As we navigate what is for many the most stressful time in their lives, it’s more important than ever that we find ways to care for ourselves physically, mentally and emotionally.
In this article, we’re going to take a look at six ways CBD can help with your overall health and general wellbeing. From there, you can decide whether or not using CBD is suitable for your lifestyle.
Before we look into the various aspects of how CBD might help with our overall health and wellbeing, there are a couple of things worth noting. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has determined that CBD exhibits no effects indicative of abuse or dependence potential, and there is a wide range of potential benefits associated with CBD, but more clinical research is needed to make definitive claims. Additionally, constant use of CBD can in some cases cause mild side effects or interfere with certain medications. If in doubt, talk to your doctor before starting CBD.
Table of Contents
- Getting a good nights sleep
- Reducing stress and anxiety
- Helping to reduce inflammation
- Treating injuries and pain
- Skin and beauty care
- As part of your diet
1. Getting a good nights sleep
The recommended eight hours of sleep a night is far cry from reality for many. A recent consumer survey went as far as to suggest that almost 80 per cent of people say they have trouble sleeping at least once a week.
A poor night’s sleep can result from a whole range of things: temperature, noise, physical pain, psychological stress and anxiety. Whatever the cause, a bad night’s sleep can make for a tough day. A consistent lack of sleep can not only cause harm to our physical body, including the immune system, digestive system and cardiovascular system, it can also have severe consequences for our mental well being.
While current research limits the claims we can make regarding CBD and sleep, it does help you to relax before bedtime, which for many people, is all that’s required to ensure a good night’s sleep. Using CBD as an all-natural sleep aid can help ease your mind as you lay to rest so that you wake up feeling refreshed and ready to face the challenges of the day ahead.
2. Reducing stress and anxiety
We all get anxious from time to time. While it is a passing worry for some, for others it can take over if left unchecked. Because it’s thought to enhance the natural serotonin receptors in your brain, CBD is a natural sedative. It is known for helping lower blood pressure and reducing the stress hormones in the bloodstream.
The psychoactive properties in CBD also promote an overall feeling of calm without causing intoxication. This is similar to caffeine, but instead of winding you up, CBD slows you down. CBD can help boost your mood and relieve stress and anxiety. Treating the symptoms associated with anxiety and stress is often one of the main reasons why people turn to CBD products.
3. Helping to reduce inflammation
Reducing inflammation throughout the body has a massive impact on creating positive health effects, including helping to improve digestion by reducing gut inflammation. CBD may help reduce the pain associated with such diseases as Multiple Sclerosis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. It has also shown great promise in helping relieve muscle aches, inflammation, chronic pain in adults and assist the body to recover after a workout.
4. Treating injuries and pain
Whether it’s a chronic pain, period pain, joint pain, post-workout pain or headache, CBD can be effective in treating injuries and has huge pain relief potential. The mixture of analgesic and anti-inflammatory features means that CBD can help reduce pain while at the same time treating the underlying causes.
However, as we mentioned earlier in the article, CBD can interact with certain types of medication, so it’s worth speaking with a doctor before starting a new CBD regimen.
5. Skin and beauty care
Our skin is the body’s largest organ, which is why a simple skincare or beauty ritual is an important part of many self-care practices.
CBD is excellent for your skin thanks to its natural fatty acids, which moisturise and keep your skin supple and healthy. With its anti-inflammatory attributes, CBD is also great for tackling various skin problems, including acne and eczema.
Furthermore, if you see your nails are looking dry or cracked, try adding a few drops of CBD oil to the tops of each nail. By adding a few drops to where your nail meets your skin and rubbing it in, not only will it help moisturise the area, keeping it looking fresh; it can even help strengthen your nails and aid in healthy regrowth.
6. As part of your diet
CBD-infused edibles are a fantastic way to keep yourself happy and healthy. After all, you can add CBD oil to almost any recipe so long as the recipe doesn’t require baking at super high heat. You can add CBD oils to cookies, cakes, chocolates, and other treats. You can bake it into your favourite bread recipe or even pair it with olive oil to make an excellent base for a fresh salad dressing.
With CBD, the sky is practically the limit, so why stop at CBD infused edibles? Why not add a few drops to your morning coffee? As it’s a great way of consuming two of life’s daily favourites together – caffeine and cannabinoids all at once.
You might want to add CBD to your coffee because it is thought that due to its calming effect on the adenosine A2A receptor, it may counteract the jitters that can come with high caffeine intake. Coffee may also increase your CBD oil’s bioavailability. Why? Because research has shown time and time again that CBD is absorbed better alongside a fatty meal. So could perhaps the same be said of a fatty drink?