Don’t be! Cannabis has many health benefits when used properly and responsibly.
Traditionally considered a substance you would warn your teenager away from, cannabis is steadily being recognized for the myriad of health benefits it offers.
Why cannabis use is taboo
Despite its use by humans for thousands of years, cannabis was branded a ‘gateway drug’ by authorities as they attempted to stifle its use during the ill-fated ‘war on drugs’ of the 60s. However, modern science has come a long way since then. Recent studies proving cannabis’ efficacy in treating a wide range of conditions has opened up rational conversation on the matter.
Views are changing, especially among modern day moms
Now that it is legal (at least medicinally) across half of the US, ‘mary jane’ is finally getting the attention it deserves, especially in health-aware mom communities, where cannabis and its derivatives are being successfully employed by parents to treat conditions such as depression, insomnia, eczema, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and inflammatory bowel disease,
The difference between THC and CBD
Not all cannabis is the made the same, however. There are two main active components in cannabis – tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). When people talk about the ‘high’ from smoking cannabis, it is caused by THC. CBD, on the other hand, is completely non-psychoactive and, therefore, causes no ‘high’. It does have some pretty impressive effects on the human body, though, including pain relief, balancing your endocrine system, relieving anxiety, modulating chronic stress, reducing inflammation, reducing blood sugar, decreasing appetite and lowering abdominal obesity.
Why transdermal CBD is becoming popular with moms
While THC might be what your hippie neighbor plonked on the sofa smoking a joint in his tie-dye t-shirt desires, it’s CBD that moms across the country are taking advantage of to improve the well-being of their families. And with today’s modern technology, there’s plenty of safe ways to administer the compound, so your neighbor’s joint-rolling skills won’t be needed.
One of the easiest and most convenient ways to administer CBD is through topical application. Transdermal patches and creams are applied directly to a venous area of skin, where they deliver CBD straight to the bloodstream, eliminating the need to inhale or ingest – methods which can make it hard to dose accurately. Topical application also provides a slow-release of CBD, which prolongs effects, making it an appealing alternative to smoking or vaporizing, where the effects subside relatively quickly. Due to their ease of use, non-invasiveness and drawn-out effects, topicals are the ideal way to administer CBD, especially to vivacious children.
The top 5 benefits of topical CBD:
1. Relieves pain: CBD has been proven to help alleviate pain, while topical use allows you to target specific areas, such as joints.
2. Lowers inflammation: The root cause of so many conditions, chronic inflammation is lowered by the use of CBD.
3. Improves sleep: Due to the fact that transdermal patches are slow-releasing, putting on a patch before bed will help you get a great night sleep and feel like superwoman in the morning.
4. Heals burns: Many people are using cannabis topically to treat burns, with CBD proving effective at healing many skin conditions, as well as increasing skin elasticity.
5. Cures skin conditions: CBD helps heal both bacterial and fungal skin infections.
Pros & cons of transdermal CBD
There are dozens of studies that prove the effectiveness of CBD in treating various conditions, and most of these studies conclude that the compound is completely safe and virtually free of side effects, even with very high doses of up to 1,500 mg/day. However, it has been known to interfere with the actions of some pharmaceuticals, so be sure to check with your physician before using CBD.
Types of topical CBD
CBD can be applied topically via infused balms, lotions, creams, patches, and oils that have been infused with active CBD. Each has its own suitability depending on the condition that is being treated. While balms, lotions, and oils are suited to treating joint pain and skin conditions, patches are better utilized when the aim is to manage stress, relieve anxiety or improve sleep.
CBD-infused topicals can be effectively used for a variety of ailments. They have far-reaching health benefits, whether it’s managing autoimmune conditions, reducing stress and inflammation, or simply treating a grazed knee. This makes CBD a must-have for any mother’s medicine cabinet.
CBD for depression: https://www.projectcbd.org/depression
Endocrine system: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8257923
Blood glucose/diabetes: https://www.projectcbd.org/diabetes
Appetite and food consumption: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22543671