CBD stands for Cannabidiol, the second most active ingredient in cannabis. CBD is also present in the hemp plant. Hemp and “marijuana” are technically the same plant genus. Hemp has no psychoactive properties that make users feel stoned or high.
There are plenty of reasons to enjoy daily CBD supplementation. But here are our top five.
Reason #1: Anti-Anxiety
Research suggests CBD helps regulate serotonin, a transmitter associated with a sense of well-being. Many anti-anxiety pharmaceuticals target serotonin levels but with plenty of adverse side effects. The side effects of CBD are nil.
While researchers speculate on why CBD works for anxiety, their clinical research demonstrates that it does indeed work. One study saw researchers use tomographic imaging to peer inside the brains of people with a social anxiety disorder (SAD), a placebo group, and a healthy control group.
Their findings confirmed that CBD significantly reduced anxiety in SAD patients. The study concludes: that CBD interacts with our cannabinoid receptors to inhibit social anxiety.
Reason #2: CBDa Benefits
Cannabidiolic acid, known as CBDa, is the acidic precursor of CBD. If you’ve ever made edibles or concentrates, you will likely put your bud through a “decarb” process. This process removes the acidic form and makes the cannabinoid pharmacologically active.
All is well if you’re making THC-infused butter. But what about the benefits of CBDa?
CBDA doesn’t interact with our endocannabinoid system, nor does it bind to our cannabinoid receptors. So what’s the point? Researchers think CBDa may interact with COX-2, an enzyme associated with inflammation.
“Since the COVID news came out, proving that CBDa helps prevent spike proteins from entering your body, the whole world is shifting toward CBDa,” says Inesa Ponomariovaite, cannabis expert and founder of Nesas Hemp. “This plant is meant to heal people, not to get you high or destroy your life.”
Reason #3: Neuroprotective Properties
According to some research, CBD’s role in the endocannabinoid system may provide benefits for those with neurological disorders. CBD shows much promise in treating neurological conditions such as epilepsy and MS.
One study essentially proved beyond a reasonable doubt that CBD significantly reduces seizure activity in children with Dravet syndrome. In fact, there’s only ever been one CBD product to receive approval from the Food & Drug Administration. Epidiolex is used to treat seizures associated with Lennox Gastaut syndrome, Dravet syndrome, or tuberous sclerosis complex.
Promising research also links CBD to improved quality of life in people with Parkinson’s disease.
Reason #4: Protect Yourself Against COVID on CBD Day
In March 2021, the National Institute of Health released a study that shocked the internet and went virtually ignored in the corporate press. To quote from the abstract:
“CBD and its metabolite, 7-OH-CBD… potently block SARS-CoV-2 replication in lung epithelial cells. CBD acts after cellular infection, inhibiting viral gene expression and reversing many effects of SARS-CoV-2 on host gene transcription.”
In other words: “Cannabidiol from the cannabis plant has potential to prevent and inhibit SARS-CoV-2 infection.”
That’s right – a daily CBD supplementation can protect you against covid. And this isn’t the only study suggesting this.
Earlier this year, researchers found that patients taking FDA-approved cannabidiol for their epilepsy had a lower rate of positive COVID tests than a nationwide sample.
And a third study found that CBDa and CBGa bind to the spike proteins of SARSCOV-2. These cannabinoids prevented the virus from entering cells and causing infection.
If this hasn’t convinced you to try cannabidiol, then what will?
Reason #5: Improve Heart Health
Growing evidence that the mRNA vaccines cause myocarditis in young males is too hard to ignore. Myocarditis weakens the heart, so the rest of the body doesn’t receive enough blood. Clots form in the heart, leading to a stroke or heart attack.
And as suspected, young people are dying at higher rates than any other demographic. The corporate press calls it a “mysterious syndrome,” called Sudden Adult Death Syndrome, which directly affects the heart.
CBD directly affects the heart but in a positive way. One small study showed it could lower high blood pressure. Researchers treated nine healthy men with CBD oil and a placebo, indicating that CBD did something the placebo could not.
The study also showed how CBD limited blood pressure increases when researchers put the subjects in stressful situations.
Another study looked at 26 healthy men, CBD and reductions in blood pressure and came to the same results. They also found that CBD improved blood flow through their arteries compared to the placebo group.
However, the researchers noted you lose CBD’s benefits after one week of cessation. So, like any medication or supplement, you must be consistent with it.
CBD Day for the Win!
These are just five reasons to try cannabidiol today. But there are plenty more, and we’ve barely scratched the surface here.
Cannabidiol is a cannabinoid like the endogenous cannabinoids that make our brain and body function normally. When our natural cannabinoids are out of whack, or we feel we need that extra boost, supplementing with CBD helps.
CBD could be the solution you’re looking for. And scientific research backs up its beneficial claims. So what are you waiting for? August 8 is its national day! Is there any better day of the year to try CBD?