The cannabis experience isn’t just about toking or vaping anymore. The wave of marijuana legalization has opened up the market for new and exciting wellness products that focus on medicinal cannabis and CBD, the nickname for cannabidiol.
CBD is one of many cannabinoids, or chemical compounds, that are found in marijuana plants. But unlike tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is the main psychoactive component in cannabis, CBD does not create the same “high” when ingested.
CBD Effects for Healthy Living and Better Sleep
This distinguishing characteristic of CBD means that women can incorporate CBD-infused products and edibles into their regular routine, much like other healthy, natural foods and supplements that come with science-backed benefits. CBD is commonly used for anxiety and insomnia, with scientific studies that support those uses.
CBD for sleep, for example, could be a huge draw given America’s sleep woes. More than one in four women in the United States experiences insomnia, compared with fewer than one in five men. Sleep studies suggest that women experience worse sleep quality than men, including taking longer to fall asleep, sleeping for shorter periods of time, and feeling sleepier when they are awake.
To make matters worse, insufficient sleep has been linked to obesity, depression, diabetes and heart attack. It can also kill sex drive (which augments the hormonal changes that dampen sex drive as women age).
Other CBD effects include chronic pain-relief, such as arthritis, and treatment for seizures. There are several products used by people with epilepsy. In June, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved GW Pharmaceutical’s Epidiolex, a CBD drug for epileptic seizures, and the first approved drug derived from marijuana.
Legalization of medicinal cannabis and recreational cannabis will also lead to further scientific investigation, so more news to come on CBD effects and applications.
How do You Use CBD? The Choice is Yours!
After the CBD compound is extracted from the cannabis plant, it is typically packaged as concentrated oil or cream – which makes it easy to incorporate into all kinds of trendy products.
The oil can be mixed or infused with vaporizers, skincare creams, hair shampoos and conditioners (bliss out with the Orange Bergamot CBD Body Wash and CBD Detox Bath Salts by Seventh Sense), and edibles, such as gummy candies and smoothies.
When you ingest CBD in a supplement or edible, or with a dropper into your mouth, it enters your bloodstream like a pain-reliever tablet, traveling through your system to calm inflammation and reduce pain. If you rub CBD directly on the skin, it acts only on the area where it’s applied.
Scientists are finding more evidence that CBD can help with skin disorders, such as dry skin, psoriasis and eczema – because of CBD effects on inflammation that causes skin elasticity to break down.
For women, the appeal of medicinal cannabis is growing strong. Medicinal cannabis is a means to natural, good health on the inside and out.