Cannabidiol, also called CBD, is the chemical compound found in hemp used for several medicinal purposes including treatment of diseases and health conditions. CBD does not induce any of the psychotropic effects often associated with marijuana as hemp contains no THC, the compound responsible for the “high” of marijuana.
Among the most popular forms of CBD products are edibles, tablets, and CBD oil which is considered among the purest and most concentrated forms of CBD. CBD products are incredibly versatile as they can be used in foods and beverages and can also be used by all members of the family.
Due to its natural medicinal properties and no side effects, CBD may provide several significant health benefits. Over an extended period, CBD may improve:
CBD produces calming and relaxing effects on the mind and body making it a good option for the treatment of insomnia. CBD can help establish stable and healthy sleeping patterns in the long term by taking a dose before bedtime. This is because CBD oil has been found to possess anxiolytic-like effects that may suppress anxiety which often keeps insomniacs up at night.
CBD oil continues to grow in popularity among users suffering from digestive tract conditions such as colitis, Crohn's disease, and irritable bowel syndrome. This is because CBD possesses powerful anti-inflammatory properties that may improve the regulation of gastric motility. In this way, CBD oil can be used effectively to stop nausea and vomiting. CBD’s powerful anti-inflammatory properties are also the reason CBD oil is common for the treatment of chronic pain.
Due to its antioxidant properties, CBD oil is used by patients to alleviate the symptoms of neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS as well as Alzheimer’s disease. Because of the antioxidant qualities of CBD, CBD extracts are also incorporated into skin creams and balms as part of skin age-reduction therapy.
CBD products have been shown to promote neuroprotection of brain cells which means that when used, CBD may help to slow down or interrupt the processes that lead to degradation of neurons in the brain which can lead to stroke, Parkinson disease, Alzheimer's and Multiple Sclerosis. However, research on CBD and mental disorders is still in its infancy, so it’s better to consult a doctor before taking CBD for neurodegenerative conditions.
Another reason CBD oil is becoming more popular is due to its interaction with the amygdala and cingulate cortex which control stress levels, anxiety, and fear. Users report this interaction generates a calming effect which improves mood and the overall mind and body connection, which is also why more people are using CBD for meditation and yoga.
Even though research is still ongoing, users of CBD and a large part of the scientific and medical communities support the use of CBD oils and other products for these conditions and many others. With the CBD industry growing at an exponential rate and laws supporting its use becoming more common, there is little doubt CBD is en route to becoming the medicine of the future.
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