So, you're thinking of using CBD (cannabidiol). You probably have a few questions, and you don't want to be taken in by the hype around these relatively new therapeutics. Because high-quality CBD is a natural substance, has few (if any) side effects, and does not cause physical dependence, proponents of might speak of this plant extract as a cure-all. This is understandable; effects such as lowering anxiety, reducing inflammation, pain relief, and improved sleep can benefit a wide range of ailments and disorders.

Here we delve into five conditions that can benefit from CBD. But before you begin, you may be wondering how to choose from among the many forms that CBD takes.

About CBD Delivery Systems

CBD can be delivered into the body in three ways: topically, by ingestion, and by inhalation. Inhaling CBD using a vaporizer (usually called “vaping”) is the fastest method of delivery, appropriate for conditions needing immediate relief such as anxiety or pain. CBD vape systems are readily available; however, be aware that there are no regulations to ensure the quality of what you are inhaling. Look for a source that can document the purity of their products, such as

For medium and longer-term effects, topical applications and edible CBD have a slower, and therefore longer-lasting, absorption. Since CBD is an oil that can enter your body through the skin, mouth, or stomach, a wide variety of creams and lotions, tinctures, gummies and other edibles are available. A topical cream is likely to have a more localized effect, for pain or inflammation you can point to like back pain, painful joints, toothaches, or skin conditions. Edible CBD will absorb throughout the body over a longer period of time, making it an ideal delivery system for longer-term management of sleep issues, anxiety, or chronic pain and inflammation.

Reason 1: Anxiety and Stress

Unlike its cousin THC (a different cannabis compound usually derived from marijuana), CBD (usually derived from hemp) does not cause intoxication. CBD is an anxiolytic, which means it lowers anxiety. Whether you're suffering from stress, a mood or anxiety disorder, or anxiety associated with another condition such as pain, CBD can alleviate these symptoms. For chronic anxiety or stress, edible CBD or tinctures can be used regularly, with a vaporizer as needed for immediate relief.

While CBD has fewer side effects and puts less stress on the liver than many pharmaceuticals, many of which you can find thoroughly reviewed at Nature&Bloom, it can affect the metabolism of certain medicines that may be prescribed for mood conditions, like SSRIs. If you are prescribed a medication that should not be combined with grapefruit juice, you should also avoid combining it with CBD—for the same reason.

Reason 2: Inflammatory Conditions

CBD can reduce inflammation, which makes it a possible therapeutic support for a wide range of conditions. Applied both topically and internally, CBD can reduce the inflammation and redness of skin conditions including acne and eczema. Both topical and edible preparations may be used to lower the inflammation and pain associated with arthritis, degenerative disc disease, and other disorders affecting joints and bones.

Inflammation is a factor in many chronic conditions, such as autoimmune disorders. An anti-inflammatory, antioxidant substance that is gentler on the body than many medical interventions could, therefore, be beneficial for a range of conditions related to inflammation.

Reason 3: Trouble Sleeping

CBD is used to address problems with falling asleep and staying asleep. Some of this effect may be related to reduced anxiety and relief from pain. some sleep aids combine CBD with melatonin, a substance typically produced by the body that contributes to a healthy sleep cycle.

Reason 4: Pain

Chronic pain can be eased by using CBD either topically or internally. It inhibits neuropathic pain and inflammation, making it a useful support for migraines, injuries that cause long-term pain, arthritis, neuropathy, and cancer. For some chronic pain sufferers, CBD has allowed them to reduce dependence on opiates or wean off them altogether – a potentially life-changing benefit.

Reason 5: Seizure Disorders

Though rare, there are some types of childhood seizure disorders, including Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome, that have responded remarkably well to CBD treatment where other medical interventions have failed. Recently the FDA has approved the first medicine derived from cannabis (and containing CBD) to treat these disorders.

While CBD treatment has relatively few risks, given the severity of seizure disorders in general anyone wishing to treat a seizure disorder using CBD should do so under the care of a physician.

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