CBD has seen a significant rise in its popularity in recent years. Much because of the growing awareness of its uses and benefits. Also, changes in the laws governing this component have resulted in the rise of its production and sale. Now, large businesses are entering into the industry and are contributing towards bringing this market to the forefront.
So, here is a brief discussion on the uses, benefits and legality of CBD.
1. Pain reliever
CBD interacts with specific receptors of the brain. Such receptors are responsible for carrying the sense of pain to the brain. However, in the course of its interaction with those receptors, it does not allow them to carry such senses to the brain. As a result, the person does not experience pain. Further, it has anti-inflammatory properties, which help in reducing inflammation from the body parts.
Due to these qualities of the component, people use it to obtain relief in arthritis and other joint pains.
2. Reduction in anxiety and depression
Studies reveal that this component is very helpful in treating anxiety and depression. It is effective in most of the types of anxiety syndromes such as ‘Social Anxiety Disorders’ and many more. Most of these studies suggest that it lowers the effect of anxiety in a person when administered with low doses. In addition, it has a calming effect on the mind which results in such benefits.
It is important to note here that different anxiety may have a different effect on males and females. Accordingly, the effect of this component may have different effects on both the sexes in reducing anxiety. Hence, further studies based on its reaction in different sex would reveal more about the properties of this component.
3. Treatment for Epilepsy
As per WHO, it is among the most common diseases in the world affecting a person’s neurological system. According to this organization, around 50 million people are affected by this disease all over the world. Thus, it is a serious issue in the entire globe.
Research suggests that the neuroprotective properties of this component work effectively in epilepsy. Its effectiveness is higher in the case of children and infants experiencing this disease. Due to this property of the component, The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first medicine based on CBD.
The neuroprotective property of the component also helps in curing other serious diseases like Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, etc.
4. Skin problems
The interaction of this component with the endocannabinoid system of the body helps in reducing skin problems like irritation and itching. In addition, certain studies suggest that it is helpful in skin cancer. They also reveal that this product has anti-aging and anti-malignancy properties.
5. Availability in varied form
There are different forms in which it is available. For example, one can use it as capsules. It can also be applied like an ointment. Some like to inhale it in vapes, while some use it as an oil.
Its availability in such varied forms ensures that one may use it in different ways as per their suitability. Also, it has easy availability in the market.
The legality of this component is confusing for most people, and it needs to be understood in detail. It can be derived from marijuana as well as the hemp plant. While cultivating marijuana is illegal in most countries, hemp cultivation is legal in most places. Thus, Marijuana-derived CBD is illegal, whereas hemp-derived CBD is legal.
The benefits of this component are numerous, while the side effects are not much when consumed in appropriate proportion. Also, research on the product is continuing, which will bring several other benefits of this component in light.