CBD is commonly used to address anxiety, and for patients who suffer through the misery of insomnia. CBD is short for cannabidiol, which is one of the two compounds found in cannabis, the other one being tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC for short. The chemical formulas of CBD and THC are almost chemically identical, but they both elicit different reactions within the body.
The chemical structure of THC that is found in marijuana is what gives you the feeling of being high. While the chemical structure of CBD, which is also found in marijuana doesn’t give you the feeling of being high but affects the body in different, less noticeable ways.
CBD is known to elicit relaxing and soothing effects without the feeling of intoxication that is usually associated with marijuana. marijuana and hemp are two types of cannabis plants.
Marijuana contains a high concentration of THC with some CBD. This contrasts hemp, as hemp is bred to remove the majority of its THC content, leaving the plant as only a good source of CBD. This means you cannot get high off hemp-derived CBD tinctures.
One study outlines an experiment done on 65 men and women that were classified to be obese. The majority of the participants were in their 20s to 40s. In this double-blind experiment, some participants were given hemp-derived CBD oil or an olive oil placebo daily for six weeks alongside their normal diet.
Throughout the six weeks, the participants were asked about their feelings of stress, as well as other factors, including their overall well-being, anxiety levels, and sleep quality. Participants were also asked to complete the physical activity regularly.
The study found that overall, participants who were given hemp-derived CBD were coping better with stress, experiencing improved sleep quality and quantity, and showed improved pleasure in life amongst many other benefits.
CBD oils and creams are currently being used topically to reduce pain and inflammation. Teas, coffee blends and even CBD infused beer, help with anxiety, help with sleep, and relieve stress.
CBD has also been used to help with withdrawal symptoms, panic attacks, insomnia, depression, as well as PTSD. Although there are little to no side effects of CBD use, as well as no proven tendencies for abuse or dependence potential, CBD is still relatively new on the market.
CBD studies are still in the preliminary stages, as long-term effects are still unknown. You may want to speak to your doctor and get professional advice on whether to use it or not.
In summary, the use of CBD can be an effective and safe way to alleviate anxiety, stress and improve your sleep but as its long-term effects are still unknown you should consult a professional before administering it.