10 reasons you might want to give CBD Oil a try...
You struggle to concentrate
Lack of sleep, stress and certain disorders like ADHD can stop us from being able to focus to the levels we would like. Many are now looking at CBD as a natural way to help improve their concentration levels and focus.
One way CBD can potentially make a difference is through its potential to interact with the 5Ht1A receptor in the brain, which influences our serotonin activity.
Serotonin is the neurotransmitter responsible for mood, cognition and appetite etc. This receptor helps our brain utilise the maximum amount of serotonin available helping us to stay calm and focused through the day.
Studies have shown that CBD can also help us to get better nights sleep meaning we wake up more refreshed in the day and energy levels are more stable too.
Other studies have shown that being sleep deprived can have a huge impact on concentration levels so this can be a massive help, by regularly sleeping for only 6 hours a night we can impair concentration levels by 400% so getting a good nights sleep is a major factor for concentration levels.
You have a deficient Endocannabinoid system
CBD helps create the optimal conditions for our bodies CB1 and CB2 receptors to function properly. These receptors make up what’s known as the endocannabinoid system, responsible or maintaining a balanced internal environment.
When the ECS is functioning efficiently it is good news for our mood and sleep quality and also it can help us to effectively manage pain as well as many other important areas of health.
A healthy ECS can help us to produce more of our naturally occurring endocannabinoids like anandamide (the bliss molecule) which helps to promote natural feelings of wellbeing and has an anti anxiety effect.
A deficient ECS can lead to these symptoms:
- Struggle with insomnia to the point of taking medication
- Anger management issues
- Conditions associated with heightened inflammation throughout your body like arthritis
- Bone loss
- Have chronic pain
- Dementia-like symptoms
You’re constantly stressed
CBD’s ability to help us utilise Serotonin more efficiently helps us to lower cortisol levels or regulate them more effectively. Cortisol is also known as the stress hormone and is involved in our fight or flight response and is usually released alongside adrenaline. If cortisol levels are too high, possibly due to chronic stress or an underlying health issue it can lead to:
- Low mood
- Weight gain
- Poor sleep
More of us are asking for advice on how to lower cortisol levels to look after our mental and physical health. CBD may help keep Cortisol levels low but the function of the ECS is to maintain balance so it may also help with treating a cortisol deficiency too.
CBD may help individuals who cant sleep by helping them fall asleep as well as stay awake. An insomnia study indicated that the administration of 160 mgs of CBD decreased night time sleep interruptions and increased total sleep time, suggesting that high-dose CBD therapy can improve the quality and duration of sleep. (source)
A study on the effects of CBD on rats showed CBD to increase total sleep time, in addition to increasing sleep latency in the light period of the day of administration.
One other large case study to observe the effects of CBD in treating Anxiety and poor sleep showed that 79.2% of participants showed a decrease in anxiety scores while 67% saw an improvement in their sleep.
It’s worth mentioning that by lowering anxiety scores and potentially helping to regulate cortisol level, this will also help us to get better sleep.
The amount of CBD needed to improve sleep will vary for everyone. Start with a low dose and work your way up until you notice the benefits. Some studies have shown however, that low doses help improve wakefulness and higher doses can help you stay asleep for longer. Therefore CBD may help to treat insomnia.
You have high levels of inflammation
For anyone dealing with high levels of inflammation, CBD can be hugely beneficial due to its anti-inflammatory properties. More studies are showing that taking CBD can help reduce inflammation, which is good news if you are suffering from chronic inflammation, arthritis, IBS etc.
One study on oxidative stress and inflammation, which are both causes of many human diseases, found that CBD showed anti oxidant and anti-inflammatory effects on the immune cells.
A 2015 review showed that CBD reduces inflammation in several different paths in the body and represents an effective potential treatment for conditions charecterised by inflammation.
A study in 2016 looked at CBD for pancreatic inflammation in diabetic mice. Pancreatic inflammation can lead to diabetes ass inflammation plays a role in developing insulin resistance. The immune cells attacking the insulin producing cells cause the inflammation.
The mice that were given CBD developed Diabetes later than the mice that didn’t receive the treatment and on top of that the mice that received CBD showed a significant reduction in immune-cell activity.
You suffer from chronic pain
A lot of anecdotal evidence and more and more studies are showing that CBD can help treat pain and chronic pain. We know CBD impacts inflammation, which plays a role in pain but according to a 2018 study CBD can also bind to and desensitise receptors known to mediate pain and sensory perception, inflammation, and body temperature.
A 2018 review looked at using CBD to relieve chronic pain, looking at studies that occurred from 1975 to 2018 examining cannabinoids effects on treating cancer pain, neuropathic pain and fibromyalgia. The review found that CBD was an effective source of pain management and didn’t lead to any side effects.
Therefore CBD may help to treat:
- Neuropathic pain
- Cancer pain
- Pain caused by inflammation
- Pain from fibromyalgia
- Joint pain
The studies showed that CBD is better at helping with chronic pain rather than acute pain.
You feel ‘burned out'
‘Burn out’ refers to emotional and physical exhaustion resulting from a combination of exposure to environmental and internal stressors and inadequate coping and adaptive skills.
Symptoms of Burn out include:
- Chest pain
- Weakened immunity
- Low mood
- Reduced appetite
CBD may be able to help as it can help to combat stress by positively impacting the way we use serotonin in the brain. Serotonin increases feelings of wellbeing, reduces anxiety, and helps regulate mood, memory and sleep, but importantly helps regulate cortisol (stress hormone) levels effectively.
CBD also interacts with GABA receptors. GABA is the anti anxiety neurotransmitter and produces calming effects on the body. When we use GABA more effectively we feel more in control.
CBD is also a Neuroprotective supplement. Some studies show that CBD can increase neurogenesis i.e. the production of new brain cells, in the Hippocampus, which is the area of the brain responsible for memory.
You exercise a lot
If you go to the gym frequently then you may already know that frequent exercise can increase levels of inflammation in the body.
When we do weights, we rip the muscles apart so that they can get bigger. The microscopic tears of the muscle fibres are what lead to inflammation being produced and can cause delayed onset muscular soreness AKA. DOMS.
DOMS can be very painful and can stop us from continuing with an exercise plan so by taking CBD before and after exercise we may reduce the effects of DOMS.
On top of that, its suggested that CBD helps us stay in the restorative phase of sleep for longer, meaning our natural repair mechanisms can work more effectively and we are ready to ‘go again’ much sooner.
You suffer from Acne
Acne affects 9% of the population and is caused by numerous factors such as genetics, diet, bacteria, inflammation and overproduction of sebum.
Because of CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties, it means that it can help treat acne, and even better it can lower sebum production. One study found that CBD oil prevented sebaceous gland cells from secreting excessive sebum, exerted anti-inflammatory actions and prevented the activation of “pro-acne” agents like inflammatory cytokines (24Trusted Source).
You need to look after cardiovascular health
Recent research has linked CBD with several benefits for the heart and circulatory system, including the ability to lower high blood pressure.
High blood pressure is linked to higher risks of several health conditions, including stroke, heart attack and metabolic syndrome (33Trusted Source).
Studies indicate that CBD may be able to help with high blood pressure.
One recent study treated nine healthy men with one dose of 600 mg of CBD oil and found it reduced resting blood pressure, compared to a placebo.
The same study also gave the men stress tests that usually increase blood pressure. Interestingly, the single dose of CBD led the men to experience a smaller blood pressure increase than average in response to these tests (34Trusted Source).
Researchers have suggested that the stress- and anxiety-reducing properties of CBD are responsible for its ability to help lower blood pressure.
Additionally, several animal studies have demonstrated that CBD may help reduce the inflammation and cell death associated with heart disease due to its powerful antioxidant and stress-reducing properties.
For example, one study found that treatment with CBD reduced oxidative stress and prevented heart damage in diabetic mice with heart disease (35Trusted Source).
How to use CBD Oil?
CBD Oil is generally accepted as being the most effective way to receive the benefits of CBD. Everyone is different when it comes to CBD and asking which dosage should I use? The best advice available is to start low and work your way up or you can have a look at buying a CBD starter pack.
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