In todays world you almost always have to be on the defense and skeptical about things that you hear about, especially when it has that too good to be true ring to it. One of the things that come to mind when I think about the too good to be true stigma is CBD.
I mean can this plant-derived compound really treat anxiety, depression, insomnia, chronic pain along with a list of many other claims ? Or is this stuff the new get-rich-quick scheme making a lot of people rich ? If you ask me I believe in CBD and although making a lot of money from CBD sounds nice, helping millions of people heal themselves in a number of ways is priceless.
So today I will cover the history of Hemp/Cannabis as well as talk about what research tells us compared to what avid users like myself believe to be true as we answer the question does CBD really work ?
History of Hemp/Cannabis
Although I could go back to as far as 10,000 years ago we can avoid that because Hemp has more relative and recently recorded history than that. The truth is Hemp has been one of the most significant crops for the world until the last century. Hemp was most likely the earliest plant cultivated for textile fiber.
Hemp is also believed to be the oldest example of human industry dating back to around 500 A.D. during the Sung dynasty in China. Although China seems to have the longest history of hemp cultivation there are other countries that have similar experiences such as Chile and Spain.
The world’s first paper was made in China around 150 A.D completely out of hemp. Through the many years, more uses were found from textiles to medical uses and the real boom for Hemp came during the middle ages. Ships depended on Canvas and Rope for sailing and in 1535 King Henry VIII forced landowners to sew 1/4 acre or be fined.
Throughout history Hemp has been cultivated for textiles, rope, paper as well as for insomnia, childbirth, arthritis and so much more. Up until the 1920s, 80% of clothing was made from hemp textiles, so history seems to think it not only works but hemp has so many ways it can benefit us.
What Does Research Say?
It is unfortunate that even with such a long history of being used for both medical and textile reasons, we still don’t have substantial research to analyze all the potential benefits from using CBD medically. With that being said the research that is available is very promising.
There are people who claim that CBD is a heal all medicine and I am honestly one of those people who believe that. CBD works with your endocannabinoid system that is already in your body to enhance the immune system functions and to keep other systems in balance as well.
Although there is no substantial evidence that CBD can cure cancer or other chronic illnesses and diseases there is research that shows CBD can help to inhibit the growth of cancer cells. CBD can also be used to help with pain and nausea for people going through treatment for cancer and is often used alongside other treatments to help with side effects from things like chemotherapy.
There are other important health issues that CBD has backed research to prove it helps such as for insomnia, anxiety, M.S. as well as fibromyalgia and other pain. This research information can be found through many sources including Harvard Medical School.
Why are other people using CBD?
When I look into new products or services I always want to know what other real people who have actually used the product have to say. Also, if I have a certain ailment it’s nice to know that someone else with that same issue has used the product and it was successful.
Since the re-legalization of Hemp in the U.S in 2018 the realization of how amazing the practical uses can be has surged. In 2019 around 1 in 7 adults polled said they have used some form of CBD product. The younger generation ages 18-29 are the most prominent users while the older generations have lower usage numbers.
I believe the numbers show that technology plays a role in that younger people are more prone to learn about the benefits of CBD through various social media outlets.
So why are people using CBD? According to marketing charts, 2 out of 5 adults use CBD for pain, while one-fifth use it for anxiety. Other results showed insomnia at 11%, arthritis at 8%, and headaches at 5% respectively. So as you can see many Americans find CBD useful for pain, anxiety, insomnia, and many other day-to-day ailments.
My Personal Results
The history shows us CBD has been and probably will always be used for textiles and many forms of natural healing. Looking at the research we see that CBD can help with pain, anxiety and so many other forms of bodily ailments that people often just deal with daily without hope.
We also see that the people who use CBD are of all ages and races and use it for many reasons, most of which coincide with medically researched proven benefits. As far as my personal results I will say that CBD helped me in many ways over a period of 3 years.
When I first started using CBD the initial benefit was with anxiety and stress. I didn’t know that CBD has anti-oxidative properties until I did further research but I helped drastically with my day to day life almost instantly. I was able to function better and control my anger and learned to be more patient.
Another big thing that CBD helped me with was chronic pain suffered from a bad motorcycle accident I had back in 2012. I have a titanium rod in my right leg from knee to ankle and sometimes it hurts while also causing other pain from the imbalance when I walk. Since I started taking CBD my pain level is never above a 1 or a 2 and anytime I feel it getting bad I just take a few drops of CBD or use some CBD cream on my leg.
Yes, It works!
We as human beings never like to be taken advantage of and being told something can help you feel better and function at a higher rate should make you question the validity. Sadly many people deal with this when going to the doctor for almost any form of pain, anxiety, or other ailments.
The doctor tells you that you need to take this medication or that prescription and we put our faith in the honesty of that doctor as well as the researchers who made the formula that will fix your issue. The real issue is that many times if not most the medicine either works with a major side effect or doesn’t work at all leaving one hopeless.
I am here to tell you that you don’t have to worry about that with CBD. Looking at the history of this amazing plant-based compound as well as the medical research and the opinion of its avid users I think it’s safe to say that CBD is worth a try when it comes to dealing with so many ailments that haunt Americans daily.