By now, you’ve probably noticed CBD infused energy drinks in the cooler at the grocery store or walked down an entire aisle dedicated to CBD products at the nearest health food store and wondered what all the fuss is about. What’s so great about CBD oil, and does it really deliver such fantastic health benefits? If you’re wondering if you should try CBD oil in 2020, here are a few science-backed reasons to do just that.
What is CBD oil?
Before we begin, let’s give a quick recap of what exactly CBD is. It is one of the many compounds (cannabinoids) that come from the cannabis plant. The most well-known compound, however, and the one that gave cannabis a bad rap for so many years is known as THC. A psychoactive compound that can cause a “high.” Marijuana contains both THC and CBD, which is why it is considered a mind-altering drug. CBD, on the other hand, is simply an extraction of CBD combined with a carrier oil and (most of the time) does not have THC, which means that you can enjoy the health benefits of cannabis without experiencing the hallucinogenic effects.
Could reduce acne
Do you struggle with adult acne? If so, take a moment to address your diet first. Are you eating healthy, real foods, or are you filling your body with processed, greasy, fast food junk? Diet plays a massive role in the quality and health of your skin, but if you live a healthy lifestyle and still struggle with this irritating condition, CBD oil may be helpful. Research suggests that it has potent anti-inflammatory properties and can reduce sebum production that leads to clogged pores.
Could help your heart
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the world and has maintained that status for over 15 years. High blood pressure is often a significant contributor to the development of cardiovascular diseases. Though prescription medication is effective in maintaining safe blood pressure, many people have hypertension and don’t even realize it. Due to its anxiety-reducing effects, CBD oil can reduce blood pressure, and may even limit inflammation and cell death associated with heart disease due to its powerful antioxidants.
Could help you stop smoking
If one of your resolutions in 2020 is to stop smoking and prioritize your health, you may be looking at a long road ahead, especially if you are battling against years of addiction. One promising pilot study published in Addictive Behaviors found that smokers who used inhalers containing CBD smoked fewer cigarettes than usual and had no further cravings for nicotine. Other research suggests that CBD could help reduce opioid addiction and treat substance abuse and withdrawal symptoms.
If you are trying to stop smoking or have another issue with substance abuse, reach out to various resources such as support groups, therapists, and doctors if needed. Get the help you need to improve your quality of life and protect your health.
Could help manage your anxiety and depression
These conditions can be devastating and debilitating and are generally treated with long-term prescription medications. However, if you have entered the New Year battling a mental illness and would prefer to stay away from potent, chemical drugs, there are a few natural options at your disposal. One useful option is CBD oil. According to a review published in Neurotherapeutics, CBD could help reduce many anxiety-related behaviors, including post-traumatic stress disorder, general anxiety, panic disorder, social anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. It has also been shown to have antidepressive benefits due to its effects on the brain’s production of serotonin.
It is legal and safe
Unlike prescription drugs that can be addictive and cause issues such as drowsiness, agitation, insomnia, sexual dysfunction, and headache, CBD is totally safe, legal, nonaddictive, and there have been no reported side effects to date.
Note, as with most natural (and commercial) health products and trends, it is essential that you do your research and act as your own advocate for your body. Most far-fetched claims that certain elixirs or compounds will act as an instant cure-all and halt cancer in its tracks are usually exaggerated. Take CBD oil at face value, look at the evidence, and decide whether or not it works for you.
Before you take CBD, be sure the research the company to ensure that you are getting a quality, pure product, Since it is not regulated by the FDA, there are many companies that use dangerous filler products and may not even contain that much actual CBD. If you are on any prescription medications, speak with your doctor before beginning supplementation.
-The Alternative Daily