The two most popular ways of taking cannabis are smoking it and eating it. Therefore, it’s no wonder that the cannabidiol (CBD) market has also embraced these trends, especially with edibles, which appeal to more health-conscious users, not prepared to risk the health of their lungs for hemp’s therapeutic effects. The CBD edible market is also very professionalized and big business. You’re more likely to see infused chocolate bars or gummy bears than homemade brownies and cookies!
So, let’s get serious. People take CBD edibles mostly for health purposes, since they don’t have any psychoactive THC. In terms of effects, edibles last longer than any other type of Koi CBD product, except those that also have to be consumed orally. This is really helpful for relieving chronic symptoms, and it makes edibles more cost-effective than both vape juices and tincture oils.
Here are four ways that CBD edibles may enhance your health:
Analysis of CBD users’ habits has consistently shown arthritis as one of the leading conditions being treated with CBD. While not clinically proven to be beneficial, CBD has potent anti-inflammatory properties that help to relieve inflammation, and immune system functioning. A 2014 review looked at a batch of animal studies, and determined CBD may have therapeutic value for osteoarthritis (OA). A 2017 study on rats, featured in peer-reviewed PAIN came to a similar conclusion on CBD’s potential effectiveness for OA joint neuropathic pain.
Given that OA symptoms can be persistent and unforgiving, the extended relief offered by CBD edibles may make these products better for arthritis than other types of CBD. In addition to reducing inflammation, CBD is an analgesic, too. Therefore, CBD edibles help not just to stop the destruction of joint cartilage, but also in easing the general pain caused by arthritis.
Fibromyalgia is a devastating condition that affects a person both mentally and physically. The illness has a long list of symptoms, which include pain, reduced cognitive functioning, inflammation and depression. Experts have long been baffled as to what causes fibromyalgia, but those studying cannabinoids and cannabis may finally be joining the dots.
There is a prevailing theory in cannabis circles of Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency (CED). This describes a dysfunction in the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is still mysterious, and was unknown until the 1990s. But experts have established that the system controls a bunch of health variables. Many fibromyalgia symptoms – including those aforementioned – could theoretically be traced back to ECS dysfunction, or CED.
Scientists studying the CED concept are unsure as to what form of cannabinoid treatment may work best. THC is effectively a substitute for the body’s natural endocannabinoids, while CBD performs more nuanced tweaks to restore chemical balance in the ECS. Fibromyalgia patients would likely benefit from a pure CBD extract, full-spectrum CBD or a whole-plant cannabis medicine.
Stress and anxiety relief
Everyone has days where life stresses them out. And that often rolls over with anxiety about the looming issues for the day to follow. But it’s rare that you can do anything about those in the evenings or when you’re trying to sleep, so you might as well relax and indulge in some self-care. Alcohol, cigarettes and other drugs can be self-sabotaging, due to side effects and potential addiction. CBD has neither of these, but may reduce both stress and anxiety according to research.
A high-dose CBD edible is soothing, and helps to lower brain activity and quieten the mind. If you haven’t tried CBD before, this may be the supplement to bring your cortisol under control.
May improve cognition in long-term marijuana users
Smoking a joint can be liberating, relaxing and even a profound experience. The psychoactive effects of THC are mysterious and hard to explain, and perhaps something that anybody curious should sample, if only once. However, scientists have found that sustained, heavy usage of THC can have a neurotoxic effect, and harm important brain regions, such as the hippocampus, where memory, motivation and other cognitive functions are regulated. This problem may be exacerbated by the proliferation of hyper-strength pot, a development in the past few decades.
Several studies have demonstrated that CBD and THC are vastly different in their effects – thankfully this extends to the actions they have on the hippocampus. THC may be harmful to this part of the brain, but a revelatory investigation has shown that CBD has a healing effect, that may be key to improving cognition. Edibles are an ideal CBD product choice as they have no health risks and deliver sustained effects.