What You Can Expect From CBD Intake
Studies have shown that CBD is a safe and effective plant-based remedy that can improve a variety of ailments. CBD may help lower inflammation, reduce neuropathic pain, help provide better sleep, and improve stress and anxiety.
CBD inhibits the release of inflammatory agents and calms the sensation of pain. Studies have shown that CBD is up to 20 times more potent than common over-the-counter NSAIDs. CBD reduces inflammation by interacting in the endocannabinoid system to block pain receptors. In addition, CBD does not have the damaging cardiac or GI system side-effects that many NSAIDs do.
Inflammation relief from CBD is not typically immediate. Herbal or plant-based remedies like CBD work from the inside out and can take longer to take full effect and for you to feel noticeable changes in inflammation and the pain associated with inflammation. Most pharmaceutical drugs are single synthetic molecules designed to produce dramatic effects on a single receptor type. Natural remedies do not work this way. Natural remedies work gradually, safely and effectively if taken in a sustained manner over time. Think of this like eating healthy; it takes a while, but most people feel amazing once they make the change.
Reduced Neuropathic Pain
A 2017 study indicated that CBD was able to help relieve chronic neuropathic pain. Neuropathic pain is caused by damaged or dysfunctional nerves. Neuropathy is a common type of pain for those with diabetes, pre-diabetes, multiple sclerosis, herniated discs, and those going through chemotherapy. Most cases of neuropathy are idiopathic; this is doctor-speak for “we have no idea why this happened”.
Studies have shown that CBD has the potential to decrease the release of cortisol. Cortisol is a critical hormone in the sleep and wake cycle.
Higher cortisol levels equate to more alertness. Cortisol levels are naturally the highest in the morning when waking up. Higher cortisol levels have been found in those with insomnia. Since CBD has the potential to lower cortisol levels it can act as a sleep aid and help you fall asleep faster and feel more rested when waking up in the morning. One of the main anecdotal benefits of this plant substance is the improved perception of sleep.
Improved Stress And Anxiety
Cortisol is not only closely involved with quality of sleep, but it is most known for regulating stress. Cortisol will generally push one into the ‘fight or flight’ response to stress. CBD helps lower cortisol while also boosting the body’s response to serotonin, sometimes called the happy chemical. CBD has been shown to mimic the effects of antidepressants. Parasympathetic balance is important with management of stress; CBD helps.