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13 famous people who use CBD or cannabis 

With cannabis and subsequently cannabidiol (CBD) use becoming more widespread in mainstream society, it’s no surprise that many celebrities are now using these products as well, for both therapeutic and recreational reasons. 

In this article, we are going to look at 13 celebrities who use CBD or cannabis and have become vocal advocates for both psychoactive and non-intoxicating products. You should always trust scientists over celebrities when it comes to understanding the benefits of CBD and cannabis. But their comments can give a good idea of – and put a human touch on – the benefits of this famous herb. 

Olivia Wilde 

The well-known American-Irish actress Olivia Wilde has become a strong supporter of CBD. She particularly likes CBD lotions and creams, which can be used on the skin to provide relief from aches and pains. This is really important for Wilde, who has a heavy schedule on Broadway, and needs to stay in tip-top condition. She has previously noted that Broadway plays tend to “wreck” her body, and cause tightness in the neck. CBD topicals are an excellent way of managing the pain, without having to use addictive opioid painkillers. 

The jury on CBD’s pain-killing potential is still out for now. There are many people who say that CBD hemp oil, e-liquid and creams work, but there is an absence of compelling clinical evidence. This is understandable, since CBD has not been extensively studied. Researchers must now establish if CBD is a powerful painkiller, or whether users are just enjoying a large placebo effect. 

Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston has gone on the record saying that she takes CBD products, to help with “pain, stress and anxiety.” She has explained to the media how CBD offers the benefits of cannabis, but doesn’t give the ‘high’ that typically comes with the plant. 

Indeed, CBD is the perfect form of cannabis for those struggling with anxiety. The ‘high’ that comes from THC can actually make anxiety worse, as it briefly distorts the user’s perception of reality. CBD, in contrast, does not affect those who take it in such a way. Instead, CBD calms the brain down. This shows why it can also help with stress. Key to reducing stress levels is to stop excessive activity in the brain and to stay in a tranquil state. Research indicates that CBD makes a vital chemical change in the body to alleviate stress, limiting levels of cortisol, a stress hormone. 

Alessandra Ambrosio

Brazilian Victoria’s Secret model and actress Alessandra Ambrosio is yet another famous name who indulges in CBD’s benefits, for sleep and anxiety. She has commented that to perform at her best at a fashion show, it’s essential to get a good night’s sleep. CBD appears to have value for sleep, having a regulating effect on the sleep-wake cycle via the endocannabinoid system. Moreover, relaxing the body and reducing anxiety is also conducive to better sleep, and less fatigue during the day. A healthy sleep pattern is also good for long-term brain health. 

Furthermore, Ambrosio has also spoke highly of another new medical marijuana-type product: CBD water, which she says delivers a natural boost. CBD water is certainly innovative, making the cannabinoids more potent than usual thanks to novel nanotechnology. This tech breaks down the CBD molecules so that the body can absorb them into the bloodstream more efficiently. Hence, a 5mg dose of CBD that has been subjected to nanotechnology brings about a stronger effect than a 5mg dose which hasn’t. 

Nate Diaz 

Mixed Martial Arts fighter Nate Diaz caused a real stir a few years ago when he was spotted vaping CBD in a post-fight press conference. Asked about what he was taking (many had assumed it was cannabis with THC!), Diaz went into detail about the properties of CBD and how it enhances quality of life. He focussed particularly on CBD helps with recovery after a taxing fight in the octagon. 

Nate Diaz’s CBD use may have been controversial, but he has perhaps helped to normalize the substance, and eliminate the stigma surrounding it. Athletes who use CBD may want to thank Diaz for the positive publicity, as it all has helped with getting the World Anti-Doping Agency to take CBD off their banned list. This move was finally taken at the beginning of 2018. 

Michael J Fox 

Michael J. Fox is a Canadian-American actor perhaps best remembered for his starring role in the popular trilogy Back To The Future. But more recently, Fox has made headlines for his CBD advocacy, especially in regard to its potential therapeutic effects for Parkinson’s disease. Fox was diagnosed with the neurodegenerative condition at 29, and has spoken openly about it in an attempt to increase awareness and promote increased research. 

Evidence on CBD for Parkinson’s indicates that the compound boosts dopamine safely, without adverse effects. This seems to improve mobility, reduce seizures and shaking, and ease pain. Many clinical studies still need to be carried out, but CBD certainly holds promise for Parkinson’s. Fox started the Michael J Fox foundation several years ago, which has pumped more than $600 million into clinical research for Parkinson’s. Fox also uses CBD himself to manage symptoms, allowing him to keep up to speed with his busy life. 

Kim Kardashian 

Kim Kardashian is one of the most famous people in the world, with a Twitter following in excess of 60 million. Anything that the American personality and socialite does gets notice, which recently has been fantastic news for CBD. Kardashian brought the compound even more into the limelight by hosting a CBD-themed baby shower for her fourth child. 

Products featured included CBD body oils and bath salts, and the baby shower also focussed on sound healing and meditation. While some thought that it was all a little over the top, nobody can deny that CBD promotes wellness. Hemp oils and bath oils are wonderful for the skin, with the antioxidants having a unique anti-aging effect. Infused salts make for extra muscle relaxation and pain relief while bathing. We look forward to Kim talking more about CBD to her social media followers. 

Mike Tyson

Former heavyweight champion boxer made the news in 2019 after referring to CBD as a “miracle” oil. He made the comments on Joey Diaz’s podcast. Tyson went on to talk about the various types of CBD-infused product available, such as gummies and tincture oils. 

Tyson has made a few waves by being a cannabis advocate. He is now operating a marijuana farm, called ‘Tyson Ranch’, which creates products for a dozen dispensaries across America. Tyson features products made from hemp, as well as psychoactive weed. There is some talk about using CBD for athletic performance. We are keen to see if Tyson makes products with this in mind in the future. 

Morgan Freeman

Actor Morgan Freeman has pushed strongly for medical cannabis reform in the past. He is now showing his support of CBD, too. This has come after being involved in a car accident in 2008. Before which, it seems Freeman only used to stump for cannabis from a freedom perspective. 

But the 82-year-old has gone on the record about how he uses CBD to relieve chronic pain. Freeman’s story is a familiar one for many seniors. While cannabis use has been frowned upon for decades, and elderly patients have tended to avoid it, many have now reached the age where they simply want a treatment that works. 

Tom Hanks 

Tom Hanks has become a very powerful voice for CBD over the past few months. The Forrest Gump actor was diagnosed with Type II diabetes several years ago. he went public about it back in 2013 during an interview on David Letterman’s chat show. Hanks has also told CNN about how CBD has helped him to manage anxiety, and various “aches and pains.”

The American is now working with a Cornell University student, who is looking into the possibilities of CBD for diabetes. There is little definitive yet about the effects of CBD for the condition. However, hopefully, with Hanks’ financial muscle, we’ll get some high-quality, comprehensive studies soon. 

Tommy Chong

Tommy Chong has always been immersed in counter-culture movements and has talked about the value of cannabis to anybody who will listen for decades! And he has also given the thumbs up to CBD products, too, even developing his own range. Chong has even gone so far as to say that CBD will “change the world”. Big talk, but there are plenty who would agree given the recent scientific breakthrough, and people’s own use of the cannabinoid.

Snoop Dogg

He is one of America’s most famous rappers. And the one thing that just about everybody associates with Snoop Dogg, after his music, is marijuana. Snoop is often seen puffing on a joint, or looking pretty stoned if he isn’t! He now uses his mammoth social media followings to talk about weed, spreading the word. 

The ‘Young, Wild and Free’ singer has developed his own cannabis products, and accessories. He caused a stir in the summer of 2019 after publishing a viral meme about how cannabis was safer than alcohol. Footballer and notoriously heavy drinker Paul Gascoigne, who was featured in the meme, went so far as to call out Snoop Dogg for a boxing match.  

Rihanna

Despite her huge media profile, the singer Rihanna wasn’t even afraid to show her support for cannabis, even before it was cool. Several times the Barbadian has been pictured smoking a joint. Some have been critical about her marijuana use, since she has a young daughter, but that hasn’t stopped her. 

However, it’s not always been pretty. A hotel kicked RiRi out after she was caught smoking marijuana back in 2010. In 2012, she was even bold enough to roll up a joint on a bodyguard’s head. A couple of years later, there was talk that Rihanna was trying to cut back on her weed consumption somewhat, to healthier and more sustainable levels. 

Seth Rogen 

The actor Seth Rogen has become more associated with cannabis and CBD has his fame and grown, trying to make good on his increased public profile. Rogen has even gone to Congress in an effort to get the laws on CBD changed for the better. 

Rogen is not shy to be seen smoking a joint. But one of his main interests is for the legalization of CBD has medication for Alzheimer’s disease. As with many areas of CBD science, there is a lack of firm clinical research. However, there is some encouraging data from small trials.  

Conclusion

CBD has relaxing benefits and the idea of taking it is less controversial than ever. Here’s a quick summary of who it can help: 

  • Those who want to avoid using too many painkillers 
  • People with high anxiety and stress levels 
  • Those not getting enough sleep 
  • Anyone who wants to enhance skin quality 
  • People looking to maintain and boost brain health

 

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Reviewing the last 12 months of CBD research 

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a substance that many experts are desperate to start learning more about. Derived from hemp and cannabis, CBD is a cannabinoid that appears to produce an array of therapeutic health effects. CBD reacts with the endocannabinoid system (ECS), making the compound unique. Scientists discovered the ECS in the 1990s.

CBD research has been slow to get going. But the recent legalization of the hemp plant has spawned a booming market for non-intoxicating, innovative CBD products. The likes of CBD vape juice and CBD oil are sold as food supplements for general wellness. Some brands are taking CBD very seriously, however, with Green Roads making all of their products with a pharmaceutical-grade formula. As of 2019, one of the only FDA-approved uses for CBD and cannabinoids is epilepsy. A drug incorporating THC and CBD is also prescribed in several countries for multiple sclerosis. 

In this post, we’ll look at a few of the most important CBD studies of the past 12 months. Our focus will be on the following, and more:

  • How CBD oil may ease depression
  • The possible benefits of CBD for sleep and anxiety disorders
  • CBD’s value as an antibiotic
  • Whether CBD helps to relieve chronic pain
  • CBD’s potential to treat addiction

The potential of CBD for depression

Researchers are being forced to look at depression differently, due to the long-term problems of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Doctors first prescribed SSRIs in the 1980s. Patients have reported reduced benefits over time. This indicates a placebo effect has enhanced the supposed effectiveness of these antidepressants. Furthermore, some patients end up stuck on treatment plans for years, and have to deal with mental dependence and side effects. But if boosting serotonin is not the answer to depression, what is?

Researchers suggest that CBD’s anti-inflammatory effect could be key. Good brain health is not only down to chemical factors, but physical health too. The effects of CBD on neuroinflammation were analyzed by experts from Europe and South America. A study published last year in Molecular Neurobiology, a peer-reviewed journal showed the results. The scientists found that CBD significantly reduced depressive symptoms in a rodent model. 

Hippocampus study

Moreover, CBD seriously outperformed SSRIs in terms of a fast response. Just one dose boosted brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) signalling, which is essential for neurogenesis, and synaptogenesis in the prefrontal cortex. This part of the brain is implicated in complex cognitive functions, such as personality expression and regulating social behavior. The effects of CBD lasted in the mice for almost one week. The scientists determined the benefits were wearing off when BDNF declined. 

Another 2018 study revealed that CBD enhances BDNF levels in the dorsal hippocampus. The effects took hold at a similarly rapid speed. However, the researchers noted that CBD could also be alleviating depression via other brain regions.

These are exciting findings, and are at least a clear sign that depression is not just relieved by addressing chemical imbalance. Scientists now have lots of novel treatment avenues to explore. Additional research will confirm if these effects also occur in humans. And to find out what the appropriate daily dose of CBD is. Mice and rats have similar brains to humans. Preliminary experiments for new drugs are, therefore, tested on them first.

Studies on more brain regions will  paint a bigger picture on CBD’s antidepressant potential. Also, some scientists believe that good gut health may be crucial for treating or preventing depression. 

2019 study on CBD for anxiety and sleep disorders

CBD may help with both anxiety and sleep conditions. A large-scale retrospective case series featured in The Permanente Journal put that to the test in 2019. The research was carried out at the Wholeness Center in Colorado, United States, which is focussed on mental health.

The vast majority of patients enjoyed reduced anxiety and improved sleep quality, thanks to CBD treatment. CBD’s effectiveness for sleep slightly declined after the second month, with 56% finding benefit compared to 67% on the first. In contrast, 79% and 78% of participants experienced less anxiety after the first and second months respectively. 

The findings suggest that CBD does have a medicinal effect for both anxiety and sleep. And the chemical compound has a sustained effect versus the former. Encouragingly, CBD was well-tolerated among the patients, with only two out of 72 quitting due to fatigue. Those who did report a sedative effect from CBD noted that the symptoms subsided after a few weeks. 

The study had some drawbacks, as it was naturalistic with no comparison group. Hence, there was risk of an unaccounted for placebo effect. The researchers noted this could have been greater than normal due to the medical marijuana plant’s notoriety among society. Also, younger patients made up the bulk of the investigation. But other, more rigorous data points toward CBD helping with anxiety. Clinical trials on CBD’s value for anxiety and sleep are now vital. 

CBD as an antibiotic 

The rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is one of the biggest and under-discussed threats to global public health today. Our increasingly interconnected world, abuse of antibiotics and unpurified drinking water are all contributing to the emergence of dangerous, deadly bacteria. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention figures state that more than two million Americans are infected annually by antibiotic-resistant bacteria. This causes in excess of 20,000 deaths per year. 

The world is in dire need of new antibiotics that can fight the likes of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). A small 2008 study highlighted the antibiotic potential of cannabinoids from the cannabis sativa plant. The investigation looked at CBD, as well as cannabinol (CBN), cannabichromene (CBC), cannabigerol (CBG) and psychoactive delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The researchers concluded that cannabinoids have impressive antibacterial properties. But they could not decipher the mechanism in which they worked to produce this effect. 

In 2019, an Australian study advanced on the 2008 research, focussing specifically on CBD. They found that CBD could act against staph and strep gram-positive bacteria strains in lab conditions. CBD successfully treated mice with skin infections. However, CBD was not as effective against gram-negative bacteria, which is more notorious for becoming antibiotic-resistant. That said, these findings are a big breakthrough, and should strengthen calls for more cannabinoid antibiotic research. Frustratingly, Mark Blaskovich, the study’s leader, couldn’t expand on why CBD exhibits an antibacterial effect.

Does CBD provide genuine pain relief?

This is the question many cannabis advocates and potential users are keen to know the answer to. Medical cannabis with THC is a potent painkiller as a CB1 receptor agonist. THC is more powerful than endocannabinoids, and significantly suppresses pain sensitivity. However, it’s less apparent whether CBD can produce the same effect, or a similarly helpful one. A questionnaire of CBD users in 2018 found chronic pain as the top reason for taking CBD. But this was merely an analysis of what people were using CBD for, rather than clinical evidence. Hence the potential for a strong placebo effect, as mentioned in other studies.

PAIN, a peer-reviewed journal, published a study in 2019 on how CBD reduces pain in a neuropathic pain model. The research centered around CBD’s effect on 5-HT (serotonin) neuronal activity. Rats treated with CBD for one week experienced less mechanical allodynia, reduced anxiety and normalized activity among serotonin neurotransmitters. CBD’s analgesic response also involved TRPV-1 (vanilloid) receptors. The results suggest that CBD may be effective at relieving nerve pain and more. The logical next step is to conduct a study on humans.

CBD for inflammation 

Inflammation has many causes, including poor diet, autoimmune diseases and exposure to pollutants. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, coeliac disease and hepatitis are all types of inflammatory condition. Over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) ease mild inflammation. For severe illnesses, stronger, prescription NSAIDs are used. Others prefer natural remedies, such as turmeric, and indeed CBD. 

Arthritis is very painful, due to the breakdown of cartilage surrounding the joints. CBD relieves arthritis by working with the ECS. The cannabinoid indirectly regulates the CB2 receptor. Most endocannabinoids are CB2 receptor agonists that moderate inflammatory and anti-inflammatory signals in the immune system. This promotes a more balanced response, reducing the volatility that the immune system is known for. This makes CBD an indirect painkiller. Some CBD products mix the cannabinoid with turmeric for enhanced natural effects. And this anti-inflammatory effect may also be crucial to easing brain inflammation.

Exploring CBD’s anti-addictive properties

The world has a growing problem with addiction, whether it’s to drugs, gaming or even social media. The reward pathways of addiction that the brain formulates over time can be incredibly hard to break. Exciting psychedelic research shows huge promise for the future. But what about treatments that we know are safe, and are available now? Enter CBD. 

Small studies over the years have documented CBD’s anti-addictive potential for alcohol and smoking. Not only does breaking these habits improve physical health, but it enhances the quality of life and reduce mental stress. Nobody wants to live with a drug addiction. Nowadays, this even applies to those taking prescription medication. Opioids are highly addictive, but have been a must-have for chronic pain patients. However, these and similar drugs are risky. Nearly 200,000 Americans have died from prescription drug overdoses since 1999. 

The American Journal of Psychiatry published a study in 2019 showing CBD’s potential for those with heroin abuse disorder. The high-quality investigation was double-blind, randomized and placebo-controlled to improve the results. Researchers analyzed the short and long-term effects of CBD in participants. They found that CBD decreased cravings and anxiety for heroin than the placebo did. Importantly, there were “no serious adverse effects” from CBD administration on cognition.

The study’s lead investigator said the results showed “significant promise” for CBD. The researchers had previously looked at CBD’s anti-addictive potential for heroin in animal studies.

Final thoughts 

The restrictions around CBD research are beginning to fall away. Long kept as a Schedule I substance, CBD is now permitted in hemp strains with less than 0.3% THC. While full legalization according to federal law will help more, we are beginning to get an idea of CBD’s value. For example, the 2018 questionnaire on CBD usage showed how Americans are benefitting from products. This may not be a substitute to clinical trials, but it highlights the fields which need most attention from researchers.

CBD has a wealth of therapeutic promise, and researchers have barely scratched the surface. In future experiments, it will be vital to analyze the benefits of CBD alone versus full-plant cannabis extracts. Research in this field shows that cannabinoids have a synergistic effect when consumed in whole-plant form. This is the ‘entourage effect’. With more than 100 cannabinoids to study, it could take decades to uncover the best cannabinoid treatments for various illnesses.

Have you found an interesting use for CBD from taking it yourself? Share it with us in the comments below. We would love to hear your insight!

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CBD vs THC: the full guide  

Cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are two remarkable and rare compounds that define the cannabis and industrial hemp plants as we know them. You have probably heard of hemp-based CBD products, which are now being sold online and in health stores in all 50 US states. And if you have previously used recreational cannabis, you have likely noticed how the THC and CBD content is stated when you purchase a product.

This post intends to cover the following areas:

  • What THC and CBD are, and how they affect the body
  • The therapeutic value of CBD and THC for pain
  • Whether you should use CBD or THC for anxiety
  • The impact of CBD and THC on the brain
  • The negative side effects of THC

In addition to providing scientific insight and boosting your understanding of the compounds, we’ll study how to use CBD and THC products safely and effectively. Ready to learn? Let’s get started.

What exactly are CBD and THC?

While you may have heard of CBD and THC, do you know specifically what they are and why and how they affect the body? Cannabis science is undeniably complex, but we have broken it down so that you can easily understand the broad influence of these two compounds.

CBD and THC are cannabinoids – a type of compound that interacts with receptors in the endocannabinoid system (ECS). CBD and THC are just two – but easily the most abundant – cannabinoids of more than 100 that have so far been discovered. Cannabinoids are found sparingly in the plant kingdom, and are contained almost exclusively within the cannabis species.

CBD vs THC effects

THC is a psychoactive cannabinoid, but CBD is not. This stark contrast between the cannabinoids comes down to how they interact with CB1 receptors – these ECS receptors are located in the central nervous system. THC latches onto CB1 receptors as an agonist. This has an effect on several variables, such as pain perception and appetite, but most notably mood. CBD, meanwhile, is a CB1 receptor antagonist, so blocks rather than stimulates activity at the cannabinoid receptor. However, CBD does regulate CB1 receptors. This explains the therapeutic effects we will later explore in more detail.

Other cannabinoids to be aware of include cannabigerol (CBG), cannabichromene (CBC), cannabinol (CBN), cannabidivarin (CBDV) and tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV). Some, or all of these are present in small concentrations in cannabis and hemp strains. The subtle influences of these compounds can change a strain’s overall effects.

CBD oil vs THC oil

CBD oil – whether it’s full-spectrum or isolate – is very easy to find. Hemp products with less than 0.3 percent THC content are no longer restricted by federal law. They can be sold by companies providing they are styled as “dietary supplements” and not medicines.

This has been great for CBD’s advance into the mainstream. People can do their own research on the potential of various products, and then try them out. And with CBD not causing a high of any description, users are generally comfortable about trialling products, dosing at different times of day. High-CBD oil’s benefits have been discussed often by the media, with the difference between them and regular cannabis being made crystal clear.

In contrast, THC oil is nowhere near as accessible. This is because THC is still a Schedule 1 substance under the Controlled Substances Act. The United States federal government has not yet changed its stance on recreational or medical marijuana. The relaxation on laws surrounding therapeutic and recreational THC-rich products has all come at state level.

This has been great for spreading the word about the cannabis plan. We are beginning to see how a legal market can work. But it does restrict the types of cannabis product that Americans are able to access.

CBD vs THC for pain

Cannabis has re-emerged as a popular remedy for chronic pain management. There is a history of cannabis use for this purpose which dates back thousands of years. But with our modern understanding of cannabis and its cannabinoids, what form of the plant is most effective for pain?

For many years, it was believed that the psychoactive THC was necessary in any cannabis mix that was used for pain relief. And the ECS logic was fairly sound. As a CB1 receptor agonist, THC reduces the body’s sensitivity to pain. THC is, therefore, very therapeutic for migraines, a nerve pain condition called multiple sclerosis (MS) and other illnesses with pain symptoms.

However, more recent studies have revealed that CBD is also beneficial for pain. This is thanks to its indirect regulating of the CB1 receptor, and actions on other receptors. It is great to know that it’s possible to treat pain in this way. The intoxicating effects of THC have certainly stopped cannabis from becoming legal earlier and being widely used.

Both CBD and THC are much safer to take for pain relief than opioid painkillers, however. These drugs have acquired a horrible reputation for causing addiction and overdoses. If you are going to use a CBD or cannabis product to ease pain, a strain or vape juice with indica terpenes may be preferable to a sativa. Indica-dominant products have more of a relaxing effect on the body.

CBD vs THC for anxiety

CBD has shown really promising effects on anxiety disorders. A few scientific studies have now been conducted on CBD’s value for the condition. The relief is quickly administered, with CBD appearing to address imbalances between inhibitory and excitatory neurotransmitters. The serotonin system may also be implicated in CBD’s anxiolytic properties.

The value of THC for reducing anxiety is less clear. The cannabinoid may even have negative side effects – anxiety and paranoia are quite common among recreational cannabis users. This is understandable. CBD increases activity in the brain, rather than decreasing it as CBD does. This causes the brain to think more than it would in normal circumstances.

However, the setting in which the user is taking cannabis may also influence if it causes anxiety. A negative environment is likely to lead to unhelpful thoughts. In contrast, a positive environment is conducive to a better experience. Psychoactive substances are poorly understood, and the overall effect they have on mental functioning is unclear.

But CBD products look to be better for anxiety patients than THC products. No psychoactive effects are better than some when tackling this mental condition. For best results, use a product that acts fast, such as a tincture oil or e-liquid.

CBD vs THC for sleep

Better sleep quality is achieved by ensuring both the mind and body is relaxed and soothed. The cannabis plant is used in its entirety to combat insomnia. But most users prefer indica-rich strains to amplify the calming properties. This suggests that a high-CBD product may be more effective than a high-THC option. A highly psychoactive cannabis product could make the brain too active for sleep. Hence why energizing sativas are preferred in the daytime, rather than the evening.

CBD is a sleep regulator. The circadian rhythm is vital for our sleep pattern, as it releases and suppresses hormones at specific times of day. For instance, the uptick in melatonin at night naturally relaxes the body for sleep. By getting the circadian rhythm in check, CBD simply helps the body to do its job. A regulated circadian rhythm is also key to deep sleep. Mental and physical healing occurs in this phase of sleep. Most people opt for an enduring CBD product for sleep, like edibles. The longer effects are necessary for relieving pain symptoms which may disrupt sleep, and for keeping sleep apnea at bay throughout the night.

CBD vs THC for the brain

CBD and THC influence the brain quite differently. The former is neuroprotective, and while the latter can be helpful, it is also neurotoxic in large quantities. This suggests that using high-THC products often could cause cognitive problems in the short and long-term. The risks of regular THC usage are further exacerbated by a lack of CBD.

Some take CBD to boost memory and general cognition. The nootropic market is flourishing, to help in day-to-day life and as study aids. CBD appeals because we know it’s safe, unlike some of the synthetic products available. The cannabinoid impacts the hippocampus positively, spurring growth – this effect is called neurogenesis. CBD also repairs sections of the brain, such as the prefrontal cortex, which may help to manage depression.

However, some people swear by THC. Many believe psychoactive substances to have a helpful mental effect if used sensibly. THC is a light psychoactive drug in the grander scheme of things. Altering consciousness may help the brain to form healthier patterns. This applies if you are doing something rather productive while under the influence, as opposed to laying on the couch watching movies. Everyone responds uniquely to psychoactive drugs. It’s impossible to say how any single person will be impacted.

Negative side effects of THC

THC comes with more risks than CBD, and everyone should be aware of these before using high-THC products. The anxiety and paranoia side effects do not occur in everybody. But those who have not experienced cannabis previously should start in a relaxed environment. This will allow the brain to adjust to the changes, without causing a freakout.

Researchers need to assess the dangers of regular THC-rich product use. But some cannabis users do suffer from motivational and memory drop-offs. CBD studies have found that these declines can be reversed. This strengthens the argument that people should take natural cannabis products, and not super-strength THC products. Be wary about THC-isolate products for that reason.

There is also a slim chance of THC triggering psychotic episodes. People predisposed to psychosis and schizophrenia are the only ones at risk. But those with a history of mental illness should be cautious about smoking weed or taking edibles.

Final thoughts

It’s perhaps impossible whether CBD or THC is better. Their health benefits are quite different and people have different reasons for using each. The former is preferable among those who just want the therapeutic benefits of cannabis, and are not willing to expose themselves to the psychoactive effects. THC is more suitable for recreational users, who want a pleasant ‘high’ from their cannabis use.

However, a CBD and THC treatment may be better for some medical conditions. The ‘entourage effect’ provides a synergy that boosts the therapeutic value of cannabinoids. Furthermore, recreational marijuana usage may be healthier and more sustainable with strains that have balanced concentrations of the two. Personal preference and requirements are ultimately the biggest factor.

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The complete guide on how to use CBD for fitness

The beauty of cannabidiol (CBD) products being available for everybody, with no specific advice on how they should be taken and what they are intended for, is that people are learning about their benefits for themselves. And that means that we are finding out uses for CBD that perhaps would never have been uncovered in a lab. For instance, taking CBD for fitness is a growing trend, as consumers find ways of incorporating it into their daily lives.

In this post, we will explain how hemp-derived CBD products have potential for muscle recovery, for exercise, and even working out and lifting weights. We’re certain that you’ll pick up a new technique to get more from your CBD, and improve your life in the process.

How CBD is unique in comparison to cannabis

For those who are not familiar with CBD,it may come as a shock that this product can be used to boost fitness. After all, for most people, the first thing that springs to mind when thinking of a cannabis-based product, is somebody being stoned on the couch and snacking on unhealthy foods. But CBD is not your regular cannabis. It won’t get you high, even if you consumed a whole bottle of oil in one go.

This is because CBD is non-psychoactive, and products don’t have the intoxicating THC. CBD, therefore, helps the body in a completely different way. CBD products don’t negatively affect cognition or motor control, so there is no need for the federal government to restrict them. Rather, the benefits of CBD are all therapeutic. Now we’ve covered the basics, let’s get stuck in to how CBD can be used for working out and more.

How to use CBD for working out

CBD helps with making exercise more tolerable, and can even give you the mental push to get exercising in the first place. This comes down to the overall changes that it has on the body.

Alleviate pain

If chronic pain or inflammation is putting you off exercising, then you may find that CBD hemp oil products can help. Unlike the opioid drugs that are commonly used to relieve pain, CBD is safer, as the body doesn’t build up a tolerance to these treatments. They don’t cause nasty side effects either, or leave you feeling overly tired. Large doses of CBD can make the user drowsy. But most are content with a medium dose that takes the edge off, while keeping them mobile.

The natural method in which CBD relieves pain can be helpful to pro athletes. It also benefits  the average person who just wants to get a run or jog in, or an hour at the gym pain-free. CBD works on the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and the central nervous system to affect how we feel pain. By regulating the CB1 receptor, the body no longer produces an unbalanced response to pain, and reduces discomfort.

The full analgesic potential of CBD remains somewhat unknown. That said, researchers are confident that the painkilling qualities of non-psychoactive products such as CBD capsules extend beyond the ECS. Researchers have located the TRPV-1 (vanilloid) receptor in the skin, of which CBD and the endocannabinoid anandamide are agonists.

Neuropathic and localized pain

Various CBD products can deliver effective pain relief. For neuropathic conditions, pain relief is typically best when it’s delivered quickly and potently. Therefore, vaping extra strength CBD e-liquids or wax may be the preferred course of action. For chronic and inflammatory pain, the longer relief that you get from orally-taken products, such as edibles, may work best.

For pain that is primarily in a localized area, it may be more therapeutic to tackle the problem directly. Using infused creams or other topical products allows the CBD to interact with receptors in the most painful area. This can be more efficient than using products that influence the entire body. But for any CBD user managing pain, it can help to try out different products and doses. Learning the benefits for yourself and finding out how your body is impacted by CBD is better than getting an information overload.

Increase motivation

In an ideal world, you’ll always feel ready to get out there and exercise – whether you like to run, cycle, swim or play sports. But we all have bad days, perhaps due to weather, or simply by not feeling up to it. On those days, we may not give it 100%, or worse still, not even exercise at all.

Staying motivated, even when the going gets tough, is the only way of making long-term improvements to your fitness. CBD can help by changing the chemical makeup in your brain, and also by making physical adjustments which may have a long-term payoff. In the short run, CBD sparks an anandamide increase. This endocannabinoid makes us feel good, and also dampens pain sensitivity. A dose of CBD oil helps to get you in a better frame of mind, and get you ready to put your body through its paces.

In the long run, CBD has proven benefits for the hippocampus, which among several variables, regulates motivation. Maintaining motivation is key, as the damage that excessive intake of high-THC cannabis can cause is well-documented. Protecting this area of the brain doesn’t just have benefits for motivation, but for short and long-term memory, too.

While this is one of the more nuanced qualities of CBD in regard to fitness, it’s yet another plus that you can get from this safe product.

Taking CBD for sore muscles

Exercise is notorious for making the muscles sore and weary. After a hard training session, it’s important to relax and recover properly. This helps to protect the muscles, in addition to easing aches and pains. CBD creams, salves, lotions, rolls and gels can all be beneficial to the cause.

We recommend full-spectrum products. These give you the perks of all the cannabinoids – not just CBD. Many brands like to bring in other natural ingredients, too, such as menthol. This gives the CBD oil for muscle recovery a nice freeze quality. That cooling sensation works to alleviate the mental discomfort caused by aches. It may also help with getting to sleep, if pain is keeping you awake at night.

If you plan on using CBD creams for sore muscles and pain relief, you may find a low concentrated product. With these, you’ll get a higher quantity of cream, which works out more cost-effective. This means that you can liberally apply the cream to all regions of the body where you feel sore. Although, primarily, you’ll probably want the muscle soreness benefits for the arms and legs, which tend to take the most toll from exercising. CBD topicals are an essential for women’s and men’s health.

Using CBD to boost muscle growth

Bodybuilding is hard work, and it’s crucial that you make sure your body is working with you, and not against you. Part of this comes down to planning a good routine when lifting weights, but restricting cortisol levels is also key. Research on cortisol, a catabolic stress hormone, has confirmed that it eats away at muscle mass. This explains why lifting weights for hours on end doesn’t yield success. Eventually, cortisol levels spike, and your efforts end up being fruitless.

The hormone that is vital to muscle growth is testosterone. Often linked to reproduction, high testosterone levels help with building muscle. The balance between testosterone and cortisol, therefore, is really important when it comes to maxing out muscle growth.

To keep cortisol low and get the most benefit from CBD products, it’s recommended that you dose before your session. CBD stops the body from producing too much cortisol, blocking secretion of the hormone. Consuming vape juice, taking CBD oil or eating an edible prior to training is the best way of keeping the lid on cortisol.

Taking CBD for recovery

There is nothing more difficult to deal with for an athlete or regular trainer than an injury setback. This can often mean weeks in recovery – any attempt at exercise during this time will probably make things even worse. Helpfully, CBD can reduce recovery time, so you can get back to enjoying physical activity more quickly than you thought.

One way that CBD is beneficial is by speeding up the bone-healing process. After suffering from a break or fracture, bones need weeks or months to heal. However, the bones are constantly in a state of change, and by positively affecting the bone-formation process, recovery needn’t be a painstaking process. CBD boosts bone growth. The endocannabinoid system (ECS) regulates this process. The most therapeutic product will likely be one that is taken internally, such as an oil. CBD products have become popular with the elderly, partially for this reason.

Recovering from concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)

Concussions and TBIs are a delicate matter, and it’s essential that you rest up and recuperate to prevent further damage. Believe it or not, the cannabinoids from hemp and cannabis can help to heal the brain. A study has shown that recovery times for TBIs are shorter in patients who have consumed cannabis. Research has also found that taking CBD immediately after an injury can reduce the overall damage caused.

This explains why National Football League (NFL) players are so keen for cannabis and CBD products to be permitted as treatment. CBD and cannabis also provides relief from general pain. These products offer a route out for patients who are addicted to opioid painkillers.

Final thoughts

Let’s recap what we have learned from this article. We now know that:

  • CBD has much different and safer effects than cannabis
  • The cannabinoid can help to relieve pain, allowing you to workout pain-free
  • CBD is effective at boosting motivation for exercise
  • CBD can alleviate aches, pains, and sore muscles
  • You can maximize bone growth by taking CBD
  • CBD helps to speed up recovery from bone breakages and fractures

It’s fascinating to see how people all over the world are using CBD products to enhance their daily lives. We are always learning about the potential of the compounds and products that are made with it. CBD is changing how people approach cannabis. The stigma that has maintained around the herb for decades is finally being dissolved.

The emergence of CBD for fitness maybe an unlikely one, but companies are starting to pick up on the benefits. Therefore, as the hemp-derived CBD industry grows more and more, we can anticipate more targeted products for fitness to be released in the coming years.

Have you been using CBD for fitness, or for any other purpose? We would love to hear from you! Interaction is always welcome, and we invite you to leave a comment. Your information may be helpful to others!