What is CBD?
CBD (cannabidiol) is a cannabinoid found in the Hemp plant - Hemp is a type of Cannabis. Cannabinoids are special compounds that are thought to have therapeutic effects for humans and provide a variety of health benefits.
CBD is often infused into oils, creams, balms, gummies, drinks, e-liquids, and other products for people to use.
When we use CBD, it interacts with the endocannabinoid system. This is a system inside the body that is essential for regulating a number of functions and achieving homeostasis.
What is CBD used for? CBD is used for a huge variety of reasons. As we mentioned above, it can be infused into various different product types - CBD oils, CBD edibles, and CBD drinks are often used for internal health, whereas CBD topicals (skincare products such as Dr. K Face Cream) are often used for external skin problems.
Many people use CBD simply to support their general wellbeing and prevent health problems from occurring in the future. However, there are lots of specific benefits CBD is thought to possess also. It’s thought to have an effect on our mood, sleep, pain, stress, anxiety, skin health, and more.
Let’s cover some of the top reasons people use CBD products in a little more detail… Pain General Pain As mentioned above, CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system. Receptors in this system are known to mediate our pain perception and inflammatory responses. This essentially means that, if CBD helps this system to function better, then it will also improve our ability to deal with pain. Muscle Pain When we use our muscles for exercise or day-to-day activity, they go through microscopic damage. This can lead to muscle pain and fatigue, or ‘Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness’ (DOMS). This can then lead to inflammation.
Scientific research has shown that CBD can be an effective anti-inflammatory. This means CBD oil has the potential to aid faster muscle recovery and reduce pain, soreness, and fatigue.
In addition to this, CBD can help to relieve muscle tension. Tension can lead to even more pain which often makes it very difficult to do further exercise or go about your day as usual. Research has shown that CBD has an effect on GABA-A receptors in the body - these are a key indicator of muscle relaxation. Head Pain Research has also suggested that using CBD can lead to reduced pain for people who suffer from migraines or cluster headaches. It’s thought that a combination of CBD and THC would be even more effective, but this isn’t always possible due to THC’s psychoactive effects. Arthritis Pain Researchers have looked into the use of CBD to specifically treat Arthritis pain. They found that it reduced inflammation and overall pain in the affected joints. Chronic Pain Two of the most difficult-to-treat types of chronic pain are inflammatory pain and neuropathic pain. Research has shown that CBD can inhibit both of these types of pain. It has been concluded that CBD is effective for overall pain management and does not cause any adverse side effects. Sleep Sleep problems often occur as a result of other factors - things such as anxiety, stress, or pain. As mentioned previously, CBD oil may be able to help with these sorts of problems, which may mean it could improve sleep as a result.
We also know that the endocannabinoid system has an effect on the sleep/wake cycle. We need a healthy endocannabinoid system in order to have a healthy sleep pattern. Therefore, using CBD products may contribute to a healthy sleep pattern and help to prevent issues like insomnia, lethargy, or daytime sleepiness. Anxiety Pioneering research has shown that CBD directly activates the 5-HT1A serotonin receptor. This receptor is responsible for regulating anxiety - therefore, using CBD may help to regulate anxiety.
CBD is also thought to boost levels of the neurotransmitter adenosine in the brain. The adenosine receptors play a vital role in regulating anxiety. This further suggests that using CBD oil can have anti-anxiety effects.
On top of this, CBD is said to amplify the natural calming effects of GABA-A receptors in the body.
It’s thought that CBD can not only help with general anxiety, but also specific anxiety disorders. Research has shown that using CBD can help to reduce symptoms of anxiety in people with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Skin Problems When looking to use CBD for skin problems, it may be more appropriate to buy a CBD topical - for example, the Dr. K Face Cream. The CBD absorbs deeply into the skin and interacts with endocannabinoid receptors to have various beneficial effects.
Additionally, CBD topicals will often contain other ingredients that are beneficial to the skin. Dr. K infuses their skincare products with nutritious moisturising ingredients that are delicate to even sensitive skin. Eczema CBD is known to be an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and neuroprotective. As an anti-inflammatory, it can reduce rashes, itching, or redness. As an antioxidant, it can protect the skin and prevent damage to skin cells. As a neuroprotective, it can further protect the nerve cells against damage. This all adds up to CBD cream being an effective treatment for skin issues such as Eczema. Acne In addition to the points mentioned above, CBD is also thought to have an effect on sebum production. Sebum is an oily substance made by the skin which can lead to clogged pores and acne. It’s thought that CBD creams can control sebum production to help prevent acne from flaring up in the first place.
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