While most of those within the ECHO community seek to learn about the potential therapeutic applications of cannabidiol (CBD) to address specific health issues, taking CBD as a daily supplement can benefit everyone. In the United States and many other markets around the world, CBD hemp oil — derived from the stalk and seeds of hemp — is federally legal for those looking to integrate the benefits of CBD into their lives. Some states have passed their own laws regulating CBD and/or hemp.
There are a number of benefits to taking a daily serving of CBD, but the most prominent among them is that the natural non-psychoactive compound helps augment the body’s naturally occurring endocannabinoids to encourage balance and homeostasis. When absorbed by the body, CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for regulating a number of the body’s functions, including sleep, mood, appetite, and immune function. CBD supplements the body’s own endocannabinoids to improve the endocannabinoid system’s ability to maintain balance despite outside fluctuations and influences.
CBD and other trace cannabinoids found in hemp oil work together in what’s referred to as the “entourage effect” to provide their balancing effects. These balancing properties have shown to potentially suppress seizure activity, combat psychosis disorders, fight tumor cells, battle depression, and protect brain cells. CBD is therefore becoming increasingly sought after by families faced with serious diseases, like epilepsy, cancer, depression, and Alzheimer’s disease.
But the homeostasis-encouraging properties of daily CBD are also beneficial to everyone, regardless of a health diagnosis. Studies have found that CBD improves sleep, reduces anxiety, and improves cognition. Cannabinoid use has also been found to be associated with a reduced risk of developing metabolic syndrome, a health condition that includes high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat, and abnormal cholesterol levels.
CBD hemp oil also supplements our deficient modern diets with much-needed nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, terpenes, and flavonoids. Hemp is also a valuable plant-based source of protein. At a time where many of us fail to obtain adequate levels of these important nutrients in the foods we eat, it helps to obtain them from CBD hemp oil.
Depending on serving size, method of application, and other variables like your body size, it can take a couple of minutes to a couple of hours after consuming CBD before the effects of the natural compound appear.
Although it’s not critical to take CBD every day, doing so may increase the benefits of the supplement. CBD, like all cannabinoids, can build up in the body and stimulate an increase in the endocannabinoid system’s cannabinoid receptors. This can help make the endocannabinoid system even more active and sensitive to stimulation by cannabinoids, improving the system’s abilities to achieve and maintain homeostasis.
Many families incorporate vitamins into their routine for optimal health and wellness, but they may be missing the balancing benefits of CBD.
You can learn more about CBD, hemp oil, and the endocannabinoid system’s role in our health and wellness on our education page.