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The body reacts to many substances, and CBD is not an exception. Herein is about how CBD can affect the body, including; health benefits like relieving pain, treating seizures, and improving sleep.
The human system comprises different body organs that combine efforts to perform complex functions. There are many systems in the body, including digestive, reproductive, muscular, and nervous. All the systems should function as a required failure, which might cause diverse health conditions. However, medicines used for different health conditions tend to have side effects, including headaches and increased fatigue. People turn to organic products to solve different health problems, such as pain relief and alleviating stress and anxiety. CBD is the compound that has taken over the medical and beauty world for its therapeutic effect on one body but cannot make you feel high.
CBD is a cannabinoid popular for its health-related effect on the body. It is widely used both for medical and beauty purposes. CBD is derived from hemp and cannabis plants. Hemp CBD is legal since the plant contains a high amount of CBD compared to cannabis which leads to THC content. THC is marijuana that has a hallucinogenic property; alters the mental state of the user. Although many people avoid THC, it is an essential factor for CBD to work for different health conditions, including treating diabetes 2. However, studies show that CBD and THC work together, forming an entourage effect.
CBD affects your human system since it is believed to interact with the cannabinoid receptors in the body to provide an effect on different health issues but cannot alter the user's mental state. Endocannabinoid receptors are found in the skin, nerves, and brain. The receptors are postulated to be responsible for the functioning of the immune system, body senses, and appetite.
CBD can be taken into the body through vaping, sublingual, edibles, and topicals. CBD vaping is achieved by exposing the vape juice/e-liquid to a certain temperature, then inhaled into the lungs, where it is absorbed into the bloodstream. Edibles are orally ingested, for example, gummies. They are digested like any other food and then approved. CBD Sublingual is designed to be absorbed under the tongue. They come with the natural weedy test. They are made by soaking cannabis leaves in sprays or alcohol.
CBD topicals are the widest range since many skin care products are infused, including lotions, balms, salves, bath bombs, soaps, and creams. They are made to be applied to the skin surface, absorbed into the body, and interact with the cannabinoids in the skin to provide different forms of relief.
According to Pellati et al. ( 2018), CBD can help reduce internal and external inflammation because it has an anti-inflammatory effect on the body. The study above suggested that it soothes the skin and relaxes the body. It helps rejuvenate the skin, making it look healthier. Also, it helps treat some skin conditions, including acne, eczema, and psoriasis, mainly characterized by skin surface swelling.
Pain can affect the whole bodies functioning. Pain can range from acute to severe. However, despite the intense pain, it hurts. Many painkillers can alleviate pain but tend to have different side effects, including addiction and headaches. According to Überall (2020), CBD can relieve different forms of pain, including nerve pain. It is proven for medical use in UK and Canada under the name Sativex to treat arthritis and multiple sclerosis, health conditions typified by severe unmanageable pain.
The number of people having different mental issues has risen at an alarming rate. Among the most experienced mental disorders are stress, anxiety, depression, and posts traumatic stress disorder. According to García-Gutiérrez et al. (2020), CBD can be used as an alternative to treat anxiety, stress, and depression since it has soothing and thus can relax the mind and the body. The study above also suggested that CBD reduces the symptoms shown by the disorder.
Nerve pain is among the common pains experienced by different people at some point in life. Among the most common nerve pain is sciatic nerve pain popular experienced by athletes. The sciatic nerve is the longest in the human body, from the lower back to the toes. The nerve is affected when the disc slides and rests on the nerve causing severe pain. According to Linher-Melville et al. (2020), CBD can help reduce t sciatic nerve pain by interacting with the endocannabinoids. The CBD product penetrates the body to the nerves and thus provides relief from pain. Most CBD products used for the pin are used topically.
According to Gray & Whalley (2020), CBD can treat seizures; epidiolex is a CBD drug used in the US on patients with epilepsy from the age of 2 years. This is the only CBD drug approved by the food and drug administration. Sekar & Pack (2019) showed that most patients administered epidiolex showed a reduced number of seizures compared to the one with a placebo.
Sleep is important, but lately, people are so focused on their carries and other things and tend to forget the important factors which add up to a healthy life. Poor sleep can be caused by several factors, including pain, mental disorders, the environment, and lifestyle; taking caffeine before heading to bed. According to Teitelbaum (2019), CBD can help improve sleep quality and prevent insomnia. CBD targets the causes of sleep problems. For example, pain can result in poor sleep because the mind and the body will be engaged and disturbed. An Unrelaxed mind and body cannot have a good night's sleep.
CBD has taken over the lives of many since there are diverse ways of enjoying it. Therefore, the users have a variety of products to choose from. People use CBD for different reasons, including medical and tolerance. Although the research about CBD is still in its infancy stage, it has proved reliable for different health conditions, including improving and treating sleep, relieving pain, treating seizures, alleviating mental disorders, reducing nerve pains, and anti-inflammation. CBD reacts with every person differently, and thus there is a need for consultation from your doctor before incorporating it into your routine of drugs.
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