In trying times like these, when most of the world is facing a pandemic that threatens to change life as we know it, CBD sales seem to be skyrocketing. We have heard about people stocking up on groceries, medications, water and even webcams, but why CBD?
CBD is the component extracted from the hemp plant, which like cannabis holds various medicinal properties, but unlike marijuana does not get you high. CBD oil is used for treating an endless variety of diseases or disorders, whether mental of physical. In a pandemic situation where you have trouble reaching medical staff, or you simply want to avoid going to the doctor in order to reduce risk of exposure, it’s a good idea to have an “omnipotent” remedy at hand such as CBD. It is 100% organic, 100% natural, can be used by parents, children and animals alike and has no side effects. It’s much easier to stock up on one omnipotent remedy than on many. Here are the top 5 therapeutic benefits offered by CBD that are especially important during these pandemic times:
- Reduces Stress & Anxiety
A pandemic brings out all sorts of heightened emotions in us. Stress and anxiety are the most common and if you add a tad of hypochondria, paranoia and apocalyptic feelings one can reach a new level of anxiety. If you place all these feelings together in isolation along with social distancing, this might very well lead to depression.
Short-lived feelings of stress, are a regular part of daily life. They cause our body to release hormones, such as cortisol and adrenaline and put us in a fight or flight mode to help us deal with the source of the stress. These physical effects of stress usually do not last long. When stress, however, is long-lasting and intense, as when facing a worldwide pandemic, it can severely impact our health and weaken the immune system. The body will constantly release stress hormones, such as cortisol and adrenaline, which will accumulate and in turn disrupt almost all of our body’s processes; such as anxiety, depression, digestive problems, headaches, heart diseases, eating and weight issues, memory and concentration impairment and more.
CBD hemp based oil can be used for treating stress not only because it decreases cortisol levels, but also because it has a relaxing effect on muscles and mood. Moreover, anxiety and depression are connected to low serotonin levels and studies have found that CBD effects the brain receptors which produce antidepressant and anti-anxiety effects by activating the serotonin that’s already in the system’ thereby having a very positive effect on anxiety and depression.
- Helps Dealing with Insomnia
When facing a worldwide pandemic, where a week might feel like a year, stress levels are heightened and can lead almost everyone to sleep deprivation. Sleep deprivation, however, is very bad for our health and particularly our immune system. Studies have shown that people who don’t get enough sleep or whose sleep is of poor quality, are more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus, such as a common cold virus. This is because when sleeping, our immune system releases proteins called cytokines, which help our bodies fight infections and inflammations; so basically our bodies need sleep to fight infectious diseases.
The optimal amount of sleep for most adults is 7-8 hours of quality sleep each night. (9-10 for teenagers and 10+ for School-aged children) and CBD can make it happen as it is known to help with both falling asleep and staying asleep. It is particularly good for those who suffer from REM sleep behaviour disorder (RBD), marked by restlessness and increased nightmares. It regulates the body’s sleep/wake cycles, helping to promote wakefulness during daytime and relaxation at night. Last but not least, CBD unlike sleeping pills, is natural, safe, has no side effects and can be used by parents, children and pets alike.
- Pain Killer
Suffering from pain amidst a pandemic is not an easy thing to deal with. Especially with mixed messages about the type of opioids you can or cannot take. The last thing you want to do is expose yourself by seeing a doctor and the last place you want to end up in, is the hospital. Many prefer the natural hemp based CBD, as it’s known to be used as a pain killer with positive effects on many chronic conditions such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer related pain, fibromyalgia, migraines and so much more.
The reason CBD works well as a pain killer is because when infused into the human body it impacts the endocannabinoid system [ECS], which is involved in regulating a variety of functions including sleep, appetite, pain and immune system responses. CBD helps reduce chronic pain specifically, by impacting the endocannabinoid receptor activity, reducing inflammation and interacting with neurotransmitters. So if you’re sitting in isolation and you have a massive migraine coming up it’s probably safest to use CBD.
- Treating Skin Problems
In a pandemic situation, where hands are constantly disinfected with soap and Alco gel and then covered by plastic and latex over and over, rashes and irritable skin are the most common skin problems. Not to mention how using all sorts of harsh chemicals to disinfect our environment adds to this.
The healing effects of the atopic application of CBD are quite impressive in this context as CBD can heal dry or chapped skin with only a few applications. Moreover, one of the profound characteristics of CBD is its soothing abilities. When applied to the skin it has extensive skin-calming and skin-regulating properties that can help lessen issues related to skin sensitivity, such as itching and redness.
CBD is also good for other skin problems. Its decreased production of sebum helps with acne, its ability to decelerate skin cell division helps with psoriasis and its anti-inflammatory properties are extremely helpful in managing conditions such as eczema, acne, psoriasis, and rosacea. It can even be used for its anti-aging properties.
When you are suffering from an injury, infection or illness, the immune system unleashes immune cells to the affected area to protect it, causing redness and swelling – Inflammation. In a state of ongoing or chronic inflammation this could be characterized by significant pain and anxiety, and may even lead to depression.
Inflammation plays an important role in a number of diseases, including asthma, allergies, inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, and a number of autoimmune conditions, as well as in other seemingly unrelated conditions, such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.
CBD reduces inflammation by modulating the endocannabinoid system and disrupting the production of cytokines, which are proteins secreted by immune cells that trigger inflammation. CBD, therefore, when compared with other anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen or naproxen, presents a safe alternative.
To sum it all up?
There are many more medical conditions that CBD can help with from pregnancy side effects to Alzheimer’s, which is what makes it an “Omnipotent” remedy. This explains why sales of CBD Capsules and Oil have been skyrocketing during this pandemic. Don’t miss out on the rush for CBD as the demand is getting higher than the supply. Stock up now.