Everybody is excited about the possibilities of CBD. Supported by anecdotal evidences, CBD has given hope to a lot of people. Since the enactment of the 2018 Farm Bill, CBD has been removed from the list of prohibited substances. Vapes, CBD oils, lozenges, sleeping pills and tablets are just some of the CBD products that have caught the public eye. More and more drugstore chains have also jumped on the bandwagon and started to display CBD products in their shelves.
What ailments can be solved by CBD? Here are five of them.
Natural pain relief and anti-inflammatory properties
Traditionally, we seek refuge in over-the-counter drugs to alleviate stiffness and chronic pain. An editor once said that she used a topical product, a pungent balm to relax stiff upper back and shoulder muscles that remained motionless while sleeping. Stiff muscles made work cumbersome, and the pungent balm gave out this noticeable smell that her coworkers noticed the following day. But with CBD, particularly the Curaleaf Hemp Transdermal patches, she experienced a relief in her muscles without any pungent smell.
Well, this is not just an anecdote as CBD’s pain relief properties are backed by research.
Discomfort after quitting smoking and drug withdrawals
Making life-changing decisions like quitting smoking and drug withdrawals can be a tedious path. And for sure, the journey will never be easy as patients may experience unwarranted anxiety, cravings for nicotine and chills. This, however, is not a problem anymore as CBD may help people quit smoking. In another study, it was found that CBD successfully reduced symptoms associated with substance use like anxiety, mood-related symptoms, pain, and insomnia.
In terms of anxiety, some claimed that ingesting 1-2 services (1 serving = ¼ dropper, or about 17 mg) once or twice a day can curb anxiety and made users calmer and more focused at work. It also helped them sleep peacefully.
Yes, there are CBD products in the market that can address common skin issues. The Kana Skincare lavender sleep mask, for example, is every woman’s dream cream with its nice fragrance and delicate feel. This is especially perfect for those who have sensitive skin that is prone to acne.
Together with other supplements for the skin like retinol and Vitamin C, CBD is also eyed as one of the components of better anti-aging creams in the future.
CBD naturally binds with the body’s natural endocannabinoids and alter the functions of hormones and changes the mood of a person to a more positive direction. This makes CBD a good substance for reviving cancer patients in terms of alleviating pains after chemotherapy and improving appetite. Also, it was found out that the compound help suppresses the growth of cancer cells and promote their destruction.
Previous studies confirmed that CBD product Epidiolex can decrease epileptic seizures. Among CBD products, Epidiolex is the only one that received FDA approval. The drug can specifically cure two types of epilepsy named Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) and Dravet syndrome (DS).
Currently, CBD has received a warm welcome from over 50 states in the US who already have laws legalizing CBD but with varying degrees of restriction. Research on CBD started in December 2015 with FDA loosening regulatory requirements for the trials. To date, CBD can be purchased online even without a medical cannabis license. The legalities concerning CBD might still be a bit confusing for now, but prohibiting the substance entirely is also difficult.
In using CBD, one must also consider its possible side effects which may include: nausea, fatigue, and irritability.