Since there are hundreds of potential uses for CBD, it proved extremely difficult for us to narrow it down to the top 10. To do that, we turned to the people who have used CBD effectively for help. In this (by no means exhaustive) list, we’ll try to find the top 10 CBD uses, according to users:
One of the most popular uses for CBD oil is as a pain reliever. It has been used for both acute and chronic pain, and has become a godsend for people of all ages. Arthritis sufferers, in particular, have found relief by using CBD as a topical and many people have regained the ability to perform tasks that their conditions had previously rendered impossible.
CBD works to relieve pain by acting on the cannabinoid receptors in your body, helping to reduce the inflammation that leads to pain and discomfort.
One of the most interesting CBD uses is its ability to work as a neuroprotective; that is to say, its purported ability to reduce the cognitive decline associated with aging. As we get older, our brains gradually lose their natural abilities to retain memories and coordinate our bodies. In more severe cases, this can develop into conditions like Alzheimers. Regular use of CBD, however, seems like it could help to mitigate these symptoms, leading to a significant improvement in quality of life during old age.
For many people, anxiety is just something that they have to live with day to day. While it can certainly become so severe as to make it impossible to get through the day, often it’s more insidious than that; it simply creeps into the workings of your day and causes you to become worried and stressed by seemingly minor problems. It can also cause a great deal of harm to your health; anxiety can lead to sleeplessness, depression, headaches, sexual dysfunction, and even obesity and diabetes.
CBD is a natural way to fight the deleterious effects anxiety can have on your mind and body. Studies have indicated that regular CBD usage can help users take their lives back, as they find themselves calmer in stressful situations and begin to become free of the tension and worry that plagues them. Ultimately, this leads to improved sleep, fewer intrusive thoughts, and a marked improvement in overall mood.
One of the most dramatic of its benefits, and indeed the one that first caused CBD oil to burst onto the scene a few years back, is the effect of CBD on epilepsy. People who suffer from seizures have found that CBD oil can dramatically reduce the number of attacks, as well as reducing the severity of the ones that do occur.
It’s been said that CBD is the non-psychoactive cousin of THC, but this isn’t strictly true. While it would be accurate to say that CBD does not get you “high” or “stoned,” it is psychoactive in the sense that it has marked benefits upon your mental well-being. CBD has even been used as an anti-psychotic, with patients who suffer from schizophrenia finding relief by using the compound.
When we turned to users to discover what their top CBD uses were, we were surprised that acne was always near the top of the list. Indeed, seemingly due to its ability to reduce inflammation, CBD seemed to deliver a marked improvement in acne. In turn, this led to increased confidence and a strong self-esteem boost among users. Users also reported other benefits in their skin health; they even mentioned noticing healthier hair and nails, as a direct result of using CBD products.
Diabetes is another condition that plagues millions of Americans, and it’s another one for which there is no cure, only prevention and, once the disease is underway, treatment. Fortunately for at-risk patients, it seems that CBD has the ability to forestall the onset of diabetes, and there’s science to back up this claim: in mice, CBD treatment reduced the incidence of diabetes by 56%. It also significantly reduced the inflammation associated with diabetes, helping to mitigate some of the worst symptoms.
CBD has helped many people with many different conditions, but perhaps none are so impressive as its benefits for cancer sufferers. When we looked to the users of CBD for the benefits they were receiving, we found that the worst side effects of chemotherapy were reduced with regular CBD treatment. Indeed, the pain, vomiting and nausea was dramatically lessened with the use of CBD products. Not only this, but science has even indicated that CBD may be effective in halting the spread of aggressive tumors and has even been found to shrink them in laboratory conditions.
One of the most thoroughly studied effects of CBD is its ability to act on inflammation. By binding to the endocannabinoid receptors in the body, CBD reduces the body’s inflammatory response. This is a very good thing, since a great deal of common health problems are actually caused by inflammation! High blood pressure, one of the primary risk factors in heart disease, heart attacks, and stroke, was greatly controlled by regular CBD use. This is probably down not only to its effects as an anti-inflammatory, but as an antioxidant as well.
Make no mistake, substance abuse is a disease, and one that can respond to the proper treatment. Many recovering addicts discovered that their cravings and dependence were reduced when they used CBD; it has reportedly helped morphine addicts, heroin addicts, and alcoholics begin to work towards having a normal, drug-free life back.
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