For those who haven’t tried CBD, we understand that the main appeal is the range of benefits people have reported it offering. Whether you struggle with sleep or want to explore its effect on issues like Alzheimer’s, many people have found CBD, a chemical found in cannabis plants, the panacea they were looking for.
Currently, CBD is not regarded as a medical product in the UK, and instead, you're more likely to find it with the food products as a food and drink supplement. Although this is the case, many people take to it for the health benefits they find it offers.
In this article, we explore the main benefits people have reported from using CBD. As with all CBD products, it’s important to note that the benefits can vary vastly from person to person and you should work out how CBD works with your body to know how it can help.
Relief from anxiety
One of the reasons I see many people picking up a CBD product, like a CBD drink, for the first time, is to help with anxiety, depression and other mental health issues. Whether someone has a long-standing issue or is struggling during a stressful time, finding a way to help ease worries and quieten your mind can be a real relief.
Stress and anxiety build-up due to the neuroreceptors in our brain, and this is why CBD products can have a positive effect. CBD works with the bodies endocannabinoid system, which, when stressed, can dysregulate. CBD products can help this get back on track, working naturally with it to help it regain its rhythm.
CBD also promotes neural regeneration, which can help restore parts of the brain that have been damaged due to chronic stress more effectively.
Something many may have seen in the news in the past few years are the wonderful effects cannabis is having on those with life-changing epilepsy, or dravet syndrome, a drug-resistant form of epilepsy.
For those with severe epilepsy, the seizures can be really detrimental to a normal life. However, in recent years after human studies, a select few have been able to use medical cannabis which can help to prevent, or even in some cases stop seizures.
Where CBD comes in, is where medical cannabis products are not available. As CBD is one chemical taken from marijuana plants, it can provide, to some, relief from seizures.
When discussing Epidyolex, medical-standard CBD which is also FDA approved in all 50 States of the USA, UK organisation Epilepsy Action said: “Studies suggest that CBD may be an effective treatment for children with some types of hard-to-treat epilepsy. To assess how effective an epilepsy treatment is, researchers often look at how many people have a 50% or greater reduction in seizures. A recent evidence review found that one in every 8 people taking CBD would have a 50% or greater reduction in seizures. A much smaller number (less than 1 in 150) would become seizure-free.”
If you are looking to take CBD to help with seizures, please contact a medical professional first. Epidyolex is available through the NHS when prescribed, and although high-street CBD products may be able to help you, they may also interfere with other epilepsy medications, so it is important to talk to a doctor before trying it.
Fends off neurodegenerative issues
One of the potential benefits of CBD that has been less-explored pertains to neurodegenerative issues. A problem that many worry about experiencing in their life, neurodegenerative issues can see someone’s brain function decline, especially in later life. This can include issues like multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s and more.
Although there aren’t many long-term studies to call on, there is the thought process in some that the neuro-regenerative properties CBD can have may be one way to help prevent or ease these issues.
As well as issues within the brain, neurological ailments can also affect other areas, like causing pain in the body, causing psychosis, effecting sleep or causing tremors. Some of these other issues can also be helped by CBD; sleep aid and pain relief are two of the products highly reported benefits
Offers pain relief
One of the main reasons CBD is used by so many athletes is due to its pain relief properties. Many times, pain can be caused by, or enhanced by inflammation. As an anti-inflammatory, CBD can help alleviate this issue, especially when used as a topical.
Even ingested in foods and beverages, CBD can have a positive effect on helping ease inflammation. This can be brilliant for those who have muscle aches from working out, but it can also benefit other things.
For example, if you suffer from acne, drinking CBD beverages or using a CBD face wash may be able to reduce inflammation in the area, or even in some situations offer some relief from medical issues like arthritis which are worsened by inflammation.
Promotes better sleep
I’ve spoken before about how CBD can help enhance sleep, from helping people drift off to offering a better quality of sleep once they are there. This is due to the same calming properties that can also help with anxiety.
She Digs Deeper blogger Nina spoke to us about this, and she told us: “Having at least two migraines per month, CBD is a great resource for me to help me sleep and relieve my pain at least a bit. Before I had access to CBD products, I always had trouble sleeping, due to the unbearable pain in my head. Thanks to CBD, I can now at least sleep for two hours at a time and forget my pain for a bit.”
The team at The Extract told us: “Some people have previously said that CBD oil is a great sleep aid. CBD is known to address the root causes of anxiety, depression and chronic pain. All of those illnesses can lead a person to suffer from insomnia.”
Do CBD drinks work?
CBD drinks are just one way to enjoy CBD, and my CBD cocktails are perfect for beginners, or seasoned users. Allowing you to tailor the number of milligrams of CBD in your drink to your requirements, they are great for those who want to start small or those who are looking at microdosing CBD.
Also, another benefit of CBD in drinks is that it's simply a more enjoyable way to take CBD. With delicious flavours and a great drinking experience, it's more than just a daily process and helps you be more mindful whilst taking your CBD.
Benefits of CBD:
- Relief from anxiety
- Combats seizures
- Fends off neurodegenerative issues
- Offers pain relief
- Promotes better sleep
About the author:
Kamila is a bestselling author of “Bespoke. How to radically grow your bar and restaurant business through personalisation”, and passionate trend-spotter for the UK Eating Out market with thousands of followers on her widely popular blog www.KamilaSitwell.co.uk.
With a decade of hands-on experience collaborating with hospitality influencers and insight experts and background in setting strategies for leading brands, Kamila has become the industry champion for truly bespoke and guest-centric experiences.