Groundbreaking health benefits of CBD, one of the healing compounds found in cannabis.
THC is the compound many associates with cannabis, being responsible for the infamous ‘munchies’ as well as strong psychoactive effects.
CBD, however, is very different. CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it doesn’t get you high.
This means that CBD is perfectly legal, offering a host of health benefits. There is a good chance that CBD could well change your life, and here’s how:
1: Organ, joint, and muscle support
CBD is a natural anti-inflammatory, which makes it great as a natural painkiller, but also to treat diseases such as arthritis. Research also shows that CBD helps with bone growth, muscle repair, and organ function.
(We have our own specially blended in-house body oil infused with CBD oil that can help with pain and inflammation).
2: Anxiety and Depression
Anxiety and depression are more common than you may think, and the chances are that everyone will experience them at some point in their life by a varying degree.
CBD helps suppress anxiety and regulate breathing, which helps prevent panic attacks and anxious episodes. CBD also naturally enhances moods, which helps fight depression by encouraging serotonin levels.
3: Managing Appetite
Cannabis is commonly associated with a heightened appetite, a phenomenon well documented as the ‘munchies.’ The truth is, however, that CBD not only increases appetite but also helps curb it too.
CBD is best thought of as an appetite regulator. It helps encourage appetite when needed but gives a lasting sense of satisfaction, meaning you feel full for longer. This is achieved by helping with insulin function.
4: Support Brain Health
There is growing evidence to suggest that CBD may well aid in the treatment of degenerative brain diseases such as Huntington’s, Multiple Sclerosis, and Alzheimer’s.
CBD helps slow the degeneration and, when combined with the other benefits, can offer another option to what is a terrible affliction.
As discussed earlier, THC is the compound found in cannabis that causes psychoactive effects. Over time, cannabis grown for recreational purposes has been bred to produce high levels of THC with very little if any CBD.
THC can cause psychotic episodes and is linked to severe psychosis. Research shows that CBD is responsible for counteracting the psychoactive effects of THC, and it can help promote therapeutic relief in various forms of psychosis.
6: Slow the aging of the brain
The brain naturally deteriorates over time, with oxygen being a large contributing factor to this. CBD helps oxygen cleaning from the brain, which removes free radicals, which damage cells over time.
We will never be able to eradicate free radicals as they are in everything we ingest and in our environment. We can, however, limit them and increase the longevity of our cells. (We wrote more about anti-aging and CBD here).
7: Increase Brain Activity
As explained earlier, CBD helps with the oxygen cleanse of the brain. This improves the efficiency of mitochondria, which means our brain functions at a higher rate.
This regulation of brain activity also carries over to sleep, reducing REM sleep periods to give a better quality of rest.
CBD is an effective antibacterial agent, so much so studies have proven it to fight Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA).
MRSA is one of the most resistant forms of bacteria and is responsible for 18,000 deaths per year in the U.S. alone.
Studies have shown CBD to be an effective alternative to prescribed antibiotics as bacteria begin to evolve and become more resistant.
9: Alleviating the Symptoms of Menopause
Both clinically and also anecdotally, there is a growing amount of evidence to suggest that CBD might aid with some of the symptoms of menopause.
You can read more about this on another post of ours, looking at CBD oil and the menopause in depth.