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You may know that cannabidiol (CBD) can help treat serious conditions like multiple sclerosis (MS) and epilepsy, but did you know that it can also improve your overall health? Even if you don’t suffer from any particular condition, CBD products can be integral to your everyday wellness plan.
From soothing minor aches and pains to stopping your tossing and turning at night, CBD could hold the power to enhance your health. Discover eight unique ways CBD can enrich your general health and make you feel like your best self.
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Relaxing and Unwinding
What could be better after a long, hectic day in the city than a whiff of tropical mango to refresh your senses? CBD oil comes in endless aromas and flavors, from invigorating lemongrass ginger to indulgent cookies and cream. But it’s not just the sensory experience that will relax you, and the chemical composition of CBD oils and creams may also help combat everyday anxiety and stress.
If you’re relaxed during the day, you’re more likely to have an easier time falling asleep at night. CBD works around the clock to relax you and enhance your sleep quality. By reducing general anxiety and mellowing you out, CBD products may lead to deeper sleep. Keep your favorite CBD oil on your nightstand and apply a drop or two right before you turn out the lights.
However, it must be noted that, for some people, consuming small amounts of CBD may be more stimulating. The sedative effects of CBD tend to occur at more moderate or higher doses.
Relieving Mild to Moderate Pain
Maybe you’re not someone who suffers from chronic pain, but you do get the occasional headache or backache. Studies have shown that CBD may help many people deal with serious chronic pain, including difficult-to-treat neuropathic (nerve) pain. If CBD is powerful enough to treat intense pain in nerve endings, then easing a minor headache or backache is a walk in the park for this plant. Whip out a bottle of CBD oil the next time you feel a tension headache coming on and massage a few drops into your forehead and temples for aspirin-free relief.
On average, cannabis users have a lower body-mass index (BMI). While that could be partly due to the effects of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV), it turns out that CBD plays a role in weight management and diabetes. In one study, CBD lowered the number of diabetes cases in non-obese diabetic mice. According to the research, CBD reduces the risk of diabetes by regulating weight, reducing insulin sensitivity, and preventing obesity.
Boosting Brain Health
As one of the cannabinoids in marijuana that can cross the blood-brain barrier, CBD could help regulate and maintain brain health. It works by improving mitochondria efficiency and getting rid of damaged cells, and CBD has anti-inflammatory properties and is an effective antioxidant capable of reducing toxicity due to glutamate. In these ways, CBD protects brain cells by keeping them healthy and optimally functional.
Bone metabolism is key to generating brand new bones in place of old ones, and Cannabinoids like CBD play a critical role in this process. Mainly, CBD works by blocking an enzyme known to destroy bone-building material to help reduce the chances of osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, and other bone diseases. It also stimulates the regeneration of new bone cells, thus speeding the bone healing process. Bone health is essential for everyone, but especially for women over the age of 50 who are more likely to be diagnosed with conditions like osteoporosis.
Protecting Your Skin
CBD oil works as a powerful antioxidant to protect and repair the skin from damage due to ultraviolet (UV) rays and other harmful free radicals. It works by targeting CB2 receptors, which are concentrated in the skin and regulate how sebaceous glands produce oil. Thus, when applied topically, CBD oil can effectively treat conditions such as acne. Research suggests that the cannabinoid prevents and helps to reduce skin cancer types such as carcinoma and melanoma.
Tapping the Fountain of Youth
CBD doubles as a natural beauty treatment. Apply CBD oil to dry skin areas like elbows and knees, or use it all over your body for smoother, more supple skin. Some people maintain that CBD could boost collagen production, but scientists have not reached a consensus. Either way, topical CBD products contain rich carrier oils like coconut oil to synergize and serve as natural tools in your anti-aging arsenal.
Regulating the Immune System
Some research shows that CBD may help regulate the immune system. This benefit applies to everyone but might be particularly advantageous to people with autoimmune conditions like psoriasis that affect the skin. So, the next time you take your daily vitamin C supplement, you might want to add in a drop of CBD for a dual immune boost.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is CBD healthy to take every day?
Many people can incorporate CBD into their everyday health regimens. Daily CBD use may help prevent diseases like diabetes while simply helping you feel good. However, you should speak with your doctor before using CBD or making other significant lifestyle changes.
Can I get benefits from CBD if I’m already healthy?
CBD has a range of effects and can be used to potentially treat all sorts of everyday health and wellness issues and more serious conditions like cancer and epilepsy. Chronic pain, inflammation, nausea, stress and anxiety, and skincare issues can all possibly be treated to some extent with CBD.
What health benefits does a daily CBD oil regimen have?
Taking CBD oil daily can work wonders for the skin while helping you relax and even reducing the risk of bone fractures. Whether you have chronic pain or feel at the top of your game, taking CBD daily could provide you with numerous health benefits.