The Benefits of CBD

What Are The Benefits Of CBD

You have probably seen CBD products popping up in more and more places and may even have a few friends that use CBD, but what exactly is it? 

CBD is one of over 100 cannabinoids, or active compounds found in the cannabis plant. Cannabis has commonly been known as a mind-altering substance via another compound called THC. There are two varieties of Cannabis Sativa, marijuana and hemp. THC content is high in marijuana, but only trace amounts are found in hemp. This makes hemp an ideal candidate for extracting CBD just about pure of THC, which means no mind-altering effect.

Of course, there are CBD products made from marijuana and hemp, each that have varied amounts of THC, and each providing their own medicinal benefits.

CBD oil can provide pain relief as well as treat anxiety, depression, and cancer-related symptoms. There are also new studies that show CBD may have applications in many neurological conditions. Even better, CBD is not just for humans - there are all sorts of CBD products made for dogs and other pets. While we recommend consulting a doctor who specializes in CBD for any serious condition, we will give you an overview of the various benefits that CBD oil provides.

CBD For Pain and Anxiety

CBD for Pain

 

The most common use of CBD oil is to provide pain relief. There are two main types of CBD products you can buy: full-spectrum CBD and CBD isolate. Full-spectrum CBD contains high amounts of CBD but also all the other compounds found in cannabis, whereas CBD isolate is a 99% pure form of CBD. CBD isolate is effective in mild to moderate pain relief. However, increased dosage of CBD isolate does not provide a stronger effect. On the other hand, increased dosages of full-spectrum CBD has been shown to provide more effective pain relief. This makes full-spectrum CBD a better choice for more severe or chronic pain relief. 

In terms of applications, there are various methods for taking CBD. You can get CBD oils to ingest orally or vape. Additionally, there are CBD topical creams that often provide effective pain-relief and are easy to apply.

CBD for Anxiety

CBD is also widely used to treat anxiety. While both CBD isolate and full-spectrum CBD can be effective in treating anxiety, full-spectrum CBD often provides better results in moderate to severe cases.

Most patients suffering from anxiety or panic attacks prefer fast-acting relief. Vaping is the quickest way to feel the effects of CBD oil. However, you can also use oral CBD oil or CBD topical creams to treat anxiety, but these methods will take a bit longer to have an effect.

CBD for Depression

Research shows that CBD oil could be very effective in the treatment of depression. More research still needs to be done but scientists know that CBD oil can boost serotonin levels. Since low serotonin levels are associated with clinical depression, CBD oil could be a great natural remedy. Of course, consult your doctor before making any changes if you are taking antidepressants. Switching from prescription meds to CBD oil should always be closely monitored by a doctor. 

As with anxiety, vaporizing is the preferred method of ingesting CBD for patients suffering from depression. This is due to its immediate effect. Of course, if you want a longer-lasting effect, you can use oral or topical CBD products. These products will take longer to be absorbed in the body, having a less dramatic but longer effect.

CBD to Alleviate Cancer Related Symptoms

CBD is preferred over traditional medication prescribed to treat the symptoms of chemotherapy for many cancer patients. Traditional meds have side-effects just as bad as the original symptoms so you end up having a handful of pills to offset each side-effect. On the other hand, CBD oil can effectively treat some of the side-effects of chemotherapy. It can reduce nausea, boost appetite and relieve pain.

As many cancer patients suffer from moderate to severe symptoms, full-spectrum CBD is often more effective than CBD isolate in these cases. Many cancer patients prefer vaping CBD oil as the effects are quicker.

CBD for the Brain

Research shows CBD can be used to treat a variety of neurological conditions including epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer's disease. CBD interacts with receptors in the brain that regulate seizures, reducing seizures in patients suffering from epilepsy. Activating certain receptors can also reduce the plaque that causes Alzheimer’s and dementia. Clinical research is limited for Parkinson’s patients but many patients have experienced benefits from high CBD content oils to CBD/THC mixes. Hopefully more research will be done so patients will have a better idea of which CBD products will work best for them.

CBD for Dogs and other Pets

CBD For Dogs and Cats

CBD is very popular for dogs and other pets. Many of our canine friends suffer from anxiety, especially when they are on the way to the vet or their human companion is gone all day. CBD can be very effective in reducing stress and anxiety in dogs and cats. It can also be an effective solution for pain relief in older or injured pets. It can also be used to treat dogs with dementia or those suffering from seizures. 

There is a wide variety of pet CBD products from oils to all sorts of tasty treats. Many of these are designed for dogs but some are made for cats and other small pets. It is important to get the right product as dog CBD products may be too strong for smaller pets.

How does CBD Work

How Does CBD Work

CBD can relieve a variety of symptoms such as pain, anxiety and nausea, but how does it work?

CBD interacts with cannabinoid receptors in the endogenous cannabinoid system (ECS) that regulates neuromodulation, synaptic plasticity and the development of the central nervous system and peripheral system. There are four main cannabinoid receptors: CB1R (CNS-cannabinoid receptor), CB2R (peripheral cannabinoid receptor), TRP (Transient receptor potential), PPAR (peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor). CB1R are found mostly in the brain and regulate muscle spasms, insomnia, chronic pain, and appetite stimulation. CBD interacts with this receptor which can reduce muscle spasms like seizures. Furthermore, it reduces insomnia and chronic pain.

CB2R are found in immune system tissues, microglia, and vascular elements. These moderate inflammation. When interacting with CB2R receptors, CBD reduces inflammation and pain. Additionally, CBD binds to TRPV1 receptors, otherwise known as vanilloid receptors. These regulate pain perception, inflammation and body temperature which further reduces pain and inflammation.

PPARs (peroxisome proliferator activated receptors) can be found on the surface of the cell’s nucleus. Activating the PPAR-gamma receptor prevents rapid growth of new cells. This can result in tumor regression in cancer patients. There are also studies showing the interaction between CBD and PPAR receptors could reduce plaque causing Alzheimer’s disease.

There is still much more CBD research to be done, but already there are a variety of medical applications. CBD has been proven to contain many healing properties and researcher shows that there may be many more medical applications in the future. Furthermore, CBD has very few side effects, of which are mostly mild. For this reason, many patients on traditional pharmaceutical medications are switching to CBD.

CBD Oil for Vapes

CBD oil is the most common CBD product. You can take CBD oil orally but most users prefer to vape it. There are many companies making a variety of CBD oils that range in their CBD:THC ratios and flavors. Most CBD oils come in prefilled cartridges that can be used with a simple vape battery. However, you can also find CBD oils in larger bottles that can be used to refill refillable atomizers. Some users like to make their own mixes this way.

CBD Gummies, Capsules & Other Edibles

CBD Gummies and Edibles

There are all sorts of CBD edibles these days. Gummies are popular due to their long shelf life. Capsules are newer to the market and have the benefit of providing higher dosages than edibles. These are perfect for any patients requiring a higher dosage of CBD. In addition, you can find all sorts of cookies and other CBD treats. You can even make your own edibles by using CBD oil in place of another oil in a recipe.

CBD Topicals

CBD Topicals - Salves and Cream

CBD topicals such as creams are popular for pain management as they can be applied directly to the source of pain. They are also popular for users wanting a somewhat fast effect but prefer not to vape. These often have a mix of different oils and other herbal remedies which can provide more pain relief and reduce inflammation even further.

Where to Buy CBD

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With the growing popularity of CBD to treat a variety of symptoms, it is easy to find all sorts of CBD products. From local gas stations to head shops, smoke shops and even pet shops, it is not hard to locate. However, it can be difficult to know which CBD product is right and which ones are quality products. Here at nyvapeshopcbd.com, we offer guaranteed quality choices and free shipping. We also have CBD help guides to make sure you find the right product for your needs.

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