RIIIIIING! Your eyes open and the morning sun stings, overwhelming you. It seems like any other day- except you’ve got a splitting headache, you’re dehydrated, and memories of last night’s festivities seem to be the cause. Welcome to the dreaded hangover. But all is not lost, as research points to CBD as a potential way to relieve these symptoms. In this comprehensive guide to using CBD, we’ll go over how one can use CBD to aid in recovery from hangovers, workouts and more.
Understanding CBD: What is it?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a compound found in cannabis and hemp plants, much like its counterpart THC. CBD differs, however, since it is’t psychoactive. In other words, it doesn’t give you the “high” (or the midnight munchies) typically associated with cannabis use. If THC is the life of the party, then CBD is the quiet hero who ensures that THC makes it home safely at the end of the night.
CBD’s Potential Benefits
If you’re not already on the CBD bandwagon you may wonder “what’s so great about it?”. CBD has long been revered for its potential ability to ease pain and stress. Research has also indicated that CBD oil helped reduce seizure activity in children, leading the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to approve one CBD product, Epidiolex, for the treatment of several seizure disorders. It’s also been shown to help with the following:
- Pain management
- Managing Stress
- Relief from hangover symptoms
- Sleep issues
How You Can Use CBD
Now that you know some of CBD’s potential benefits, we’ll explore some different ways you can use CBD in your everyday life.
1. Manage Stress & Anxiety
CBD is perhaps best known for its calming abilities. As Chicago Health Online puts it, “CBD targets receptors in the endocannabinoid system throughout the nervous system.” This allows you to find relief from anxious thoughts, giving way to a calm mood. Several studies have been conducted to explore the calming effects of CBD.
In the Brazilian Journal of Psychiatry, a 2017 study tested the anxiety levels of 57 men in a simulated public speaking test. Before their speeches, some of the participants received a placebo while others received either 150, 300, or 600 milligrams CBD. Measures including systolic and diastolic blood pressure, as well as heart rate were taken throughout the study. Out of all the groups, the one that took 300 milligrams of CBD experienced significantly reduced anxiety during the test compared to those who received the placebo. Many people who suffer from stress and anxiety use CBD to help manage these symptoms that can interrupt their day to day life.
2. Ease Symptoms of a Hangover
Ah, the dreaded hangover. While research on CBD as a definitive hangover cure is still evolving, it could be your best friend when you're dealing with the symptoms associated with the aftermath of an eventful night out. It's thought to help alleviate muscle aches, combat anxiety, and even reduce nausea- all common hangover symptoms.
Whether you choose to incorporate CBD into your hangover kit or not, it’s important to implement proper hydration, sleep, and nutrition to help your body recover. So, instead of spending the day regretting that extra shot of tequila, consider reaching for some CBD to ease your discomfort.
3. Ease Aches & Pains: Post Workout Recovery
CBD isn't just for those rough days after a fun night out. It can also be a valuable tool in your fitness routine. After an intense workout, your muscles might ache, and you may experience some inflammation. CBD's anti-inflammatory properties could potentially help soothe those sore muscles and joints, making recovery a little easier.
While research in this field is still developing, a growing number of pro athletes, from UFC great Daniel Cormier to NASCAR racer Jimmy Johnson, share success stories about using CBD to aid in exercise recovery.
4. Promote Better Sleep
In the age of incessant electronic exposure, getting quality sleep can be a challenge for many. If you find yourself tossing and turning in the wee hours of the night, CBD may be able to help you catch those much-needed Z’s. Some users have reported improved sleep patterns after incorporating CBD in their nightly routine. But what does the science say?
According to one study, 80% of participants who used CBD to treat their anxiety reported lower anxiety levels within a month. And for over 65%, sleep scores improved within the first month. Many people find CBD helpful for those occasions when a restful night of sleep seems out of reach. As research regarding CBD and sleep continues, it appears to be a viable option to get some much needed rest.
Products CBD Is Available In
One can find CBD in the following forms:
- CBD oil
- CBD tinctures
- CBD capsules
- CBD topicals like lotions and balms
- CBD vapes
If you don’t mind some psychoactivity in your CBD products, you could also check out edibles like Delta 9/CBD edibles as well as PhD pharmacist formulated blends products for specific cannabinoid experiences.
Whether you’re seeking the perfect hangover remedy, aiming to enhance your fitness recovery, or just longing for a good night’s sleep, CBD offers a versatile solution. Have you tried CBD for any specific purposes, or are you considering it for future use? Share your thoughts, experiences, and questions with us, and let's keep the conversation going in the comments below. Your insights might just help someone else seeking answers in the world of CBD. Stay Mellow.
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