CBD Oil: Uses and Potential Health Benefits

Since the 2018 Farm Bill legalized the cultivation of hemp for the production of CBD, CBD oils and products have become available in all 50 states. Health claims range from improved sleep, pain relief, reduced inflammation, increased focus, and the list goes on. But what do we really know about CBD and its health benefits? Can CBD oil really do everything proponents say it can? This article will review some of the bolder claims made by CBD proponents: pain relief, reduced anxiety and stress, improved sleep, and skincare treatment. 

How CBD Interacts with the Human Body

In order to understand why CBD can be effective on so many different levels, it’s important to have a basic understanding of how it behaves when a person ingests it. CBD is a chemical found in hemp. Because hemp is legal, CBD providers only use hemp as the base ingredient for their oils. CBD is an abbreviation for cannabidiol, which is a member of the cannabinoid family. CBD is not produced in the human body, but it can be ingested without harm.

At a cellular level, CBD interacts favorably with the body’s endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for regulating sleep, appetite, memory, pain, mood, and immunity response. Unlike THC, which is the main ingredient in marijuana, CBD doesn’t bind with the CB1 or CB2 receptors in the endocannabinoid system, which is why it doesn’t adversely affect thought or judgment. 

While medical science has only begun researching CBD’s use as a medicine, there have been some promising discoveries. One report released by the World Health Organization stated that CBD is non-addictive and there is virtually no potential for harm when ingested. But scientists are finding many benefits associated with CBD. 

Can CBD Help Relieve Pain?

For years, cancer patients would smoke cannabis to alleviate the chronic pain associated with the often fatal disease. As more research was conducted, it appeared that the ingredient responsible for pain reduction was CBD. Animal studies have indicated that CBD has been able to mitigate pain by modulating the endocannabinoid, inflammatory, and pain-sensing systems in the test subjects.

Because CBD has not yet been approved by the FDA as a pain treatment — the FDA currently has only approved CBD as a medicine for one form of epilepsy — there are few studies that demonstrate how CBD works as a pain inhibitor. However, anecdotal evidence and animal research do appear promising. On an individual level, consumers can take CBD for pain relief if they believe it’s beneficial, and CBD products are used for pain relief in other countries. 

Can CBD Help Reduce Anxiety and Stress?

CBD does appear to have a positive impact on anxiety and stress, and the scientific data is strong in this area. Stress is the body’s natural reaction to high-intensity situations. For instance, being involved in a car accident is stressful. Your body reacts by going into “fight-or-flight” syndrome. There are, however, times when the body puts itself in this state of anxiety as a response to unpleasant but relatively safe day-to-day incidents.

When this happens, your body adjusts its levels of catecholamines, growth hormone, prolactin, cortisol, and glucocorticoids just like it would in a more urgent event. Additionally, the body produces cytokine, which, among other things, inhibits the production of tryptophan. Tryptophan is a building block for serotonin, a mood regulator.

Researchers believe that CBD modulates cytokine, and this allows your body to produce normal levels of serotonin. Some research has shown that CBD combined with terpenes — another cannabinoid also found in hemp and most CBD products — are even more effective in reducing cytokine spikes. CBD products for anxiety and stress relief are readily available at Karibo. 

Can CBD Help Provide Better Sleep?

Many people take CBD as a natural sleep remedy, and there is significant scientific research to show that it can be effective, particularly when it comes to mitigating stress dreams. Stress dreams or nightmares result from stress and anxiety. Because CBD has shown itself to be so effective in promoting natural serotonin production, it’s been theorized that it helps CBD consumers achieve a more relaxed frame of mind and achieve more restful sleep. If you are having trouble sleeping and have concerns about other sleep supplements, like melatonin, an all-natural CBD sleep aid may be what you need to get a full night’s rest. 

Is CBD Oil Good for Skincare?

“It’s also great for the skin” may be the most commonly uttered phrase in the supplement industry, but as it turns out, it’s actually true in CBD’s case. CBD appears to reduce inflammation in the same way that it affects most of the body’s processes: through the endocannabinoid system. One study stated that two decades’ worth of research found that CBD “profoundly influences several aspects of the cutaneous biology.” For skincare, CBD skincare products can be consumed sublingually (under the tongue), orally via a softgel, or applied directly to the skin via oils or balms. 

Types of CBD Available

If you’re considering taking CBD for stress relief, as a sleep aid, for skincare, or for another reason, like pain relief or as an antiinflammatory, you should familiarize yourself with the types of products available on the market. 

Broad-Spectrum CBD

Broad-spectrum CBD is derived from high-quality hemp plants. Using one of several processes, laboratories extract CBD oils from the plant materials. Broad-spectrum CBD contains terpenes and flavonoids, as well as CBD. It does not, however, contain THC, so if you consume broad-spectrum CBD, you will not fail a cannabis test. 

Full-Spectrum CBD

This is similar to broad-spectrum CBD in that it contains terpenes and flavonoids, but it can also contain up to .3% THC by law. That means that you may fail a cannabis test if you’re taking it, depending on the sensitivity of the test. 

CBD Consumer Products

Both broad-spectrum and full-spectrum CBD is produced as an oil. It can be consumed in this state or converted into other products, like softgels, roll-ons, ointments, or balms. 

CBD Frequently Asked Questions

Karibo sells high-quality CBD health supplements designed for specific purposes. If you require information that you don’t see here or on our website, contact us with your inquiry. 

Is CBD Legal in My State?

Hemp-derived CBD is legal at the federal level, meaning that the federal government does not prohibit its production, distribution, or use. Some states have restrictions against marijuana-derived CBD, but hemp CBD is now legal in all states. 

How is Karibo CBD Oil Processed?

Karibo uses the highest-quality hemp plants. We then use the preferred clean CO2 extraction method. To ensure purity, we only source our oils from FDA-registered, cGMP-compliant facilities

Is CBD Safe If I’ve Never Had It Before?

Most healthy adults don’t have any side effects from consuming CBD. If you have health issues or are on prescription medication, you should ask your doctor about possible interactions. As with any supplement, you should discontinue use if you have an adverse reaction to CBD. 

Karibo CBD Products 

Karibo has a wide range of available products. We carry several CBD options to treat various different conditions: stress, pain, sleep, focus, skincare, and more. Order yours today.

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