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What Is CBD Oil?
First things first, let’s clarify what CBD and CBD oil actually are.
CBD oil is a collective term for oils made from fiber hemp, and do not contain THC. CBD Oil is a compound oil that contains at least CBD (Cannabidiol). These can also be other varieties, because there many different cannabinoids are present in raw hemp. .
Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is probably the most well-known component of cannabis, CBD is not psychoactive. This means it doesn’t get you high on CBD oil. CBD is legally available in all of Europe at the moment, however, the legal status of CBD is very grey in the USA and only legal in some states.
The endocannabinoid system in our bodies, has many interactions and crosstalk with most of our other systems, including appetite control, mood, pain, energy balance and metabolism, so the application of CBD is vast!. A molecule called anandamide is our natural cannabinoid which the body produces itself and binds to CB1 and CB2 receptors in a variety of tissues.,
The health benefits of CBD oil include but are not limited to the following:
- Reduces and relieves pain
- Reduces systemic inflammation
- Has antipsychotic effects
- Reduces symptoms of various anxiety and depressive disorders
- Aids relive the symptoms of arthritis
- Aids with nausea and vomiting
- Treats epilepsy and other neurological disorders
- Potentially lowers the incidence of type 2 diabetes promotes good cardiovascular health
- Slow the breakdown of muscle mass
- Stabilises blood sugar and curbs appetite
With so many major benefits, it’s no wonder people are getting excited about CBD!
How does CBD help people who might not have a specific illness but just want to improve their performance on the field or in the gym or at work?
Several recent studies have taken a look at the way CBD oil can benefit us all, including fitness enthusiasts, and the results are quite promising.
Research shows that CBD has anti-catabolic properties. This means that CBD can slow the breakdown of muscle mass and help athletes to build more muscle. It does this by decreasing the number of catabolic hormones (such as cortisol) that are present in the body. CBD can indirectly boost muscle growth by improving your stamina. When you’re able to spend more time lifting without your muscles getting fatigued, you’ll see results from your hard work faster.
Because it has anti-inflammatory properties, CBD Oil might be just the thing needed after an intense gym session or if you have an injury.
Why should you consider CBD for inflammation instead of an over-the-counter drug like ibuprofen?
Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen can be harmful to digestive organs when taken too often or in excess. CBD, though, has none of these dangerous side-effects.
It is estimated that almost 44% of patients using CBD were able to get off prescription drugs (including opiates like codeine and tramadol).
What about the other benefits if CBD oil?
CBD can also be beneficial to people who are trying to lose weight. I found CBD oil helpful to curb my appetite when dieting.
CBD oil been shown to help regulate blood sugar levels. When blood sugar is regulated blood sugar and mood is more stable, making it easier to say ‘no’ to sugary sweet snacks and have energy throughout the day. CBD can also helps lower cortisol levels as too much cortisol plus unregulated blood sugar or blood/insulin sugar spikes can lead to fat being stored in the abdomen. The ‘dangerous belly fat’. See my blog on fat traps, cortisol and insulin for more
Sleep is essential for everyone, in fact lack of sleep is linked to a whole host of illnesses e.g ; cancer, obesity, depression, diabetes, cardio vascular disease
CBD can help you get your sleep back on track because it helps the body regulate the hormones that signal time for sleep and wakefulness. CBD also does this without any of the habit-forming properties that come with traditional sleep aids.
Reduced Stress and Anxiety
CBD also helps improve sleep quality because it can reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, two serious conditions that often wreak havoc on people’s sleep schedules, as well as general wellbeing
Sometimes, no matter how prepared you are for presentation, a date or a big match, nerves will show up and throw you off your game. Luckily CBD can help, due to its anti-depressant and anti-anxiolytic properties, and WITHOUT habit-forming properties like some drugs like Lorazepam and Prozac.
Brain Injuries and Neurological Conditions
Finally, CBD has also been shown to have the potential to help limit the damage caused by traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). This is groundbreaking, especially for athletes who are involved in contact sports like football or boxing. The effects of TBIs can appear weeks or months or even years after the head injury and these symptoms include depression, anxiety, vertigo, personality changes, chronic pain, chronic fatigue, brain fog, lack of coordination and sleep issues. Scientist now think that these symptoms in part are caused by persistent inflammation in the brain, following the initial head trauma. This is why TBIs can be so hard to treat as the problems appear a long time after the injury and it is easy to blame other factors.
Studies on CBD found that the anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties may have the potential to help reduce the swelling caused by TBIs while also protecting the brain from further inflammatory damage. Other neurological conditions which are aggravated by inflammation or stress can also be aided by CBD oil.
Thank you for reading !
Look out for my book on human biochemistry, supplements and drugs coming soon
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