What Are the Health Benefits of CBD?

CBD effects and health benefits

Cannabidiol, or CBD, has recently gained public attention because it has been linked to a variety of physical and psychological benefits. Read on to learn how CBD interacts with the human body to achieve its therapeutic effects as well as to discover the answer to the question: what are the health benefits of CBD?

CBD: The Ultimate Herbal Supplement

CBD is one of the hundreds of cannabinoids produced by the cannabis plant. These organic compounds activate the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in the human body, which affects some of the body’s most essential functions.

Another well-known cannabinoid is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is found abundantly in the marijuana plant. When smoked or ingested, THC creates intoxicating effects, resulting in feelings of relaxation and euphoria.

However, CBD does not interact with the ECS in the same way that THC does. Instead, CBD works to modulate the activity of the ECS system and the processes it controls. Because the ECS regulates a range of body systems, such as the gastrointestinal tract and immune system, CBD provides an important key to improving health holistically.1

What Are the Health Benefits of CBD?

Regulates Diet

The digestive tract is the body’s fuel tank and works to convert energy and building material to power,  keeping the body in action. Sadly, today’s society has made it all too easy to sideline healthy diet habits. The results can be damaging to overall health and daily function.

CBD works to improve the body’s hunger management system and increases appetite. This is regulated by a CBD receptor that plays a role in hunger, metabolism, and weight regulation.2

This regulation of eating habits makes it easier to distinguish between hunger and thirst, fatigue, boredom, or any other sensation that can lead to between-meal-snacking.

woman having inflammation of the ankleReduces Pain and Inflammation

Inflammation is a natural part of the healing process but can cause more harm when a component of this highly-regulated process goes awry, resulting in harmful rather than healing inflammation.

CBD not only reduces inflammatory responses that can disrupt the healing process but works to relieve pain. This is especially true for relieving symptoms of inflammatory conditions like arthritis, asthma, and many others.3,4

Relieves Stress and Anxiety

CBD has a positive effect on mood through its capacity to improve the production of “feel-good” neurotransmitters like dopamine, serotonin, and anandamide.

Because of its effects on the neurotransmitters highlighted above, studies have found that CBD may reduce stress and anxiety.5

girl sleepyImproves Sleep Quality

Artificial lighting allows humans to stay awake, alert, and productive at all hours of the day. However, this can disrupt circadian rhythms and the wake-sleep cycle. Consequences may include insomnia, drowsiness, moodiness, and loss of concentration.

CBD improves the production of neurotransmitters that can ease the mind and help you nod off if you’re feeling too wired to go to sleep.

Alternatively, individuals who feel sleepy during the day may use smaller doses of CBD to improve alertness during daylight hours.6,7

Final Thoughts

Studies about the health benefits of CBD have been promising. Additional future research will be critical for discovering new information about the effects of CBD.

If you’re interested in trying CBD, make sure to do your research. Additionally, consult with your physician if you are taking medication or have any pre-existing conditions. Once you have the all-clear, there is a wide range of ways to experience CBD, from oils to gummies to vaporizers.

If you’re just beginning to use CBD and want an easy to use experience, MONQ +cbd—a new collection of CBD-infused aromatherapy products—is a great fit for you. MONQ + debuts with Zen+ and Peace+ original diffusers and Sleepy+FOCUS+, and Relieve+ Roll-On blends.

Each diffuser contains 100 mg—or 10%— CBD, and the Roll-Ons contain 50 mg CBD per 10 mL. MONQ’s handcrafted aromatherapy blends optimize the CBD to create an enhanced therapeutic profile. So, with MONQ + you can experience the most convenient and elevated aromatherapy experience.

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By Maddy Jenner

Maddy is a researcher and an essential oil advocate and loves learning about the intersection of these categories. She loves hiking, camping, exploring and being outside.

Favorite MONQ blend: Zen

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The above information relates to studies of specific individual essential oil ingredients, some of which are used in the essential oil blends for various MONQ diffusers. Please note, however, that while individual ingredients may have been shown to exhibit certain independent effects when used alone, the specific blends of ingredients contained in MONQ diffusers have not been tested. No specific claims are being made that use of any MONQ diffusers will lead to any of the effects discussed above.  Additionally, please note that MONQ diffusers have not been reviewed or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. MONQ diffusers are not intended to be used in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, prevention, or treatment of any disease or medical condition. If you have a health condition or concern, please consult a physician or your alternative health care provider prior to using MONQ diffusers. MONQ blends should not be inhaled into the lungs.

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