CBD is undoubtedly known for its anti-anxiety and anti-inflammatory benefits in the wellness world. However, there is still a lot of confusion and chaos related to its usefulness.
So, let’s start with the basics first! CBD (Cannabidiol) is one of the cannabinoids, which is found in the cannabis plant and is gaining worldwide popularity. Its molecular configuration is very close to that of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and does not contain any psychotropic consequences (i.e., it does not cause poisoning, dizziness, or euphoria). CBD does not affect consciousness and can help prevent a state of negative intoxication. It is used to treat many medical conditions such as headaches, epilepsy or arthritis, etc.
Well, it can be obtained by different extraction methods. CBD is found in the seeds, stems or flowers of the cannabis plant, at different percentages depending on the strain. Contrary to the popular belief, CBD does not decrease memory, but it can increase your ability to concentrate.
Studies to date have shown that CBD may have effects on many parts of the brain, such as serotonin receptors (anti-anxiety medications and antidepressants act as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors). It is known to have an anxiolytic effect, which decreases anxiety. But still, it is used by many due to the benefits it offers. Dive in to know the physical benefits of CBD.
Benefits of CBD
- Pain and swelling
Cannabidiol is packed with anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. When it comes to its consumption, it can be applied directly to the part of skin via cream or can be used orally.
CBD has an anti-inflammatory and sebostatic effect on human sebocytes, which makes it very effective as a treatment for acne.
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
Cannabidiol is also known for its effectiveness against inflammatory bowel diseases including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
Benefits of CBD do not end here because it also offers mental and emotional benefits as well.
- Neurological disorders
Cannabidiol helps you protecting your neurons against degeneration. This property of CBD keeps your brain healthy. You will be surprised to know that cannabis is also used to treat Alzheimer's disease.
Connection between CBD and Meditation
Due to the healing properties of CBD, it is often recommended to consume CBD before meditation. This is because:
· CBD helps you in calming your mind and reduces anxiety
· CBD is effective against restlessness and insomnia and can help you in meditating better
· CBD relaxes and soothes you, thus helping you in achieving a mindful stage quickly
That said; in addition to the various benefits provided by CBD, it also has its own share of drawbacks which can definitely be overcome by being cautious.
Risks Posed by CBD
It is a fact that excess of anything is not at all good. So, excessive use of CBD can have a long-term effect on your health and brain. The effects are gradually felt over time when consumption is frequent (daily or almost daily) for weeks, months or years. Its effects on the brain may increase the risk of addiction or damage to the concentration, memory, the ability to think and make decisions and the intelligence (IQ).
These effects appear to be more severe among young people who started using it at a younger age and who used it regularly over a long period. In such cases, the effects may not be completely reversible despite cessation of its use.