The popularity of cannabidiol(CBD), an active compound found in cannabis, has recently skyrocketed. It is being touted as a natural remedy for a wide range of health conditions, but how does CBD really help to improve your health? Here are the top 5 ways.
- Can help to reduce symptoms of anxiety disorders
CBD also targets the same endocannabinoid system to reduce levels of anxiety and depression. When it affects the receptors in the endocannabinoid system, it prevents them from properly binding to anandamide and breaking it down. Anandamide is a naturally-occurring endocannabinoid, known for producing positive feelings of happiness and bliss. This interaction with CBD leads to an increase of this neurotransmitter in the body, which can reduce feelings of stress, fear, and anxiety, as well as helping to generally improve your mood.
- Can help to reduce physical pain
CBD can help to minimize feelings of physical pain, by targeting the endocannabinoid system in the body. CBD affects the receptors in the endocannabinoid system, specifically CB1, by reducing their ability to bind with endocannabinoids, specifically anandamide. As well as improving your psychological condition, anandamide has anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. CBD inhibits the reuptake of this endocannabinoid, improving its ability to mask pain. CBD has been shown to reduce pain for a number of different conditions, including arthritis, migraines, cramps, and chronic back pain.
- Can improve sleep
CBD can have a calming effect, which helps it to improve the sleep of people who suffer from conditions such as insomnia. It is believed that part of its sleep-enhancing effects come from its ability to reduce stress and anxiety, which can lead to being able to fall asleep easier. Its reduction of feelings of pain can also lead to easier sleep. CBD not only helps people fall asleep, but research suggests that it can also aid in preventing daytime sleepiness, allowing you to feel more alert during the day so that your night-time sleep schedule is more successful.
- Can reduce seizures in patients with epilepsy
A number of studies have shown that CBD can reduce the rate of seizures caused by conditions such as Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome. These are particularly harsh forms of childhood epilepsy, with minimal success with other forms of treatment. The studies done on these conditions showed that CBD interacted with more traditional forms of epilepsy medication, increasing the length of time that the medication stays in the body, therefore increasing its effects.
- Can improve acne
Finally, CBD can be used to treat cases of acne and poor skin. Acne is caused by a number of factors, including excessive oil production in skin, hormones, and bacteria. CBD has anti-inflammatory properties, which help to reduce the swelling and redness that is associated with some forms of acne. CBD has also been shown to reduce the production of sebum, an oil that is secreted from the skin. Excessive sebum can create a build-up in pores, getting stuck and leading to acne. To treat acne, most people use a topical CBD cream or gel.