In this guide, we will briefly introduce what CBD is and its potential benefits, so you can decide whether CBD is the missing piece in your daily routine and pursuit of a healthy lifestyle.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally-occurring cannabinoid, or chemical compound, found in the cannabis sativa plant. It is just one of many cannabinoids that are found in the plant. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is another commonly known cannabinoid in cannabis. Unlike THC, which is psychoactive (what makes you feel ‘high’), and an illegal substance in Hong Kong, CBD is non-psychoactive and legal to purchase and consume.
CBD interacts with the body’s own endocannabinoid system (ECS) to help restore balance. It is now widely used as an ingredient in supplements, bodycare and skincare products due to mounting evidence of its wide-reaching potential benefits, including:
- Reduce anxiety: CBD is thought to have a calming effect on the Central Nervous System by interacting with the body’s ECS receptors and neurological pathways. Scientific anecdotal and evidence both point to its potential to reduce anxiety and help relax the body.
- Sleep better: research indicates that CBD could have a direct effect on the sleep cycle – increased sleep time and less frequent awakening – including the symptoms of REM sleep behaviour disorder (RBD).
- Manage pain: research suggests CBD helps reduce pain and has an anti-inflammatory effect. As well as interacting with the ECS, it is also thought to modulate pain pathways including TRPV1 receptors.
- Reduce inflammation: CBD can help reduce inflammation, discomfort, and pain in a targeted area. Inflammation is essential for the body to fight infections and toxins. But when it becomes chronic, it leaves the body (and skin) in a constant state of alert. Research suggests that cannabidiol is a plant-based, natural anti-inflammatory agent.
CBD is also used to treat severe forms of epilepsy and could have a positive impact on other conditions like arthritis and endometriosis. More research needs to be done, but early results are promising.
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