What Are the Top 5 Uses of CBD?

Found in the Cannabis sativa plant, cannabidiol, CBD for short, is a chemical compound that has long been associated with many applications. While CBD can be extracted from cannabis plant cousins hemp or marijuana, CBD does not contain the psychoactive chemical known as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), so it’s not a drug for ‘getting high’ as some may mistakenly believe. Instead, people use CBD for a wide range of benefits. Here, we’ll explore the top five uses of CBD.

Found in the Cannabis sativa plant, cannabidiol, CBD for short, is a chemical compound that has long been associated with many applications. While CBD can be extracted from cannabis plant cousins hemp or marijuana, CBD does not contain the psychoactive chemical known as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), so it’s not a drug for ‘getting high’ as some may mistakenly believe. Instead, people use CBD for a wide range of benefits. Here, we’ll explore the top five uses of CBD.


What Is CBD?

Today, most CBD found in oils, creams, and gels comes from the hemp plant where it’s found in abundance. As mentioned, even though CBD is also found in marijunana, it is not the chemical compound that gets people high. Unlike THC, CBD doesn’t have psychoactive properties. Consequently, users of CBD won’t experience a sense of euphoria, but they may experience various healthful properties that we’ll discuss in just a bit.


CBD has been used for centuries, but the medical community is only now beginning to study its medicinal properties. In fact, the FDA has approved one CBD drug that’s used to treat epilepsy by helping to stop seizures.


How Is CBD Used?

There are many different CBD products today. Depending on their preferences and what they’re taking CBD for, they might apply it as a topical lotion, gel, or cream. Some people use CBD as an oil. Others vape it or eat it in gummy form. It’s also available in patch form and in pills or capsules.


Anti-Inflammatory Properties

Inflammation occurs naturally in the body as a response to injury or an infection. A bee sting can cause inflammation, but inflammation also occurs chronically in relation to various diseases such as arthritis. In some cases, inflammation can merely cause mild irritation but it can also cause extreme pain. Many people are opposed to taking prescription pain killing drugs because of their addictive properties or unpleasant side effects.


CBD has been associated with strong anti-inflammatory properties. Some people use CBT oil after a workout to soothe aching muscles. Others use it for arthritis pain relief. In fact, a CBT medication that’s approved in the UK has been shown to alleviate arthritis pain during movement and when patients are at rest. In another study, a localized CBT gel delivered pain relief to local areas of the body such as the knee. It’s thought that CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties allow it to combat pain effectively in some situations.


Insomnia

In the U.S., it’s thought that about 30% of adults will experience short-term insomnia. As many as 70 million people in the U.S. may actually have a sleep disorder. Just as there are unwanted side effects associated with prescription painkillers like opioids, there are also side effects and the potential for addiction that comes with prescription sedatives.


Another popular use of CBD is to alleviate insomnia. CBT can make people feel drowsy so that it’s easier for them to fall asleep and sleep more soundly. Improved sleep quality allows people to wake up feeling well rested and refreshed. Insomnia can be caused by numerous reasons. Some people experience pain that keeps them awake. Others may feel nervous or anxious; stress can impede sleep. According to anecdotal evidence, CBT seems to quell multiple root causes of insomnia.


Ease Stress and Anxiety

Feeling anxious and stressed are normal experiences, but sometimes the symptoms of stress and anxiety don’t seem to let up, and that can take a toll on both physical and mental health. Many people take CBD to help them manage their anxiety and chronic stress. Whether taken after a particularly hard day or simply as part of anxiety maintenance, CBD appears to have a calming effect, allowing the individual to experience relief.


Some people who have clinical anxiety or depression have also reported relief from their symptoms after using CBD. Anti-anxiety medications like benzodiazepines can be very addictive, which makes them unattractive to some anxiety sufferers. Antidepressants can come with their own unpleasant side effects. As a result, some anxiety and depression sufferers are turning to CBD instead because it’s easy to use and not associated with unwanted side effects. And, in conjunction with therapy, some people suffering from post traumatic stress disorder have also found relief using CBT.


Healthy Skin

Many plant compounds have been shown to help promote healthy skin, and CBT appears to be among them. Used topically, CBD can alleviate dry skin. The CBD appears to target the receptors in the skin that regulate oil production. With a production boost, skin becomes less dry over time. Additionally, CBD is used to treat various skin conditions, including acne. Its anti-inflammatory properties can quell redness and irritation, too, which leaves people feeling more comfortable.


With its antioxidant properties, it’s even thought that CBT can help reduce the appearance of fine lines on the skin. Sun damage, for instance, can cause premature aging of the skin. CBT may be able to protect the skin and support its healing processes.


Help with Substance Addiction

More than 22 million people in the U.S. are struggling with a substance use disorder. Managing addiction is a life-long pursuit. While addiction can’t be cured, it can be managed, but it can be challenging to keep recovery on track, especially in its early stages. Some addiction sufferers have found that CBD can alleviate their stress and help them to regulate their emotions. Negative emotions can pave the way to relapse. By managing stress and emotions with healthy coping strategies, people can achieve lasting recovery. To that end, many are turning to non-addictive CBD for its support.


While these are the top uses of CBT, this compound is also commonly taken for used reasons–to protect the nervous system and even to reduce anxiety in pets. As a centuries-old natural remedy, CBD is attracting many people who want to avoid taking prescription drugs for some common complaints like insomnia or stress. Depending on your health and healthcare needs, CBD may be ideal for you.

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