Have you ever wondered about some of the latest scientifically proven benefits of CBD supplements? With an increasing level of research into CBD, it’s always interesting to follow the latest developments – and as a CBD brand focused on scientific research, this is something we follow closely. With this thought in mind, today, we’re looking at some of the latest British research into CBD and what this might mean for CBD users going forward.
Why is Research Into CBD Limited?
One common question many people have when looking into CBD research is: why is scientific research so limited for CBD? Well, there’s actually a very simple reason for this: it’s hard!
Brands such as ours here at Provacan are actively promoting the potential of further CBD research, but it is important to keep in mind that researching CBD isn’t always something that can be done readily.
This is since research into cannabis products – by the very nature of cannabis and CBD licensing – requires very specific licensing. As such, research into CBD is limited only to approved CBD supplements, which can potentially make sourcing CBD supplements for testing a slightly slower process depending on the level of supply.
Furthermore, it’s also important to keep in mind that interest in CBD oil has been relatively recent. Though it is believed that cannabis has been used for medicinal purposes for millennia, recent research is primarily limited to the last few decades. As such, it may still be a while until the level of CBD research catches up with the level of interest.
There’s Always Room for New Research
At this point, we’ve clarified that CBD research is limited but slowly increasing. However, before we go any further, it’s crucial to remember that scientific research is always changing. And while the following benefits may apply to you, there’s no guarantee that this will be something you experience in your own life.
As such, before you begin taking CBD supplements, it’s vitally important to contact your healthcare provider (such as a doctor or GP) to ensure CBD is safe for you. Indeed, CBD supplements can potentially interfere with some prescribed medications, which is vitally important to keep in mind when deciding whether they’re the right option for you.
Four Scientifically Proven Benefits of CBD Supplements You Should Know
Supplements such as CBD are relatively new on the scene, and this means that there are typically less available data to fall back on. However, the following four benefits of CBD supplements may help you find out a little more about whether or not it might be the right option for your needs.
1. CBD is Non-Psychedelic
One of the main concerns that many people have regarding CBD supplements is whether they will make you feel “high.” Fortunately, a scientific study from 2017 concluded that CBD is comparable to taking placebo supplements in terms of substance abuse liability, indicating that it is not addictive.
Instead, the feeling of being “high” in cannabis is attributed to THC, a psychedelic compound that medical cannabis growers specifically bred out while producing the hemp strain of cannabis. Furthermore, approved CBD supplements are tested for purity, and World Health Organisation recommendations state that CBD supplements should have no more than 0.2% THC content.
2. CBD May Support Sleep Quality
Did you know that the current scientific research suggests that CBD supplements may help with sleep quality? Unfortunately, further research is still needed to determine the specific actions that help CBD improve sleep quality in some patients. Still, current research, such as a study published in 2019, suggests that CBD may help improve perceived sleep quality in the short term.
Boosting your quality of sleep can have numerous potential effects on your life, which could further support your well-being as a result. As such, it is likely that additional research will be attempted in the future regarding the potential of CBD supplements to support sleep quality, REM sleep latency, sleep duration, and the like. This may further clarify how CBD could help enhance sleep quality in users.
3. May Increase Daytime Alertness
A 2017 review of CBD research up to 2014 suggests that taking CBD could potentially increase daytime alertness. Daytime alertness can directly impact our ability to work productively and keep on top of day-to-day tasks and activities.
In turn, falling behind on such activities could result in increased stress or anxiety, which may further compound our well-being. Therefore, the potential for CBD supplements to increase daytime alertness could be helpful for people wanting to ensure they’re fully alert and ready for the day.
4. May Support with Overall Well-Being and Happiness
As we briefly discussed in the previous point, CBD supplements may help boost well-being and happiness. CBD is believed to work with our bodies’ endocannabinoid systems, binding with receptors in these systems to potentially benefit our well-being. A review from 2018 concluded that “CBD may attenuate motivational dysfunction through activation of the 5-HT1A receptor and elevations in eCB tone.”
As such, while further research is needed to determine the specific benefits of CBD for well-being and happiness, it seems as if many people feel more optimistic, motivated, or well when taking CBD supplements.
Combining CBD Supplements with Massage Therapy
It’s also worth considering here that CBD creams are widely used in massages, which can provide numerous benefits in their own right. For example, a study in 2017 found that massage therapy can potentially help with lower back pain. Moreover, another comprehensive review in 2017 also found that massage therapy could support numerous other aspects of well-being, such as helping with skin conditions, autoimmune conditions, and general immune conditions.
As such, combining CBD supplements with massage therapy may further boost your well-being. This could allow you to enjoy numerous potential benefits of regular massages for your lifestyle, comfort, health, and happiness.
By its very nature, scientific research is always changing and evolving – which means that new information could arise every year about the potential benefits of CBD supplements. However, it’s important to keep in mind that no study is ever guaranteed to be accurate, and while research can make estimates and inferences based on the available data, that doesn’t immediately guarantee that the results are true, nor that they can be replicated.
So, when considering the potential benefits of CBD supplements for your well-being, always remember that everyone will respond differently; as such, there is no guarantee that CBD will work for you. It’s not a wonder cure, after all.