In the 1990s the endocannabinoid system was discovered. This fascinating system facilitates memory, immune function, stress, sleep, and much more. The way CBD works is by interacting with CB1 and CB2 receptors to regulate the immune system and stress response. For decades CBD was largely restricted from research because of its misunderstood status under the Controlled Substances Act, but as more objective discoveries of the benefits of CBD have come to light, clinical trials for CBD are underway.
Here are 5 data backed benefits we do know:
- Inflammation: Think of CBD as an all-natural, plant derived ibuprofen that you can’t overdose on. Recent studies indicate that CBD (cannabidiol) acts on inflammation and fibrosis. Initial research shows that CBD initiates tissue repair that helps with injury and workout recovery.
- Anxiety: CBD has been shown to reduce anxiety in patients with Social Anxiety Disorder, and may also be effective for treating Panic Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and PTSD. One interesting pre-clinical study submitted that CBD generally reduced anxiety associated with public speaking for subjects with Generalized Social Anxiety Disorder.
- Insomnia: CBD has been shown to regulate and oppose the effects of prolonged stress, the leading cause of insomnia. CBD in small doses is mildly alerting, since CBD interacts with the same receptors as caffeine. What CBD actually does is aid homeostasis to prevent daytime sleepiness and may reduce nightmares associated with PTSD.
- Pain relief: Natural pain relief tops the list of most commonly known uses for CBD. Our customers have noted relief from cramps, headaches, joint pains, muscle recovery, and research suggests that it may be a novel means to treat chronic pain as well.
- Neuropathic pain: Pre-clinical evidence shows that CBD is a promising drug for neurodegenerative disorders. The mechanisms of loss in particular regions remains largely unknown, but CBD is garnering the interest of scientists for its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.
Overall, CBD can help you take the edge off to gain better balance and wellbeing.
What is the potential of CBD?
While there is still a lot we don’t know about CBD, it is increasingly considered a safe and natural alternative to over-the-counter and prescription medications. In fact, in November of 2017 and June of 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) completed clinical human and animal studies that both found CBD did not show significant potential for addiction or abuse. Most recently, the FDA approved CBD-based Epidiolex, as an anti-seizure medication bringing CBD to the mainstream.
We live in an exciting time as increasing studies are underway to evaluate the safety and fully understand the benefits of CBD. But do keep in mind that these statements - along with most others on the internet - have not been evaluated by the FDA and this content is not to be used to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Inspired by what we hope to see with FDA regulations, Relief Scout follows a 5 step process to ensure all CBD products are made from organically grown hemp, follow GMPs, are 3rd party tested for safety and consistency, and labeled appropriately by a socially responsible organization.
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