From experience, if you recommend CBD oil to most people, their instant response will be something along the lines, of a horrified, ‘oh no, I don’t want to get addicted to cannabis!’
They have little or no idea about the benefits of CBD oil on the body, and no matter how reassuring you are that they won’t get addicted, that the benefits are all very positive, the pinch-mouthed disapproval remains, and nothing will convince them to even try it.
But what is CBD really all about and how can it help the internal workings of our body?
Well, within our body we all have an endocannabinoid system, which is perhaps the most important physiological system of all. It keeps all our feelings of well-being in place. A chemical called anandamide, which is the Sanskrit word for ‘bliss’, is created and released on demand by the body to work with your endocannabinoid system.
When there are ample supplies of this chemical in your body, you feel naturally calmer, less stressed, less anxious, and better able to deal with all the little hurdles life puts in your way.
When your anandamide levels are low, those fight or flight feelings kick in at the drop of a hat, and that feeling of being on edge remains a constant.
CBD works with your endocannabinoid system, keeping it calm and balanced, and when taken consistently, over time, it helps soothe feelings of distress, and emotional turmoil. It aids sleep, and yes, that feeling of well-being.
The way it does this is to inhibit the enzyme which breaks down endocannabinoids, and instead, creates higher levels of anandamide in the body and brain, which is of course the ‘bliss’ chemical.
That’s good news for the brain and overall mental health, but what about the benefits of CBD on other areas of the body?
CBD has fantastic anti-inflammatory properties, so if you are suffering from any kind of inflammation, inside or outside your body, it will help calm things down.
So inwardly, if you have IBS, colitis, or anything associated with gut health, CBD can help calm things down, and reduce inflammation, which, unfortunately, is responsible for far too many long-term health problems. It can relax muscles, and joints, helping anyone with arthritis or rheumatism.
Outwardly, for athletes, or anyone who loves exercise, CBD used as a balm, can soothe knocks and bruises, cuts, and scrapes, and there are skincare ranges to help with skin flare-ups, sore hands, and cracked lips.
For professional athletes, of course, research must be thoroughly carried out, and they should only use completely free THC products, as even the minutest of traces could show up in any test results.
Generally, CBD in the commercial market is THC-free. This IS the chemical part of CBD that can have an adverse effect if too much is consumed, but we can’t ignore the way this also helps people with Parkinson’s and Epilepsy. I’m sure we’ve all seen clips of how instantly the body relaxes and the shakes disappear with one small dose of full-spectrum CBD.
But choose your CBD products wisely. The amount of CBD in mg, within each product, differs hugely from brand to brand. There are some brilliant online suppliers, but also some you should avoid!