Updated: Feb 27
With the use of CBD on the rise, you’ve probably seen all kinds of opinions and information thrown around. It’s a lot to sort through. Many are turning to CBD and claiming its benefits for everything from pain relief to cancer, while others condemn the use of it completely because of the plant it’s derived from. So, let’s break down what it is, what research has shown are the benefits, and why it’s not as scary as you may have been led to believe.
CBD (cannabidiol) is found in cannabis, but it’s not to be confused with tetrahydrocannabinol (also known as THC) which is the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis; the part that gives a “high” sensation. In most cases, CBD is said to have a calming effect but in no way causes any sort of intoxication. Because of its calming effect on the nervous system, there are several conditions CBD is said to improve...
Pain: CBD reaches a family of receptors called vanilloid receptors. This results in lowering inflammation as well as pain perception. This is probably one of the most well-known benefits, helping those battling autoimmune disorders, chronic pain conditions, and treatments associated with major medical conditions like cancer.
Anxiety: CBD can be beneficial to those who struggle with anxiety disorders as well as depression. A low level of serotonin is often to blame for many of the symptoms of depression and anxiety; CBD can increase serotonin levels, thereby decreasing the primary cause of these debilitating conditions.
High blood pressure: Due to the calming effects on the nervous system, getting the body out of that ‘fight or flight’ mode and into a zone of relaxation, CBD can reduce blood pressure. When taken regularly, it’s been shown to reduce the resting systolic numbers, as well have immediate effects when taken during a period of stress.
Skin Inflammation: Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, CBD can be applied topically to address acne, psoriasis, as well as minor and significant skin irritation.
These are only a handful of the conditions CBD may help. Research on the subject is still in its infancy, but overall, is very promising. To get the most benefit, it’s important to make sure that you look into the quality of the CBD products you choose to use.
You have to be careful with anything you put in or on your body. That’s why here at Proactive Massage & Bodywork, we use only the finest products for our treatment sessions. We proudly carry Charlotte’s Web, CBD Clinic and Cannaisseur products. They grow non-GMO hemp on American owned family farms. They have over 250,000 plants that are tended to by hand, have an FDA regulated manufacturing facility, and use safe and effective concentrations in every one of their products.
It’s also important to note that you should be talking openly with your doctor when you add any supplement like CBD into your healthcare regimen. They’ll need to fully understand what you’re doing at home to care for yourself so they can adjust any medications or therapies.
Get in touch, and let’s talk about how CBD can help you! We’ll discuss your specific issues and what products may be best.