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What is CBD

What is CBD and Why Should I Use It?

Everything that God created has something good about it. The plant used in the production of an illicit drug, marijuana/weed, isn’t what one might perceive.

This bad guy is being used to make a compound called CBD, which has proven benefits. Though it is commonly used for medicinal purposes, it can also make you look good.

Shocked? Read on to find out the details.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol is a phytocannabinoid, a chemical compound found in the herbaceous flowering plant, cannabis aka ‘Cannabis Sativa.’

This plant produces around 113 cannabinoids. However, it is the most beneficial cannabinoid among them. First, it is extracted from the stems, flowers, and leaves of this plant.

Then, this compound is diluted by mixing it with a base, mostly oil, to make CBD oil, or alcohol, to make CBD tincture.

How Does CBD Work?

Cannabidiol works by interacting with the endocannabinoid system present in your body. This system produces endocannabinoids that regulate mood, appetite, sleep, memory, and immunity.

Tiny protein molecules called receptors are an essential part of this system and are present as CB1 and CB2 receptors, which lie across the nervous system.

So, CBD exerts its medical benefits by stimulating these receptors. These receptors, in turn, increase the production of endocannabinoids throughout the body.

Therapeutic Effects and Uses of CBD

Although it has numerous benefits, here are four of them that top the list.

Treats Epilepsy

Numerous studies have proved the role of oral cannabidiol in reducing epileptic convulsions. A clinical trial was conducted in 2016, which showed a reduction in monthly seizure episodes.

Similarly, a study in 2017 demonstrated a significant decrease in seizures in children with Dravet syndrome.

Therefore, the Food and Drug Administration of the U.S approved the use of the cannabidiol drug ‘Epidiolex’ in 2018. It is used to treat seizures associated with Dravet syndrome and Lennox Gastaut syndrome.

Alleviates Pain and Inflammation

Recent clinical studies have confirmed the role in treating neuropathic pain and chronic pain.

In addition to this, another clinical trial showed it’s anti-inflammatory properties. It proved the role of CBD in reducing signs of inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis.

Conclusively, you can use it as a natural remedy for relieving pain.

Reduces Acne

Do you want clear skin? You can use CBD to achieve one. According to research, cannabidiol reduces sebum production in sebocytes. Sebum excess leads to acne formation.

Therefore, it can help to treat acne and prevent it from appearing on your skin.

Lowers Anxiety

You can benefit from cannabidiol if you suffer from an anxiety disorder. Although further research is underway, one study on CBD showed its promising effects in reducing anxiety signs.

Moreover, it also helps in lowering the increased heart rate associated with anxiety.

How to use CBD?

CBD is available in capsules, creams, oils, tinctures, and powder form. So which type of product should you use?

That depends on what you are using it for. However, CBD oil is the most reliable form, which you can add to your morning smoothie or sip it in coffee.

Conclusion

If you have decided to reap the benefits of cannabidiol, it would be better to consult your doctor first for advice on the type of CBD product and its dosage.

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