Here's the Low Down on All Things CBD

Here's the Low Down on All Things CBD

Tess St. John

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Our bodies are spectacular creations that can withstand a lot. We push ourselves through stressful days at the office or tough leg day sessions at the gym. We refuel our bodies by drinking enough water or getting a good night’s sleep. But sometimes, that just isn’t enough. Sometimes  a nice bubble bath can soothe the aches and pains or burning incense can calm our senses, but if we’re going to keep working this hard, shouldn't we have something that lasts longer than just a few candle burns? CBD oil might be the answer to all our needs, so I’m certain this wellness bath is worth hoping in to.

Before you disregard this, let’s learn more about CBD. CBD is shorthand for cannabidiol, and it is a natural substance that helps relieve pain, inflammation, anxiety, and even depression. There are two prominent cannabinoids in marijuana that separate them from one another. The first is THC, which is  the psychoactive ingredient in weed that produces a high. CBD, though, is the non-psychoactive chemical, meaning it does not produce a high. CBD is used for a slew of medicinal purposes, and it’s the newest and freshest wellness ingredient on today’s market.  

CBD works by acting on the body’s endocannabinoid system. This systems, main function is to help the body adapt to stressors. So, given that receptors for cannabinoids are found in the digestive, reproductive, nervous, and immune systems, CBD is known as a cure-all substance. But while it’s not able to truly heal everything, CBD does help regulate the body’s sleep, mood, pain, appetite, and immune response.

As a natural alternative to ibuprofen, a post-workout recovery booster, immune booster, or stress reliever, CBD has widespread health benefits without all the drawbacks of marijuana. This natural substance acts as an anti-inflammatory. So it can help prevent joint injury, as well as reduce any pain from swelling. For instance, if your knees hurt after you go for a run, CBD can help relieve some of the pain. Take some CBD and let this natural substance relieve the pain. It contains various medicinal properties that help your body cope with the pain and also helps it heal faster, thus enabling you to push on and keep exercising in any form that you choose. And unlike over-the-counter medicines, CBD won’t leave your head in a fog. 

According to the Journal of Neuroscience, it has become clear that CBD is a phenomenal treatment option for mood regulation.  While it’s not a cure-all for depression, it’s been shown to improve symptoms associated with depression. As mentioned earlier, the cannabinoids produced in our bodies help regulate our moods. These substances work by linking to specific points of neurological cells which are called receptors. These cells work by activating another substance called serotonin which acts to improve mood and reduce stress levels. The best way to manage these symptoms through CBD is by tincture or capsule supplements. It’s important to keep in mind that CBD does not provide a cure for depression, but it can lead to a better quality of life.

Another great aspect to this wellness ingredient is it can be found in various forms. Tincture, gel, topical cream, drink powder-it can be taken however you like. You can add it as an oil to a smoothie or a pizza, take is as an oral supplement or eat it in a cookie, use it as a topical cream to or infuse your watermelon with it. 

Now it’s time to stop the juicing and diet plans and add CBD to your health trends. According to Royal Queen Seeds, research shows that CBD does have a direct effect on metabolism. These findings show that it not only stimulates the proteins and genes that play a role in increasing the breakdown of fat but can also boost the number and activity of mitochondria, magnifying the body's power to burn calories. But it doesn’t stop there, CBD also reduces the expression of proteins involved in creating new fat cells within the body, as well. Are you in love with CBD yet? I sure am.

So whether your booty is burning from too many squats or your boss is just pushing all the wrong buttons, drop some CBD in your coffee and let the pain sip away. This natural substance is going mainstream and is sweeping the shelves of every shop and scrolls on social media. Whether I like all the benefits of CBD or the fact that is comes in the form of a cookie, I’m not sure, but I do know CBD has me feeling great-and it can have you feeling great, too.

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