Although it's associated with something that's had a bad wrap for a few decades, CBD is getting a lot more recognition and praise from the medical community nowadays. Doctors are becoming more open to natural therapies versus relying solely on prescription whoknowswhats. With so many patients having amazing results, I think it's getting harder to keep labeling it a "bad guy", and more people are seeing that the benefits are outweighing the stigma. It's currently being prescribed by doctors for things like anxiety, pain management, help with sleep disorders, and heavier things like epilepsy.
From a scientific standpoint, (I'll say cannabis to sound extra sciencey)...the cannabis plant has over 80 different kinds of cannabanoids. These are different compounds in the plant that have different effects on the body. The THC (cannabanoid) is responsible for the psychoactive "high" effects you might normally think of. CBD is just another cannabanoid in the plant, and scientists figured out back in the 60's that they can potentially fight disease and relieve a variety of symptoms just like prescribed medication.
People actually figured out that it was beneficial a loooooong time before that, but I won't #TANGENT today.
CBD is used by a lot of people for its calming, anti-anxiety benefits. It can also be anti-psychotic too, so it can be used to counteract the effects of THC, oddly enough, and even mental disorders! CBD effects a lot of different aspects of the brain, which can cause actual changes in neurotransmitters, hormones, etc. The effects of CBD on the body can be wide, with so many different potential benefits from altering pain perception, to calming seizures, to improving sleep, and so many more things....it may even play a role in helping the body grown new brain cells!
If you're still scared of the big weed or CBD, you can feel better about it knowing that your body actually produces it's own version of cannabanoids called endocannabinoids. CBD interacts with this natural system already in place in your body....like reacting with serotonin receptors in the brain to reduce anxiety and depression in a more natural way.
Common uses for CBD
Small doses of CBD can actually even be stimulating, which is better for use during the daytime obviously. So don't think that if you have stomach problems you'll only be able to get help at night cause it might make you pass out. You can adjust your dose based on your needs and time of use.
I've been interested in trying CBD for a long time but, honestly, I'm such a big skeptic when it comes to anything working for my sleep. I'm not doubtful of natural remedies, but I've tried so many things over the years with such poor results, that I just don't get my hopes up or have super high expectations of anything being a miracle. As dumb as it sounds, the circle of hoping and trying and failing can be draining. But I also think maybe it's an impartial way of trying new things without having a fairytale placebo effect that everything helps when it actually doesn't.
But, as I've said a bunch, I'm pretty tired of relying on prescriptions to get sleep. I've seen how much CBD can effect pretty heavy medical problems, and I've used it topically with great results for inflammation and pain, so Imma go ahead and give it a try to see if it can do anything to help me get better rest, or feel more rested, or something.
I'll give an update when I have given it a try for a little bit! Let me know in the comments if you've tried it before with good results.