We don’t yet know the full potential of CBD, because we don’t fully understand the endocannabinoid system in our body.
But what we do know is that it reaches farther than we thought before. And the potential benefits of CBD are still undiscovered.
The main benefits we do know show that CBD nourishes three main things: the brain, the body, and the soul.
CBD nourishes the brain
NeuroprotectionCBD is being studied as a treatment for neurodegenerative diseases because it protects and preserves the neurons in our bodies.
On top of that, it’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, which further protects the delicate neurons throughout our bodies from injury.
CBD has successfully treated epilepsy and is also being studied as a treatment for Huntington’s disease, neuroinflammation, oxidative injuries, and schizophrenia.
AnxietyLike we’ve talked about before, the clinical trials necessary for CBD to be considered a viable anti-anxiety treatment have not been done yet.
But, a smaller study has been done on the effects of CBD on people with generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and anxiety caused by PTSD (none yet for people with panic disorder, specific phobia, separation anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder).
The results showed that CBD improved the anxiety of the patients, with the only negative side effects being fatigue and sedation. Which is a huge improvement compared to side effects of anti-anxiety medication…
DepressionWe know CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system, but it also affects the metabotropic system. The metabotropic system has receptors for serotonin.
Researchers believe that CBD doesn’t cause the production of serotonin, but affects how the body responds and uses available serotonin. If the body is just misusing serotonin instead of being in a deficit because of this, CBD could help balance the body’s function and relieve depression caused by this misuse.
SleepSleep disturbances, whether from emotional stress or bodily stress, may also be helped by CBD. If it can help your body manage the use of serotonin, that may help you sleep better.
Common side effects of CBD can be fatigue and sedation. Meaning, you can fall asleep faster and stay asleep.
On top of that, if you have chronic pain that keeps you up at night, CBD can soothe the pain and help you sleep through the night.
CBD nourishes the body
InflammationCytokines are proteins that signal inflammation in the body. They control both the start and finish of the inflammation response. A lot of diseases we used to not understand seem to be linked to inflammation disrupting our microbiome.
People who take CBD report they have an overall sense of wellness. If it’s because their body doesn’t have to constantly recover from inflammation, that could be why.
PainCBD helps relieve two types of pain in the body -- nociceptive and neuropathic.
Nociceptive pain is caused by external sources that cause injuries. These injuries are things like bruises, broken bones, and burns. They cause acute pain and a lot of inflammation.
Neuropathic pain is caused by injuries that alter the nervous system, usually severely and sometimes permanent. This chronic pain ranges from the numb, tingling pain to random sharp pain that’s caused by a damaged nerve “misfiring.”
These types of pain are usually treated in undesirable ways, like long term use of steroids, antidepressants, opiates, or electrical stimulation.
But CBD also has been shown to relieve both of these types of pain. And because it’s non-addictive and promotes healing instead of just masking the pain, many people are interested in this holistic method of treatment.
SkinCBD is great for skin health, and especially for acne-prone skin. CBD is a great treatment for acne because
Chances are, if you have acne, you’re using drying products to control the oil on your skin. This causes an endless, too oily, too dry, too much acne cycle. CBD treats the root of the problem and can restore your skin to a healthy, stable state.
ImmunomodulatoryCBD acts as an immunomodulator: a chemical agent that modifies the immune response or the functioning of the immune system (by the stimulating antibody formation or inhibiting white blood cell activity). It can prevent rapid cellular growth, which is why people believe it may be able to prevent cancer.
CBD suppresses cytokines, but it also suppresses chemokines. Chemokines lead immune cells to an infection site so that the white blood cells can attack and destroy invading microbes. This discovery may lead to a holistic treatment for people with autoimmune disorders.
CBD nourishes the soul
AntipsychoticCBD has been found to have a small effect on symptoms of psychosis. It’s by no means a cure, but it opens the door to therapeutic options instead of pharmaceuticals.
They’ve had the most notable effect on schizophrenia, improving the patient’s day-to-day lives. And it has shown nothing but positive effects -- no unwanted side effects that can make the treatment extremely difficult.
Self-preservation and natural stabilityLike we’ve seen so far, CBD doesn’t just mask symptoms. It brings the body back into balance.
The more we learn about the endocannabinoid system’s importance, the more popular it becomes in pharmacotherapy.
Avid CBD users report that after using CBD over a period of months is really when they started to see the benefits. For example, women who use CBD every day report that the severity of their period cramps and mood swings lessened the longer they took CBD.
CBD calms the fight-or-flight response and makes you more aware of your body. People often describe a grounding effect or an emotional “reset.”
Restoring the mind-body-soul connectionAll of these amazing discoveries and the implied potential is why we and many others love incorporating CBD into our daily lives. Not just to achieve a short-term relief, but to balance the brain, body and soul over time and live a healthier lifestyle.