There are so many misconceptions about CBD and accompanying counterclaims that it can sometimes be difficult to know what to believe. Let’s start with the biggest, most erroneous assumption, that you can get high off the stuff. Simply put, you can’t; the element of marijuana which does that, THC, isn’t present in CBD. Others wonder if it’s legal; yep, you can now find the stuff on the high street, at your local health food shop.
Now we’ve got that out of the way, let’s begin. CBD oil is fast becoming a popular product within the health and wellbeing sector. And for good reason. As a result, it is now widely available, with brands like VSAVI even offering it in an e-liquid form. With that in mind, here are 4 IDEAL reasons to believe the CBD oil hype.
AN ANXIETY ALLEVIATOR
Anxiety and depression are the most common mental health disorders in Britain, with one in seven suffering at any one time. As anxiety and depression are typically treated with pharmaceutical drugs which can cause side effects, some are now turning to CBD oil as a means of a more holistic, all encompassing treatment plan combined with regular exercise, meditation and talking therapy. Studies have indicated that CBD has a positive reaction with serotonin receptors in the brain, assisting in regulating our mood, so when used in tandem with other courses of action positive for our wellbeing, it could prove effective.
A SKIN CLEARER
A lesser publicised positive of CBD oil is that it can help to treat acne. Acne is a common skin condition affecting more than 9% of the population, caused by a mixture of genetics, bacteria, underlying inflammation, and an overproduction of oil. CBD oil is now being used as a safe and efficient way to treat acne, since it has anti-inflammatory properties and has been proven to reduce sebum production.
A PAIN RELIEVER
A little-known fact is that marijuana has actually been used to treat pain since 2900 BC. But seeing as your GP is unlikely to recommend (officially) for you to spark one up, CBD has instead been the focus of research into pain relief. Recently, scientists have suggested that the CBD component of marijuana is predominantly responsible for its pain-relieving qualities. This is because the human body contains a specialised system (the endocannabinoid system, or ECS) which regulates a variety of functions including pain, appetite, sleep, and immune system response. Where CBD comes in is that it helps to reduce chronic pain by impacting endocannabinoid receptor activity.
A WHO organisation report has gone further, positing that it could provide pain relief in patients suffering from a range of conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Crohn’s disease and multiple sclerosis, as well as lessening the pain and nausea frequently caused by chemotherapy.
POTENTIALLY COMBAT HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
Recent research has also drawn a possible link between CBD and an improved circulatory system, with the potential of CBD to lower high blood pressure cited. Heart attack, strokes and metabolic syndrome are some health condition caused by high blood pressure, and there is a hope that in the future, CBD may be an effective and natural treatment for high blood pressure.