a presentation may help ease your anxiety.
3. May help ease pain
Treating acute or chronic pain with opioids often carries the risk of opioid abuse/addiction. Studies that have looked into the potential benefit of CBD in relieving pain mostly involved animal subjects, but preliminary findings have revealed that topical CBD may help lower pain and inflammation. Alongside this possible benefit, the World Health Organization’s statement that there’s no evidence, as of yet, that shows that CBD can be addictive makes this hemp-derived compound a better alternative to opioids.
4. May help calm the stomach
Another study involving animals found that giving CBD consistently on a daily basis or just once may help treat nausea, and that prolonged treatment did not result in reduced efficacy due to tolerance to the compound. This may prove beneficial to patients who suffer from nausea as a side effect of treatment (such as chemotherapy) or associated with stomach upsets.
5. May help with acne
Acne may be caused by excessive sebum production or an underlying inflammation. One test-tube study found that CBD oil may help regulate sebaceous glands and reduce sebum production, as well as prevent the activation of inflammatory elements that often cause acne.
6. May help address cognitive decline
One animal study has revealed that CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties may help protect against cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer’s; it may even help reverse the cognitive deficits that result from Alzheimer’s. Cognitive decline is often a normal product of aging, and taking CBD when one reaches a certain age may prove to be a good preventive measure.
7. May help support heart health
CBD may help support heart health in two ways. Firstly, its potential ability to reduce stress and anxiety may also translate to lowered blood pressure. Secondly, its antioxidant properties may help reduce cell death caused by heart disease.
8. Wide variety of CBD products for sale offers many options for intake/use
CBD oil can also be used as a spot-treatment, or mixed into drinks. CBD tincture can be used in cooking and to create DIY CBD edibles. CBD gummies, lollipops, and chocolate, to name a few, offer a discreet and more enjoyable way of consuming CBD. CBD tablets/capsules offer the advantage of delivering set dosages. CBD-infused balms, creams, and lotions may be a suitable option for addressing mild skin issues. Whatever your lifestyle and preferences, there’s a CBD product for you.
9. Your pet may also benefit from CBD products specially formulated for animals
As our animal friends share some of our health conditions — such as chronic joint pain, stress, anxiety, nausea, etc. — they may also benefit from the potential positive health effects of CBD. Indeed, the pet industry has also hopped on the CBD bandwagon and companies have started creating their own lines of hemp-derived CBD products specially formulated for animals. If you’re looking to improve the quality of life of your animal companion, consult your vet about giving them CBD.
10. CBD products are readily available
While different states may still have varying degrees of restrictions when it comes to purchasing and/or using hemp-derived CBD products, they are still more readily available than medical marijuana. If the benefits of medical marijuana are not accessible to you due to federal regulations in your state, you may still derive the same benefits from hemp-sourced CBD. CBD and THC actually offer the same health effects, owing to their identical molecular formula; but a slight difference in how their molecules are arranged makes CBD non-psychoactive — which is the main reason why it has been made legal.
Cannabis has been used as a traditional medicine for centuries, but only recently has scientific interest in its non-psychoactive compound — CBD — finally unlocked the many potential benefits this compound may offer. Lack of evidence remains an obstacle in the proper regulation of CBD products, but as long as you know how to choose good-quality products, then you can also safely explore some of the wonderful ways that CBD can make your life better.