There’s a very good reason why you most likely haven’t heard much about the natural healing benefits of a plant compound found in hemp called ‘CBD’ (Cannabidiol).
That reason is likely due to the reputation of its more well-known, mind altering ‘cousin’ - THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) - that receives all the attention for getting people ‘high’.
But with chronic pain now being one of the biggest emerging health issues of our times - with 1 in 3 Americans in pain daily - it’s time to shed some light on this super-plant compound (CBD) and its health benefits so that you, too, can make the best and most informed decisions possible when it comes to your health and wellness.
What You Might Not Know About ‘CBD’
Given THC’s social reputation, for people who haven’t experienced the healing impacts of the CBD compound yet, they have every right to be dubious. First and foremost, it’s important to know that CBD is not psychoactive. In other words, it won’t get you high. For this and many other reasons, CBD is emerging as a powerful partner in plant-based healing.
You see, CBD is one of over 60 compounds found in the Cannabis plant that belongs to a class of ingredients called ‘cannabinoids’. While CBD can be found in other plants, like broccoli and kale, it’s most abundant in the hemp plant.
Even more interesting is that, on its own, the human body naturally produces cannabinoids. And because of the way CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system (a central regulatory system that helps to regulate the immune, nervous and digestive systems and keeps the body in balance) - CBD is effective as a way to supplement cannabinoid deficiency.
A Refreshing Approach to Wellness
A huge part of our core mission here at Sagely is getting people back doing what they love most through effective plant-based therapeutic products. Part of that mission means educating and raising awareness of CBD as the super-plant that it is.
So with that, we want to share with you 5 health benefits you didn’t know that CBD provides so that you can be informed and choose the best-fit approach to your own health and wellness.
5 Health Benefits You Didn't Know That CBD Provides
1. Promotes anti-inflammatory responses
Inflammation is often at the root cause of most pain and since CBD is a known anti-inflammatory and analgesic, it can lessen the intensity of a broad range of pain symptoms. While many use prescription pain relievers to alleviate these symptoms, long term use of those chemical compounds can have lasting effects on the liver, kidney, and stomach. CBD, on the other hand, has natural anti-inflammatory properties, without any harsh side effects.
2. Works with receptors to alleviate or block pain
CBD works with receptors all over the body to block pain. Cannabinoids bind to cannabinoid receptors in the central regulatory system—specifically in the central and peripheral nervous systems and can help the body to desensitize pain at the nerve level. The fact that this system already exists in the human body is what enables cannabinoids to be so effective.
3. Promotes calm, lowers anxiety
Not only can pain wreak havoc on our physicality, but it can have a flow on effect onto a person’s emotional well-being. CBD can soothe the nervous system and help it to calm down, reducing the “fight or flight” mechanism that can lead us to feel excess stress and anxiety.
4. Neutralizes free radicals
When our immune system is compromised, free radicals within the body cause a chain reaction that can damage healthy cells and impair their functioning. Although our body naturally produces antioxidants to combat these free radicals, often the amount of antioxidants are insufficient to outweigh the damaging free radical cells.
Through its high concentration of cannabinoids extracted from the hemp plant, CBD is a powerful source rich in antioxidants to support our system to repair the molecules damaged by free radicals and to neutralize the harmful effects of oxidative stress. They support the immune system and prevent the damaging reactions caused by free radicals by donating an electron to these molecules.
5. Protects and regenerates the nervous system
A new benefit that has arisen in the research is that CBD has neuroprotective properties - in other words, it has an ability to help preserve and protect brain neurons and how they communicate with each other. In a world where many are struggling with neurodegenerative disorders, it has a powerful ability to influence a wide range of receptor systems in the brain and body.
So we hope we have achieved part of our mission: to inform and educate you about CBD while showcasing why we believe it is a powerful player in the cannabinoid arsenal. CBD has shown immense promise in helping to maintain a balanced central nervous system and immune system while promoting everyday health and wellness.