In case you haven’t heard, August 8th is National CBD Awareness Day – a day to shed light on the numerous medical benefits of this incredible compound, and there certainly are many.
Cannabis awareness holidays are definitely not a new thing. April 20th, or 4/20, has been celebrated for decades and is still the most popular industry holiday that exists. For the better half of the last decade, many people have been celebrating July 10th, or 7/10, as cannabis oil day, because when you flip and invert the number 710, it looks like the word “OIL”.
So how did August 8th, or 8/8, National CBD Awareness Day, come to be? Well, it’s not a spontaneous holiday like many other cannabis days. It’s essentially a marketing campaign by North Carolina-based CBD Manufacturer, cbdMD.
The company applied to have it added to the calendar in 2017, stating that some benefits to making a CBD awareness day include “increase in product sales, market visibility, social media engagement, fundraising opportunities for non-profits, brand authority and much more that can be generated annually.”
Regardless of the reason behind it, we can’t argue with the fact that spreading awareness about this possibly life-changing natural therapy is of the utmost importance, especially during a time when everything we are expected to consume – food, medications, certain hygiene products, etc. – are as far from natural as they come.
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What are some of the benefits of CBD? And what is the best way to consume it?
CBD as an Anti-Inflammatory
One of the most common uses for CBD is to treat inflammation. It’s a condition on which quite a few studies actually exist, and this isn’t very common in the realm of cannabis research. Inflammation is the body’s process of fighting against pathogens and other hazards, such as infections, injuries, and toxins. When something damages your cells, your body releases chemicals that trigger a response from your immune system, thus causing inflammation.
When this inflammatory response lingers after your body is done fighting the infection or whatever is having a negative effect, this leaves your body in a constant state of stress and unrest. Chronic inflammation can have devastating effects on the tissues and organs and research indicates that it’s the root cause of many ailments and disorders including arthritis, contact dermatitis, acne, multiple sclerosis, and type 1 diabetes, asthma, and cancer.
CBD is becoming a very popular alternative for standard NSAID drugs like Aspirin, which can leave to various health problems such as heartburn, stomach pain, ulcers, headaches, dizziness, and even damage to the liver and kidneys.
CBD to Manage Anxiety
Anxiety is another condition that’s been researched extensively to determine how well it responds to CBD treatments. Cannabidiol targets cell receptors in the body and brain that regulate your mood. Many mood disorders, including anxiety and depression, have a few things in common, including a lack of naturally produced endocannabinoids.
Treating mood disorders with CBD is becoming increasingly popular because CBD doesn’t have the mind-numbing and other unwanted side effects of prescription drugs. As a matter of fact, CBD is becoming the preferred treatment method for people in the millennial age group – defined as people born between the years 1981 and 1996.
According to a study conducted a couple of years ago, thirty-four percent of millennials prefer to manage their mental health with natural and holistic remedies, and 50 percent of millennials believe CBD oil is the best way to do this; and this number continues to grow. The main reason cited was a fear of being prescribed a medication that is too severe for the level of symptoms, and thus, causing unwanted side effects.
CBD for Controlling Seizures
Despite the fact that cannabis has been used therapeutically for centuries, one of the first modern day uses for it was to treat epilepsy. There are many studies out there to back up this claim. As a matter of fact, there is even an FDA-approved, CBD-based medication, Epidiolex, that’s used to treat two rare and severe forms of childhood epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome (LGS) and Dravet Syndrome (DS).
This medication has also been approved for use in many European countries and is currently undergoing clinical trials in Japan. Because decreases glutamate release in the body, it can decrease many types of seizures, including focal seizures.
Epilepsy medication can have some very serious side effects, and that’s why more natural alternatives are becoming the go-to way to treat children and younger adult patients who suffer from epilepsy.
Best Way to Consume CBD
There are soooo many way get in your daily dose of CBD, from the isolated oil in softgels to all-natural raw flowers. The best way to consume CBD depends on your personal needs, preferences, and limitations.
For example, some people who can’t smoke prefer edibles or softgels. Many prefer vaping to smoking because you get less of the carcinogens that come along with smoking. There are also topicals, tinctures, and so much more.
Personally, I prefer flowers. With flowers you get the full entourage effect of all the plant compounds working together synergistically. As wonderful as isolates are in the world of pharmaceuticals, sometimes, natural and raw plant power just gets the job done better.
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To quickly sum it up, CBD is amazing. It’s a natural compound with a multitude of therapeutic uses and no dangerous side effects. CBD can be used safely by people of all ages, can it’s even effective on pets. It can be used medicinally and recreationally. It’s basically an all-in-one compound with almost no drawbacks.
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