Despite being used for centuries for its pain relief and de-stressing powers, CBD (also known as cannabidiol) has only started becoming popular in mainstream culture in the last few years. But boy has it started to gain traction. These days, everyone from professional athletes to celebrities, through parents and animals, are all singing (or barking) its praises. As we begin to understand the medical and therapeutic properties, the stigma surrounding CBD (due to its connection to cannabis) is fading away. Regardless, a little caution is still prudent, as comprehensive scientific understanding is still in its early stages. With this in mind, here are 5 IDEAL benefits of CBD oil that could potentially help you relax, destress and unwind. 

A POSSIBLE STRESS RELIEVER

Nothing is certain but death and taxes, a wise man once said. But in the age of ‘always on’, social media tyranny and the impending man-made destruction of the world, maybe we should add stress to the list of life’s certainties. It really has never been harder to keep calm and carry on, with 74% of the U.K’s population having suffered from recent overwhelming stress.

Well, CBD oil is thought to interact with the brain’s serotonin receptors. Serotonin is a natural chemical found in our body which is responsible for regulating mood and making us feel good. CBD oil’s interaction could help to balance out or increase the naturally occurring chemical’s levels, helping to regulate our mood and reduce anxiety. The lack of side effects from CBD make it a more organic (and sometimes preferable) choice to prescription medication for stress and anxiety. Of course, a doctor’s advice should be the first to follow, so check in with yours before making any decisions relating to your mental health.

A POTENTIAL SLEEP ENHANCER

Sleeping problems and stress are closely connected. If you’re feeling tense and stressed, then the quality and quantity of your sleep can easily be affected. You may struggle to fall asleep, suffer from insomnia, or fail to settle into a bedtime routine. Well, CBD can be used to help get those much sought, highly desirable 40 winks and 8 hours. While research is ongoing and in its relative infancy, the early signs are that the oil may reduce anxiety and in turn help us sleep more peacefully. Result.

MUSCLE TENSION ALLEVIATED

Cannabidiol has anti-inflammatory properties, which means it can be used for everything from muscle recovery after workouts to easing conditions such as arthritis, to helping users with MS reduce muscle spasms and stiffness.

The most popular forms of CBD oil to help with this purpose tend to be CBD-infused balms, creams, and roll-on sticks. These are rubbed on to the affected muscles to ease soreness and inflammation, producing a cool, numbing sensation. By soothing muscle inflammation, this magic chemical can help to ease aches and pains. And because it improves our sleep — allowing us to achieve deeper, REM sleep — CBD also gives our body the chance to repair any damaged muscles tissue during sleep.

A PAIN RELIEVER?

Early research also suggests that CBD oil could benefit migraine sufferers by reducing the frequency and severity of migraines, as well as fighting symptoms such as nausea. A recent WHO organisation report has suggested that cannabidiol oil (CBD) can 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. As such, CBD has been praised as a channel to coming off more serious, addictive painkillers.

SKINCARE BENEFITS

Is stress making your skin bad? Is your bad skin stressing you out?  Stress causes your body to make hormones like cortisol, which tells glands in your skin to make more oil. Oily skin is more prone to acne and other skin problems. Unfortunately, stress and bad skin go hand in hand and can be horribly cyclical in nature. Enter, CBD which offers a three-pronged skincare approach – anti-ageing, anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory.

While modern medicine has been able to treat acne with some success, a more holistic approach to acne management generally results in clearer skin. Therefore, harnessing the possible benefits of CBD oil may help further improve your complexion. Acne occurs when oil glands attached to the hair follicles are stimulated due to hormonal changes. The exact cause of acne is not known but genetics, inflammation and overworked sebaceous glands play a part in causing acne. As CBD has anti-inflammatory properties and the ability to prevent sebaceous glands from overproducing sebum, it could be used to treat acne, though studies are still ongoing.

 

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Rachel is the beauty and fashion director at IDEAL. She loves trying new products and is an avid fan of London's fashion, from the high end to the high street.