People are consuming CBD products in ever greater numbers. The most common reasons are typically for pain relief, inflammation relief, and anxiety and stress relief. But what’s interesting is that, as we learn more about CBD, both the medical research community and everyday users are finding more and more ways to take advantage of this plant compound.
For both newcomers to CBD and seasoned users, not everyone is aware of all its potential benefits and applications. That’s why we put together a list of some of the more unknown uses of CBD. Here are a few of the ways people are consuming it in order to give their health and wellness a little boost.
Sexual performance anxiety refers to a condition in which nervousness and anxiousness get in the way of your ability to have or enjoy sexual experiences. One of the primary symptoms of anxiety and stress in general is the tightening of blood vessels. When it comes to sex, that means less blood flow to the penis and a more difficult time getting and keeping an erection. In women, on the other hand, sexual anxiety can lead to the tightening of the pelvic muscles, making the experience difficult.
This 2020 article suggests that CBD may have a promising role in the treatment of various anxiety disorders, including sexual anxiety. This is a very interesting and promising potential use of CBD that could help improve the lives and relationships of millions of people, and we are excited to see where further research leads.
DIY Acne Treatment
Acne is extremely common and affects tens of millions of people in the United States. If you suffer from skin blemishes or acne, CBD products may be able to help. A study conducted in 2014 found that CBD slows and hinders oil production in the skin and also provides anti-inflammatory effects on the oil producing glands in the skin.
Less oil production means the skin’s pores won’t become clogged so easily, which will help prevent the growth of acne causing bacteria.
Relief from High Heel Caused Pain
High heels are a staple for many women, but they aren’t always the most comfortable types of shoes to wear. That’s why many are turning to CBD products to help alleviate the pain and make those formal dress days a bit more bearable. You might be thinking that it’s a bit random to mention this, but it just goes to show you how wide the breath of CBD’s use is.
In fact, it has even been reported that actress Mandy Moore takes CBD oil in order to reduce her foot pain while wearing high heels during formal events.
To Help Quit Smoking
It has been widely reported by many former smokers that they could not have done it without CBD. Research has shown that nicotine interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system. Because of this, CBD is thought to help reduce cravings by essentially replacing the role the nicotine created for itself in the ECS. One study found that those treated with CBD oil smoked 40% less than those on placebo.
Avoid Hair Loss
Hair loss is a common effect of inflammatory conditions like psoriasis or dermatitis. One of the most important conditions for healthy hair is the ability to hold in moisture to avoid drying out. CBD is full of fatty acids that help your hair and scalp retain moisture and stay hydrated.
The other way CBD may help prevent hair loss is by interacting with CB1 receptors, key components of our bodies’ endocannabinoid system. These receptors are found on hair follicle cells, which may allow CBD stimulate them and decrease the loss of hair.
Ease the Pain of Sunburn
A sunburn is the result of UV damage to the skin. Once your body senses that something is wrong, it sends inflammatory cells to attempt to heal the skin and prevent further damage. Unfortunately, the result of this damage control is to make your skin become red, swollen, and painful. CBD products may help this condition by suppressing our immune response, thereby reducing the amount of inflammation, and the pain that goes along with it.
CBD topical products are the best way to experience its nourishing and soothing effects directly in your skin cells.
Make Travel Less Stressful
Airplane travel creates a lot of stress and anxiety for a lot of people. CBD products may help you manage and control that anxiety and stress by interacting with our body’s endocannabinoid system, a biochemical communication highway, and helping keep certain neuro-transmitters and bodily chemicals in the proper balance.
The only thing we recommend is that you start consuming the CBD well before your trip. It takes time to build up in your system in order for you to experience all its potential benefits. Tinctures and capsules are easy to take with you both in your carry on and checked baggage. As long as it is hemp-derived CBD with less than 0.3% THC, TSA typically is fine with you bringing it along.
Get More Restful Sleep
Similar to stress, insufficient sleep leads to higher levels of cortisol and decreased cognitive function. Animal studies have shown that CBD can help improve your sleep cycle and increase total sleep time. And because we are really not that different from other mammals, it is thought that CBD could lead to better and longer sleep in humans, thus leading to better rest and increased focus.
Fight Your Hangover
The last unusual or possibly unknown use of CBD products is to help alleviate hangovers. Although there haven’t been many studies looking at CBD and alcohol specifically, it has been shown to possibly help relieve all the symptoms that are associated with alcohol’s after effects, including headache, nausea, drowsiness, and anxiety. For that reason, many people have turned to CBD to help their hangovers.
Always Choose CBD that Has Been Tested by Third Party Labs
Before you try a CBD product for any of the uses listed above, it’s important to ensure it’s high quality and effective. The way it works is by a CBD company sending their products to an outside lab to run various tests, provide results, and give their stamp of approval. The reason it’s a third party lab is because it’s less likely that an outside laboratory will lie or misrepresent the test results (or at least perceived of as less likely by the consumer).
These tests confirm that CBD products have the amount of THC and CBD that their labels claim, as well as give the consumer peace of mind that the product is free from any contaminants.
If you want to purchase your CBD products from a local, reputable company, then check out our products at Urban Roots Hemp Co. All are tested by independent labs for quality and CBD levels, so you can be sure that you’re purchasing a reputable product.