When it comes to cannabis, the preconceived notion is that it’s all about THC, getting stoned, and scarfing back a bunch of munchies. However, the cannabis plant is much more than that and certain properties throughout the plant can offer a variety of health benefits.
CBD, the short-form of cannabidiol, can be fabricated into a bunch of forms including oils, CBD creams, and tablets. Even though CBD is an active part of the cannabis plant, CBD contains zero psychedelic effects and presents a bevvy of health benefits. As a result, the CBD market is a fast-growing one and researchers are studying its effectiveness. Not to be confused with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD is non-psychoactive and regardless of how much you take, it won’t get you stoned. Quite the contrary to THC. CBD’s qualities have made it an intriguing option for people who are looking to relieve pain and ease certain disorders without the mind-blowing effects of THC.
CBD oil, arguably its most popular form, is used in both cooking and medicine and is formed by extracting the CBD from the plant and mixing it with other oils such as hemp seed or coconut oil. If you’re interested in considering CBD as a remedy for a variety of physical and mental ailments, here are a few CBD health benefits that have been clinically proven to help.
Researchers have found that marijuana, in some form, was used to help alleviate pain as far back as 2900 BC, so it’s definitely not a new process.
Specifically, certain components within CBD have been shown to relieve pain. According to studies from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), CBD helps to reduce chronic pain by reducing inflammation by interacting with neurotransmitters. The NIT released a study claiming that mixing CBD and THC, the two properties of marijuana, have treated pain in patients who suffered from multiple sclerosis and arthritis. The same study also showed that CBD components helped to ‘significantly improve’ movement pain and resulted in a higher quality of rest and sleep in patients who suffer from arthritis.
Reduces anxiety and depression
CBD is said to have lasting effects on two of the most common mental health disorders – anxiety and depression. The World Health Organization says that depression is the most wide-spread type of disability around the world. While anxiety and depression tend to be treated with heavy pharmaceuticals (all of which come with a number of side effects), CBD has proven to be a natural remedy for the two heavy-hitting mental health diseases.
Pharmaceutical side effects include agitation, headaches, difficulty sleeping, and drowsiness, none of which were found in patients who used CBD to treat anxiety and depression. The great thing about CBD is that there are many flavours to choose from. For instance, there is mango CBD.