Unlike a vitamin or other supplement, CBD can offer anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety and antidepressant properties that have benefits millions of people around the globe can enjoy.
Cannabidiol (CBD) seems to be the cannabinoid of the hour, not just because it’s legal across the U.S. and has no psychoactive properties, but also because of a variety of benefits that stem from its interaction with our endocannabinoid systems.
We have many — many, as in uncountable — cannabinoid receptors spread throughout our bodies and when we ingest cannabis or a derivative thereof the cannabinoids bind to said receptors and interact with our bodies and minds in a variety of ways. While CBD is often referred to as the “medicinal” cannabinoid, it’s a little more complicated than that.
When THC is introduced in the form of whole plant cannabis or as a combination of THC and CBD, there is what’s called an “entourage effect.” This “entourage effect” is where patients reap the bulk of cannabis’s medical benefits, far more powerful than ingesting CBD alone.
Isolated CBD still gets a lot of attention, however, and for good reason. Its comparison to a vitamin or supplement is the closest description of its protective benefits, but it also can offer anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety and antidepressant properties that have benefits that millions of people around the globe can enjoy. (But with a little THC it still works a helluva lot better.)
Because of CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties it is often used in facial creams and make-up, as it anecdotally acts as a treatment and preventative measure for acne. It can also be used in pain relieving creams, especially those that are supplemented by other healing herbs and components like menthol. These creams are excellent in easing muscular pain, like cramps, and minor arthritic pain.
For those suffering from chronic pain who don’t want to get lifted or who live in a “dry” state, using a CBD tincture in conjunction with any creams is an excellent idea. The CBD goes to the receptors where it’s needed most when ingested orally and benefit the body whole. Some say that CBD can even help regulate blood pressure, though more studies need to be conducted before such claims can be substantiated with solid evidence.
Still, if CBD is helping whatever it is that ails you or that it was recommended to treat, then more power to you. It is an innocuous supplement and available in head shops everywhere. You can find it in enough forms to satisfy any consumption preference, from vaping to edibles to tinctures to creams and salves.
If you live in a legal cannabis state, try using CBD with some THC in it. Depending on the amount of THC, you can still avoid getting “high,” while receiving the benefits of the CBD.