Here we look at just some of the CBD benefits for health and wellbeing, many of which have been proven by recent public healthcare studies.
Why Use CBD?
Research has demonstrated that cannabinoids are found in both plants (phytocannabinoids) and also in humans (endocannabinoids). Cannabinoids have been found to balance the body and mind, to maintain a sense of wellness and in recent years, CBD has become the most popular and widely used cannabinoid to this end. CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid and is legal in the UK.
The interaction between CBD and endocannabinoids in the human body is believed to bring a natural balance for general wellbeing – mentally, physically, and spiritually.
Whilst it doesn’t cause a ‘high’ for those who take it, in certain individuals, CBD has been shown to have significant benefits against a range of common ailments.
Increasingly, medical professionals are prescribing CBD to patients with mental health issues, chronic pain or those who are going through treatment for more serious conditions, like epilepsy and cancer. The World Health Organization (WHO) concluded that CBD is not something one can become addicted to or form a reliance on, so it’s becoming a far more common alternative treatment for modern concerns.
If you’re still sceptical, here’s our CBD benefits list, covering a range of widely accepted and proven effects on health and wellbeing:
1. Reduction of anxiety
Studies from the NYU School of Medicine have added to growing evidence that CBD oil is an effective tool for reducing anxiety in individuals with Generalised Anxiety Disorder, as well as other mental illnesses of which anxiety is a symptom.
CBD can have a slight sedative effect on the body, encouraging our brains to relax. The more relaxed you feel, the less your body releases cortisol – the stress hormone that causes us to feel anxious.
2. Reduction of PTSD related symptoms
Both CBD and medical marijuana have had a significant effect on improving symptoms associated with PTSD, including reduction in nightmares, panic attacks, low mood and destructive behaviour patterns.
Research has suggested that taking CBD can reduce activity in the amygdala – the part of the brain that responds to threats and makes us feel scared. CBD has already been prescribed to ex-military members across the world, particularly in the United States, where it has been at the centre of marijuana legalisation campaigns in some states.
3. Treatment for epilepsy
In both the UK and USA, CBD has been prescribed to both children and adults as a way of controlling epilepsy. Research performed in the United Kingdom demonstrated that, in some people, taking CBD could help reduce seizures by around 50%, though more research is needed.
The NHS does offer Epidyolex to those with rarer forms of epilepsy. This is a highly purified liquid containing CBD prescribed to those with Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome and Dravet Syndrome.
4. Relief from chronic pain
Chronic pain is a very common ailment and some patients have used CBD infused items like oils or gummies to help combat the pain they feel. CBD can interact with other medications a person might take, so there is still much research needed to understand who it can help – and how effectively.
Studies in both Canada and the USA suggested that giving small doses of CBD to patients with non-cancerous diseases, including autoimmune diseases, can demonstrate a reduction in chronic pain.
5. Easing of arthritic pain
Arthritis causes swelling and pain around key joint areas – and CBD has been suggested as a helpful combatant to ease the pain that arthritis brings.
While still in the early stages of research, initial studies into CBD and arthritis demonstrated that CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties helped ease general arthritic pain in some patients.
6. Lowering blood pressure
Lower blood pressure isn’t just good for mind and limbs – it supports your heart and can help keep it healthy in the long term. CBD could help lower blood pressure by reducing general feelings of tension and anxiety.
Studies performed in the UK showed that, in young men with no underlying conditions, taking small amounts of CBD helped reduce blood pressure over time. However, further study is needed to confirm this.
7. Helping with sleep
Most of us aren’t getting the sleep we need, and CBD could help. Similar to how it helps the body and mind to relax and unwind, some positive initial research suggested the mild sedative effect in CBD could improve sleep patterns.
It is thought to be especially useful for individuals who struggle to sleep due to chronic pain, though more conclusive human studies are underway to determine the validity of this claim.
Can CBD help me?
Derived from the hemp plant, CBD is thought to have a similar effect to medical marijuana – but isn’t a drug. It’s legal in most countries and can be bought in supermarkets or high street health stores in many territories, including the UK.
Though lots of scientific research is being undertaken to determine how effective CBD can be at treating certain conditions, already there’s evidence to suggest it can help ease mental health issues like anxiety and PTSD, treat arthritic and other common chronic pain, improve your sleep and lower your blood pressure.
At ISO CBD we believe in a holistic approach to wellbeing, and strive to create the very best pure and natural CBD products that are accessible and safe to use for all our customers.