You’ve probably heard about CBD and how it has many benefits, but if you’ve never tried it yourself, it’s worth looking into.

CBD is a product of the hemp plant that does not contain the psychoactive chemical THC—in other words, it can’t get you high. It’s also sold legally in states where cannabis products are legal as well as in online dispensaries as long as the THC content is zero or below the threshold of 0.3 percent.

Most people who try CBD report feeling some positive benefits from it. If you’re wondering what the hype is all about, here’s how it could improve your life too.

9 CBD Benefits for Your Physical and Mental Health

1. Relieve Pain

Chronic pain is surprisingly common. It affects those with a diagnosed health problem like arthritis, multiple sclerosis, or fibromyalgia as well as those who may be suffering from an undiagnosed issue. For example, many people suffer from headaches and migraines that don’t have an explainable cause.

In any case, the fight for treatment with low side effects is ongoing. People spend thousands on remedies for pain that are both prescription and homeopathic. In many cases, the remedies are unsuccessful. In others, the result is an addiction, such as opioid painkillers.

That’s why many people have turned to CBD oil for pain. Many have experienced the cooling relief that comes with CBD oils, gels, creams, tinctures, and edibles. They report feeling relief without the harmful side effects of other painkillers.

2. Target Inflammation

In the same way that CBD targets pain, it can also impact inflammation. Many conditions that result in pain are accompanied by inflammation. The inflammation can increase the pain and increase when pain is not properly treated.

It’s believed that CBD interacts with your body’s endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for hormonal and immune responses. Inflammation is an immune response, and when you increase the number of cannabinoids in your body, it can inhibit the inflammation as a result.

3. Reduce Anxiety

CBD oil is commonly used to treat anxiety, especially those who deal with it chronically. Anxiety is another hormonal response partially controlled by the endocannabinoid system. As hormonal imbalances alter your mental state, CBD could help to regulate them.

In many situations, CBD has shown positive results in reducing anxiety among patients who experience either chronic or situational anxiety. Many CBD users with anxiety say that it’s just as effective if not more so than their prescription anxiety medications.

In fact, more than half of those who use CBD to treat their anxiety has replaced their prescription aids with CBD because it’s so effective!

4. Improve Your Workout Performance

Those who are athletically inclined might take advantage of CBD benefits to enhance their performance and recovery. Please note that this is not a performance-enhancing drug. It cannot make your muscles bigger, alter your mental state, or give you sudden confidence.



CBD is simply a natural, supplement-type product that many athletes use to address workout and recovery needs. For starters, it treats pain and inflammation surrounding the injury and sore muscles. By reducing the inflammation and relieving the pain, it decreases the time that it takes to get back to the gym.

Additionally, many professional athletes who use CBD say that it improves their energy and focus, helping them to enhance their natural abilities to perform.

5. Prevent Lifelong Health Problems

Some research indicates that CBD could prevent serious health problems that threaten everyday lives, including heart disease, type II diabetes, and even cancer. It’s believed that CBD boosts cell health and even has cell restorative properties.

There’s also evidence that CBD could prevent or delay the onset of psychological problems. For example, there are many foundations researching the effectiveness of CBD on preventing Alzheimer’s, the 6th leading causes of death among the older generation.

CBD as a treatment of epilepsy is probably the most researched form of use, and it is used in FDA-approved prescription medications to treat seizures. For those with epilepsy, it could reduce the number of seizures by 90 percent.

6. Help You Sleep

Budding research indicates that CBD could help those with sleep problems to find peace and rest at night. CBD’s many benefits include the ability to relax when you’re otherwise unable to sleep. It treats anxiety that might be forcing you awake and can calm the muscles and other systems throughout the body.



It’s believed that CBD may inhibit the GAPA uptake inhibitor, which prevents neurotransmitters from firing in the brain. The constant motion of these neurons would keep anyone awake, but CBD acts as a great tool for enhancing relaxation and promoting deep sleep.

7. Increase Focus

Those who take CBD often report feeling significantly more focused when they’re under the influence of CBD. At the right dose, CBD could keep you more centered on tasks by boosting the serotonin flow throughout your brain. This has a very similar effect as to the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), which inhibits feelings of anxiety.

Research indicates that anxiety is one of the biggest blocks to a person’s ability to focus. When they’re constantly worried about the unknown, it’s hard for them to accomplish the tasks at hand. By reducing your anxiety through serotonin production, you could significantly reduce your struggles to focus.

8. Treat Skin Conditions

If you’ve suffered from acne or another chronic skin syndrome for too long, you know what it’s like to be frustrated with the creams and lotions out there. Either the steroidal creams you’re prescribed are too strong and bleach your skin, or the over-the-counter creams are too weak, leaving you frustrated with the result.

CBD creams and oils have helped many individuals take control of their skincare regime. Rather than being a victim of their genetics, they’ve let the CBD penetrate into the top layers of skin, working its moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties.

It’s believed that CBD can also reduce sebum production and boost dermis cell growth, generally leading to healthier skin.

9. Boost General Wellness

Those who use CBD regularly often say that they generally feel better. Since CBD is believed to balance the body’s immune and hormonal responses, this makes sense. It has helped many people feel that their body has reached homeostasis.

The general feeling of wellness is called the entourage effect. This does not refer to getting high because CBD cannot get you high. Rather, it indicates a feeling of health in both mind and body. Those who struggle with feeling generally ill could strongly benefit from the regular use of CBD.

Valerie Soleil, B.A., LL.B.

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