There’s more to weed than crawling the walls with paranoia and getting the munchies. Today’s pot products don’t even get you high. But they do claim to curb anxiety, ease period pains, improve sleep and combat acne. Sounds like the wellness wonder drug we’ve all been waiting for! Zoe, founder of Wunder Workshop gives us the lowdown on all things CBD…
Why is CBD good for stress and anxiety?
Cannabis is made up of many cannabinoids, which may have potential clinical indications in disease. Subjectively, they are widely hailed for many health benefits and this is definitely something that we have seen here at Wunder Workshop. Whilst 9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the most chemical component that characterises Cannabis’ psychoactive effects, it is Cannabidiol (CBD) that is often recognised for many of these benefits. CBD binds to our endocannabinoid system, which is linked to many complex physiological processes including immunomodulation, neuroplasticity, learning, emotional modulation, motivation, appetite, vascular function, gut motility and neuropathic and inflammatory-related pain [source].
We actually produce our own cannabinoids as part of the endocannabinoid system, and we regulate our physiological processes this way from our mood, pain, appetite and immune system.
Our endocannabinoid system is found all over the body in the form of CB1 and CB2 receptors, which cannabinoids, like CBD bind to. The way in which they bind elicits a chemical cascade for many physiological responses including our inflammatory and pain reception pathways. Whilst not fully understood, CBD has been shown to decrease pain in a number of animal studies.
Can it relieve headaches and ease period cramps?
I have been using CBD oil specifically for my period cramps, and I can happily say that I haven’t had severe cramps since I started taking it daily (1.5 years ago). I find this absolutely astonishing! It’s fascinating that our uterus actually has endocannabinoid CBD1 receptors (which control the central nervous system and are linked to pain and sensory perception), which can explain why CBD can help with reducing pain linked to this part of the body.
Can it really soothe skin and combat acne?
If used topically CBD has shown to help reduce inflammation, which is particularly beneficial for eczema and psoriasis. It also a way for it to be able to enter the bloodstream through the skin’s absorption, so this is also how some people ‘consume’ their CBD daily. When I have a bad blemish on my skin I rub a drop of our Turmeric CBD oil onto it as both turmeric and CBD are powerful anti-inflammatories, I have found this really speeds up the healing process.
Can it improve sleep?
CBD syncing with our endocannabinoid system which includes CBD1 and CBD2 receptors of which the CBD1 pathway is linked to sleep and anxiety.
Can it really turbocharge your orgasms?
Some brands have included it in their lubricants and state it can stimulate sensation.
Can it improve fertility, how?
I don’t know about fertility, but as CBD helps to bring your body in homeostasis it is good for general health and stress which is important for fertility.
Can we use it during pregnancy?
So far the evidence is inconclusive. However, I know a number of woman who have taken CBD throughout pregnancy without issues.
Is it true that CBD is produced in breast milk?
As mentioned above, our body produces it’s own cannabinoids. Recent research has shown that these were found in breast milk as well. Again, I have met a number of women who supplement with CBD during breastfeeding without issue.
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Hettie is the editor and co-founder of DOSE. A keen runner, she’s also partial to a blast of high-intensity and hot yoga. A country girl at heart, she divides her time between London and the lush rolling hills of North Devon. When she’s not jetting off on her next adventure, Hettie can be found in a candle-lit alcove with a laptop, a spaniel and a full bodied Malbec.