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What is CBD

What Exactly Does CBD Stand For?

CBD stands for Cannabidiol. It is a natural remedy that is gaining in popularity for its various perceived health benefits. It is one of the 100 different chemical compounds that can be found in the cannabis plant. Many confuse it with THC which is a psychoactive compound that can be found in the same plant. This is the compound that causes a ‘high’ sensation that you get from marijuana. However, it is very different in that it doesn’t cause the same sensation because it’s not a psychoactive compound. Below, we will be going over some of the different benefits that you can get from full-spectrum CBD oil.

This is one of the main benefits that you can get from CBD oil and one of the reasons its popularity has skyrocketed. There has been a lot of research to showcase its pain-relieving properties. In fact, it has become such an effective pain reliever, it is helping those that would otherwise be forced to take opioids to deal with chronic pain. Studies have shown that it has become an effective treatment for sciatic nerve pain and that it has showcased anti-inflammatory properties in rats [1]. The ability to minimize pain with something natural like CBD is a big deal considering the addictive properties of a lot of effective pain relievers available.

It’s Positive Effect On Anxiety

Another major reason CBD has become so widely popular has to do with the impact that it can have on anxiety. Millions of people suffer from various kinds of anxiety and it is a disorder that can have severe repercussions on someone’s quality of life. A lot of the current anxiety medications on the market have significant side effects which can really limit the quality of life improvements the subject is able to see by taking them. This ultimately leads to a lot of people to avoid taking anti-anxiety medication altogether. CBD oil has shown to have positive effects on those that experience anxiety with minimal side effects. There is still a lot of research needed to be conducted to prove it’s legitimacy in being effective at curbing anxiety, but the early results are certainly promising. One study showcased that CBD oil was effective in treating pediatric anxiety for children suffering from PTSD [2].

Reduce Inflammatory Skin Conditions

Another positive effect CBD oil can have on one’s health has to do with it being applied topically. Because the oil itself features anti-inflammatory properties, it has been linked to helping reduce occurrences of acne in certain individuals [3]. Acne is a condition that affects a lot of people. Because of this, it is a very encouraging sign that something naturally occurring like CBD oil can have a positive impact. It is said to have the ability to help reduce the occurrence of acne because it features anti-inflammatory properties. However, it also has the ability to mimic natural sebum production which is another direct cause of acne flareups. Many experience acne flareups due to the overproduction of sebum oil. Because CBD oil is so light and because it closely mimics sebum oil, it can help to curb the overproduction of the oil which can cause clogged pores and an environment where acne bacteria can thrive.

Heart Health

Another area CBD oil has shown encouraging signs of helping with health has to do with heart health. This is largely due to the fact that CBD oil has the ability to help lower high blood pressure in individuals that experience it. This is a big one because high blood pressure is typically one of the major precursors to suffering either a heart attack or a stroke. Therefore, CBD oil being an effective treatment for lowering blood pressure can help minimize the risk factor associated with having one.

In the end, there are so many different promising things about CBD oil to be aware of. It has become a very popular natural alternative to a lot of prescribed medications. However, there is still a lot of research to be completed on the subject. It is surely one of the more promising natural remedies that are coming out. It shouldn’t be confused with THC which has psychoactive properties. CBD oil is not going to get you ‘high’ nor will it lead to addiction. It is strictly a compound that can be found in the cannabis plant and it offers a lot of the benefits that THC can offer without the addictive properties nor the psychoactive elements. Because of the lack of clarity with what CBD oil is, it is still heavily regulated and it is not currently legal in every state on a state level. Some states have it as completely legal, some have it legal for medical use, and some prohibit it for any use.