The CBD industry in the United States is flourishing and has been projected to hit $16 – $25 billion by 2025. Likely you have seen CBD products seemingly everywhere, infused into everything from food and drink to bath bombs, to pet treats. Many people are raving about the benefits of CBD to help manage anxiety, find pain relief, or to help regulate sleep.
What is CBD?
CBD is short for cannabidiol and is one of many Phytocannabinoids that naturally occur in Hemp and are known for supporting the body and mind in many ways. CBD comes from the flowers and leaves of the hemp plant.
Cannabidiol is a chemical compound in the cannabis plant. It’s a naturally occurring substance that is not mind impairing — meaning it won’t impair or impact your mental state of being, or get you “high”.
Why does CBD work?
The human body has a vast network of receptors, the endocannabinoid system, that helps us maintain overall wellness and helps support many of our body’s physical processes. CBD and cannabinoids fit into these receptors, helping the body in its efforts to help maintain good health.
CBD is advertised as providing relief for anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as help pain management, and promotion of healthy sleep cycles. The scientific studies are just beginning to come out, but early results and strong anecdotal evidence are promising.
Does CBD help anxiety?
Many users have noted that CBD has helped provide an overall sense of calm and relief of anxious feelings. A small experiment in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology found that CBD seemed to reduce nervousness and cognitive impairment in patients with social anxiety in a simulated public speaking task.
Additionally, the Department of Veterans Affairs is funding its first study on CBD, pairing it with psychotherapy, to help soldiers returning home with PTSD.
Can CBD relieve arthritis pain?
This study in the European Journal of Pain used an animal model to see if CBD could help people with arthritis manage their pain. The study concluded that the use of topical CBD has therapeutic potential for the relief of arthritis pain-related behaviors and inflammation without evident side-effects.
A separate study in the Journal of Experimental Medicine suggests that using CBD can reduce pain and inflammation for general chronic pain.
Can CBD help me sleep?
Some research indicates that CBD may interact with specific receptors in the brain potentially affecting the sleep/wake cycle.
Additionally, CBD may also decrease anxiety and pain, which can both interfere with restful sleep. By reducing certain symptoms, it’s also possible that sleep may improve.
Overall, the benefits of CBD are both growing and more studies are coming out supporting the anecdotal claims. Although more research is required to confirm some uses of CBD oil, it is shaping up as a potentially promising and versatile treatment for a variety of conditions.