Did you know that CBD can be used to
treat depression and anxiety, relieve pain,
promote sleep and help treat some diseases?
CBD: What are its health benefits?
Written by our editorial team
Last updated 9/15/2021
So, you want to learn about the beneficial effects of CBD? In case you have not read it yet, we recommend you first read our previous article, which explains how one of the most studied cannabinoids interacts with the various receptors in our body. And we are not talking about cannabinoid receptors alone, since CBD also interacts with some other important receptors, such as the serotonin receptor, which binds the happiness hormone serotonin.
Therefore, CBD affects not only your endocannabinoid system but also other parts of your nervous system. This implies that CBD can potentially have many more effects that are beneficial to your health than some other major cannabinoids do. For instance, it can be used to effectively eliminate acne, treat various mental disorders, such as depression and anxiety, and help those who are battling cancer. What is more, CBD has also been shown beneficial in treating substance addiction!
In this blog post, we will explore various conditions where CBD has been scientifically proven to have beneficial effects. And for the non-believers –all of our claims are supported with results obtained in real clinical trials. So, if you are interested in how you can personally benefit from CBD, then do not hesitate to read through this short article.
Once again, CBD will not get you high!
CBD has a variety of beneficial effects in:
- Relieving pain:
CBD helps with muscle soreness after physical activity,
Also helps relieve pain experienced by individuals suffering from multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis,
- Preventing and treating acne,
- Alleviating cancer symptoms, such as pain, nausea and vomiting. Also prevents the spread of many types of cancer.
- Treating depression and anxiety.
- Helping those suffering from insomnia.
- Preventing diabetes.
- Treating substance addiction.
1. Pain Relief
The Chinese have been using cannabis to treat pain for nearly 5,000 years. With the advances in science and technology, scientists have been able to pinpoint exactly which cannabinoids are responsible for this analgesic effect of cannabis – and CBD is one of them. This has laid the ground for further studies on the potential uses of CBD in relieving pain.
Most of us have experienced muscle soreness after strenuous physical activity, such as jogging, hiking or going to the gym. This soreness occurs after muscle fibers break down during exercise, which in turn causes inflammation. These fibers that have broken down can only be rebuilt once the inflammation subsides, which is where CBD comes in handy.
By using CBD after exercise, you can utilize its anti-inflammatory properties to speed up the recovery process. You can apply Muscle & Joint Oil post-workout topically to the muscles involved in your strenuous activity. For instance, you can apply some CBD lotion to your thighs and calves after your jogging session.
Joint pain is another common type of pain. In fact, one in three adults has experienced joint pain in the last month. Traditionally, joint pain is treated with over-the-counter drugs, which are associated with various negative side effects. Since inflammation is often the cause of joint pain, CBD may prove beneficial.
One study has tested the efficacy of topically applied CBD in treating joint pain, and the results are highly promising. It was shown that a transdermal CBD gel significantly reduces joint swelling, improves limb posture and limits the infiltration of immune cells, which all aids in alleviating the pain. How to relieve joint pain? You can apply Muscle & Joint Oil on the affected area and massage gently.
CBD can reduce certain symptoms related to the premenstrual syndrome:
- During your period, you may experience tenderness in your lower stomach. By applying and massaging some PMS Oil onto the affected area, you can relieve some of that discomfort. This is because CBD regulates the vanilloid receptors in your body, which are responsible for moderating pain perception.
- Another problem you may encounter during your period are digestive problems, such as bloating and nausea. By interacting with the cannabinoid receptors in your body, CBD can alleviate digestive problems, such as nausea or abdominal discomfort. Massage a few drops of PMS Oil onto the affected area to get through your monthly turmoil much easier.
Pain that is difficult to treat
One study has found that CBD relieves difficult-to-treat pain in conditions such as multiple sclerosis and arthritis. In fact, several countries around the globe have approved an oral spray called Sativex, which contains CBD and THC for precisely these conditions.
Clinical studies have been conducted to investigate the efficacy of Sativex in individuals with multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis, and they have recorded significant improvements in individuals suffering from either of the two conditions.
2. Depression and anxiety
Are you suffering from depression or anxiety? Then you are not alone. These are two of the most common mental disorders among humans. Normally, they are treated with pharmaceutical drugs, which are linked to various negative side effects, including headaches, insomnia and sexual dysfunction and addiction.
Since it interacts with the right receptors in our nervous system, CBD can also have antidepressant and antianxiety effects – but without all the severe negative effects observed in pharmaceutical drugs.
A number of studies have investigated the antidepressant and anti-anxiety effects of CBD, and it has been shown that CBD can effectively treat both anxiety and depression. Moreover, another study conducted in 2011 has shown that CBD also reduces anxiety in individuals who are giving public speeches.
How to ease anxiety and depression with CBD?
The best way is to take CBD Oil is orally by dropping 0.25ml under your tongue and holding or swishing it around your mouth for 30 seconds before swallowing. Onset usually takes 45-90 minutes. You can use CBD Drops 1-2 times daily by adjusting the dose that works best for you. Optionally you can add My Bouclé CBD Drops to your drink as it has been formulated with advanced technology that with the help of phospholipids dissolves in your drink.
What concentration of CBD is best for you?
There is no exact formula that would tell you which concentration of CBD will work best for you. However, you can follow these recommendations:
Insomnia is a condition that negatively affects our sleep. A large portion of our society is battling with the condition, with some studies claiming that around 50–60% worldwide suffer from insomnia. And due to our fast pace of living, high levels of stress and addiction to smartphones that keep us awake late into the night, its prevalence keeps increasing.
One study conducted in 2019 claims that two-thirds of insomniacs who were treated with CBD recorded an improved sleep within the first month of treatment. Another study conducted three years earlier included an underage girl with insomnia suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. After five months of treatment, the girl was able to sleep most nights and handled school without difficulty.
Oils with different CBD concentration, which are taken orally, can help you relax, ease anxiety and promote sleep. The right solution depends on each individual and the best way to find out which concentration works best for you is to try it and see the results for yourself. You can choose 5% CBD Drops, 10% CBD Drops or a higher concentration with 15% CBD Drops.
Acne are a very common skin condition that we normally associate with puberty. However, the reality is that acne affect 9% of the entire world population, and they can appear in people of all ages. Acne can be caused a variety of different factors, which include genetics, bacterial and yeast infections, underlying inflammation and the overproduction of oily sebum in the skin, which often results in the clogging of pores.
A study conducted in 2014 has shown that CBD prevents the overproduction of oily sebum in the skin, which reduces the clogging of pores that often leads to acne. What is more, the same study has also proven that the anti-inflammatory action of CBD can effectively treat acne. This means that CBD acts as both prevention and treatment for acne.
Everyone is afraid of cancer. And this is reasonable, seeing how the deadly disease is responsible for millions of deaths each year. CBD has been studied extensively in the treatment of cancer-related symptoms, including pain, nausea and vomiting. One study has proven that CBD reduces pain in patients who do not respond to painkillers, while another study has shown that CBD alleviates nausea and vomiting in patients who are undergoing chemotherapy treatment.
What is more, laboratory studies and studies on mice have shown that CBD also has anti-cancer properties. In one study, the researchers have found that concentrated CBD kills off breast cancer cells, while another animal study has shown that CBD also prevents the spread of aggressive breast cancer in rodents.
Another relatively common condition that affects millions of people worldwide is diabetes. And guess what? Diabetics can benefit from CBD as well! A study, which was conducted in 2006, has demonstrated that CBD can prevent the onset of diabetes in non-obese mice. Another study, which was conducted on rats, also indicates that CBD has certain beneficial effects for diabetes.
7. Addiction and substance abuse
Finally, CBD is also proving to be valuable in the treatment of individuals suffering from substance abuse. One study claims that CBD can modify circuits in the brain related to drug addiction. Researchers involved in the study have shown that CBD reduces morphine dependency and heroin-seeking behaviour in mice addicted to morphine and heroin. Though a study with human subjects is needed to confirm the efficacy in humans, the results are highly promising.
As you can see, CBD really does have countless beneficial effects – and we did not even cover all of them. However, it should be noted that CBD does interact with certain medications, so if you are considering giving it a go and are taking any medications, we recommend you first discuss your intention with your doctor.