CBD: Miracle or Mirage

CBD: Miracle or Mirage?

CBD, also known as cannabidiol, has made a deep impression on both traditional and homeopathic health markets over the last few years. If you’ve heard anything about the treatment, you’re probably curious as to why your doctor and your hippie yoga instructor aunt finally agree on something: CBD can have long-lasting positive health impacts for many users.

Yet, is CBD really as helpful as people say it is? Does the treatment really live up to its reputation as an all-around mental and physical health aid? Finally, are there any potential drawbacks to using CBD?

What Does CBD Actually Help With?

Before we can discuss the benefits of CBD, it’s helpful to think about how the substance actually works once it has been ingested. After oral consumption, CBD begins to interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS), a network of receptors that every mammal has in their body.

The ECS is a complex system that resides in the brain, immune system, peripheral nervous system, spinal cord and even the gut. In fact, the ECS is a very important component that maintains the body’s homeostasis, regulating diverse functions like appetite, drowsiness, mood, cognition, pain response, and memory.

By binding to the endocannabinoid system, CBD can allegedly act to improve many aspects of health and wellness. According to researchers, regular CBD consumption can positively impact conditions that include:

  • Chronic pain conditions caused by inflammation, such as arthritis, sciatica, nerve pain, and joint pain
  • Severe nausea and cachexia, which refers to the gradual wasting away of the body due to periods of extended chronic illness
  • Vasoconstriction, high blood pressure, and high heart rate
  • Insomnia
  • Poor appetite and fluctuating body weight
  • Epilepsy and other seizure disorders
  • Skin conditions like acne, eczema, facial redness, and the signs of premature aging
  • Poor memory and cognition

Most users preface these claims by stating that, while poor mood and sleeplessness disappeared immediately, most of the pain reduction and skin condition benefits took much more time to gradually appear.

Are There Any Drawbacks?

Some users have reported issues with diarrhea, dehydration, nausea, and excessive sleepiness after sustained consumption of CBD. Though these symptoms are somewhat rare, it’s important that you consult a doctor if they start to appear.

Additionally, CBD is inappropriate for some medications and harmful interactions that damage the liver could occur.

Ultimately, most people find that CBD is useful to improve and strengthen aspects of their health that they are actively working on. Rather than “curing” problems, CBD may help bolster you up enough for you to overcome persistent issues. Though more research needs to be done, some preliminary studies have shown that over 80 percent of users who tried CBD once reported a moderate reduction in the severity of their pain condition.