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CBD 101, Part 7

Health Benefits of CBD

For the last couple of months, we've been talking a lot about CBD: what it is, how it works in the body, the difference between it and THC, and more. All of this is important, but what exactly can CBD do to improve your health? Well, as we've discussed in our previous posts, we've learned that CBD really does have an effect on the brain and body as it works with your body's natural cannabinoids. As a result, CBD can have a host of remedial benefits. Let's take a closer look at some of the things CBD can help with.

Health Benefits

CBD Benefits for Emotional and Mental Health  As we mentioned in part five of our CBD series, CBD doesn't just interact with your body's cannabinoid receptors; it also interacts with several other receptors in the brain.

Some of these include dopamine and serotonin receptors, which makes it so that CBD can have the same relaxing and uplifting effects as antidepressant medications. As a result, CBD can help you maintain balanced, calm, and positive emotions.

We will dive more into how CBD can help with these and other mental health conditions in our next post. CBD for Overall Physical Health  Some of the most common uses for CBD is to improve overall health. Whether they use it to just get through the day or to help treat a pre-existing condition, many people vouch for CBD. Among the many things that people have said CBD can do for your health, these are some of the most common ways that CBD can help improve physical well-being:

  • Decreases both internal and external swelling
  • Aids in proper digestion
  • Eases muscle soreness and tension
  • Alleviates headaches and migraines
  • Supports proper immune system function
  • Aids in maintaining normal blood sugar
  • Supports proper joint movement and fluidity

In addition to these benefits, some doctors and scientists have performed various studies on how CBD oil can help reduce seizures in those who suffer from epilepsy. In fact, the FDA has approved at least two CBD oil products for treating epilepsy. 

CBD for Sleep 

CBD oil and other CBD products have a great relaxing effect on both the mind and body. This is great for those who struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep. For those who struggle to sleep due to anxiety and an overactive mind, CBD can help calm the mind to promote more regular sleep cycles. In smaller doses, CBD can also help keep you alert and avoid daytime drowsiness. This can help you have the energy you need throughout the day, so you don't have to take afternoon naps. As a result, you can have a more regulated and natural sleep-wake cycle.

CBD for Beauty 

Did you know that many people use CBD products to enhance their daily skincare and beauty routines? CBD is great for treating skin blemishes. It also helps reduce the appearance of red or itchy skin, so you can walk out of your home with confidence! CBD oil is also full of other natural compounds, including omegas. Omega-3 in particular is great for strengthening and moisturizing hair, and coaxing out its natural shine.

Side Effects of CBD

CBD does have side effects, just like any other form of medicine, but CBD's side effects are minimal and mild compared to mainstream drugs. Plus, CBD is not addictive, which is extremely important and appealing, especially when you need to take regular doses of addictive pharmaceutical medications, such as opioids and other painkillers.

When using any oil or product that contains CBD, you may experience some nausea, fatigue, and/or sleepiness. However, CBD provides a host of positive side effects at the same time, including the benefits we've already talked about. The best way that you can experience these benefits is by choosing a high-quality product that uses pure CBD oil. We'll talk more about how you can find the best type of CBD oil in part ten of our series.

Finding the Right Dosage to Achieve CBD Health Benefits

Although there are countless people who have discovered the health benefits for CBD for themselves, many doctors worry that there are not enough studies to confirm all of CBD's health benefits or the proper dosage to achieve those desired results. Doctors cannot deny that some people experience greatly improved health as a result of using CBD products, but we also can't ignore the limited number of studies.

As with any kind of medication, CBD will affect everyone a little differently, and everyone will need to test different dosages until they find the right amount of CBD that works for them. Due to limited studies on proper dosage amount, many doctors recommend starting at a low dosage (1-20mg) and see what that does for you over the course of one week.

If you don't notice any of the benefits after that first week, you can adjust your dosage by 5-10mg for the next week, and so on until you find the right dosage for you. Be sure to consult with your physician as you adjust your dosage. For basic dosage guidelines, check out this website. What to expect in part eight: CBD for Mental and Emotional Health  Questions or comments? Share below!  Missed our previous articles? Check them out here!  References: “Hotels are tapping into the $2.1 billion cannabis market with CBD room service”. CBD Health & Wellness. September 05, 2018. Mayfield, Asia. “CBD: Questions a First Time User Will Have.” CBD Health & Wellness. November 15, 2018. Petrov, Peter. “CBD oil - the magic hangover cure”. CBD Health & Wellness. November 02, 2018. Rennie, Lisa. “THC vs. CBD for Pain: Which is Better?” CBD Health & Wellness. September 19, 2018. “The Brain Loves CBD: What are the effects of this major cannabinoid?” CBD Health & Wellness. September 04, 2018. “The Major Benefits of Hemp Oil for Your Brain and Body.” Healthy Hemp Oil. “Understanding CBD: The calming and sleep promoting benefits of cannabidiol.” The Sleep Doctor. September 29, 2018. “What is Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency?” ECHO. May 10, 2017.