More and more, CBD is becoming a household name and a natural remedy for common ailments such as sleep disorders, stress, chronic pain and more. It seems like CBD is popping up everywhere these days: in food, beverages, skin care…the list goes on and on. You may be wondering what is behind the buzz of this product and how it could possibly promote wellness in your life, but with all new products that gain a following having questions is completely normal and an important aspect of incorporating a new routine into your life.
So, what is CBD anyways?
CBD is short for Cannabidiol, which is a chemical compound from the Cannabis plant. The most well known compounds are delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). However, unlike THC, CBD does not provide any psychoactive (high or intoxicating) effects. You can learn more about CBD here.
CBD comes in many different forms and is typically ingested, applied topically, or inhaled. When CBD is consumed it works directly with your endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is the controller of many functions in our body such as sleep, stress, skin, memory, and overall balance. Check out our blog on the ECS here.
Effects of CBD on Sleep
Getting enough sleep is usually easier said than done and more than half of Americans report struggling with feeling tired during the day. Sometimes prescription sleep medication is not the right fit for an individual and natural remedies are explored. When consuming CBD you may be able to enhance your rest and relaxation and ultimately decrease the amount of time it takes to fall asleep. Not only does counting sheep become less of a routine, but you may start noticing an increase in the quality of your sleep. CBD may shift your REM cycle into a deeper NREM cycle promoting a deeper sleep and ultimately leading to a refreshed awakening.
Effects of CBD on Stress
Stress – we all experience it in some form or another and learning to manage stress is an art in its own. However, sometimes we reach for remedies that can help us cope with stress more easily and CBD may help lower stress levels in a natural way. Introducing CBD to your daily routine such as adding the Essential Blend Extract to your morning coffee, or unwinding before bedtime with the Evening Blend Extract and RESTORE Roll-On may help manage your levels of stress by managing cortisol production, and improve some of the symptoms of anxiety or stress - increased heart rate, dilated pupils, increased sweat, the shakes, etc.
Although stress is part of the human experience, utilizing these natural remedies, such as CBD can lead to a more balanced life in more ways than one.
Effects of CBD on Skin
Due to CBD being so new to the consumer market there is still research and tests that need to be conducted in order to get an accurate report on its efficacy. However, the research that has been conducted thus far shows great promise in conditions of the skin including psoriasis and eczema. CBD promotes internal balance which is the first step for healthy skin.
Since CBD is known to work directly with our ECS system this leads to positive effects on many key functions of the skin as well, such as oil production, pigmentation, pain, and much more. Using CBD directly on your skin may help with inflammation, aging, dullness, moisture and more. Treadwell Farms Topical and Skincare products may improve common ailments such as inflammation or discomfort from rashes and bug bites.
Effects of CBD on Chronic PainChances are if you have researched or used CBD you have seen reports of its positive effect with providing relief for chronic pain. Chronic Pain affects millions of American adults every day and over-the-counter medication such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs long term can lead to complicated health issues down the road.
Pain is caused by a variety of factors such as injuries, illnesses and inflammation. Inflammation specifically has been found to be a major component of chronic pain and affects 133 million Americans. One lab study performed in 2016 on rats discovered that CBD reduced joint swelling and pain caused by inflammation and no significant side effects were reported. Other lab studies found that CBD may help with acute and chronic pain due to how CBD impacts our endocannabinoid system.
Effects of CBD on Overall Balance
Although there is more research needed on CBD and how it affects your overall wellness, the signs are leading towards a positive improvement in health.
As always, it is best to consult with your doctor about CBD and whether it is right for you and dosage recommendations. Whether you are new to the CBD world or have incorporated it into your daily routine, the product options are endless and we encourage you to explore!Sources: