CBD, short for Cannabidiol, is showing up as the new darling in the health industry but what do you really know about CBD?  Should you consume it? Rub it on your skin? Bathe in it? And why does it seem that everything from coffee to beer now suddenly has CBD?  Most importantly, is it all hype or are there really health benefits?  It’s time to learn more about CBD and your health so that you can make an informed decision.

CBD is not pot

Let’s start with this statement to get all the misconceptions out of the way. CBD is considered medicinal while THC can alter your mental state. CBD will not impact your psycho-activity at all. You don’t need a medical marijuana card for CBD products because they don’t contain a significant amount of THC.  According to a report from the World Health Organization, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”

There are several studies about the health benefits of CBD

While more studies are being conducted in the wake of CBD’s explosive popularity, there are already several studies that tout the benefits of CBD. Studies have shown that CBD may help reduce chronic pain by impacting endocannabinoid receptor activity, reducing inflammation and interacting with neurotransmitters. Another study found that oral CBD treatment significantly reduced sciatic nerve pain and inflammation. In one study, 24 people with social anxiety disorder received either 600 mg of CBD or a placebo before a public speaking test. The group that received the CBD had significantly less anxiety, cognitive impairment and discomfort in their speech performance, compared to the placebo group. CBD oil has even been used to safely treat insomnia and anxiety in children with post-traumatic stress disorder.

There are several potential health benefits of CBD

Various studies have shown the possible health benefits of CBD which include:

  • Reduced risk of diabetes and obesity
  • Better cholesterol profiles
  • Lowered risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Reduced risk of cancer
  • Helps maintain brain health
  • Create resilience to trauma and degeneration
  • Protects against bone disease and broken bones
  • Protects and heals the skin
  • Anti-inflammatory benefits
  • Anxiety and stress

There are steps to take to make sure you’re getting what you pay for

Forbes ran a great CBD article about being an educated consumer. First, check the label to ensure you’re getting what you pay for. Understand the difference between a CBD product and a marijuana product. Even CBD products may have trace amounts of THC so be wary of that when purchasing a consumable product. Know where your product is made and sourced from. If you’re consuming a CBD product, discuss this with your medical professional, especially if you’re taking other medications.

The bottom line on CBD and your health

Looking for a CBD product that you can use to improve your health takes the same education and diligence as any product you’re looking to add to your health routine. Understand what the true benefits are, be diligent about the quality of product your purchase, and make sure whatever you consume doesn’t in any way conflict with other medications or health conditions you may be taking. Only purchase from a trusted supplement company and be an educated consumer. Doing that will help you get the most out of your CBD product for potential health benefits.