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7 Ways CBD Can Improve Your Health

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CBD is a compound that’s extracted from the Cannabis plant and refined for use in oils, capsules, tinctures, topicals, and much more. CBD products are abundant, and the market has seen exponential growth in the last few years, with estimates placing the value of the market at $10-22 billion in the coming years. Is it all hype, or does CBD actually have something great to offer? paid post

Here are seven ways that CBD can improve your health, from managing pain and inflammation to helping with anxiety and stress. CBD is natural, safe, and does have some scientific studies to support the claims of its effectiveness against certain conditions.

1. Pain Management

Those who suffer from chronic pain caused by inflammation or other conditions often use OTC drugs or prescriptions to manage the intense pain. CBD has been shown to be effective both at reducing inflammation from specific conditions and reducing pain naturally. Many are embracing CBD for these properties, and for the fact that CBD offers few to no side effects; which is more than can be said for some of the leading painkillers on the market.

Using CBD also doesn’t carry the risk of addiction, and sadly, addiction to painkillers is a common occurrence in the United States. In some cases, CBD has even been used to help curb the effects of addiction, helping with treatment and recovery. You can find CBD online or at dispensaries throughout the country, but be wary of retail store or gas station CBD brands. I highly recommend checking out Penguin CBD.

2. Reduced Stress/Anxiety

Anxiety disorders affect millions of people globally each year. These disorders include PTSD, Depression, GAD, and more. These disorders, especially depression and generalized anxiety, affect people between the ages of 10-35 more so than other age groups, and suicide is one of the leading causes of death among this age group as well. Suicide is often the outcome of severe depression or other mental health conditions.

CBD has been shown in clinical studies to help reduce the effects of conditions like anxiety and depression, bringing about a sense of calm and clarity to those affected. This is promising news, as many of the prescription antidepressants available today have side effects that can include suicidal thoughts.

That’s not exactly helpful for someone who’s already depressed and thinking about suicide. Synthetic drugs tend to have many side effects, whereas CBD has been shown to have few minor side effects; and they definitely don’t include suicidal thoughts.

3. Improved Concentration and Focus

We’ve all been the victim of “brain fog” at one point or another, where you just can’t focus on anything despite all of your efforts. The inability to focus can be caused by any number of factors, from conditions like ADHD to stress at work or home to alcohol/drug abuse.

CBD is often combined with other herbs to help improve memory, focus, and concentration. By calming the mind and improving blood flow, CBD helps the brain function at a higher level and stay focused on the task at hand.

4. Heart Health

Research suggests that taking CBD regularly can help reduce inflammation in blood vessels and reduce blood pressure, which leads to a healthier heart. Additionally, CBD’s stress-relief properties allow some of the strain on the heart from constant stress to be lifted. With a healthier heart and blood flow, the body itself is healthier overall, as all of the major organs and functions depend largely on healthy blood flow. That includes the brain!

Additionally, some studies have found that CBD can potentially help patients recovering from a stroke recover some of their cognitive ability. While it’s still unclear to what extent CBD affects the heart and blood vessels, preliminary research suggests it’s at least beneficial.

5. Cancer Symptom Relief

Cancer is something that no one should have to suffer through, but sadly, millions are afflicted with this debilitating condition every year. Cancer is the abnormal growth of cells in the body, which divide uncontrollably and destroy tissues. The treatments for cancer and the disease itself can cause a wide range of effects on the person who’s afflicted, including pain, inflammation, and fatigue.

CBD is thought to help cancer patients by reducing their pain and the anxiety associated with the condition. Since the mind has so much power over the body, a simple reduction in the anxiety of a cancer patient can actually be quite helpful to their recovery.

6. Anti-Seizure Properties

CBD has been shown to reduce the number of and the severity of seizures in certain rare conditions. In fact, it’s so effective that the FDA approved a drug called Epidiolex for seizures caused by conditions like Epilepsy and Dravet Syndrome.

Taking CBD can help patients who suffer from frequent seizures gain control of their lives by reducing the number of seizures they’ll experience on a daily basis. Imagine trying to perform everyday tasks with the threat of a seizure always looming in the background; you’d probably be a bit stressed out! CBD is helping seizure patients leave that fear behind and make it through everyday life with fewer, less severe seizures.

7. Skin Care

CBD has even been shown to be good for the skin. Besides having anti-inflammatory properties, it’s said that CBD can help reduce wrinkles and make skin softer and more supple. The latter claims haven’t exactly been researched yet, so we’ll leave them to your discretion. However, CBD does seem to effective against conditions such as acne.

CBD comes in topical form for application directly to pain sites as well. Those with arthritis can apply a CBD topical lotion or cream directly to the afflicted joint(s) for relief.

The Take-Away

CBD might not be a “miracle compound”, but it’s certainly a beneficial one. There are many benefits to the human body that CBD has to offer, from easing cancer symptoms to treating seizures and more. We’re excited to see what future research will reveal about this incredible natural compound and what the coming years have in store for the CBD industry.

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