The benefits of CBD Oil



People use CBD UK oil for all manner of reasons. In fact, it can be useful for so many problems that there can be a temptation to think that it is too good to be true! However, when one understands how CBD interacts with your body it can be quite obvious as to why there are so many benefits of CBD oil.

CBD is a compound from the cannabis plant that is known as a cannabinoid. CBD is short for cannabidiol which is the full name of this amazing cannabinoid compound. There are lots of other cannabinoids that have great benefits too such as CBG, CBDa and CBN. If you get a high-quality full spectrum CBD oil you will most definitely be getting more than just CBD in your bottle.

These cannabinoid compounds are known as exogenous which means they come from outside your body. What has recently been discovered is that your body produces your own endogenous (from within) cannabinoids and the one we know most about is called anandamide which comes from the Sanskrit word for bliss. Anandamide makes us feel good and we produce more of it when we exercise.

Anandamide talks to a remarkable system of receptors in your body called the endocannabinoid system (ECS for short). This system is vital for maintaining your body’s systems in harmony using a mechanism called homeostasis. In effect the ECS is the great balancer for your body and CBD oil helps influence this system to help it be efficient and fully functioning.

The ECS has receptors in your brain and nervous system called CB1 receptors and then there are CB2 receptors in many of your organs, muscles, joints and even your skin.

Research has established that the ECS has a role in helping all manner of our normal bodily functions some of which are:

Our ability to learn and memory, motor controls (movement), cardiovascular function, sleep, digestion, reproduction, mood, immune function, the inflammatory response, liver function, chronic pain, bone growth and remodelling, muscle formation, and a myriad of other influences. 

Therefore, one can see that the potential for CBD to influence all manner of issues is not a too good to be true claim but physiological reality. CBD has an influence on our ECS which then influences all those functions listed and probably many more that we are still discovering.

If your body is overactive in one area, let’s say from being in a high state of anxiety, where your sympathetic nervous system is firing on all cylinders from a stressful situation, CBD helps calm this down. This is our fright, flight, fight system and CBD has a balancing influence on it.

At the same time, it could be that your sleep patterns are out of kilter. CBD will help restore this imbalance, allowing better quality sleep and helping your energy levels to improve. Do not think CBD is a sleep aid. It will not make you feel sleepy, but because it may calm an overactive system it is likely that sleep will improve when using it.

Because the ECS is influencing our body’s healthy function, when you take CBD oil it merely talks to the receptors in the ECS helping them to carry out their balancing role. 

This is completely different from a pharmaceutical drug which can be so powerful that it causes all manner of side effects. 

A rather poetic analogy, is that if you were walking down the street a modern pharma drug grabs you by the shoulders and forces you to walk in a direction it wants to take you in, whilst CBD simply holds your hand and walks down the street with you.

Because CBD is talking to a system primed to listen to it, the ECS, it comes with no serious risk attached to trying it. So there are all manner of potential gains and improvements that may arrive as part of the benefits of using CBD oil with no risk.

This is remarkable and one of the reasons why certain sectors have a vested interest in making the CBD industry as difficult a place to do business as possible.

One important factor to consider is that CBD is not a magic bullet. Whilst it has amazing qualities, like any intervention it cannot work for everyone all the time and using it is definitely not a substitute for ignoring all the other ingredients for good health such as your diet, a sensible sleep routine, regular exercise, and a healthy environment to name but a few.

Taking CBD whilst continuing to abuse your body with a poor lifestyle might help for a while but you cannot cover up poor choices with a miracle supplement. Of course, this is the illusion sold by big pharma – a pill for every ill. Do not be fooled by this apparent magical convenience, it will come at a profound cost to your health and wellbeing.

If you have health problems and need help recovering from them the best advise is to start taking CBD to get the benefits and consult a health professional. Though possibly not your GP because these days so many of them have little understanding of nutrition and lifestyle factors. Find a good natural health clinic and ask for their help.

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