What is CBD Good For?
There are already an estimated 1.3 million CBD users in the UK who take CBD and claim that it helps to relieve a wide variety of symptoms, from anxiety and stress to pain and seizures. In fact, CBD seems to have so many different applications it’s understandable that you’d ask exactly what is CBD good for, and what’s just hype?
In this article, we’ll explore the different benefits and uses of CBD, as well as the unique advantages offered by one type of CBD product over another. Hopefully, this will help you in your search for the perfect CBD product to complement your health and lifestyle.
The Many Benefits of CBD
It was upon studying various cannabinoids and their interactions with the human body that scientists discovered that the human body contains a complex cell-signalling system that responds to these cannabinoids.
Our endocannabinoid system, as it was named, plays an essential role in many of our body’s vital physiological and cognitive processes. It turns out that we have cannabinoid receptors all throughout our central nervous system (brain) and peripheral nervous system (body).
Following this discovery, scientists also found that the human body produces its own cannabinoids (called endocannabinoids). This entire molecular system is responsible for regulating and balancing processes involving our immune and pain response, appetite and metabolism, sleep and memory, mood, and more.
“Two eminent scientists said that the endocannabinoid system is involved in essentially all human disease… This is a very strong statement, but it seems to be correct” - Raphael Mechoulam (the scientist who discovered THC back in the 1960s)
Thought by some to be the future of medicine, cannabinoids have never been so widely studied as they are now. And thanks to these researchers and scientists, CBD already has many evidence-based therapeutic uses.
Most Popular CBD Uses
The three most common reasons that people take CBD are to help relieve or manage pain (and/or inflammation), to relieve anxiety, and as a sleep aid.
CBD is also widely used to improve the overall feeling of wellbeing and its making waves in the world of fitness for its potential to speed up muscle recovery,
CBD is also hugely popular in the skincare market due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
There is also evidence to suggest that it could potentially help treat depression, nausea and vomiting, high blood pressure, digestion problems, heart disease, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, acne, diabetes, and more.
Not to mention that CBD is also currently available on prescription, as Epidiolex, to help prevent seizures in severe epilepsy sufferers.
In a recent survey on CBD users in America, 22% of respondents reported that they now use CBD instead of taking prescription or over-the-counter medicines, so CBD is really helping a lot of people!
Important note: If you’re on medication then we recommend that you speak to your doctor before taking CBD, as CBD could potentially alter the effects of other drugs.
CBD Oil Benefits
CBD oil continues to be one of the most popular forms of CBD, probably due to its faster-acting effects, but also its versatility when it comes to consumption.
The majority of people use the oil as CBD oral drops, either on or under the tongue. Dropping the oil under the tongue and holding it there for 20-30 seconds is a fast-acting delivery method with high bioavailability.
Thanks to the capillaries under your tongue, the CBD enters your bloodstream faster than if you were to swallow it, where it will have to pass through your liver before reaching your bloodstream.
Sublingual dosing can mean that your CBD drops start to take effect in just 10 minutes, which is why it’s a very popular delivery method for people wishing to quickly relieve symptoms of anxiety and acute pain, in particular.
But there are also some people who prefer to swallow it, or even add it to their food and drinks, as although the effects are slower to come on, they’re also longer-lasting.
CBD Gummies Benefits
CBD gummies in the UK are also incredibly popular. Their many benefits include offering CBD users an extremely precise way of dosing. When you take one gummy, you know the exact number of milligrams you’re consuming, against a pipette of drops which may be slightly more or less full each time you take them.
CBD gummies are also extremely convenient and a very discreet way of taking CBD. After all, no one needs to know that your gummies even have CBD in them.
Another advantage of CBD gummies is the longer-lasting effects you achieve by consuming your CBD orally. The CBD takes longer to get into your system, but it also stays in your system longer.
This is why CBD gummies are a very popular choice among those looking for relief from longer-lasting symptoms such as chronic pain or trouble sleeping.
Benefits of Applying CBD Topically
Topical CBD products are great for when you’re experiencing localized pain or have aching muscles. CBD is a great anti-inflammatory and you can apply a CBD pain relief rub directly to the affected area, potentially reducing swelling, relieving pain, and helping to speed up the recovery process.
Our cooling CBD pain relief gel can be applied to bruises, sprains, or sore muscles for instant relief. And our heated CBD muscle balm is fantastic for warming up your muscles before you workout, potentially preventing injury, as well as helping to soothe aching muscles post-workout.
CBD Lip Balm Benefits
As mentioned previously, CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties also come into play when it comes to skincare.
CBD is both nourishing and soothing, two great ingredients that your dry, chapped lips will be grateful for. CBD lip balm could help to reduce redness and irritation that you’re experiencing, whether it be from allergies, cold sores, or dehydrated skin.
CBD has also been found to possess antibacterial properties which can help to protect your lips. And as an antioxidant, CBD may have the potential to stabilise free radicals in your skin caused by overexposure to the elements.
Benefits of CBD Bath Bombs
Relax and decompress with CBD bath bombs for the ultimate bathtime experience. When you apply our CBD bath bomb to your bath, it will fizz and melt away, releasing essential oils and ingredients designed to work in synergy to help soothe your mind, body, and soul.
The heat of the bathwater works together with CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties, helping to soothe irritated skin and relax aching muscles.
The antibacterial and antifungal properties of CBD are further complemented by the presence of rosehip oil, helping to fight off infections and pimples and improve the overall appearance of your skin.
Our bath bombs also contain argon oil, shea butter, and cocoa butter, full of vitamins and minerals that promote smooth, healthy, and nourished skin.