Health Benefits of CBD
When it comes to medical or natural remedies, CBD, or cannabidiol, may be one of the newest and buzz-worthy contenders on the market. Its recent resurgence does not, however, mean that CBD is least effective or least plausible for use with a multitude of health concerns. In fact, this unique plant-derived cannabinoid has shown therapeutic potential for many complaints from sleep disorders to nerve pain and even cancer.
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To understand the benefits, we first must understand how cannabinoids like CBD work in our body. CBD acts as a neurotransmitter and interacts with our internal endocannabinoid system. This system is comprised of receptors, our own internally produced endocannabinoids, and the enzymes that break them down. The two most common receptors in the system, CB1 and CB2 receptors, can be found in the brain and nervous system, along with the immune system and other organs of the body.
How it works
The ECS is continually working to keep the body in a state of homeostasis, or systemic balance. This function, however, can weaken from various internal and external factors. When we supplement our ECS with phytocannabinoids, or cannabinoids from plants, this system works more efficiently. Our ECS works to regulate vital functions like stress response, inflammation response, immune system response, sleep, appetite, mood, digestion, and reproductive functions, to name a few.
CBD has a unique and appealing way of addressing pain and inflammation in the body through our ECS, rather than masking or temporarily reducing the problem like many common over-the-counter or prescription drugs on the market. CBD allows for more of our internal endocannabinoids to be utilized for pain and inflammation relief while regulating the pain response in our body. While research is still in preliminary stages, CBD shows significant promise as it is not habit-forming and has no overdose potential.
With stress levels higher than ever recorded, there are valid concerns about the long-term effects of heightened cortisol levels in our bodies. Recent studies have shown that stress-related doctor visits are at an all-time high, and medications to treat anxiety and mood conditions come with many inconvenient and sometimes highly dangerous side effects. Through various human and animal studies, scientists are finding CBD to show more and more promise in balancing overabundant stress hormones, reducing panic and anxiety symptoms, and diminishing overactive stress response.
Another common struggle for the average adult human is not only getting enough sleep, but getting quality restful sleep. Proper sleep is the foundation of optimal body and mind functioning, and CBD has been shown to help both humans and animals attain more REM sleep in multiple studies. CBD shows potential for increasing tryptophan and serotonin levels in the brain while reducing inflammation, a common factor in restless sleep.
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