CBD (which is shorthand for cannabidiol) is one of many chemical compounds derived from the hemp plant. To make CBD oil, CBD extract is usually mixed with an inert carrier oil, like coconut oil. It can then be ingested.
Once the CBD is in the body, it interacts with the endocannabinoid system. This system is responsible for helping with things like immune system functioning, mood, sleep, appetite, and more.
A Brief History of CBD Use
Before CBD got a bad wrap thanks to its kinship with marijuana, people were exploring its therapeutic potential all around the world.
The first cup of CBD tea was supposedly brewed by Chinese Emperor Cheng Neng in 2737BC. It is also rumored that Queen Victoria used CBD to help with menstrual discomfort while she was ruling her kingdom.
Research into CBD in the United States began its decline as early as 1906. But it took a sharp dive in 1970 when cannabis became officially outlawed, even for medical purposes.
Thankfully, CBD is now experiencing a revival in large part because of its recognized beneficial properties. As a result, more and more people are gaining interest in the benefits CBD has to offer. Plus, more and more research is being done.
Help With Sleep
Helping to fall asleep better is one of the top reasons people buy CBD products. Anecdotally, many people who take CBD at or shortly before bedtime, report that they drift off faster and sleep better through the night. This is particularly the case for CBD product specifically designed for sleep and that often also include a small dose of Melatonin, which has been used to promote sleepiness for years.
There is some scientific evidence that CBD might help with sleep quality, but currently there is limited research on that specifically.
If you are looking to try CBD oil to help with your sleep, we recommend trying our Sleep Yummy CBD Oil. It contains Full Spectrum CBD Oil 2000mg (67mg CBD/mL + Melatonin) and has a soothing mint flavor.
Help With Mood and Stress
One of the most common reasons people try CBD is to help them unwind and relax. We have many customers report that they love our products because they feel that they work great at helping to take the edge off after a long, hard day. It is not uncommon for people to say that they really seem to feel more calm and centered after using CBD.
Although the research on this benefit is currently limited, there are a few different studies that suggest CBD plays some sort of role in calming the body and the mind. Many involve the effects on people suffering from anxiety and depression, which is discussed next.
Help With Anxiety and Depression
Anxiety and other mental health disorders are usually treated with pharmaceutical drugs that may have a number of negative side effects. But CBD may be able to help without such dramatic side effects.
Scientists think this may be due to CBD changing the way the brain’s receptors respond to serotonin, a crucial chemical linked to mental health.
A couple of studies have shown that people that took CBD before a public-speaking event had significantly reduced anxiety. And several studies have shown CBD to offer benefits when it comes to social anxiety and depression.
A 2019 study found that CBD was an effective way to get help with PTSD-related symptoms, including nightmares. The majority (91%) of the study participants experienced a decrease in their PTSD severity.
Help With Aches and Pains
Another big reason people take CBD products is to help with aches and pains.
Studies are showing that the way CBD affects the human body’s endocannabinoid receptor activity may help to reduce chronic pain. It seems to work the best when consumed with some THC, for example through a full-spectrum CBD product (like all Yummy CBD products).
Several different human studies show that CBD and THC are effective in helping with pain related to multiple sclerosis and arthritis. Also, research is indicating that certain types of pain, like nerve and back pain, respond positively to CBD even when it’s by itself.
Another study shows that CBD may offer help with rheumatic diseases like fibromyalgia. Out of 2,701 people with fibromyalgia, those who took CBD for pain relief in the study generally reported slight to significant improvement in their symptoms.
Help Heart Health
Research has been linked to CBD having several benefits for heart health. But more reserach is needed to fully understand the extent of the link. For example, CBD may have potential to help improve circulation and help lower high blood pressure. High blood pressure is an issue that can cause many serious health conditions. Some of the common ones are stroke and heart attack.
In a small study of 9 healthy men, CBD oil was found to lower the resting blood pressure compared to those who got a placebo. And the men who received the CBD maintained a lower blood pressure when dealing with stress later. The men also benefited from less arterial stiffness and improved blood flow.
Help With Acne Control
CBD’s power to help fight inflammation in the body is being looked at for its potential to help with acne management. If you want to try it for this use, we recommend making sure to use a topical that is specifically made for the skin and that does not contain any ingredients that may irritate it.
Using CBD oil might help with preventing activity in the sebaceous glands that are responsible for producing sebum. Too much sebum leads to acne. So some people are turning to CBD oils to moisturize their skin and slow the production of sebum in their pores.
Help With Substance Abuse Disorders
CBD may be helpful for people dealing with substance abuse issues. For example, it shows promise in helping people with a dependence on some drugs deal with anxiety and depression. Part of the reason addiction is an issue for people is the relapse risk. This risk is amplified by a number of things like elevated anxiety, susceptibility to stress, and lacking impulse control.
Scientists think CBD may be a low-risk option for helping people deal with addictive impulses since it is generally well-tolerated, lacks big side effects, and doesn’t interfere with normal motivation.
More studies need to be carried out on humans to confirm if these theories are true. But for now, the anecdotal evidence is strong.
Help With Neurological Diseases
Researchers think the CB1 receptor of the brain plays a huge role in neurodegenerative disorders. Right now it is speculated that CBD at least reduces inflammation that can make neurodegenerative symptoms worse. They they to find out more about it to better understand how CBD can offer support, but some initial results have been very hopeful.
Research on CBD’s potential with helping those with epilepsy syndromes is so thorough that the FDA has approved the use of a CBD drug called Epidiolex to treat certain seizures.
Antoher drug, Sativex, has been approved in the United Kingdom and Canada as a safe way to reduce muscle spasticity in people with MS. It reduced spasms in 75% of the study participants who has muscle spasticity that was resistant to medications.
Several studies have also shown that CBD may improve the quality of life and sleep for people living with Parkinson’s disease.
Help Your Pets
Yes, you read that right. One popular way people are starting to try CBD oil is to help their pets live a happy life. Research suggests that giving CBD to pets can offer the same benefits that you might try CBD for. For example, it may be able to help relieve anxiety and help with seizures that your furry friend might be experiencing.
Although they may be able to experience similar benefits to what we might feel, it is important to only give your pet CBD that is safe, tested, and designed specifically for pets. Case-in-point, gummies made for humans often contain Xylitol which is toxic to animals.
So although you might want to, you can’t just share your favorite CBD product with your dog.
Luckily, people are recognizing the potential of CBD for pets, and many brands are launching product lines to fill the gap. Just like any products you would buy for yourself, only get ones that are third-party lab tested, sourced from high-quality hemp, and oh-so-tasty.
Is CBD Oil Right For You?
Thanks to the wide array of CBD products available, it is likely you will be able to find one that is right for you. Whether you are looking for help with one of the things above or something else, the studies are showing CBD can help in a variety of ways.
But be aware that research is still ongoing for many of these uses. Although what we have seen so far is promising, there are still no over-the-counter products approved by the FDA.
If you are interested in taking CBD oil to help with a specific situation, keep in mind that it is known to interact with some drugs. These include pain medications, seizure medications, antidepressants, and diabetes medications.
It is always a good idea to do your own research and to speak with your doctor to find out what kinds of benefits you may be able to find with CBD.
Check out our Organic Yummy CBD Oil if you want to see how it works for you! It provides 33mg of Full Spectrum CBD. It is flavored with the yummiest orange natural flavoring.
Ways to Take CBD Oil
To get the most benefits out of CBD oil, it is helpful to know the ways in which you can take it. So let’s take a look at the two main ways you can use CBD oil, so you can figure out which one is best for you.
The most common way people take CBD oil is sublingually. This is because it is one of the fastest ways to feel the effects of CBD. To take it this way, you place the CBD oil under your tongue and hold it for few seconds before swallowing. When taken sublingually, it generally kicks in faster than if it were ingested.
It is able to work so quickly because it has a high bioavailability (which is the rate and extent that your body absorbs the CBD). Because the natural compounds in the CBD don’t have to pass through your digestive tract, so you may find you can achieve the same effects as taking an edible but with a lower dose sublingually.
Another alternative to taking it sublingually is to ingest the CBD oil. It can be taken on its own or added to food or a beverage. Doing so it will have a slower onset but longer duration of effect than when taken sublingually. However, please be aware that in this case it may take hours before you feel any effects depending on your digestive system and if you had other food in your stomach.
As a side note, most people don’t really enjoy the taste of plain CBD oil that has not had any added flavoring. In fact, product taste if a common reason why people say they don’t like to use CBD. So, to make it taste better, most brands have options that have been flavored. We at Yummy CBD use natural and organic flavoring derived from fruits and herbs to give our products a truly great taste.
Try Yummy CBD Oil
With so many reasons and ways to take CBD oil, the question is really what is the best for you. Yummy CBD offers a range of products that you can easily add to and adjust within your daily wellness routine. Check our popular Yummy CBD oil tinctures.
Finding the top CBD oil uses is really a personal journey. We really feel the best way is to try CBD for yourself and explore quality products that are tested for purity. Try them with an open mind and learn what works best for you and your body.
When you first start taking CBD oil, we recommend following the instructions on the bottle for a while to see how you feel over time. Wait at least an hour before taking additional dosages. Once you understand how it works for you, you can make adjustments to maxmize the benefits.
Our oils are guaranteed to be pure, potent, and yummy! Backed by a 30-day 100% money-back guarantee, our small-batch oils are sourced only from organic USA farms. They deliver the fastest effect and allow for maximum dosing flexibility. Taste and feel the difference for yourself!