As the industry progresses, the word “CBD” is becoming more synonymous with “Healthy Lifestyle.” Not only is CBD used to treat cancer, epilepsy, and arthritis, it is used as preventive care. Many health food nuts, or those with active lifestyles are beginning to use CBD as a daily vitamin. This can be seen on social media as well. Many companies have ads with young people posing as they drop CBD onto their tongue with the mountains as the backdrop. Even though this side of the CBD market can be “glamourized,” there is still truth to the preventive care properties found when using CBD routinely.
I decided to write this article to explain the reasons why people use CBD regularly. Throughout the article I will provide an in depth look at how to incorporate CBD into your healthy lifestyle.
How We Absorb CBD
Let’s start with how we experience the benefits. Many people use CBD daily as a form of preventive care. The reason CBD, and other cannabinoids, are so effective at treating and preventing illness is because of our body’s natural endocannabinoid system (ECS). Our endocannabinoid system has receptors for naturally occurring cannabinoids found in our body, as well as plant derived cannabinoids. Each cannabinoid gets absorbed by our receptors which creates the desired effects. This is why THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis, will produce a euphoric effect when smoked. Essentially, the endocannabinoid system is what creates the many effects from the cannabis plant.
Here’s a quote from, Bradley Alger, one of the leading scientists currently studying the endocannabinoid system, “With complex actions in our immune system, nervous system, and virtually all of the body’s organs, the endocannabinoids are literally a bridge between body and mind. By understanding this system, we begin to see a mechanism that could connect brain activity and states of physical health and disease.”
What can CBD Prevent?
When CBD is digested, typically taken as a tincture, the CBD compound bonds with the receptors. This is what creates the desired effects used to prevent and treat illness. When taken regularly, CBD can reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, and neurodegenerative conditions. Upon others, this is a very common reason people take CBD routinely. Especially those with a genetic predisposition to one of the diseases mentioned above. CBD creates new nerve cells which can help maintain brain health. In a study released in 2017 by the “Royal Derby Hospital”, a single dose of CBD showed a reduction in blood pressure for healthy people. Through animal testing, we have found that regular doses of CBD can prevent and slow the growth of cancer cells.
Through my research, I found that CBD can be used regularly for pain management. If you lead an active lifestyle, pain control can allow you to continue with your daily regimen. This can be helpful for elderly suffering from chronic pain. Using CBD to prevent pain can prevent stress or depression by allowing the elderly to live the lifestyle they desire. CBD has also been known to prevent anxiety in those suffering from PTSD. It can prevent seizures, skin conditions, stress, diabetes and it can even spur new bone cell formation which can prevent broken bones.
Using CBD for a Healthy Lifestyle
As you can see, CBD is effective at preventing disease and illness. If you were unaware of the preventive properties mentioned above, then you may not know how to incorporate CBD into your life. CBD can be offered in many different products. This could be in the form of gummies, tinctures, topicals (like salve or body butter), or even flower, to be smoked. These can all be great options, but you want to find what’s best for you.
If you are very conscious of your body and lead a healthy lifestyle, digesting CBD orally may be the best option. There are no negative health effects from taking CBD as a tincture or oil form. This can allow your body to benefits from the full effects. I recommend using full spectrum CBD, instead of CBD isolate, more information on the difference can be found here. Full spectrum CBD contains all the other cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. When used together, users experience an “Entourage Effect” that enhances the effects of each cannabinoid. Most full spectrum CBD contains less than 0.3% THC, which will not get the user “high.”
CBD shows significant promise for preventing illness and disease. These are just some of the diseases we know CBD can prevent. As time goes on, and the war on drugs comes to an end, we will begin to see more studies and professional research conducted on the effects from CBD and cannabis. As of now, we know CBD can be very beneficial for those striving to live a healthy lifestyle. Just as people focus on their diet and exercise daily, CBD should be included in that equation as well. I hope you enjoyed my article on CBD for a healthy lifestyle. Stay tuned for more information on the uses of CBD and hemp. Happy hemping!
Sean Huber has been working in the cannabis industry for five years. His experience includes hempcrete construction, cannabis cultivation, social media marketing, and cannabis accounting services.