First off, please understand that CBD is NOT the same as marijuana! Prior to me educating myself on what CBD actually was, I, just like many people, had a complete misconception on the whole subject. According to Harvard Health Publishing, CBD stands for cannabidiol. It is the second most prevalent of the active ingredients of cannabis (marijuana). While CBD is an essential component of medical marijuana, it is derived directly from the hemp plant, which is a cousin of the marijuana plant. While CBD is a component of marijuana (one of hundreds), by itself it does not cause a “high.” Basically, all of the psychoactive effects that you would typically feel from marijuana will not happen when you take CBD. If you’re someone who actually enjoys that feeling, then maybe CBD isn’t for you. If you’re someone like me, and your mind tends to race and/or you get that paranoid feeling, I think you would benefit greatly from using this product! Maybe some of you are wondering, “What’s the point of using CBD if it’s not going to make you high?” Well, the truth is, just like using marijuana, there are a tremendous amount of health benefits. Here are my top 5 favorite uses for CBD!
- Fights Insomnia
It’s always taken me FOREVER to fall asleep! You know how there are some people that can lay in the bed for a minute and go right to sleep? Well, I’m not one of those people! I feel like the minute I put my head on that pillow, I start thinking random thoughts like what I forgot to do that day, a new blog topic I should write, or what I need to buy from Amazon. CBD helps to reduce the stress and anxiety that may keep you awake at night. It definitely helps you feel way more relaxed! I usually take it right before I get into bed, and I can completely notice the difference when I miss a night.
2. Reduces Pain & Inflammation
If you’re someone who suffers from arthritis, back pain, any inflammatory disease, or you went too hard in the gym, CBD can be a great alternative to using medication to help alleviate your pain. I’ve even used it for headaches, and it works wonders! The only other thing I’ve relied on for my headaches in the past was BC powder, and if you’ve taken that before, then you know how gross it is! Typically, inflammation is treated with anti-inflammatory medications such as NSAIDS (Ibuprofen and Aspirin), however, those have been known to have risks and side effects. If you would like to take a more natural approach to relieving your pain, you should give CBD some thought.
3. Reduces Acne
CBD may be a hopeful alternative way to treat acne due to its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to reduce sebum production. Sebum is a waxy, oily substance the skin creates to protect our skin from the outside world, however, it can mix with dead skin cells, dirt, or other pollutants, and become trapped inside a pore. Unfortunately, this clogged pore then becomes acne. I don’t know about y’all, but I take my skin very seriously so anything that will benefit it is a plus! There’s nothing better than having clear and glowing skin!
4. Treats Neurological Disorders
Studies have shown promising results for CBD treating disorders like epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. It’s also a great way to treat anxiety! If you’ve been following my blog for a while, then you know how open I am about the fact that I suffer with anxiety. This was the number one reason that I began using CBD almost two years ago. There has been some research that shows it may alter your serotonin signals. Serotonin is the key hormone that stabilizes our mood, feelings of well-being and happiness. This hormone impacts your entire body! When this hormone is in tact, it can help regulate your digestion, appetite, social behavior, sleep, memory, and many more.
5. Benefits Mothers in the Postpartum Period After Giving Birth
It was specifically during the period after giving birth that I decided to begin using CBD. You can call it baby blues or postpartum anxiety, either way I was in it! However, I didn’t want to take any medication so I began using CBD oil. An estimated 85% of women experience some type of mood disturbance during the postpartum period. As mentioned above, CBD can help improve serotonin levels and mood disorders, as well as improve sleep quality. These are all crucial for a new mom who isn’t quite feeling like herself. I know from personal experience that using this product can help ease those postpartum problems.
CBD, like marijuana, comes in many different forms. You can take the oil, which is my preferred method, smoke it, and take it in edible form as well. There are so many different products that are infused with CBD such as lotions, creams, bath bombs, and many more! You can typically find this product at your local smoke shops, pharmacies, and independent CBD locations. If you’re looking for a quality product, I wouldn’t advise anyone to try CBD being sold at the gas stations. Find a store where the sales person is really educated on the product and can give you something for what you plan on using it for. Have you ever used CBD before? If so, tell me about your experience with it! You can find links to a few of my favorite shops in Houston below.