You may have heard of CBD (or cannabidiol) recently in Australia. It’s the second most prevalent active ingredient in the cannabis plant, and it’s currently attracting a LOT of mainstream attention for a number of reasons - not least due to recent research showing its remarkable therapeutic effects.
Add that to the fact that CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it does not get you ‘high’, and it’s easy to see why so many people are getting excited over this cannabis derivative.
So, in order to get you up to speed on this new so-called ‘miracle molecule’, let’s take a look at CBD’ benefits, uses, and any myths surrounding it.
Benefits CBD was discovered in the 1940s but was never really given that much attention until very recently when research started to prove its many health benefits.
With the increasing legalization movement sweeping the world, the studies on CBD’s effectiveness are now stacking up. They have shown that CBD has the ability to assist in the treatment of countless ailments and conditions.
In fact, research has shown CBD to be:
- Analgesic (pain relieving)
Due to its numerous health benefits, many people are using CBD in their wellness routine for a variety of reasons. These include:
1. To relieve pain
One of the most common uses for CBD is as an analgesic (pain reliever). And while many sufferers of acute pain swear by the effectiveness of CBD, it can also be extremely useful when used topically in less serious aggravations such as sprains, bumps and bruises. Many women also rely on CBD to deal with PMS, just as England’s Queen Victoria did in the 1800s.
2. To reduce inflammation
Inflammation is a huge problem in modern society, undoubtedly playing a role in all manner of infliction's. That’s why CBD’s unequaled effectiveness at treating many inflammatory conditions - from joint pain to irritable bowel syndrome to arthritis - is getting people very excited. CBD is even proving to be more powerful than many of the most common natural remedies used for inflammation, like curcumin, fish oil, resveratrol, and Vitamin C.
3. To reduces stress and anxiety
We all get stressed and anxious from time to time. And we all have our ways of dealing with it. However, CBD is proving time and again to be one of the safest and most powerful ways to relieve negative thought patterns and worry. CDB dramatically reduces cortisol levels and helps you deal with life’s annoyances with grace and calm.
4. To lose weight
While THC is commonly known to increase your appetite (think the ‘munchies’), CBD can, in fact, suppress it - ideal if you're cutting fat, reducing weight, or just watching your figure. Additionally, CBD boosts your metabolism, reduces levels of liver fat and blood cholesterol, makes you more sensitive to insulin and protects the cells that produce insulin. Impressive, huh?
5. To improve sleep
Good sleep is imperative to those of us who want to stay active and effective, although all too many suffer from poor sleep. Luckily, CBD offers an extremely beneficial way to help you get your full forty winks. Despite actually activating the same receptors as caffeine, which is technically a stimulant, users report that using CBD a few hours before bedtime has a balancing, calming effect that facilitates a good night’s sleep.
Cannabis is a plant that has long been the victim of many unsubstantiated rumors, largely thanks to the US government’s highly flawed ‘war on drugs’. With the benefits of CBD now coming to light, there were bound to be a few more myths flying around this promising molecule. Let’s take a look at some of the misconceptions surrounding CBD.
CBD gets you high
No, CBD does not get you high, stoned, baked, or any way intoxicated. CBD is actually anti-psychotic and even works to reduce the negative effects of THC such as paranoia and anxiety.
CBD is unsafe or addictive
Firstly, cannabis has never, ever caused a single death. That is quite remarkable when you consider even aspirin kills hundreds every year. And as for CBD being addictive, that is also unfounded and untrue. CBD does not interact with the body like, for instance, THC, and since its mechanism of action is not dependent on receptors associated with addiction, CBD is not addictive or habit-forming in any way.
CBD is illegal
While CBD is, in fact, legal in much of the world, including the UK and the US. However, when it comes to Australia, CBD is listed as a schedule 4 medicine, meaning it is available by prescription only.
CBD comes from marijuana
First of all, let us clear up some terminology. Marijuana and hemp are both names for the cannabis plant. Where they differ is in their levels of THC and the purpose they were grown for. Marijuana has high levels of THC and is grown to smoke or ingest, and hemp has low levels of THC (yet higher levels of CBD) and is grown for industrial purposes, such as for ropes and fabrics. While CBD can be obtained from both marijuana and hemp, in most places in the world, hemp is used due to its legality and higher concentrations of CBD.
So, there you have it. The rundown on the cutting-edge cannabis chemical that is making waves across the world. Go tell your friends and family about it, shout it from the rooftops, and why not see if CBD could help you boost your health and live life to the full.
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