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Understanding CBD and the Health Applications of Cannabis Therapeutics

Even with an increasing number of U.S. states legalizing marijuana for medical and recreational use, this plant still remains highly controversial in today’s society. But along with this controversy comes a great deal of confusion and misunderstanding about the parts of the cannabis plant and species, which serve different purposes. Yes, there are certain parts of the plant that can get you high, but other parts that have a very different effect on the body and offer promising therapeutic benefits.

This article will discuss the health applications of cannabidiol (CBD), including how this substance works in the body and the various ailments it may relieve.

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CBD, THC, and Marijuana

Unlike THC, which is the psychoactive component of marijuana, CBD does not get you high or alter your state of mind. CBD is a non-intoxicating part of the cannabis plant that is used to treat a wide range of medical conditions. Alongside the growing popularity of CBD products, scientists are studying the therapeutic potential of cannabis more than ever before. At this time, CBD products are legal in many states where marijuana is otherwise still illegal.

How CBD Works in the Body

The hemp part of the cannabis plant contains the most CBD that is used for medicinal purposes. CBD, like all cannabinoids, attach to receptors in the body to produce effects in the body and brain. The human body actually produces its own natural cannabinoids, and researchers believe that CBD supplements encourage the body to use more of its own natural cannabinoids to induce sensations of calm and reduced pain and inflammation.

Uses for CBD

Studies indicate that CBD has many different applications because it can affect many of the body’s natural functions. This is a very interesting area of research right now because of exciting developments being made in the field of natural health. Here are some of the most common uses of CBD today.

Joint and Muscle Pain

One of the most promising benefits of CBD is its ability to relieve pain and inflammation without pharmaceuticals or over-the-counter drugs. CBD is used to relieve pain in the hands and feet, joint pain, and even post-surgical pain. Researchers are studying how CBD may be effective in long-term treatments for chronic pain as well. Many women also find CBD useful in relieving the pain and discomfort associated with menstrual cramps.

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Epilepsy

The FDA has approved the use of CBD in the form of Epidiolex as a therapy for certain types of epileptic seizures. CBD has shown to be particularly effective in cases of Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome, two rare conditions that cause epileptic seizures.

Anxiety

CBD is also often recommended to people (and even pets) who suffer from anxiety but who don’t want to rely upon pharmaceutical drugs to keep their anxiety levels down. While THC in marijuana can actually make a person’s anxiety and feelings of paranoia worse, CBD may actually reduce anxiety, panic attacks, social anxiety issues, and obsessive-compulsive disorder symptoms.

Sleep

For people who have trouble sleeping due to anxiety, stress, or post-traumatic stress disorder, CBD may be able to help. Studies have shown that low doses of CBD help induce relaxation and help people fall asleep within a natural cycle, rather than forcing the body into sleep with commonly prescribed medications.

How to Take CBD

CBD comes in a variety of forms in order to provide optimal doses for medical patients. Most people who use CBD for medical purposes prefer not to smoke or vape it, but rather try oils, concentrates, or edible products. For example, CBD products are sold in the form of lozenges, gel caps, ointments, massage oils, and beverages.

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Since cannabis therapeutics is a form of specialized medicine, it is highly recommended to consult a trusted medical professional about dosage questions rather than guessing or blindly trusting an unknown manufacturer’s label. If you haven’t used CBD products in the past, it is a smart idea to start with a very small dosage and build up once you know how your body reacts to it. Also, when you buy CBD products, choose ones without artificial additives, flavors, GMOs, or preservatives for the most natural and beneficial experience.

Have you tried CBD for medicinal use? Please share your experience with your fellow readers in the comment section below.

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