Cannabidiol (CBD) has reportedly tripled in sales from 2014 to 2017, working its way from $108.1 million to $358.4 million in just three years according to Hemp Business Journal. By 2020, CBD sales are predicted to reach $1.153 billion.
More than 64 million Americans now use CBD oil on a regular basis for a whole range of benefits, which, in the long run, are hoped to make us live longer and healthier lives.
However, if we’re going to describe this as being a great way to live to 100, then first we better explain what it actually is.
What is CBD?
CBD is a chemical compound that is extracted from the cannabis plant. It’s now used widely across a whole range of products, including vapes, creams, gummies, brownies, and even smoothies.
Unlike smoking cannabis, CBD doesn’t contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which means you won’t experience the psychoactive effects from taking it – the ‘high’.
In fact, it’s illegal to sell a product that contains more than 0.3% THC, because then you’re selling the high. However the FDA currently struggles to regulate CBD as it is such a huge market – so before taking, you need to practice self-caution.
So why do so many people choose CBD oil to cure medical conditions?
Here are 6 ways CBD can help you live to 100.
Helps to stop smoking
We are all aware that smoking is terrible for our health. As a matter of fact, smoking is responsible for 480,000 deaths in America each year.
CBD is considered by the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health to have ‘better’ side effects than other drugs, meaning it is better for a smoker to switch to a CBD vape nine times out of ten.
CBD is also considered to have a similar effect on the body as it produces dopamine. This relieves the body of anxiety and leaves smokers feeling fulfilled.
Weaning off the cigarettes can significantly reduce a smoker’s risk of developing serious health issues such as lung cancer, throat cancer, respiratory diseases, anxiety, high cholesterol, and cervical cancer, helping them to live longer, healthier lives.
A five-year study found that people using CBD on a regular basis had fasting insulin levels that were 16 percent lower than those who had never used cannabis.
It is also suggested that CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties could reduce insulin resistance, which is a key cause of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.
Other studies have shown that CBD may help to delay β cell damage in patients with Type 1 diabetes, preventing the immune system from weakening and the patient relying so heavily on insulin.
This can massively improve the strain put on a patient’s health, giving them the chance of a longer life.
According to Healthcare Weekly, the use of CBD-rich cannabis to alleviate or manage pain is something that goes way back.
It can actually be traced as far back as 2900 BC when the Chinese used it for a variety of medical conditions.
CBD can help to influence our endocannabinoid system, which looks after bodily functions such as our appetite, sleep, immune response, and pain. It can encourage the production of more serotonin and melatonin which give make the body feel happy and soothed to alleviate pain.
We’re not just talking about bumps and bruises, either – CBD can seriously help people living with chronic pain to have a better quality of life.
Makes for a better night’s sleep
Getting a good night’s sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle and can benefit your heart, weight, and even your mind.
It’s vital that you get enough of it, and if CBD can help, it may be worth trying.
Boosting serotonin in the brain through the use of CBD is fantastic for reducing symptoms of depression, reducing anxiety and alleviating chronic pain, inflammation, seizures, and digestion problems.
These are all known causes linked to insomnia, so by deflating them, you’ll be able to have a much deeper and longer sleep.
Not only that but the production of the hormone melatonin can actually aid sleep to make sure you wake up feeling well-rested and ready to start the day
Reduces the risk of heart disease
Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in America. According to CDC around 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year–that’s 1 in every 4 deaths.
Cool Things Chicago claims research has indicated that both phytocannabinoids and endogenous cannabinoids can reduce vascular tension to reduce the risk of heart disease.
CBD oil studies have shown that the substance can actually be great for the heart, blood flow, and circulation system, and is most commonly linked to regulating blood sugar levels and blood pressure rates.
It is often concluded that this is down to the anti-anxiety and anti-stress properties of CBD.
It is also considered possible for cannabidiol to prevent the death of cardiovascular cells and reduce inflammation around the body, often linked to heart disease.
Helps to burn fat
Obesity is a growing issue across America. It is preventable, however, some people find that medical conditions make it hard to lose weight.
CBD oil has been proven to shed the pounds through the conversion of bad to favorable fat and antagonizing effects which help to curb appetite.
Some studies have even shown that CBD could help to tackle metabolic disorders in a similar way.
Losing weight is crucial to living longer to avoid type 2 diabetes, strokes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and variations of cancer.