We’re living in troubling times, but could CBD be the natural solution
we’ve all been looking for?
CBD is one of the most popular natural compounds in the world right now. It seems that everywhere you look, people are talking about how CBD has helped them, but what is it, and how does it do what it does?
In the following article, we’re going to take a closer look at what CBD is, how it works, and whether CBD could be the natural solution to assist you with sleep, stress, and anxiety.
What Is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the two main cannabinoids found in the hemp and marijuana plants. Both plants belong to the cannabis sativa plant family, smell, and look very much alike, but each has unique properties.
CBD, unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), has no psychotropic properties. What does that mean? It means that using CBD products won’t give you that ‘euphoric high’ that’s the signature of marijuana products or products high in THC. Most people report that using CBD simply makes them feel relaxed.
How Does CBD Work?
Inside all of us is something that’s known as the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). Scientists believe that the ECS is responsible for maintaining homeostasis, or balance and harmony in our internal systems. The ECS is made up of a series of receptors that are linked together and spread throughout the body but strongly focussed on the central nervous system and immune system.
Our bodies naturally produce endocannabinoids, but sometimes they don’t produce enough of them. Cannabinoids such as CBD can help to fill the void, restoring balance and harmony throughout the body.
When you take CBD oil or edibles, it enters the body, where it’s broken down by the digestive system before being distributed throughout the body. It’s a slow-acting but long-lasting way to take CBD. When you vape CBD, it enters the bloodstream via the thin tissues in the lungs. It’s fast-acting, but the effects don’t last long, and you’ll need to top up throughout the day.
Can CBD Help with Stress, Sleep, and Anxiety?
There are various ways that CBD can assist with maintaining general health and wellbeing. In this section, we’ll take a look at stress, anxiety, and sleeping.
- CBD for Stress – There have been a variety of different studies which have focussed on CBD’s ability to assist with reducing stress and helping people relax. Stress, in small doses, is healthy. It helps us focus when we’re trying to meet deadlines and triggers our flight or fight response. However, too much stress can lead to anxiety, a serious mental health condition affecting millions of people worldwide. It makes sense if you can reduce stress. You’ll also be reducing your chances of developing anxiety.
- CBD for Sleep – If you have trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep, it’s often because you’re stressed or anxious about something. Many people are prescribed opioid-based sedatives to help them sleep. However, opioid-based medications come with a long list of negative side-effects, including addiction, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and drowsiness. Some studies have shown that CBD could be an effective way to help you get to sleep naturally without many of the negative side-effects of opioid-based prescription medication.
- CBD for General Health and Wellness – Many people simply take CBD for overall health and wellness. This versatile natural compound can quickly and easily be incorporated into your daily health and wellness routine.
CBD for Sleep, Stress, and Anxiety – Conclusion
We still have a long way to go before we can make any definitive medical claims about CBD. However, anecdotal from users around the world and preliminary studies look very promising for this natural compound.
If you are currently taking any medication, please speak to your doctor or healthcare professional before taking any CBD. Although the World Health Organization (WHO) considers CBD to have a generally good safety profile, it can interfere with the way our bodies process some medications.
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