CBD for Beginners
Many have heard the connection between CBD and natural health and wellness, but information about the benefits of CBD can be more difficult to come by. CBD is derived from hemp, a versatile plant that has been utilized for a variety of reasons as far back as the 28th century BC. But despite its longevity, there are still a number of misconceptions and misinformation about hemp and CBD.
CBD and the Hemp Plan
One of the biggest misconceptions about CBD is that a user will feel high if they use it. This, however, is simply not true. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a chemical compound found in the hemp plant. While it is true that hemp does contain trace amounts of THC, the chemical that makes a person feel high, it is not enough to affect the user. In fact, CBD usage will not cause someone to fail a drug test because the levels of THC are too low to detect, let alone cause a psychedelic effect.
Health Benefits of CBD
A number of research studies have concluded that CBD contains many health and wellness benefits. Most often, users report experiencing relief from a number of physical and neurological conditions, most commonly epilepsy, insomnia, anxiety, and depression. In fact, there is one CBD-based medication, Epidiolex, that has been FDA-approved for the treatment of certain forms of epilepsy.
CBD is a cannabinoid that binds naturally with the cannabinoid receptors in the human body. These receptors affect certain conditions, including a number of neurological, gastrointestinal, and behavior issues that affect millions of people every day.
Chronic pain is a condition that has many causes, few treatment options, and even fewer cures. Conditions such as multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, and arthritis are among the most common reasons sufferers turn to CBD for temporary relief of their symptoms. CBD naturally decreases inflammation and reduces the pain response to the brain, providing temporary pain relief. Depending on the condition, some users ingest CBD via tincture drops, edibles, or vaping, while others will apply topical creams directly to the affected area.
Anxiety and Depression
Other common ailments among CBD users are anxiety and depression due to the natural calming effects many report experiencing when using CBD. While there are many FDA-approved prescription medications available to treat anxiety and depression, CBD is becoming a more popular option due to the lack of observed or reported side effects. While a stronger medication may be needed for more severe cases of anxiety and depression, CBD can be a good alternative for those with mild or moderate conditions because it can be taken as-needed, rather than every day, to relieve symptoms.
For many, sleep is a challenge due to other conditions, including those already listed. When CBD is used around bed time, many report experiencing better and longer lasting sleep due to reduced pain and a more relaxed mental state.
In addition, CBD helps with the production of melatonin, a chemical that is essential to helping the human body sleep. This ability to help improve melatonin levels, as well as inflammation reduction and relaxation properties, makes CBD a worthy option to help improve sleep.
Like anything else, those wishing to begin using CBD to treat the symptoms of common ailments should conduct thorough research and consider consulting their doctor to ensure no complications with other medications. For more information about our naturally-grown, GMO-free hemp, visit our home page.