Three Benefits of Using CBD oil
Have you heard about the wonders of CBD?
Sadly there are many myths and misconceptions about this amazing product, ranging from whether it’s legal or not (yes it is), whether it will get you high (nope) and whether it’s addictive (no – read on to find out why not).
CBD stands for cannabidiol and is extracted from the hemp plant – hence the belief that you’ll get high, that it’s addictive or that it’s illegal. However, the psychoative part, or THC (the part that gets you high) of the hemp plant – is banned in the UK. A CBD product can contain up to 0.2% of THC, which means there is virtually no risk of these symptoms.
However, it can increase your dopamine and serotonin levels, which means it can be helpful for the following three conditions – mood, sleep and perception of pain.
The effects of CBD oil on mood
CBD oil could well be every stressed persons best friend! As mentioned, the oil can increase the amount of serotonin your body produces which has a knock on effect on mental health. Serotonin regulates mood, reduces anxiety and depression and keeps the stress hormone, cortisol, in check.
Serotonin is sometimes referred to as the happy chemical because low levels have been linked to depression, but it does so much more, including helping to regulate the circadian rhythm or natural body clock which brings me on to…
Does CBD oil improve sleep?
There is some exciting evidence to suggest that CBD oil can improve sleep. If you think about the things mentioned above, it makes sense that if you’re feeling less anxious, depressed and stressed and your natural body clock is in rhythm, then your sleep will be improved.
And it has a cyclical effect – if you sleep well, then this can help reduce stress, depression and anxiety. So if you can break the cycle of low mood or poor sleep with CBD oil, you’re onto a winner!
CBD oil and pain
Cannabidiol has some anti inflammatory properties, which makes it useful in treating chronic pain. You know all about acute inflammation if you’ve ever hurt yourself – even a minor cut will create inflammation around the site, until it heals. But when you experience chronic inflammation such as a permanent bad back, it can become extremely debilitating and yep, you’ve guessed it – can affect mood and sleep!
CBD oil helps our bodies reduce inflammation and even produce more of the natural chemicals that make us feel relaxed and ok in the world. You know how great it feels to finally be free of pain – isn’t it amazing that a simple plant extract can support our bodies in this way?!
How do I know what to buy?
Like most things, all CBD products are not created equal, so be sure to shop around and ask the right questions. You need to find a reputable brand, preferably one that is 100% orgranic and do not contain GMO ingredients. A good brand will have nothing to hide and will extract the oil using safe solvents, tell you clearly on the label how much CBD you are getting (as well as how little THC) and be happy to share any lab test results with you..