Though it’s currently spearheading one of the UK’s fastest-growing industries, so much still remains a mystery about Cannabidiol. A botanical extract sourced from hemp plants, taken in a variety of ways – such as through dropper bottles, capsules, shampoo, vitamin gummies and even drinks including wine and cold-brew coffee – the suggested positives of CBD oil are myriad. Though it should be stated that research is ongoing and any findings preliminary, there are several ways in which the product has been said to enrichen your wellbeing. With that in mind, here are 5 IDEAL, potential benefits of CBD oil. 

TO RELIEVE PAIN

Using marijuana for pain relief is not a new concept. Certain components of marijuana, in particular CBD, have anti-inflammatory properties and pain relieving effects. This 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.  Some studies have shown, when used on rats and mice, CBD significantly reduced inflammation and sciatic nerve pain. 

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. But CBD can also be taken in oil, pill or vape form, with some vaping devices built specifically for use with CBD oil, such as the Vapour2 PRO Series 7 CBD Vaporiser stocked by VSAVI

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. 

POSSIBLE ANXIETY EASER

While marijuana use itself is strongly discouraged as it can amplify anxiety, CBD has been shown to curb the feeling of anxiousness and paranoia in some patients. 

Indeed, 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. 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 CLEARER COMPLEXION?

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 combined with various beauty products and a healthy diet 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. 

POTENTIALLY COMBAT HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

Recent research has 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.

IT CAN IMPROVE YOUR SEX LIFE

Often associated with the summer of love and a certain free spirit conducive to love makin’ with abandon, weed has a long history of association with enhanced feelings. If you want to keep things legal and above board, then CBD can be used to enhance areas of your sex life. It can be used a lubricant, a bringer of arousal and much more. Great stuff!

 

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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.