CBD for Various Aches and Pains
The wonders of CBD oil have come into the spotlight in the last few years, and for a good reason. People who take a supplement in some form, usually oil, report feeling less anxious and more energetic, better rest and relaxation, and relief from inflammation. In these uncertain times, any relief is something worth looking into.
How Does It Work in the Body?
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a chemical that is present in cannabis and hemp. Most cannabidiol on the market comes from hemp (related to cannabis) and does not cause a high, and is not known to cause dependency. The endocannabinoid system, or ECS, is responsible for keeping the body’s various functions in check, be it sleep, mood, appetite, or bowel movements. It works by halting the destruction of the endocannabinoids within the body, letting it better use what it already produces.
CBD doesn’t just halt the breakdown of endocannabinoids in the body. I can also bind to a receptor called the TRPV1, which controls pain and inflammation systems. To further help reduce pain and swelling, it can bind to GPR55, a receptor known to slow down bone loss and cancer cells’ growth.
Sleep Tight and Don’t Worry
With the ongoing pandemic running amok worldwide, some people are finding it difficult to get their beauty rest. Various issues, such as insomnia and waking up in the middle of the night, are prevalent. Mixed in with these issues is the cloud of anxiety casting a veil over everyday life. Due to CBD’s non-addictive qualities, it is a viable alternative to the everyday sleep aid.
When someone is stressed, their bodies release a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol tends to mess with people’s sleep patterns and contribute to heightened anxiety. Some researchers say that CBD can affect serotonin levels in the brain, easing various anxiety and panic disorders. It can turn on a receptor called 5-HT1A, which eases anxiety. Tied in with this is the quality of sleep. Many studies have found that CBD users snooze better and more soundly. As with all things, though, it can raise anxiety in some people, but these tend to be rare.
A Gut Feeling
Going with the thought that CBD seems to help practically every system in the body (as the studies say), it should be no surprise that it can help with digestive issues. Using it combined with a diet rich in certain fruits and veggies has been shown to reduce bloating. Irritable bowel syndrome symptoms, which affect a huge percentage of the world’s population, have also been reduced. This leads to better gut motility, which equals better and more frequent, bowel movements.
Forms of Intake
CBD comes in many forms (Oils, Capsules, Softgels, Gummies, Lotions, Creams, and balms). Oil is the most commonly used form, but some use edibles to get their fix. For surface-level pain, some use special creams applied directly to the skin. More research is happening everyday, discovering more positive qualities of CBD and its uses in everyday life.