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CBD for the Mind, Body, and Soul

by Jen 5 months ago in health
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How one plant can change your life

CBD for the Mind, Body, and Soul
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Consumers and scientists are no strangers on the subject of CBD products, as they have been experimenting on their own for years. In 2018, CBD became federally legal under the Agriculture Improvement Act, making CBD legal to market as long as it has a THC level of under 0.3% (THC is the ingredient in cannabis that gets people high). Currently, 33% of Americans have tried the product, while 28% use it daily.

What is CBD and How Does it Work?

Cannabidiol is one of the main ingredients in cannabis and is extracted directly from the hemp plant, therefore not interacting with the marijuana, causing a high. According to the World Health Organization, "In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD."

Over the last several decades, CBD has been found successful in managing a variety of health problems, both mentally and physically:

  • Anxiety
  • PTSD
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Seizures
  • Cancer-related symptoms
  • Insomnia
  • Chronic Pain (including nerve)
  • Inflammation
  • CBD and Receptors

    When we consume CBD, our body produces endocannabinoids (neurotransmitters that bind with receptors, connected to our nervous system). Our endocannabinoids system is responsible for managing many of our daily functions including sleep, appetite, pain levels, and the response our immune system has in different situations.

    Does it Really Work?

    Anxiety

    There are a few different types of anxiety that someone can struggle with, including Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD), PTSD, and even nightmares that can potentially cause insomnia later on. A study conducted had ten individuals who suffered from Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) and they were either given an oral dose of 400 milligrams (mg) or a placebo. Unlike the placebo, the CBD showed an overall significant reduction in anxiety levels.

    Neurological disorders such as seizures, Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's also have symptoms that can cause negative mental effects to arise, putting stress on the body. By consuming CBD, it can relax the mind to ease the symptoms.

    Pain and Inflammation

    With so many health issues that Americans already face, 50-116 million American adults. also suffer from chronic pain. From not taking care of ourselves in our day-to-day to just plain bad genetics, it’s costing an astronomical amount of $560-635 billion in medical expenses and lost productivity alone. Unfortunately, with expensive medical care, thousands without insurance, and others getting hooked on prescription drugs (followed by the opioid crisis), CBD is one of the most beneficial, safest, and affordable choices. Practical Pain Management (PPM) states, "CBD modulates pain and the sensation of pain by stimulating the reuptake of the neurotransmitter, adenosine, thereby boosting adenosine levels in the brain and inhibiting pain sensations."

    CBD is gaining popularity in the CrossFit and bodybuilder world, too. When we build muscle, we go through the process of muscle hypertrophy (when damage or injury of the fibers occurs). While this takes time, it can be pretty painful a day or two after the workout while we recover. CBD has become popular with CrossFit trainers and their clients. Even NFL Linebacker, Derrick Morgan and U.S. Olympian soccer player Megan Rapinoe have both openly shared about using CBD on a regular basis to help with training and recovery.

    The Bottom Line on CBD:

    CBD has proven to aid in recovery and reduce pain and other health issues caused by mental symptoms for millions of people. Overall, CBD is a great choice for anyone looking to benefit their life mentally, physically, or emotionally. Although studies have suggested CBD to have no known serious side effects, it’s a good idea to consult with a physician first to check for any interactions with medications or supplements currently being taken.

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