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Five Reasons to Try CBD (Other than Pain and Anxiety)

By Savannah Hasty

The popularity of CBD as a “cure-all” for pain and anxiety is spreading like wildfire across the country. Forbes, USA Today, Entrepreneur magazine, and even The New Yorker and New York Times are publishing article after article about the simple plant oil that is changing the United States. With all eyes on the cannabis industry in 2020, there is great promise for what medical technology can do with the therapeutic potential of CBD.

However, CBD isn’t just for pain patients or those who suffer from anxiety and depression. It offers numerous health benefits ranging from cardiovascular to immune system improvement. Below are just a few simple ways in which adding CBD to your diet can change your daily life

CBD may boost your immune system.

One of the reasons CBD is such a powerful pain relief remedy is due to its positive effect on the immune system. CBD interacts with CB2 receptors found in your body, which regulates homeostasis and controls part of your body’s immune response. While this benefit is often cited for people seeking relief from joint inflammation and rheumatoid arthritis, it can benefit anyone looking for a boost in their immune system, especially during cold and flu season. CBD does not cure immune system problems but rather strengthens a healthy immune response that can lead to wellbeing year-round.

CBD may help you get a better night’s sleep.

CBD is widely used for its calming effects, especially in relation to anxiety. This calming effect can soothe the central nervous system which is not only responsible for heightened awareness in response to anxiety, but also your circadian rhythm. The relaxing, restful feeling you may experience when using CBD might help you fall asleep and stay asleep throughout the night, and have you feeling well rested when you wake up in the morning.

CBD may boost appetite when you’re sick.

Medical cannabis treatments are often used for chronic pain, cancer, or eating disorder patients to increase appetite as well as decrease pain. While THC is primarily used to treat these serious diseases, CBD in higher doses can also cause an increase in appetite without the psychoactive effects of marijuana. One study on patients with HIV/AIDS diagnoses showed a “statistically significant” change in appetite from CBD administration only after four to six weeks. If you’ve noticed a change in appetite or are losing weight without trying, CBD oils and other dietary supplements may be something to consider.

CBD may work wonders on your skin.

CBD is used in topical treatments and skincare products for many reasons. The chemical compound can increase blood flow, improving elasticity in the skin. Plus, natural hemp seed oil is similar in composition to the oil in your skin, providing a moisturizing layer that doesn’t cause excess oil or sebum production. CBD may even help balance your skin’s production of sebum to help improve the complexion of acne-prone skin. No matter your skin type or needs, CBD and other hemp extracts offer nourishing benefits that will have your skin feeling incredibly soft all day long.

CBD may reduce risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity.

It may be hard to believe that the plant associated with couch potato syndrome and “the munchies” can actually help you maintain a healthy heart and weight. Although studies show that people who use CBD or other cannabis extracts actually have higher levels of HDL cholesterol (the good kind) and lower levels of LDL cholesterol (the bad kind), as well as an overall lower body mass index. As mentioned before, CBD oil can also reduce inflammation which can contribute to positive cardiovascular health.

All in all, CBD has numerous health and wellness benefits that go beyond easing pain or reducing your anxious feelings.

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