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CBD is short for cannabidiol. In spite of being derived from the cannabis plant, CBD does not have any psychoactive properties, and will not lead to the “high” for which THC – the other main cannabis-derivative – is known for.
Currently, CBD is undergoing several medical studies and intense research to unravel its secrets and discover its essential health benefits. Thus far, many discoveries have been made, but many more facts are coming to light about this unique, natural, and non-psychoactive product which is why it has gained a lot of popularity.
One of the most popular forms of CBD is the CBD oil, which is extracted from hemp.
You may ask why CBD does not get you high despite being extracted from hemp? Well, you see hemp is rich in several ingredients, principal among which are THC and CBD; but hemp contains more CBD and less of THC compared to marijuana, which contains more THC and less CBD.
Beyond the chemical effects of CBD, let’s explore the effects of CBD on the mind body and spirit.
The outcome of one recent study recorded in the American Journal of Epidemiology in 2011 examined the effect of CBD on 52,000 participants. This study showed that those who use cannabis have a lower risk of obesity and diabetes despite consuming a lot of calories per day.
So, CBD is highly effective against obesity and diabetes. Consequently, it can keep the human body in good health and can reduce your body mass index (BMI) and smaller waist circumference, which will automatically lead to lower risk of obesity and diabetes.
CBD effects include a reduction in the risk of cardiovascular disease due to its ability to improve cholesterol profile. For example, in 2013 a study was conducted on 4,652 participants to determine the effect of CBD on cholesterol profiles. These individuals were divided into two groups; one group was given CBD products, while the other group was not given the product. The first group recorded higher amount of good cholesterol (HDL) or High-Density Lipoprotein compared to the other group.
The Inuit community in Canada also discovered that a regular use of cannabis can increase the HDL level and lower LDL levels after few weeks of a consistent use; LDL is Low-Density Lipoprotein and it is also called “bad cholesterol”
The health benefits of CBD described above make it a reliable product for treating and preventing atherosclerosis. Consequently, a frequent use of CBD products can prevent stroke and several other heart diseases. Additionally, it can help in the treatment of these conditions.
A reduction in the risk of heart-related problems can prevent anxiety and several other psychological problems, leading to a unique wholesomeness of the body, mind, and spirit, not just of the affected person, but their family and friends as well.
CBD effects include a drastic reduction in the risk of cancer. Consequently, using CBD products can prevent cancer development. In fact, studies showed that the use of CBD products can improve the management of cancer. A study carried out in 2012 on animals showed that animals given CBD were less likely to have colon cancer despite being induced with carcinogens before being given the CBD product.
Aside from preventing tumor development, the curative effect of CBD products on cancer growth was affirmed via a 1996 study on animal models. It was discovered in that study that administration of CBD can decrease the size and effects of both hepatic adenoma and benign tumors.
In 2015, the medical records of more than 84,000 male patients were examined by scientists in California. The data revealed that those using cannabis, but not tobacco, had 45% less risk of developing bladder cancer.
This makes CBD an essential inclusion in topical products for treating and preventing skin cancers.
CBD has neuroprotective properties. Consequently, they can regulate and maintain brain health. They can remove any damaged cell from the brain and also improve the efficiency of the mitochondria, called the powerhouse of the cell.
CBD also has an antioxidant effect which can capture free radicals in the body and prevent them from hurting the body organs. The antioxidants can prevent glutamate toxicity and maintain the health state of the human brain by keeping the amount of glutamate within the normal range; glutamate is responsible for stimulating nerve cells in the human brain.
This anti-inflammatory property of CBD contributes to the improved functionality of the human brain.
CBD can facilitate the bone metabolism process, which is the cycle involved in the replacement of old bone materials with new. This is done naturally at about 10% per year and is essential to a healthy bone state. CBD can inhibit enzymes responsible for destroying the compounds involved in healthy bone development. Furthermore, CBD can prevent age-related bone problems, like osteoarthritis and osteoporosis, in which the bone has stopped creating new cartilage and bone cells. Additionally, CBD can activate bone-cell formation and can, therefore, heal broken bone
CBD has a protective effect on the skin. It can prevent several skin conditions, including skin cancer. CBD products for skin cancer are applied topically; that is, directly on the skin. The skin contains a lot of CB2 receptors and the antioxidant components of the product bind to the receptor to prevent the activities of free radicals that can cause skin problems.
Topical products can be in various forms like salve, oil, serum, and lotion to bring about the desired effects. Once applied, CBD protects the skin from damaging UV ray effects from the sun.
CBD effects against anxiety stands as one of its most popular uses. Whereas THC can increase anxiety in some patients, it can reduce anxiety in other patients. CBD, on the other hand, can lower anxiety in all patients.
Several studies have proven the stress-lowering effect of CBD over the years in both humans and animals. The ability of CBD to lower stress is linked to certain activities in both the paralimbic and limbic brain areas.
CBD has the following effects on the body:
CBD is a 100% natural product. Be that as it may, it is not advisable to use any CBD product without a doctor’s recommendation.
Take care when using CBD, but rest assured that it does have many positive effects which can be very beneficial to the body, as well as to the heart, mind, and spirit.
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