Chances are you have found your way to this blog because you’re interested in learning about CBD and how it could help you.
Maybe you’ve got a mate who swears by CBD oil for chronic pain or another who has anxiety and finds CBD to be a great help.
In this post, we are going to delve into some of the conditions CBD may help with. If you’re in a rush and know what you are interested in, skip to the section using the links below.
First, here’s a quick bit of info on CBD
CBD comes from Cannabis, a flowering plant that has been used both recreationally and for medical purposes. This plant contains 113 cannabinoids, the most researched and known about ones are THC and CBD.
THC is the cannabinoid that will make you feel intoxicated, CBD will not have that effect. It acts on the same receptors as THC, however, it doesn’t have the same chemicals to give you the ‘high’.
Now, let’s look at the different things CBD may help with.
Whether it is the start of the New Year or summer holidays there is always some added motivation to get yourself into the gym. In January 12% of members sign up to a gym getting on the back of the New Year new me hype.
If you are someone who has always struggled with the gym, due to anxiety, motivation or just feeling too damn sore after one session, then you might be interested in CBD for weight loss and muscle recovery.
CBD has been considered a useful tool to help with weight loss, both directly and indirectly. It isn’t a magic oil though. Of course, you need to put the effort in with your diet and exercise.
However, CBD may help you in various ways that relate to weight loss. Including sleep, muscle recovery and possibly even appetite suppression.
When we train hard at the gym or start a new exercise regime, you might find yourself suffering from delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) up to 72 hours later. This is due to tiny tears in your muscle fibres.
They break down and build back up, stronger and bigger than before. This helps you to build muscle and get stronger.
It can sometimes cause such discomfort that you might find yourself skipping the gym until you feel better again.
This isn’t going to be good for your gains or your weight loss.
CBD oil is said to bind to the body's receptors and desensitise them. These receptors are known to mediate pain, inflammation and body temperature.
Reducing this muscle soreness sooner using CBD may help you to get back into the gym the next day, rather than a week later.
The more often you are going to the gym, then the more chance you have at burning calories. After all, the weight-loss equation with or without CBD oil is calories in vs calories out.
Poor quality or lack of sleep can cause weight gain. This is because sleep deprivation causes hormonal changes in your body. These hormones regulate hunger and appetite.
Not only are hormones affected, but when you are tired you are less likely to have the motivation to go to the gym or out for a run. The more appealing situation is sitting down and eating biscuits!
CBD has been known to help you get a restful sleep. It can help those suffering from insomnia and other sleep disorders. It may have a calming effect that makes you drift off and stay asleep throughout the night.
You can learn more about how CBD may help with sleep in this short video.
We’ve already mentioned the magical equation of weight loss, calories in versus calories out. If you’re eating more calories than you are burning day to day, then you will gain weight.
Some people have a high appetite, this might be the issue causing you to look towards CBD for weight loss.
CBD does come from the cannabis plant, however, it does not increase your appetite as THC does. In one study involving rats, it was found that the cannabinoids CBD and CBG decreased appetite.
When you eat less and move more, you will find that you begin to lose weight and CBD may be able to help to suppress your hunger levels.
CBD isn’t a magic potion for weight loss. However, it may have an effect on your energy levels, your muscle soreness, and even your appetite.
Anxiety is one of the main reasons why people use CBD.
There are multiple studies and ongoing research into how CBD may help with anxiety. If you are someone who suffers from that ‘heart like a box of frogs’ feeling, then it might help.
In a small study in 2010 CBD was found that it could reduce social anxiety symptoms.
By using brain scans it was discovered which revealed changes in blood flow which linked to anxiety feelings. In this study, the subjects felt better, and their brains changed the way in which they responded to feelings of anxiety.
In a more recent study in 2016, it was found that CBD helped a child with a history of trauma and PTSD sleep and reduced her anxiety.
It is thought that CBD may help to give your own serotonin a boost. If your serotonin is running low then you’ll be more likely to suffer from anxiety or depression. CBD might encourage your body to use its own natural chemicals.
Okay, now for the long words as we go a little deeper. CBD as an anxiolytic. This is said to help boost the prefrontal cortex activation, which lowers amygdala activity. The amygdala plays a big part in our emotions.
Eczema is a skin condition affecting 15 million people in the UK. It causes the skin to become cracked, itchy, inflamed, dry, sore and red.
It can be treated with creams and ointments. However, more people are looking for more natural remedies to help treat their condition. One of these is CBD for eczema.
CBD for eczema is particularly appealing for those who don’t want to put harsh chemicals on their skin. But does it work? Can it help to relieve the itch and redness without the use of prescribed creams, lotions and potions?
The National Eczema Association suggests that the reason why CBD may be helpful to those with the condition may be due to cannabinoids having an anti-itch effect.
Alongside this CBD is also known to help reduce inflammation and has antibacterial properties.
On our skin, there are receptors which interact with the cannabinoids. This is how it helps to reduce symptoms and appearance of eczema.
The National Eczema Association said, “These effects happen through a constellation of interactions between phytocannabinoids and our endogenous cannabinoid system.”
The human body has an endogenous cannabinoid system (ECS) which produces its own cannabinoids. These bind to receptors in the brain and the body.
In a study by this association, it was found that when CBD interacts with the ECS it prevents immune cell activation. When these cells are activated they release histamine which causes inflammation and itching.
CBD is being researched for its benefits more and more.
One study on CBD for eczema revealed that when patients were using an endocannabinoid cream their itch was reduced by 60%. 20% of the patients were able to stop their immunomodulators and 38% stopped their oral antihistamines.
Researchers have found new evidence to suggest the medical cannabis can be an alternative therapy for children on the autism spectrum. Researchers treated autistic children with CBD and in 80% of the children in the study improved.
There have also been a number of other studies which point to CBD for autism being beneficial to children.
In a study by Remedy Review, parents were asked questions about their children's behaviour. This questionnaire found that 50% said that their children had impulse control issues and a short attention span.
45% said that their children were hyperactive and 45% said they’d hope CBD would improve their child's mood.
Another 35% said their child didn’t sleep well and 30% said they had trouble communicating.
Once the children had started using CBD there were some notable benefits. 54% said that their child had a more positive mood. 53% said their child was less anxious and 45% said their child was less stressed.
Another benefit is better sleep and improved communication.
CBD comes from the cannabis plant, however, it will not get you “high”. It doesn’t contain THC which is the psychoactive part of the plant.
Due to this, it is legal to buy and sell CBD, online and on the high street. You might notice that some CBD has a low percentage of THC, this is called a full spectrum.
Full-spectrum means that you get a legal amount of THC that won’t get you high, along with various terpenes which have their own benefits.
CBD can be taken in a number of different ways. For children, you might want to consider CBD drops on the tongue (tincture drops) or edibles.
You can bake CBD into brownies or cupcakes, however, as an everyday solution, you might be best using the tincture drops.
Start off on a lower dose and see how the child reacts to it. Some people have a higher tolerance to others so start low and you can always increase the dose.
Watch our video on how to make CBD brownies for a weekend treat.
There is ongoing research on CBD for fibromyalgia and lots of anecdotal evidence from customers. CBD has shown promise in relieving some of the symptoms which you may suffer from if you have the condition.
CBD may help pain caused by fibromyalgia. This is due to the way in which CBD interacts with the human endocannabinoid system and our receptors.
CBD has also been said to interrupt the nerve pathways that send signals of pain between the brain and the body.
CBD may also help with sleep disturbances caused by pain. Having a good night sleep has also been said to contribute to reduced pain levels.
Fibromyalgia can sometimes be triggered by stressful events. Having a daily dose of CBD may help to reduce your stress and anxiety levels.
There is ongoing research into CBD for fibromyalgia. However, what we have seen so far in terms of it helping with pain, sleep and anxiety, it looks promising.
If you are someone who suffers from the condition it could be worth a try. Make sure you check that it won't interfere with your current medications by asking your doctor or an alternative medicine practitioner.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome, also called IBS is a condition which affects the digestive system. Symptoms include
The condition can be triggered by stress, inactivity and diet choices.
CBD may help with IBS as it is thought to balance the bodies endocannabinoid system. An imbalance in the system may play a role in digestive issues, such as IBS.
It may also help to relax the muscles in the GI tract, leading to fewer flare-ups of the condition.
Stress can be a major trigger of IBS symptoms. CBD may help to help you feel calm and relaxed, even during stressful times.
If you are feeling more relaxed you will likely not have flare-ups due to a stressful day at the office.
Research for IBS and CBD and how it may help is still ongoing. However, there have been some promising anecdotal evidence on helping ease the condition with the cannabinoid.
Interstitial Cystitis is a condition that causes pain. Pain would be felt in the bladder and sometimes pelvis. Alongside this, you may feel pressure in the bladder.
It is not an infection, it is a condition that people have to live with, undergo surgery or take meds for.
How might CBD help Interstitial Cystitis?
CBD may help to manage the chronic pain of interstitial cystitis. CBD is used by many people to help with conditions which cause chronic pain.
It is thought that CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system and the CB1 and CB2 receptors and interrupts nerve pathways. It may then change the way in which we perceive pain.
There is ongoing research into Cannabis oil and pain in humans, however, one animal study has shown that CBD could help lower pain and inflammation.
CBD may help with a number of conditions, not all of which we have listed here. If you are interested to know more about how CBD could help you, drop us a message.