Should You Be Using CBD if You Are Not Sick?

by Michal Tomankiewicz

It’s hard to believe CBD isn’t a scam, because how exactly does one substance help so many conditions? CBD achieves this by affecting our body’s endocannabinoid system, which affects almost all the other systems in our body. The endocannabinoid system regulates a wide variety of the body’s functions like appetite, sleep, mood, hormone production, and even immune system and pain responses.

The purpose of the endocannabinoid system is to maintain homeostasis in our body.  Homeostasis keeps the body’s systems and conditions under control, enabling cells to live and function. Without the right body environment, certain processes and proteins will not function correctly. By contributing to the body’s endocannabinoid system, CBD helps strengthen our cells and treat various ailments. However, people who are healthy with no symptoms of major conditions have also found CBD oil to promote their body’s wellbeing. When you’re healthy and feeling ‘okay’ every day, it is easy to overlook the benefits of using CBD oil as a supplement and wonder why you should be using CBD if you are not sick?

A Good Source of Vitamins

To keep your body healthy and prevent yourself from being on the wrong end of the statistics, you should try supply your body with the recommended amount of vitamins it needs to stay healthy. Try to avoid using isolated, synthetic CBD oil as it will not contain the vitamins. Also, avoid using overly processed CBD oil as this can remove the vitamins and other health benefits of the oil.

In March 2009, the Archives of Internal medicine published a large-scale study involving 32,252 people. The researchers found that 75% of Americans do not have sufficient levels of vitamin D in their blood to maintain good health. This is a surprising number of people, many of whom were unaware of their deficiency. A vitamin D deficiency can indicate a suppressed immune system, and thus open the body up to infections. Low levels of vitamin D may also lead to stunted growth in children, osteoporosis in adults, memory problems, erectile dysfunction, and fatigue.

Although you may not be affected by any of these illnesses, it is essential that you are aware of the significant role Vitamin D plays in the body.  As a fat-soluble vitamin, Vitamin D is present in the oil of hemp seeds and entire cannabis plant. This makes CBD oil one of the few vegetarian and vegan sources of the vitamin. Consuming CBD oil is an excellent way to supply your body with the vitamin D it requires to help keep your immune system at its strongest. In addition to vitamin D, full-spectrum CBD oil contains several other vitamins and cannabinoids that enhance the effectiveness of the vitamins. In fact, CBD oil contains more phytonutrients than most multi-vitamin supplements.

Boost your body’s natural defense

In the US patent No. 6,630,507, titled “Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants, the federal government makes numerous claims regarding CBD. One of which states that non-psychoactive cannabinoids like CBD exhibit unique antioxidant qualities without the intoxicating effects of THC. In fact, the patent says that the antioxidant strength of CBD exceeds even that of Vitamin C and Vitamin E. Antioxidants play a significant role in keeping our cells safe from damage and disease.

Even if you feel you are at your best health now, very few people make it through the colder seasons without an annoying runny nose or a cough. Catching the flu can be stressful, especially if you have commitments like a job, or a family, or both. Hence, it is essential to know how to strengthen your body’s defenses and protect yourself from infection. Sure, you can go the conventional route and get a flu vaccine, but these are inclusive of chemicals and side effects. Instead, you could give CBD a try.

As mentioned earlier, CBD boosts our immune system and helps keeps us safe from infection. Bad colds and flu aren’t usually fatal, but they can cause a lot of discomfort and stress. CBD acts on neurotransmitters all over the body to maintain the optimal ratio of B-cells, T-cells, and other cells that are needed to fight pathogens and keep sickness at bay.

Helps treat issues you may have grown used to

Although you may not suffer from any serious ailment, and thus believe you don’t need supplements, there are many ailments you may not be considering. Some of these problems seem so common and ordinary that we’ve grown used to them and just try to get through it. Take Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) as an example. Preliminary evidence indicates CBD may help address an array of symptoms. These include headaches, mood swings, acne, cramps, and pain.

A recent study found CBD to reduce the emotional effects and perception of pain. Considering CBD as a treatment for cancer pain, arthritis, and chronic pain, there’s no doubt it can help ease pain linked to PMS. In fact, PMS pain, such as cramps, headaches, and backaches, that all together relates to inflammation. CBD is a known to have potent anti-inflammatory properties that are sure to ease period and PMS pain.

But, besides treating period pain, CBD is also shown to manage mood changes, which are a common symptom of PMS. Although there is very little research focusing specifically on the effects of CBD on PMS-related mood swings, CBD is proven to treat related symptoms. CBD is used to help treat anxiety and depression, and some aspects of bipolar disorder. This makes it likely that CBD could help improve the anxious and depressive feelings linked to PMS.

Other than PMS, another common problem people tend to get affected by acne. According to a study conducted by the National Institute of Health and the Journal of Clinical Investigation, CBD has skin regenerating properties. In addition to this, the study revealed CBD to reduce excess sebum production, and in the process, acne. While a study done by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology found the topical application of CBD to protect the skin from dryness and blemishes. Both studies revealed that CBD also helps treat conditions like dandruff and psoriasis.

SOURCES:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2828614/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5569602/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26976797