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  • by Nicola Boulton September 27, 2022 6 min read

    How Exactly Does CBD Deliver a Multitude of Positive Health Benefits?

    The benefits one gets from using a good or any product are always a core factor determining whether one will continue using it or not. CBD, in its world of popularity, is embraced by many people because of its benefits.

    One might not have tried CBD due to a lack of surety about its benefits. Conversely, most people continuously use it; hence part of their favorite product. However, many states are about to legalize it, so every individual should get used to it. CBD treats different ailments, making it popular in the current system. This article will consider different conditions treated by CBD, which should encourage many people to use it. The article will also give CBD's basics, definitions, types, and forms. Considering this article, one will know how to choose the best CBD product from a display, what to do before using CBD, and the risks and side effects of CBD consumption.

    What is CBD?

    According to VanDolah, Bauer & Mauck (2019), CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is a compound extracted from cannabis sativa or hemp flower. Cannabis sativa has more than 100 compounds; CBD is the most used compound because of its many benefits. Most people confuse CBD with THC, a compound responsible for the 'high' feeling experienced after smoking marijuana. The two have a thin line of different bounds on the effect after use. CBD does not bring a 'high' feeling, while THC does. When the two are combined, the 'high' effect will be felt.

    Types of CBD

    There are three types of CBD. They differ depending on the compounds it is composed of, and the level of THC used to manufacture the kind. There are three types of CBD: full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and CBD isolate.

    Full-Spectrum

    Full-spectrum is a type of CBD that contains all the compounds of the cannabis plant with at least 0.3% of THC. It has more therapeutic benefits than any other type of CBD. The benefits it offers to the body are the treatment of chronic pain, and cancer, reduction of stress, and contribution to the good health of the heart. However, it is not suitable for individuals beginning to use CBD, as it does not contain an earthy smell.

    Broad-Spectrum CBD

    It contains all the compounds of cannabis sativa except THC. Unlike full-spectrum, it does not bring a 'high' effect; hence suitable for those who want to enjoy CBD without any strange feeling. It can treat chronic pain, cancer pain, and neuropathic disorders. Moreover, it can be used to boost sleeping and appetite.

    CBD Isolate

    This is the purest form of CBD manufactured from none of the cannabis sativa or hemp plant compounds. It is suitable for individuals using CBD for the first time because it does not contain an earthy smell. Conversely, it has limited benefits since it is manufactured with no compounds from the plant.

    Benefits of CBD

    CBD has a lot of benefits to the human body. The following are the benefits of CBD on the health of an individual:

    Relieve Chronic Pain

    Chronic pain can affect the rate at which somebody carries out the activity. When prolonged, one may be bedbound or housebound. Alger (2013) found that CBD stimulates the body's endocannabinoid system to release chemicals that relieve pain. The chemical compounds released make somebody relax and relieve pain.

    Treat Cancer

    Cancer is one of the most killer diseases in the world; hence there is a need to curb and control its spread. According to Mould et al. (2021), CBD has the potential to kill cancer cells which in turn helps to prevent its development in one's body. If one is battling cancer, especially in its early stage, CBD may be considered the best option that should be embraced. Learn more about how cbd can help in treating thyroid disorder?

    Treat Mental Disorders

    Mental disorders can alter the way one behaves and actions taken towards everything. Such mental conditions arise from a brain infection, injury, or internal bleeding. Campos et al. (2021) noted that CBD protects against brain infections which contribute to general mental health.

    Regulation of Blood Pressure

    According to Maroon & Bost (2018), CBD can help regulate blood flow. It achieves this by preventing inflammation in the blood vessels like the arteries and veins. Consequently, the blood flow is regulated.

    Reduces Stress

    A stressed mind limits the rate of concentration one may have; hence productivity is lowered. Gibson et al. (2021) explained that taking CBD helps one cope with stress. The body has an endocannabinoid system that CBD stimulates. The system releases chemicals that make one calm and relaxed.

    Reduces Anxiety

    According to Owens (2015), CBD helps to reduce anxiety by stimulating the body's endocannabinoid receptors to release chemical compounds that help one feel relaxed. However, more research is needed to confirm how CBD affects anxiety.

    Risks and Side Effects of CBD

    One may be exposed to the following dangers as a result of using CBD:

    • Zhang & Castro (2015) explained that CBD causes dry mouth. Sublingual ingestion of CBD affects salivary glands, stopping the secretion of saliva.
    • Diarrhea
    • Addiction and over-dependence
    • Leads to poor appetite
    • May lead to blood thinning. Learn more about can cbd help alopecia?

    What to Do Before Planning on CBD Usage

    Before getting into the field of CBD, one should do the following to avoid negative results:

    How to Ensure You Pick the Best CBD Product

    One should look for the following qualities in CBD products:

    1. Certificate of Analysis. This document should be attached for a CBD product to be proven safe, indicating the expiry date.
    2. Third-party test
    3. Free from contaminants
    4. Passed test of heavy metals and pesticides. The product should have been taken to the lab and tested free from lead, mercury, and other heavy metals.

    Conclusion

    CBD has several benefits to the human body. It can help treat chronic pain, cancer, anxiety, and stress. These benefits can be obtained if one accepts and uses the product regularly. One must know what CBD is, its types, and its effectiveness. However, more studies are needed for CBD to be legalized by all states; hence one should do more research on CBD before using it to avoid the risks and side effects mentioned above. If one is planning to use CBD to treat either of the diseases, it is important to consult the doctor before using it. Consequently, one may buy an unsafe product; hence one should consider looking for the above things to ensure a safe product is purchased. Failure to do so exposes one to uncountable health chaos.

    References

    Alger, B. E. (2013, November). Getting high on the endocannabinoid system. In Cerebrum: the Dana forum on brain science (Vol. 2013). Dana Foundation.

    Campos, A. C., Fogaça, M. V., Scarante, F. F., Joca, S. R., Sales, A. J., Gomes, F. V., ... & Guimarães, F. S. (2017). Plastic and neuroprotective mechanisms are involved in the therapeutic effects of cannabidiol in psychiatric disorders—frontiers in Pharmacology, 269.

    Gibson, M., Williamson, L., Henwood, G., Chalmers, D., & Dell, C. A. (2021). Perceptions and use of alcohol and medical cannabis among Canadian Military Veterans living with PTSD. Journal of veterans studies, 7(1).

    Maroon, J., & Bost, J. (2018). Review of the neurological benefits of phytocannabinoids. Surgical neurology international, 9.

    Mould, R. R., Botchway, S. W., Parkinson, J. R., Thomas, E. L., Guy, G. W., Bell, J. D., & Nunn, A. V. (2021). Cannabidiol modulates mitochondrial redox and dynamics in MCF7 cancer cells: A study using fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy of NAD (P) H. Frontiers in molecular biosciences, 8, 630107.

    Owens, B. (2015). Drug development: The treasure chest. Nature, 525(7570), S6-S8.

    VanDolah, H. J., Bauer, B. A., & Mauck, K. F. (2019, September). Clinicians' guide to cannabidiol and hemp oils. In Mayo Clinic Proceedings (Vol. 94, No. 9, pp. 1840-1851). Elsevier.

    Zhang, G. H., & Castro, R. (2015). Role of oral mucosal fluid and electrolyte absorption and secretion in dry mouth. Chin J Dent Res, 18(3), 135-54.

     

    Nicola Boulton
    Nicola Boulton


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