CBD: What You Need to Know and How it Can Benefit Your Health

CBD (short for cannabidiol) is a chemical compound from the cannabis plant. It comes from its hemp form, which contains an extremely small amount of the psychoactive chemical THC, which is known for producing a high. At the moment, it seems like everyone’s selling CBD doesn’t it? Well, that’s because they probably are; CBD has become increasingly popular in the health field as a natural painkiller and as a remedy for a number of health concerns. That’s why it’s important to know when to be cautious and what CBD products to purchase and how they can benefit your health. For instance, you need to be careful where you’re buying CBD from as many over-the-counter CBD products contain no CBD, or worse, may have dangerous ingredients in them like heavy metals or opiates. So, you want to make sure that you avoid easy access options. Now, with that in mind, here are some health benefits. 

It can help your mental health 

One of the most well-known benefits of CBD is how it can improve people’s mental health. Those who suffer from depression and anxiety can use CBD oil, such as the oil made by Herts Hemp, to help them feel more calm, and encourage the production of serotonin in the brain.

Research published in the journal Neurotherapeutics found that CBD can indeed help short-term in cases of generalized anxiety, panic disorder, social anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder, as well as post-traumatic stress disorder. CBD can also be used for stress relief and relaxation purposes as part of a balanced lifestyle.

It can lower blood pressure

CBD, in recent times, has been linked to being beneficial for the circulatory system, so therefore can lower high blood pressure. This is due to its ability to reduce stress, as mentioned before, which can trigger high blood pressure. Having high blood pressure can be dangerous, and could potentially lead to a number of other serious health conditions.

It can be a great pain reliever

CBD attaches indirectly to cannabinoid receptors in the body (these are responsible for a variety of functions throughout the body such as appetite, pain sensation, mood and memory). This process can also help decrease inflammation. In turn, CBD may help reduce chronic pain for some people and so, those with chronic pain, arthritis, and migraines can use CBD to relieve some of the pain they suffer without the need for powerful drugs or painkillers. 

It can be used to treat epilepsy 

Epilepsy treatments have traditionally been led by modern medicine, but CBD has been recently linked to being an effective treatment for two types of the condition. It works by reducing the amount, and severity of seizures, by promoting calmness and relaxation of the muscles. 

It can soothe nausea  

CBD can help to soothe symptoms of nausea too, and is a natural alternative to taking drug-based remedies. This is especially useful for cancer patients who often suffer from nausea, vomiting and other side effects as a result of chemotherapy or radiation treatments. 

It improves the way you sleep

Although using CBD purely to fall asleep won’t do much, however many will say CBD lets them sleep at night because it’s decreasing anxiety and anxiety is the cause of that insomnia. And so, in that way CBD can help you sleep by aiding relaxation.

It can give your skin a smooth complexion 

CBD oil is great for the skin and can help to smooth out your complexion. It serves as a soothing moisturiser, and can help manage sebum levels in the skin. Sebum is the oil that your skin produces, and sometimes if too much is produced it can block the pores, and trap dirt in them. This can cause acne, spots and blemishes. Using CBD oil can minimise these by lessening the amount of sebum being produced by your skin, as well as improving surface texture.

Meighan Sembrano

London based journalist Meighan Sembrano is an expert in beauty and skin related concerns and topics. She has contributed a vast range of research papers and features in the Health and Fitness field.

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