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While the CBD market is growing and new products are developing every day, cbd does not seem to be going anywhere. CBD tinctures are still one of the most popular and widely used CBD products on the market. These sublingual drops are either absorbed under the tongue or swallowed to consume. Depending on the individual, they can be used for a number of reasons.

Why Should You Be Taking CBD

Maintain Your Body

If you are a mammal, you have an endocannabinoid system. If your endocannabinoid system is not functioning properly then you are putting yourself at higher risk of disease. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive compound derived from cannabis plants that interacts with receptors throughout your body. This compound is extracted from the plant and made into cbd oil or tinctures to consume. CBD nourishes your cannabinoid receptors, therefore assisting to regulate the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system handles nearly everything from neuroprotection to homeostatic balance.

Minimize Anxiousness

While the world deals with a global pandemic, anxiety seems to be at an all time high. Anxiety can be harmful to your well being whether you are experiencing a general feeling of anxiousness or a chronic anxiety disorder. During such uncertain times, everyone can benefit from less anxiety. CBD interacts with receptors in your brain that produce serotonin and other neurotransmitters responsible for behavior, mood and regulating your circadian rhythm. Since the endocannabinoid system works to regulate and balance, CBD can potentially minimize anxiety caused by these same neurotransmitters. Interestingly enough, CBD is even being considered in potential treatments for coronavirus.

Manage Pain

Your endocannabinoid system also regulates pain, sleep and appetite. Often these things can go hand in hand. While research is developing around the potential benefits of using CBD for different kinds of chronic pain conditions, its ability to reduce inflammation is due to the impact the cannabinoid has while interacting with your receptors. Once CBD interacts with these receptors it can assist with other neurotransmitters like pain. There are also topical forms of CBD like cream, lotions and balms that can target an area of pain directly through the skin.

Protect Your Brain

CBD gained even more popularity around 2015 when a documentary was released about a young girl, Charlotte Figi, and how her parents began dramatically reducing her seizures with the help of CBD-rich medical marijuana. At the time, the neurological benefits of CBD were unknown. Since then it became clear how dramatically CBD may protect the brain. Because it is a strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, CBD is able to assist in creating new cells while protecting pre-existing cells within the brain. Research has developed now to the FDA approving a CBD-based medication for a few rare epileptic conditions in children.

Stay Hearty

The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties mentioned before may also be what lies behind CBD’s natural ability to mitigate stress and anxiety. By lowering blood pressure and supporting overall cardiovascular health, CBD encourages a healthier response to stress. When you think about heart health, you probably also think about cardio. If you think about exercising, you might also think about being sore the day after. Don’t forget CBD can help inside and out. Taking some CBD oil or applying a topical CBD might be the perfect pre or post workout routine to keep you and your heart healthy.

Maximize Digestion

Your digestive and gut health is a large part of your overall health. Cannabinoid receptors throughout your body work to regulate certain digestive processes including appetite and the absorption of nutrients. Because of its potential anti-inflammatory effects CBD may also help reduce stomach bloating and abdominal pain. By promoting overall health and providing balance, the gut can restore itself and you can properly consume the foods you need.

Research is continuously shedding light on new relationships between cannabinoids and your health. The potential benefits of CBD is a growing list. In addition to CBD, cannabis offers hundreds of other cannabinoids that may interact with your endocannabinoid system in countless ways. For now, you can keep it simple and start with adding CBD into your life.

(Last Updated On: December 10, 2020)

A Doctor of Public Health, Lacy Ryan has accrued more than ten years of experience, making a name for herself as a researcher, writer, policy analyst, and project manager specializing in public health and international development.She earned her PhD in Community and Behavioural Health at the Colorado School of Public Health, her Master’s Degree in Global Health and Public Policy at the University of Edinburgh, and her Bachelor’s Degree with Honours in Biomedical Sciences (with minours in Biology and Psychology) at the University of Waterloo.