If you like drinking coffee in the morning or chugging down a smoothie after your workouts, then it’s possible you might have seen this word in your drink’s list of ingredients: cannabidiol. Recently, cannabidiol (also known as CBD) has been getting more and more traction in terms of popularity. Thanks to its relation to cannabis, there has understandably been some confusion and controversy associated with CBD, but that doesn’t stop people from using it as an alternative treatment.
First, let’s lay out what CBD actually is: it is a cannabinoid/compound found in the Cannabis sativa plant. Compared to marijuana, however, CBD isn’t psychoactive and will not cause you to feel the sensation of “getting high.”
Simply put, CBD is not mind-altering in a way that marijuana is.
People- especially those in the wellness scene- are starting to turn to CBD alternative treatments more and more because it has a number of benefits:
CBD alternative treatment provides pain relief
CBD is a natural alternative to more synthetic pain-relief drugs. Research has shown that CBD may have a hand in helping cut chronic pain. It does this by interacting with endocannabinoid (a special system in your body that regulates sleep, pain, and immune system responses) receptor activity and neurotransmitters. As such, CBD can often help with a variety of chronic pain conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, chronic inflammation, and multiple sclerosis.
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CBD alternative treatment helps with childhood epilepsy syndromes
Those who suffer childhood epilepsy conditions like Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome turn to CBD for relief, which is otherwise not possible with other antiseizure medications. Research has shown that the number of seizures a person goes through can be reduced with CBD. CBD has even stopped epilepsy cases altogether and is great if one needs anti-seizure treatments without the high risk of side effects. CBD has since been approved by the FDA for treatment of two rare epileptic conditions in 2018, the aforementioned Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome.
CBD alternative treatment makes quitting smoking easier
Looking to quit smoking for good and be gentler to your lungs? You might be interested in CBD. A study has found that, when inhaled through inhalers, CBD has helped smokers cut down on cigarette usage and nicotine cravings. It’s even been associated with healing those with opioid addiction and substance abuse disorders by easing symptoms like pain, insomnia, and anxiety.
It helps ease anxiety
Though cannabis and anxiety don’t go hand-in-hand thanks to the THC in cannabis amplifying the effects of the latter, CBD’s lack of a psychoactive property makes it great for those suffering from anxiety disorders. A review has shown that CBD reduces behaviors the stem from anxiety, such as panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, general anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
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It could improve your heart’s health
Studies have been done about CBD and the benefits it provides to the circulatory system and the heart. CBD is quite promising for its impact on high blood pressure, thereby also affecting the likelihood of heart attacks and strokes. Human and animal subjects have shown smaller increases in blood pressure, cut resting blood pressure, lessened cell death and inflammation- all thanks to CBD.
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