With the passing of the Farm Bill in 2018, the buzz words have become hemp and CBD! Over the past several months I dare say I haven’t ran across a single person who hasn’t heard of hemp or CBD. But what is hemp? What is CBD? And is hemp something new that was just discovered with the passing of a bill?
Hemp is a variety of Cannabis sativa L and isn’t new at all. People have been using hemp for various purposes for over 10,000 years. Not only has it been used to make fibers, proteins, and oils but it has also been used to make paper, fabric, rope, building materials, and more.
Here at The Little Herb House, we are most interested in hemp and CBD for the numerous medicinal purposes that they have to offer. We offer CBD gummies, CBD oils, CBD vape pens, and more. For many people starting out with CBD, it’s hard to know where to begin. We have had so many people asking why they should take CBD and what is it used for? We’ve picked our top five reasons for why you should consider incorporating daily CBD into your lifestyle for enhanced health and wellness.
It’s THC Free
Up until recently, there has been a lot of stigma around the hemp plant because of its correlation with the marijuana plant. CBD (from hemp) and THC (from marijuana) have the same chemical formula – 21 carbon atoms, 30 hydrogen atoms, and two oxygen atoms. The difference lies in the way the atoms are arranged. That gives CBD and THC different chemical properties, and they affect your body differently. Many people don’t like the mental high that comes from smoking THC so CBD offers a great alternative with even more health benefits. All of our CBD products contain less than 0.3% THC in accordance with the Farm Bill. So, don’t worry! None of our products will make you feel intoxicated!
It’s a Great Alternative to Traditional Western Medicine
For people looking for natural alternatives or supplemental options to western medicine, CBD could be a good option for you. More and more people are looking to alternative medicine as the awareness grows on the negative and sometimes dangerous side effects that man-made medicines can have on the body long-term. CBD is a natural treatment option that helps the body harness its self-repair systems (more on the endocannabinoid system later!)
Using CBD to Help with Stress and Anxiety
According to the data, about 40 million Americans struggle with some form of anxiety, and unfortunately people are becoming even more anxious as the years go on. There are many options people have when seeking treatment for stress and anxiety and CBD is becoming one of the top options for those struggling with anxiety. Although research is still limited, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) says that CBD has been shown to reduce stress in animals such as rats for generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Study subjects were observed as having lower behavioral signs of anxiety. Their physiological symptoms of anxiety, such as increased heart rate, also improved.
Improve Workout Recovery
Many people that live healthy lifestyles like to incorporate exercise as a part of their daily routine. Due to its anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxant properties, it may help with muscle stiffness. According to Shape.com., “Alex Silver-Fagan, a Nike Master Trainer and a mental health advocate, says she adds the oil to her coffee to treat both muscle aches and anxiety.” Not only can CBD be used by athletes but it could also help those who struggle with physical pain due to illness or age.
Not only can CBD be used for anxiety, but it’s also being used to treat depression. According to the World Health Organization, depression is the single largest contributor to disability worldwide, while anxiety disorders are ranked sixth. As mentioned earlier, medications that are often used to treat depression can be addictive and lead to substance abuse. This is why more and more people who struggle with anxiety and depression are beginning to look to natural alternatives like CBD.
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When considering CBD, it is important to do your own research to see what options are best for you. Because research on CBD is just beginning, there is still limited data.