Feature Article: March 2021 – CBD: Revolutionizing The Health Industry

CBD: Revolutionizing The Health Industry

Crystal Willson

CBD has become one of the most-talked-about components in recent times. You probably know someone who uses CBD or may have seen an ad about CBD supplements. CBD (cannabidiol) – one of the most sought-after chemical compounds present in cannabis plants, has made its way into the health and wellness industry and garnered immense popularity as well. The reason behind the rapidly growing popularity of CBD is its efficiency in treating and alleviating multiple medical conditions such as epilepsy, anxiety, insomnia, depression, acne, etc. 

Evolution of CBD in the health industry

Treating epilepsy or seizure disorder using CBD marked its entry into the health industry. Later, when research and studies discovered its efficiency in treating other health conditions, many manufacturers started infusing CBD in various lifestyle and wellness products. Now you can find CBD in almost all products that we use in our daily lives. From CBD infused coffee to lip balms etc. There are some reputed brands like Sunday Scaries which deals with different CBD products and is a great example of how CBD is being used in different products. With significant demand and a wide range of products, the CBD industry is flourishing. A recent study conducted by BDS Analytics suggests that the U.S. CBD industry may rise to $20 billion by the end of 2025. Let’s now look at how CBD is revolutionizing the health and wellness industry.

1. Reducing chronic pain

Chronic pain and discomfort are usual and may affect our lives immensely. However, CBD is efficient in reducing chronic pain by altering the perception of pain. Whether you have hit the gym too hard this week or experiencing joint pain from arthritis, using CBD oil and other topicals can be the perfect solution for alleviating pain and promoting muscle recovery. 

CBD (cannabidiol) acts as an external cannabinoid and regulates the ECS (endocannabinoid system). In the case of chronic pain, CBD reduces the activity of the receptors that receive pain signals. These receptors are also responsible for cell response to various stimuli. CBD acts as an effective pain killer by suppressing the activity of pain receptors. Most people prefer painkillers and other synthetic medication such as opioids, ibuprofen, aspirin, etc., for chronic pain. However, such synthetic painkillers may cause some severe side effects in the long run. Ulcers, nausea, and organ damage are the common side effects of using painkillers for a longer duration.

2. Anxiety and depression

Psychological health conditions are becoming prevalent recently. Anxiety haunts more than 18.1% of the total U.S population every year. Alleviating stress and depression is one of the factors responsible for the growth of the CBD industry. Thanks to the anti-anxiety properties of CBD, now treating all forms of anxiety such as generalized anxiety (GAD), social anxiety disorder (SAD), and PTSD (Posttraumatic stress disorder) has become simple. 

Serotonin is a major neurotransmitter that plays a significant role in mental health. Usually, people experiencing depression have low serotonin levels. CBD interacts with the ECS and boosts the levels of serotonin in the body. Adequate serotonin levels improve the mood of the user offering a pleasant feeling. Moreover, stress can also trigger anxiety and depression in many individuals, and CBD is efficient in alleviating stress by reducing cortisol (stress hormone) levels.

3. Treating skin problems like acne

Cannabidiol (CBD) holds a prominent place in the wellness and skincare industry as well. It helps alleviate various skin conditions such as acne, dry skin, wrinkles, early aging, etc. Acne is one of the primary concerns for many people, and if you are one of them, it’s time to introduce CBD into your skincare routine and keep acne at bay. 

Our skin cells contain oil glands that produce natural oils required to maintain moisture. However, the excess production of one such oil known as sebum is responsible for acne. That excess oil accompanied by sweat and dirt, residues in the skin pores leading to bacteria buildup. The red inflammations on the face are an indication of the bacteria buildup. CBD interacts with the ECS and regulates the production of sebum in the sebaceous glands. Moreover, its potent analgesic properties prevent bacteria buildup. The anti-inflammatory properties refrain the inflammatory messenger activity and alleviate any inflammations as well.

4. Reducing the side effects of chemotherapy

Here’s another crucial area where CBD might be useful. Chemotherapy may help cancer patients battle the illness, but it also causes some severe side effects, including gut inflammation, nausea, diarrhea, etc. The National Cancer Institute has stated that CBD helps reduce nausea and other side effects in many cancer patients.

5. Alleviating Insomnia

Insomnia is a condition that bothers many individuals of all ages. According to a survey, around ten to thirty percent of adults experience chronic insomnia. Would you believe that infusing a few drops of CBD oil may help you sleep well? CBD helps in treating insomnia. It does that by reducing and alleviating the underlying factors of insomnia such as chronic pain, stress, anxiety, depression, etc. In some people, synthetic medication is also one of the causes of insomnia. Using CBD as an alternative for most synthetic medicines may help treat chronic insomnia in such situations. 

Final Thoughts

The several therapeutic benefits of CBD has helped many users treat various physical and psychological conditions. Further research about CBD may reveal more such therapeutic benefits. If you are considering trying CBD to treat any health conditions, pick high-quality products from reputed sellers only. Using tested and certified CBD products will reduce the risk of encountering any side effects.

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Crystal Willson, Content Strategist-CBD Health, is a full-time content marketing specialist. She has been closely monitoring the cannabis industry trends for quite some time. She has worked in various domains before the cannabis industry. On her off days, she likes to spend her time with her family, lift weights, and reading novels.