What’s CBD good for? CBD Properties

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Given the growing popularity of CBD, many people want to know what CBD is for, as well as its benefits and properties. Broadly speaking, CBD is a cannabinoid with analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antiemetic (reduces nausea), anxiolytic, antioxidant, neuroprotective, antipsychotic, antitumour, bactericidal and immunomodulatory properties.

CBD uses and properties

There are more than a hundred cannabinoids known to date. Among them, cannabidiol, or CBD, stands out for its numerous benefits, and can be a great help in many aspects of our daily lives. In the following lines, we explain more about these properties so you can get the most out of CBD. In recent years, a multitude of CBD products have popped up on the market: creams, oils, lubricants, lipsticks, sunscreens and much more. Without a doubt, if this compound is found on so many ingredient lists, it is because of its wide range of properties, which can be harnessed in many ways. One of its most well-known uses is in the field of cosmetics, providing great benefits for our skin.

CBD and cannabis in cosmetic use

CBD’s popularity in cosmetics stems in part from its antioxidant power. In other words, CBD is a compound that has the ability to slow down and hinder free radical activity1, helping to prevent skin ageing. CBD also has the ability to regulate lipid production (such as sebum) and fight bacteria. It is perfect for helping to cleanse the skin and balance oil production, preventing the appearance of infections and blackheads in the fight against acne. CBD cosmetics often contain hemp oil, which is an excellent moisturiser rich in Omega 3 and Omega 6. Combining CBD and hemp oil result in creams that are ideal for skin care. Examples are our CBD sunscreens, which help prevent and recover from skin damage caused by prolonged sun exposure. Finally, thanks to their soothing, anti-inflammatory effect, CBD creams assist in the care of sensitive skin. They can help to soothe irritated skin and reduce discomfort.
CBD properties for pain and inflamation relief

CBD and pain and inflammation relief

Among the most remarkable virtues of CBD are its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. They have been known for thousands of years, with cannabis being used as medicine as far back as ancient China. It was also found in classical Greece, where it was used to treat inflammation and pain. These properties have been rediscovered, with CBD now appearing as a main ingredient in pain and inflammation creams. It is the primary ingredient in many sports balms, such as the one you will find in our online shop. CBD can help you recover quickly after an intense sport session thanks to these qualities, and numerous studies support this use. What’s more, according to scientific research, CBD may help in the treatment of certain types of chronic pain, such as pain from rheumatoid arthritis². That said, The Tree reminds you that CBD products are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. It is recommended that you consult your doctor on a case-by-case basis, and always follow medical advice.

CBD and lowering levels of anxiety and stress

Apart from having strong analgesic and anti-inflammatory capabilities that may help with pain relief, CBD also has anxiolytic properties. It is a compound that can help lessen or regulate anxiety and stress levels, as well as help you sleep better. Preclinical research conducted in 20203 shows the effectiveness of CBD in reducing acute anxiety and stress. Although there is currently no CBD-based medicine specifically developed for the treatment of anxiety, CBD oil can help regulate it. Obviously, if we suspect we might suffer from chronic anxiety, keeping in mind it is an illness, the wisest thing to do, as we have said before, is to see a medical professional.

CBD and sleep

Thanks to the anxiolytic properties described in the section above, another benefit of CBD is that it can help you fall asleep. Just like it is beneficial in reducing anxiety and stress levels, it also helps us to relax and sleep better. CBD is an all-natural substance derived from the cannabis plant, which can be a great help in this regard, helping to combat occasional insomnia resulting from stressful circumstances. However, if insomnia persists over time as a result of chronic anxiety, you should consult a doctor. Again, we remind you that CBD products are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.

CBD and epilepsy

In addition to the abilities described so far, CBD also has anticonvulsant properties. According to a systematic review of several scientific studies published in 20184 , this property of CBD could have applications in the treatment of epilepsy. As we have mentioned previously, we would like to remind you again that in case of possible illness, you should always consult a doctor. CBD products are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.
CBD and animals

CBD and animals

Therefore, not only humans can enjoy the benefits of CBD, but its effects can extend to animals too. CBD can be a great help for our pets. Many dogs and cats suffer from anxiety in specific situations, in which case CBD can help to reduce it. Likewise, the analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties of CBD are also helpful to pets. In the same way it helps humans recover after doing sport, CBD can help dogs and cats relax after a session of intense physical activity. Dogs and cats normally weigh less than humans. Therefore, they need smaller amounts of CBD due to their reduced weight. At The Tree CBD, we have Pets CBD Oil Petly, with a concentration of 3% CBD, which is ideal for our small furry friends.
In short, CBD has a number of benefits to help us in our daily lives. From its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, to its ability to care for and regenerate our skin, to its anxiolytic properties, it is an excellent ally to improve our quality of life.

References

  1. Atalay, S., Jarocka-Karpowicz, I., & Skrzydlewska, E. (2020). Antioxidative and anti-inflammatory properties of cannabidiol. Antioxidants, 9(1), 21. DOI: 10.3390/antiox9010021
  2. Lowin, T., Tingting, R., Zurmahr, J., Classen, T., Schneider, M., & Pongratz, G. (2020). Cannabidiol (CBD): A killer for inflammatory rheumatoid arthritis synovial fibroblasts. Cell death & disease, 11(8), 1-11.
  3. Wright, M., Di Ciano, P., & Brands, B. (2020). Use of cannabidiol for the treatment of anxiety: a short synthesis of pre-clinical and clinical evidence. Cannabis and cannabinoid research, 5(3), 191-196. doi.org/10.1089/can.2019.0052
  4. Stockings, E., Zagic, D., Campbell, G., Weier, M., Hall, W. D., Nielsen, S., … & Degenhardt, L. (2018). Evidence for cannabis and cannabinoids for epilepsy: a systematic review of controlled and observational evidence. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, 89(7), 741-753.

Frequently asked questions about CBD: uses, benefits and properties

CBD is an all-natural substance derived from cannabis with many benefits, the list of which is very long, as CBD is a compound with the following effects: analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antiemetic (reduces nausea), anxiolytic, antioxidant, neuroprotective, antipsychotic, anticonvulsant, antitumour, bactericidal and immunomodulatory.
CBD is able to interact with the human body thanks to its endocannabinoid system or ECS. This is a network made up of endogenous cannabinoid receptors located in the mammalian brain and throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems. In other words, the mammalian body is naturally predisposed to interact with cannabinoids, whether they are endogenous cannabinoids produced by the body internally, or exogenous cannabinoids, which are produced by cannabis plants. Insects, for example, do not have this system, so they cannot benefit from CBD’s properties.
In our Guide to Taking CBD you will find all the necessary information about CBD’s many uses. It also details cases in which CBD might be contraindicated, as well as potential side effects. In short, since this question has a very complex answer, we recommend reading the guide to learn more about how it can help you.
Cannabis has been used as an aid to treat pain and inflammation since ancient times. However, CBD was not isolated until the 1940s, and its properties were not studied at that time. It was not until the 1960s that researchers began to discover its benefits. During this same decade, the rise of the hippie movement popularised marijuana use. This led to social rejection of any type of cannabis, whether it was psychotropic or not, and because of this hemp was relegated to the sidelines, giving a bad name to researchers who chose to study it. The recent legalisation of this drug in some Western countries like the US and Canada has made it possible to distinguish hemp from marijuana. This has greatly benefited hemp, as well as its main cannabinoid, CBD. In recent years, many scientific researchers have chosen to study this cannabinoid which has many possibilities and properties.

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