CBD is natural compound found in the hemp plant (which contains no THC) and therefore non-intoxicating, meaning that it does not produce a “high” or a feeling of being stoned. However, there are many medical benefits of CBD by interacting with our bodies’ own endocannabinoid system (ECS). Many people have begun using CBD as a form of alternative treatment to prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs. I’ve listed below the nine most popular reasons people have begun replacing their prescription meds with CBD.
- Anxiety and Depression
Anxiety and depression are some of the most typical disorders affecting North Americans. Millions of people are prescribed medications- such as benzodiazepines- but they have potential to be addictive and have evident side effects. CBD, on the other hand, is a naturally occurring compound in the hemp plant that has virtually no side effects. CBD works by interacting with the body’s endocannabinoid system, which is a system that regulates mood, sleep, appetite, pain, pleasure, and more. Cannabinoid receptors are found almost anywhere in the body, especially in the areas of the brain that dictate mood, behavior, and cognitive thought. Therefore, CBD can be thought of as a supplement to help keep mood balanced and depression and anxiety in check.
Another benefit of CBD includes relaxation by acting as a GABA uptake inhibitor. GABA are neurotransmitters in the brain that tells other neurons to slow down or stop firing, therefore calming the nervous system. CBD creates more GABA and as it does, it enhances relaxation and, ultimately, a deeper nights’ sleep that is easier to fall into. CBD products are a safer and more natural alternative to sleeping pills.
3. Chronic Pain
Alternative treatment for chronic pain is a hot topic in North America right now because of the opioid epidemic. In 2017, over 65,000 people died of accidental opioid overdoses in just the U.S. - and 40% of those overdoses involve a prescription opioid (such as OxyContin). CBD just might be the alternative for the chronic pain we have been searching for. CBD can help treat chronic pain effectively without the risk of addiction or overdose. Due to the fact that CBD has anti-inflammatory properties, it can help sooth pain and prevent further damage. Some CBD products are specifically formulated to promote pain relief.
In the U.S., 13% of the adult population suffer from frequent migraines. A recent study at the third Congress of the European Academy of Neurology in the Netherlands discovered that both CBD and THC were better at treating migraines than prescription drugs. Participants taking cannabinoids reported experiencing 55% less pain than those who continued to take their prescription meds.
5.) Post-Workout Recovery
Because CBD helps with inflammation, it’s a great remedy for post-workout soreness. CBD provides a natural and healthier solution to over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pills, like aspirin, ibuprofen and NSAIDs. Just because over-the-counter drugs are available without a prescription, doesn’t mean that they are safe. Thousands of people die a year from NSAID abuse. They are also known to cause cardiac arrest, ulcers, and stroke if they are taken regularly- while CBD rarely has any side effects and has never killed anyone.
Nausea can be caused by a multitude of things- gastrointestinal issues, motion sickness, veisalgia (alcohol hangover), food sickness, medical treatments like chemotherapy, and much more. CBD helps to relieve nausea in the same way it helps aid other ailments- through the endocannabinoid system. A study conducted in 2011 found that CBD is an effective anti-nausea treatment in animals because of the intercommunication between CBD and the areas of the brain that control nausea and vomiting.
CBD has become popular in recent years due to its amazing power to help those suffering from epilepsy and seizures. In 2013, a six-year-old named Charlotte Figi put CBD on the map for epilepsy patients after appearing on a special for CNN. Charlotte suffers from Dravet syndrome, a serious form of epilepsy that doesn’t respond to prescription medications. But CBD was the first treatment that worked for her. She went from having 300+ seizures a week to barely any at all! Her story has paved the way for medical hemp legalization all over the world.
CBD helps with arthritis in a similar way that it helps those with chronic pain.
That’s due to the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD, as well as the endocannabinoid system’s key role in pain perception. Many of those who suffer with arthritis now use CBD products (primarily CBD creams) for pain management. Grandparents and others who were in too much pain that they couldn’t partake in many everyday activities are now getting their lives back- and they are accrediting that to CBD!
Fibromyalgia is a medical condition characterized by chronic widespread pain with a heightened pain response to pressure. It also causes fatigue and sleep problems. It’s particularly hard for doctors to treat because the pain doesn’t necessarily have a source. Recent studies suggest the Fibromyalgia might be caused by a deficiency in the body’s endocannabinoid system, a disease people are calling Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency (CECD). CBD products have been helping thousands of fibromyalgia patients because of its effect on the endocannabinoid system.