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Is CBD Oil Really Worth It?

Proponents of CBD claim it’s a miraculous cure for everything that ails you, but what does scientific research say about its effectiveness?

From massage oils to infused gummy bears, Cannabidiol (CBD) products are skyrocketing in popularity. This marijuana derivative is being credited with helping to treat a variety of medical problems from stress and anxiety to mental disorders. Although many people swear by its effectiveness, is CBD really safe and beneficial to use?

What is CBD?

CBD is a non-intoxicating component of cannabis extracted from the flowers and buds of hemp and marijuana plants. Due to a recent loosening of regulations in the U.S., it’s readily available online and in stores with sales estimated to reach $22 billion by 2022. CBD has widespread appeal due to its potential to treat a wide range of maladies including autoimmune diseases, neurological conditions, gut disorders, and skin diseases.

How Does it Work?

CBD1 and CBD2 receptors exist throughout your body, interacting specifically with cannabinoids produced internally and from external sources. These receptors make up your endocannabinoid system which affects the function of your brain, immune, and endocrine systems and regulates certain hormones. By stimulating your endocannabinoid system, CBD reduces the sensation of pain in your body, decreases inflammation, and promotes homeostasis without any psychoactive effects.

Are CBD Products Really Worth It?

While more research is needed, studies have found that CBD is a promising option for managing anxiety and chronic pain. Research has shown that CBD applied topically could help lower pain and inflammation associated with arthritis. Another study found that CBD may relieve inflammatory and neuropathic pain which is usually difficult to treat. Other research demonstrated that CBD can also help to reduce anxiety associated with health conditions such as social anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.

If you want to give CBD products a try, first check to make sure they are legal in your state. You should also research the product you’re interested in because CBD products greatly vary in quality, especially among those sold online. It’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor first before trying CBD to see if it may be a good option for your medical condition.

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