CBD is the new popular treatment option of 2020. People have been turning to this alternative medicine after its legalization in 2018. If you’re not familiar with this new trend, CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is the compound in cannabis known for its medicinal properties. Unlike THC, CBD does not cause a psychoactive high.
CBD is now being sold as skin creams, lotions, oils, pills and even as food additives. According to USA Today, in April 2019, there were 6.4 million CBD Google searches and searches increased 160 percent in 2018 compared to 2017. This trend has been growing in popularity, but what do the experts say?
Used to Help Anxiety and PTSD
Many of us have a huge fear of speaking in front of a large audience. The tips of imagining everyone in their underwear is not the most effective option. Studies have shown that students who use CBD with generalized anxiety seemed to have reduced nervousness and cognitive impairment in a simulated public speaking task.
However, some research has discovered that healthy volunteers administered CBD had little to no change in their emotional reaction to unpleasant images or words, compared to a placebo group. Meaning, there is still more research to determine its calming effects.
CBD reacts differently for each user. If you are new to CBD, test the product and its dosage beforehand. According to Remedy Review, dosage varies amongst individuals and your tolerance. If you are looking to use CBD to try and relieve anxiety before a presentation, you can take CBD a few minutes before, or an hour or so in advance depending on the application method you’re using. For example, capsules require extra time for the product to be digested.
If you are struggling with anxiety or depression, always consult a physician before seeking alternative treatment options.
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CBD Used for Sleep
According to Sleep Health, 70 percent of adults report that they obtain insufficient sleep at least one night a month, and 11 percent have insufficient sleep every night. Some people use melatonin, herbal tea, exercise, but what about CBD? According to a recent story by Healthline, CBD could improve sleep. A study published in 2019 involving 72 subjects with 47 experiencing anxiety and 25 with poor sleep, discovered that 79.2 percent of patients reported lower anxiety levels and 66.7 percent reported better sleep with 25 milligrams of CBD. Root causes of insomnia may be tackled by CBD such as pain or grogginess. More research needs to be done, but Consumer Reports recently reported that 10 percent of Americans have turned to CBD to help with sleep problems.
CBD Used for Muscle Aches
Did you work out too hard this weekend? Go on a ski trip and pull a muscle? Luckily, people have reported that CBD soothes muscle aches, reduces strains from old injuries, and rejuvenates sore muscles. Men’s Health interviewed a personal trainer about her use and here’s what she said:
“As a personal trainer and someone that works out every day and really pushes myself a lot, I noticed the biggest difference in inflammation and stress after a workout.”
So, after a long workout, try applying CBD topically or consume a serving in your tea.
Although more research is needed to backup these CBD claims, the reviews are promising. Before trying CBD, consult your primary care provider to see if it’s the right fit for your health concerns.
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