By now you’ve probably heard of CBD oil; a natural and vegetal food supplement made from hemp extracts. According to preliminary research and customer experience, hemp oil can have amazingly positive effects on the body and mind. But what effects can you expect from CBD? Read five ways in which CBD oil could possibly improve your life:
How CBD oil works
Before we explain the effects CBD oil might have on the body and mind, let’s have a look at how Cannabidiol (CBD) works. Because you’ll need to understand how the substance is processed by the body first; to be able to understand the possibilities this organic product holds.
Cannabidiol is one of the many vegetal cannabinoids found in the hemp plant; or actually, phytocannabinoids (phyto = vegetal) to be precise. Because cannabinoids do not only exist in (hemp) plants. In fact, we humans - and all other mammals in the world - possess a body’s own cannabinoid system. A network that uses endocannabinoids (endo = body’s own) to regulate all kinds of important processes in the body. Meaning that our own cannabinoids act as signaling neurotransmitters, essential to our survival and well-being.
Read more about: ‘How does CBD work: the endocannabinoid system (ECS) explained‘
However, in some cases the body is not able to produce enough of these substances. Or they break down too fast, possibly causing several ailments in the body as a result. In those cases it might help to provide your body with additional vegetal cannabinoids to get back in balance. As such, CBD lends a ‘helping hand’ from nature in reaching homeostasis in the body. That is the ideal balance in which your body thrives and you feel the best. So by using CBD oil on a daily basis, you might expect the following effects:
1. CBD can strengthen immune system
One of the ways in which CBD could possibly improve your life, is by helping to regulate your immune system. Meaning that it makes sure the immune system reacts when needed, and helps eliminate various ‘intruders’ like viruses and bacteria from the body. Though it also helps to calm down the immune system when it overreacts unnecessarily, like what happens with auto-immune diseases for example. The reason that CBD works so well on the immune system, is because our immune cells are loaded with CB-receptors from the ECS. Proven by scientific research, this way CBD oil helps you strengthen and tame your immune system when needed.
2. Treat (chronic) pain with CBD
Besides, CBD oil could possibly help treat (chronic) pain. As various research papers prove CBD’s amazing effect on pain, because of two different approaches. Firstly, in the majority of cases, Cannabidiol could possibly help treat the cause of pain. Considering its strong anti-inflammatory and neuroregenerative properties - actively helping to decrease the level of inflammation and helping to restore damaged nerves.
Moreover, CBD often has a positive effect on the perception of pain; because it delays the speed in which the body breaks down some of the body’s own cannabinoids like anandamide and 2-AG. And these substances are partly responsible for experiencing feelings of happiness, but also soothe pain. So theoretically, the more of it you have in your bloodstream, the less pain you’ll experience. Also read our blog on CBD and chronic pain: ‘CBD Cosmetics: improve your skincare routine with hemp topicals'
3. Might reduce stress and anxiety
Anxiety, stress and depression are the silent killers of our time. According to the WHO, depression is even the number one disease in the 21nd century. Often, these disorders are treated with heavy medication that include long lists of possible side effects. Think dizziness, aggression, sleeplessness, headaches and sexual dysfunction for example. Furthermore, the (often benzodiazepine) medication can be very addictive and harmful to the body with continuous and/or excessive use.
Though various research on both animals and humans prove that CBD could possibly help treat this type of conditions. As hemp oil appears to be effective in reducing anxiety associated with public speaking, for example. Whereas other research shows CBD could possibly reduce sleeplessness and anxiety in children with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This has to do with CBD’s effect on the serotonine receptors in the brain. A neurotransmitter responsible for the regulation of mood and social behavior. Showing promising potential for CBD in treating mental disorders as stress, anxiety and depression.
4. Sleep better with CBD
As described in another article on CBD and sleep, a whopping 30% of the world’s population experience trouble sleeping. This might have various causes, but in all cases it is obviously very annoying and might cause daytime fatigue. Luckily, you won’t need dangerous and heavy sleep medication for a good night’s rest. Because according to various scientific studies mentioned in our previously published article, CBD appears to treat a variety of causes for insomnia. Whether you have trouble sleeping because you experience anxiety or stress; or wake up at night because of pain. The right CBD helps consumers fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer, in most cases.
5. Possibly treat acne and other skin-problems
CBD however offers more than a positive effect on the internal human, so to speak. As it can also be used topically. In fact, Cannabidiol has shown to be an exceptionally effective treatment for skin problems such as acne, eczema and psoriasis; to name a few. In case of acne, the problem is caused by genetics, bacteria, inflammation and an excessive sebum-production; the fatty excretion coming from the skin. Though according to recent science, CBD oil might help decrease inflammation and sebum-production.
So to keep your skin healthy, you could ingest CBD oil on a regular basis. Or better yet, treat the skin directly with CBD cosmetics. This way you apply the CBD directly where it’s needed. And considering the skin is fully covered by CB-receptors of the ECS; skin cells react unimaginably well on CBD skincare products.
Other effects from CBD
Apart from the aforementioned effects you can expect from CBD, the compound from hemp can possibly treat other ailments too. Though we are not in a position to make medical claims, nor is this article meant to replace professional medical advice. CBD is a natural food-supplement and not medication. To share other experiences you might have with CBD, or discuss specific situations; feel free to join our community: 'CBD Oil - Questions & Answers' on Facebook.