Sometimes it looks like everyone around you is taking cannabidiol (CBD) for some reason.
Your friend takes it to sleep better. A colleague from the sales department says CBD boosts her focus. Your gym buddy claims it helps him to restore his energy after training.
Of course, you start wondering if you should try this new marvel yourself…
And then you hear your mom’s voice in your head.
Honey, if everyone around you jumped off a bridge, would you jump too?
Okay, CBD isn’t something extreme like jumping off a bridge, but you get my point.
Let’s try to figure out together a valid answer for the question: should you use CBD, really?
5 reasons to use CBD
Reason 1: CBD has numerous (potential) health benefits
Although CBD doesn’t have any confirmed health benefits (and thus shouldn’t be considered a remedy, in the traditional sense of the word), studies suggest it could come with a few perks. For instance, here are some of the reported health effects, both from scientific papers and personal experience:
- May help to fight off pain
- CBD is being researched as a potential treatment for different seizures, especially epileptic
- Could help in reducing nausea and vomiting
- May calm down the mind and reduce anxiety
- May boost willpower and help break bad habits like smoking
- Has potential in reducing the risk of developing diabetes
Most people take CBD to calm down and reduce perceived stress levels, improve quality of sleep, suppress inflammation, and support general health.
Keep in mind that the effects differ significantly from one person to another, so it’s impossible to guarantee that this or that health effect would be true in your case.
Reason 2: CBD doesn’t have any severe side effects, so you’re not risking anything
CBD isn’t addictive, it doesn’t have any psychotropic (mind-altering) effects, and you can’t overdose on it no matter how much of the substance you decide to take. The side effects associated with CBD are all rare and minor, usually seen in people with sensitive guts:
- Upset stomach, diarrhea
- Changes in appetite and resulting changes in weight
To summarize, besides the financial investment in the adventure, you wouldn’t be taking any real risks.
Reason 3: CBD is on the cutting edge of trends
Following (or at least trying out) the current trends helps you discover more of the world around you. When something cool or innovative happens, it’s great to feel like you’re part of the excitement—even if you decide this particular thing isn’t really for you.
At the very least, you’ll have an extra thing to discuss with your buddies!
Reason 4: CBD is being endorsed by a lot of celebrities
I’m not saying that if a certain superstar is doing something, you should do it too without thinking for a moment.
But… Check out this list.
- Actress Whoopi Goldberg started her own brand of cannabis products Whoopi & Maya
- Nate Diaz, professional MMA fighter, smokes CBD using vape pens to speed up his recovery after fights
- Olivia Wilde uses topical CBD lotions to relieve tensed up muscles, as she told the New York Times
- Kim Kardashian said she wants a CBD-themed baby shower
- A few years ago, Victoria’s Secret ex-supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio told Well+Good she uses CBD to calm down her mind and sleep better before her shows
So, if so many celebrities are actually using CBD—maybe there really is something to this fabulous substance?
Reason 5: The CBD market is growing, and new exciting products are on their way
Some time ago, CBD gummy bears blew our minds.
It seemed that the CBD mania couldn’t get any more exotic than this, but here are some recent novelties we’ve seen on the market:
- CBD spreads
- CBD beverages
- CBD lollipops
And those are just the CBD products you are meant to eat. Besides them, there’s a whole lot of eye balms, mascaras, bath bombs, body lotions, and what not.
In other words, there will be more and more CBD products around you with every passing month, and you’re guaranteed to find something you’ll like. Why not try it out? 🙂
On the other hand…
Perhaps you shouldn’t try CBD if…
You have a serious health condition you hope to cure this way
Although millions of people around the world enjoy and recommend CBD, remember that this substance has never been approved by the worldwide medical community as a confirmed remedy to any kind of disease. Yes, there are different studies. Yes, CBD seems to have remarkable potential to support wellness. No, this doesn’t mean it will fix your health overnight.
You want to take it INSTEAD of reaching out for qualified help
There are a lot of serious health issues that have to be carefully evaluated by a specialist no matter how you look at them. Depression, anxiety, cancer, insomnia, or anything remotely similar to that: these disorders are too dangerous to take lightly. CBD can be taken as a supplement during one’s prescribed treatment, but never in place of it.
You really don’t want to try it, but people are urging you to
Social pressure can be tough, but it’s rarely worth worrying about it.
Here’s the thing: CBD isn’t a limited-time offer, it won’t vanish anywhere in the next few years or even decades. Don’t rush the matter if you aren’t comfortable about CBD right now. Relax, read more about the topic, and just come back to it whenever you feel you want to give it a go.
You are looking for the cheapest brands out there
Extracting CBD to make a safe and high-quality product is VERY expensive. The lion’s share of those cheap CBD products you can find all around are either fakes or shamelessly diluted, so it won’t be wise to use them if you don’t want to be disappointed with the experience.
I’d say that you should definitely try CBD if you are curious about it and you have some money to spare. It’s safe, potentially beneficial for your health, and insanely popular in a large part of the world.
Basically, the only reason to NOT use CBD is, well, not liking the idea of using CBD. That’s all.
Other than that, CBD is appropriate for anyone and everyone—even dogs and cats!
– The Cost Plus Nutrition Team