19: CBD – What the heck is it and what can it do for me?
If you’ve been curious about CBD but you’re not sure what it is or if it’s right for you, you’re going to love this episode. Today, we’re going to answer all of those questions and dive into the top 3 uses of CBD.
CBD stands for cannabidiol and is found in both hemp and marijuana plants. But don’t let the word “marijuana” fool you – you can’t get high from CBD. CBD is the non-psychoactive compound that can be derived from both marijuana and hemp – and regardless of its origins, it works the same. In recent years, CBD has been getting a lot of attention for its health and wellness benefits. But how exactly does it work?
We all have a endocannabinoid system (ECS), which regulates what we do everyday from appetite, healing, sex, and exercise. CBD is one of more than 100 cannabinoids that interacts with the ECS.
It’s main functions are to keep the body in homeostasis and to help to recover after stress, injury, and disease.
3 Top Uses for CBD
- Inflammation: CBD stimulates the CB2 receptor, which has anti-inflammatory effects and helps with systemic and localized inflammation. A 2018 study in Cannabis and Cannabinoid showed that when CBD was used for arthritis most patients reported it worked “very well” or “moderately well” without needing to use drugs.
- Stress: Chronic stress impairs ECS function and CBD can help release serotonin and dopamine through 5-HT1A receptors. This means it can also help with stress management and increase resilience to stress.
- Sleep Deprivation: CBD can aid sleep by promoting relaxation. A 2014 animal study showed that CBD can sometimes energize but the main benefits are for relaxation and sleep. A 2016 study showed that CBD supports sleep stability and REM sleep.
More CBD help: anxiety, addiction, anti-aging, ADD/ADHD, autism, cancer and chemo, headaches, pain and more. To learn more about the surprising uses of CBD check out our article on 7 Uses of CBD.
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