By Areyo Dadar
CBD is the latest herbal extract that everyone is talking about thanks to its amazing therapeutic properties. Although it comes from cannabis, CBD has no psychoactive component. It has shown to be very effective in treating anxiety, pain, and epilepsy. While research is still ongoing, what we know so far is that CBD is safe, effective, non-addictive, and this makes it appealing to a broad range of users – both for health and recreational use.
However, there are many more uses for this hemp extract. So, we’re going to check out several other ways you can use it to improve your health. Both physically and mentally. Here are 9 interesting uses for CBD that you probably didn’t know about. (you will want to try it after this).
Treat High Blood Pressure
Hypertension is a serious condition and you should check with your doctor before attempting to self-medicate. But with that being said, CBD does offer immediate relief from the symptoms. Cannabidiol works by engaging natural cannabinoids produced in the body. It seems to generate a series of hormonal and neurological changes that might help control or manage high blood pressure. There’s a lot that science hasn’t quite figured out about CBD. But the fact that it operates on the entire body could explain why it has a positive impact on blood pressure. (instead of working on a single organ or biological process).
For instance, CBD causes the body to produce hormones that help to reduce or eliminate symptoms of stress and anxiety. At the same time, it balances crucial processes such as cell metabolism, detoxification, and other systems that affect our health. By engaging the endocannabinoid system and other vital systems, it can help to eliminate some of the symptoms associated with high blood pressure.
Helps you Quit Smoking
CBD has been used successfully to treat opiate addiction. There’s some evidence suggesting it can be used in a similar way to treat nicotine addiction. Remember, cannabidiol is extracted from hemp. A plant that is associated with marijuana, but it does not contain any THC. THC is the compound that makes you high. Instead, CBD contains properties that can help deal with drug dependency. Although this should be approached cautiously especially when dealing with a severe case of drug addiction. In the case of nicotine, one study showed that people who used CBD regularly smoked less frequently (by up to 40%).
Ease Cancer Treatment
The side effects of cancer treatment can be severe, but CBD contains properties that might come in handy. For starters, it is rich in antioxidants, which we could all use. But it also reduces nausea and many of the symptoms that come from going through chemotherapy. It’s important to note that CBD doesn’t actually cure cancer. But the fact that it kills carcinogens and enables the body to get rid of free radicals could mean that it can minimize the risk of cancer to some extent. For the sake of cancer treatment, speak to your doctor about using CBD as part of your treatment regimen.
DIY Acne Treatment
Skincare is one of the areas that CBD is getting a lot of praise for. CBD oil can be applied to the skin to help with cell regeneration, oil production, circulation, and dryness. In the case of acne, CBD reduces inflammation and skin irritation caused by hormonal changes, dietary habits, sun exposure, and overproduction of sebum. It also contains a variety of nutrients the skin needs to stay healthy and smooth. Part of its magic is the antioxidant effect it has on the skin and the entire body.
Topical treatment seems to be enough in revitalizing your skin and for treating conditions like acne, psoriasis, and eczema. Apply CBD oil directly on the skin or get one of those natural skin ointments that contain CBD and use it daily for the best results. To help your skin restore its balance, consider other factors like diet, sleep, water intake, and sun exposure.
If you notice that you’re having trouble keeping your mind on track or you just can’t focus on one thing for long (unless it’s a severe mental condition), chances are you need some sort of relaxing compound to help clear your head and stay alert. Take CBD oil at least once a day to improve focus and to reduce the effects of a foggy brain. Keep an eye on the dosage, because too much will make you sleepy.
Pro athletes use CBD for its anti-inflammatory effects and also because it helps with muscle recovery after workouts. In fact, when used before a workout, CBD relaxes the muscles and lets you go harder without causing serious injury to the tissues. Keep in mind that any kind of exercise causes stress on the body, and if you’re working out every day then recovery is very important, otherwise the muscles will start to break down. Sleep is essential in muscle recovery, but another way you can speed up recovery and reduce injuries and inflammation is by applying CBD oil before and after each workout.
Is your skin looking dull and ugly? CBD oil can help with that. It enhances complexion through a number of processes that target the processes that happen under the skin as well as on the surface. When used every day, CBD oil can restore complexion, get rid of uneven skin tone, and reduce lines and wrinkles. By eliminating free radicals, it reduces the number of toxins damaging the skin, and it also strengthens collagen, leaving skin smooth and consistent.
Make High Heels More Comfortable
Wearing heels puts a strain on the joints and can lead to pain and inflammation. CBD works here the same way it does on muscle and joint pain for weightlifters and fitness enthusiasts. It prevents inflammation, reduces pain, and aids in tissue recovery. For the best results, apply the oil to the area around the ankles before you put on the heels and again when you get home.
Treat Some Neurological Disorders
There’s a lot of research around CBD and its impact on neurological functions. With much of it centered on epilepsy and Multiple Sclerosis. The FDA has already approved a CBD drug used to treat one form of epilepsy, so there is some indication that the compound is effective. CBD works on brain receptors (CB1 & CB2), and it is believed that the effect it generates may help people dealing with neurological disorders such as MS and epilepsy. This is an area of study that is far from conclusive but based on clinical trials, and the impact CBD has on neurological function, there’s a lot of promise.
CBD is still not yet well-regulated so there may be issues with purchasing and application. However, these are just a few of the well-documented conditions that cannabidiol has been found to alleviate. If you have a serious medical condition, consult a health expert before self-medication and keep using prescription pills unless your doctor advises stopping.
About the Author
As a nature/natural-living enthusiast and passionate researcher with ten years in the cannabis industry, Kelsi enjoys playing her part to educate the world on the benefits of alternative health and medication options.