What is CBD and What are the Benefits?
Many people in the chronic illness community use CBD oil to curb pain, reduce inflammation, ease anxiety, induce restful sleep, and so much more. CBD allows you to reap the benefits of cannabis while being able to work and drive without being…well, stoned.
There’s a difference between hemp and what we generally call marijuana. Both are part of the cannabis family, but industrial hemp is widely legal since it contains a negligible amount of THC (the party of the plant that gets you high). That’s why hemp-derived CBD oil—and a ton of other CBD products—are increasingly available.
Fun fact, hemp has many widespread uses, including being spun into fabric fibers for jeans and other clothing (like Ralph Lauren, Armani, Calvin Klein). Hemp can also be used to create bio-diesel fuel, biodegradable plastics, paper, and rope.
When we talk about cannabis, we’re generally talking about the cannabinoids CBD and THC. These are the two most talked about compounds, THC being the psychedelic one.
Did you know your body also naturally produces its own cannabinoids to regulate many basic stress and pain-related functions?
That’s right, your body already produces chemicals that interact with the same receptors as cannabis, which regulate pain-sensation, anxiety, inflammation, and other physiological responses to different forms of stress.
You know the pain-relieving euphoria known as runner’s high? That’s your body’s natural endocannabinoid system in action. CBD stimulates those same receptors.
Your endocannabinoid system gets its name from the plant that led to its discovery, but it is actually a very normal and important network in the human body.
Fun fact: cannabinoids are also found in black pepper, clove, rosemary, and very richly in a Brazilian tree called copaiba. Read more here.
We love hearing stories from the Chronically Healthy community and beyond about how CBD has helped curb pain, reduce inflammation, ease anxiety, induce restful sleep, and so much more.
Emily (of Chronically Healthy) specifically wrote about the value of a morning routine and how she incorporates CBD oil to set herself up for success each morning. Sometimes getting out of bed is bitch, but having a loose checklist to follow can make a huge impact. If a few unfortunate events can change the whole trajectory of your day, what kind of impact do you think a peaceful, calming, and happy morning routine can have? Read more…