The rise in popularity associated with CBD stemmed largely from its ability to treat chronic conditions, like the seizures associated with epilepsy & Multiple Sclerosis (MS). However, recent studies and anecdotal evidence show that CBD has the potential to improve quality of life for nearly everyone – even if you’re healthy. CBD has helped thousands of people suffering from anxiety and insomnia switch from pharmaceutical drugs like Ambien and Xanex to a natural, plant-based remedy. It’s important to note that one of the reasons CBD is so effective is because it helps treat the root cause of an issue as opposed to just the symptoms.
Here are some of the most common conditions that CBD helps manage.
Whether you realize it or not, inflammation is at the root of most disease – Alzheimer’s, arthritis, Crohn’s disease, Eczema, Fibromyalgia, and even diabetes. The presence of inflammation is what allows these diseases to take hold in the body. Thus, one could argue that without inflammation, most diseases would not even exist. CBD is an extremely powerful anti-inflammatory compound, which is why so many people with chronic conditions and compromised immune systems finally feel sustained relief after switching to CBD oriented treatment regimens.
Given that so much pain (especially chronic) stems from inflammation, it should come as no surprise that CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties will inherently help with pain management. But it’s also worth noting that CBD is itself considered an analgesic – a class of drugs that are designed to relieve pain (think NSAIDs and narcotics). After all, the body’s endocannabinoid system is involved in managing pain perception. This is why CBD is so effective at replacing opiates and Aspirin in the lives of those suffering from chronic pain.
For generalized anxiety, CBD has been shown to reduce stress levels in animals in humans. Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) is one of the most common anxiety conditions and it affects approximately 15 million American adults. An NCBI performed a study on the impact of CBD on those suffering from SAD – participants were asked to give a public speech and the study concluded, “pretreatment with CBD significantly reduced anxiety, cognitive impairment and discomfort in their speech performance.”
Insomnia is often related to stress, anxiety and traumatic events. Thus it is easy to reason that CBD is equally as effective at treating anxiety-induced Insomnia. The consumption of CBD often results in a ‘wave of relief’ that can be felt throughout the whole body. Those who use CBD for insomnia report feelings of relaxation, calmness, and peace. Another related benefit to CBD is it can reduce symptoms related to PTSD.
But I don’t want to get ‘high’
This is arguably one of the biggest upsides to CBD as medicine, it doesn’t result in any of the psychoactivity induced by recreational weed containing THC. This means that it’s especially suitable for children, the elderly, and those looked to remain clear-headed throughout the day.
Curious whether CBD can help you? This article from US National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health shows all the benefits of CBD and the ways in which CBD has proven to be effective. Now that you’re ready to try CBD, you need to find the correct consumption method. Check out our CBD Consumption Guide to find the right product for you.