Cannabidiol, or CBD as it’s commonly referred to, is a cannabis plant compound used in the production of CBD edibles, balm, cosmetics, pet products, and more. While it’s not accepted by all individuals and governments, its popularity is growing, particularly throughout the United States.
In part, this is due to growing research suggesting its benefits for a wide variety of ailments and issues. Now more than ever before, people are putting their faith and trust in CBD, and some of the reasons why may surprise you.
Anti-Inflammatory Properties and Pain Relief
While there are a number of effective pain relief and anti-inflammatory medications on the market, many consumers are seeing the potential of CBD to help in a more natural way. Many studies, both human and animal, are showing promise with CBD being able to alleviate chronic pain and reduce inflammation.
A 2019 study also showed that when applied to the skin in an ointment form, CBD may be able to reduce scarring and inflammatory skin diseases. New research is revealing potential CBD benefits all the time, which is giving many consumers hope.
Consuming and using illegal products can put you at risk of being on the wrong side of the law and ending up in the prison system. Many people may have wanted to try CBD products for a variety of reasons, but the law may have prevented them from doing so.
However, in 2018, that all changed. The production, sale, and possession of CBD products became legal in the US. CBD products would no longer be classed as drugs unless they contained over 0.03% THC.
These changes were made within an official bill called the 2018 Farm Bill. It stated that as of December 20, 2018, hemp was no longer a controlled substance within the Controlled Substances Act.
Approval for Epilepsy Treatment
In 2018, the FDA approved CBD oil for the treatment of two forms of epilepsy: Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome. Both of these conditions have proven challenging to control with other medication types, yet CBD has provided some promising results. So far, no other synthetic drugs have been found to target the body’s endocannabinoid system as effectively as CBD.
Promise with Anxiety Disorders
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), over 40 million US adults have anxiety disorders, such as PTSD, general anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder. While many people turn to medication to help, others consider more natural options. CBD is showing some potential in current research.
A 2015 review looking at cannabidiol as a ‘potential treatment for anxiety disorders’ found that some people may experience a reduction in anxiety-related behaviors. However, doctors advise caution with cannabis featuring THC, which may worsen feelings of paranoia and anxiety in some people.
It’s not always easy to put your trust in something that has previously been illegal for decades. However, current research is speaking volumes about CBD’s potential. It’s not hard to see why, as time passes, more and more people are putting trust in CBD products to assist with a wide range of ailments.
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