Top Reasons People Use CBD
Pain relief is listed first for a reason. Of all the reasons people take CBD, this is probably the biggest.
Modern medicine still has a hard time quantifying what pain actually is, or where it actually comes from. Much in the same way, those who’ve never been in chronic pain struggle to understand what it’s like for those who always are. What’s clear is that pain can drive a person to desperation.
Thankfully, though, those whose desperation drives them to try CBD oil are reporting some pretty impressive results. According to a recent survey by the Harris Poll, 39% of America’s CBD users are taking the plant compound for chronic pain. That percentage rises close to 100% when taking into account every type of pain. Many of these users have come to the conclusion that CBD is the perfect natural painkiller.
Cannabinoids like CBD are unique in that they relieve pain in two ways. First, the perception of pain gets blocked via the same receptor system that lets one enjoy hot peppers (TRPV-1). Then, inflammatory causes of pain are quieted down by restrengthened cannabinoid receptors. Basically, CBD for pain relief is a truly holistic solution.
Pain isn’t the only health epidemic our culture is facing; anxiety is pretty prevalent, too. People of every age and demographic may have found the antidote for anxiety in CBD, and the plant compound is especially popular among millennials for this very reason.
Another poll, this one by the aptly-named CBD Marketing Group, found that millenials are raving about CBD’s anxiolytic abilities — on social media, of course! And 90% of this feedback is positive. Pretty good, from an efficacy standpoint.
These results aren’t surprising when you consider that CBD’s impact on anxiety is usually fast, powerful, and noticeable, even when one is only taking a small dose. How does this work? It may be that CBD helps rebalance the distorted serotonin:dopamine ratios that often reflect high anxiety. CBD can also calm down excitatory neurons in the brain, leading to a calmer, slowed down you.
Further, CBD even promotes what scientists call neuroplasticity, or brain flexibility. With new and improved thoughts comes a less anxious life. That’s the theory, at least, and so far anecdotal evidence backs it up.
45% of US adults who try CBD are drawn to it in hopes that it might help them sleep. Usually, it does! But not like you might expect — unlike conventional sleep aids, CBD’s effects are biphasic.
That means that a low dose will behave much differently than a higher one. So while CBD doesn’t usually cause drowsiness, experiencing its benefits for sleep is as simple as just raising your daily dose a little.
CBD also cooperates with your body’s natural sleep-wake cycles. That’s because it activates the endocannabinoid system, which tends to stay in sync with the sun. Take 10 mg’s of CBD during the day, and you probably won’t feel sleepy at all. But take that same 10 mg’s a few hours before bed, and be prepared to sleep great! You can thank your endocannabinoid system’s intuitive function for that.
Of all CBD’s health benefits, this is one of the most well researched. Using CBD may alleviate both the symptoms and causes of a variety of autoimmune diseases. As a powerful immune system modulator, CBD helps retrain the overactive immune system that’s often seen in those with AI problems. One study put it this way: “...results suggest that CBD suppresses T cell [immune cell] function…”
And when the immune system is prevented from hurting itself, good things happen. Those with diseases like rheumatoid arthritis may notice less pain and joint stiffness. Those with thyroid issues may regain their ability to produce adequate amounts of T3-mediated hormones. Even MS sufferers may greatly benefit from consistently using CBD.
While we don’t make the claim that CBD will kill any and all cancers, initial evidence shows that it might really help. CBD can powerfully reduce the nausea and GI upset that come with chemotherapy, but its benefits actually run much deeper than that.
That’s because CBD shifts metabolism. Usually it promotes a shift away from carbohydrate burning and towards fat burning. Without getting too technical, this shift to cleanly burning fuel is great for general health — and very bad for most types of cancer. In addition, CBD may help healthy cells produce more ceramide, a special compound that chemically combats cancer.
Many diabetics are surprised to find that they don’t require as much insulin when consistently taking CBD. In fact, CBD can sometimes correct blood sugar so quickly that one needs to take less insulin. As always, talk to your doctor about your options with CBD.
CBD promotes fat burning, as we said earlier — and that’s good for those with diabetes, too. But the plant compound also sensitizes one to insulin, a quality that’s normally lost in type-2 diabetes.
The mechanisms at play here can be pretty complex, involving things like leptin, ghrelin, AMPK, and BAT. But it’s not necessary to understand them in order to benefit from blood sugar regulation.
Earlier we learned how good CBD is for chronic pain. (Or maybe you already knew that, if you’ve been taking CBD products for any amount of time!) But did you know that it’s great for the closely-related problem of addiction, too?
It’s true. Initial research shows that CBD reduces the cravings associated with even the hardest of drugs. It ‘quiets down’ an addicted brain’s overactive reward centers just like it calms overactive neurons in anxiety, allowing one to recover from the biochemical roots of addiction.
No wonder that regions with legal cannabis (and presumably higher CBD use) demonstrate lower opioid use and abuse rates. Some Doctors are even starting to wean their patients off opioids through careful CBD regiments.
CBD promotes total wellness. Though this benefit may seem a little less tangible than some of the other’s we’ve listed here, it’s no less powerful. That’s because CBD directly strengthens what’s been described as a literal bridge between body and mind — the endocannabinoid system!
Indeed, many people who begin taking CBD report more hope and a greater sense of wellbeing. Overall, the plant compound might just help people live and thrive in all the ways they want to.