By now you may be suffering from an information overload on the benefits of CBD oil. It is the alternative health super star of 2018. However, because of its close relationship with marijuana there is a lot of stigma around CBD, leaving some wondering; what exactly is it and who is using it?
By now you already know that CBD stands for Cannabidiol, it is the non-psychoactive chemical found in cannabis. It is known for its medicinal qualities, without giving the user a high or stoned feeling. After hitting the market a few years ago, CBD has changed what people think of as the stereotypical cannabis user. Even television health personalities like Dr. Oz and Dr. Sanjay Gupta have broadly endorsed its usage and safety; creating a wave of interest in the compound and its potential health benefits.
Athletes are constantly subject to bodily wear and tear, injury and fatigue. Long days of training and practice can negatively impact performance. Inflammation is one of the biggest issues athletes face on a daily basis. Athletes are using CBD oil for its anti-inflammatory qualities which can prevent joint injury during physical activity and reduce pain caused by swelling. Athletes are replacing Lidocaine and Bengay with CBD topical cream. The effects on recovery can be dramatic. The fact that people can not only train longer and harder, but also bounce back faster, is driving most of the popularity among athletes, from endurance runners to professional football players.
Baby Boomers are fueling CBD’’s rapid rise in popularity, according to a 2018 AARP article. The magazine applauds the promise the compound shows for age-related health problems, and its lack of side effects make it a welcome alternative to many medications.
As we age, aches and pains get more pronounced. CBD works wonders as a pain management product. Clinical studies have shown CBD is effective in decreasing arthritis, nerve pain, as well as muscle and joint pain.
Older adults can find it difficult to achieve sustained periods of deep sleep. Not only does lack of quality sleep cause cranky mornings, but sleep quality is important to prevent age-related neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease or glaucoma. Baby boomers are frequently prescribed sleeping pills, which can produce unwanted side effects. Studies have shown using CBD at night can improve sleep quality and extend deep sleep time without the negative side effects or drowsiness.
Researchers are also interested in the link between CBD and the prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease onset. Multiple studies suggest that cannabinoids can contribute to the elimination of a toxic protein related to this disease, and multiple clinical studies are being conducted to examine this link.
Adults With Anxiety:
Researchers estimate that 40 percent of adults will suffer from an anxiety disorder at some point in their life. Unfortunately many patents with anxiety have turn toward harmful, habit-forming antidepressants. Fortunately, however, CBD is notorious for its anti-anxiety properties.
CBD boosts moods and creates feelings of happiness by increasing the low serotonin levels in the brain that are associated with high anxiety. It also creates a calming effect by regulating the stress hormone cortisol. Even for those with no outward signs of high stress levels or depression, CBD has been demonstrated to have a powerful mood lifting effect on people of all walks of life.
The FDA recently approved a CDB-based medicine to treat seizures in children and adults with two rare but severe forms of epilepsy. Both forms – Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) and Dravet syndrome (DS) – generally develop in childhood and have proven difficult to control with other types of medication. Anecdotally, CBD has long had a positive reputation for people suffering from various conditions that result in tremors or seizures. For those with symptoms of these problems, it has long been believed that CBD and its neuroprotective effects can help ward off development of more serious problems, but much remains to be studied.
As you can see, the people that find benefit from taking CBD come from all walks of life, all health levels, and all ages. If you have dealt with any of the ailments that people use CBD for, or belong to any of the demographic groups that represent the fastest growing segments of CBD users, it may be time to test out CBD and see what it can do for you and your health.