CBD Is the Anti-Inflammatory Ingredient You’ve Been Waiting for—Here’s Why

Welcome to 2018, the year CBDs took over the mainstream in the wellness industry. Odds are you’ve seen CBD products showing up all over the place—in pharmacies, in supplements, on grocery store shelves, and even infused in beauty products. But don’t be fooled by the hemp leaf insignia. It’s not necessarily weed. But it is a wellness superstar.

What, er, is CBD?

Let’s break it down. CBD, or cannabidiol, is an incredibly therapeutic compound found in both hemp and marijuana plants (they’re different plants, but both fall under the genus Cannabis. Most CBD products on the national market are hemp-derived). The glorious thing about CBDs is that they have absolutely no psychoactive effects and won’t get you high, so everyone can reap the benefits.

CBDs are also super healthy. They have zero toxicity to humans, thanks to our body’s innate endocannabinoid system. Because we have natural receptors in our bodies designed to bind to CBD, cannabidiol is actually hugely balancing and has long been touted for its medicinal benefits. Here’s why…

It acts as a potent anti-inflammatory and pain-reliever.

While more research still needs to be conducted on human test subjects, early animal studies suggest the groundbreaking pain-relief benefits associated with CBD. In a 2016 study, scientists applied increasing amounts of CBD gel to rats with arthritis for four days in a row. By the end, researchers noted significantly less inflammation in the joints of the rodents. By that logic, it might help you beat joint stiffness, soreness, and inflammation after your next intense workout sesh.

Beyond your joints, there’s also evidence that CBD’s anti-inflammatory benefits extend to everyone’s least favorite childhood foe. You know, acne. HealthLine reports that applying CBD oil topically can be a stellar treatment for dry skin and uninvited zits. Why not make that duo a trio and add honey for luxurious face mask?

It relieves anxiety.

Alright, alright—so this one is probably the benefit you immediately associate with cannabis: It helps you seriously chill out. And unlike CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties, scientists have conducted many human studies on the anxiolytic effect of cannabidiol. A 2011 study tasked 24 patients with social anxiety disorder to take a public speaking test. Participants were given either CBD or a placebo 90 minutes before the test. The results? Those who received the real deal exhibited significantly less anxiety and cognitive impairment compared to the placebo group. Probably something to remember for the next time you need to make a big presentation at work.

It promotes sleepiness.

Good for your joints, check. Good for your nervous system, check. And now you can add one more perk to CBD’s wellness resume: it will help you catch more zzz’s. Because anxiety is a major cause of insomnia, it might be able to help lull you to sleep. To boot, CBD works with your endocannabinoid system to promote homeostasis or balance throughout the body— a quality we could *all* seriously benefit from.

CBD is fast becoming a major player in the wellness world. Whether you use it to chill out after a stressful day or quell serious anxiety issues, we can all benefit from the natural healing properties that cannabidiol has to offer. It’s all about harnessing that hemp power!

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