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7 Surprising Benefits of CBD: Unlocking the Power of CBD

Written By Ellese Symons Jul 13th 2022
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Based on data submitted by nearly 2000 CBDistillery™ customers, adults of all ages are reporting favorable results using our hemp-derived CBD products for better sleep, relaxation, and for help with pain and stiffness after physical activity. Although many people would consider those possible benefits rather impressive, those details might not interest you much at all. We get it! If you’re sleeping great and feeling fine, investing in CBD for sleep, discomfort, or relaxation, is rather pointless.

However, if you’re curious about CBD but waiting until you might experience similar benefits, you could be missing out. Some of the most intriguing health and wellness possibilities aren’t quite as well known. We’ve come up with 7 potential benefits that might surprise you.

Understanding The Many Possible Benefits of CBD

Before we get too far into those lesser-known benefits, let’s back up for a moment. To fully appreciate why so many people are using CBD and why you might want to start, you might find it helpful to know what CBD is and how it works.

What is CBD?

CBD (cannabidiol) is an active plant element classified as a cannabinoid. There are two potential sources, marijuana and industrial hemp. Since CBD products made from marijuana contain intoxicating amounts of THC, most people interested in the cannabinoid’s many potential health benefits prefer hemp-derived products. Hemp plants produce only trace amounts of THC, never enough to cause intoxication.

How Does CBD Work?

CBD works by mimicking the effects of some of the most important chemical messengers produced in your body, the endocannabinoids anandamide and 2-AG. That ability helps CBD relay urgent signals to their corresponding receptors, your endocannabinoid system (ECS) receptors. Based on what the research shows so far, the communication between ECS messengers and receptors helps regulate nearly every essential function in your body, from your moods and emotions to critical organ function.

Ideally, your body would make all the ECS messengers needed to keep communication with your ECS receptors working efficiently. But life isn’t always ideal. Numerous factors, including stress, illness, and injury, can create a demand for ECS messengers that exceeds the available supply. The impact of the interaction between CBD and your ECS receptors depends on which essential functions might be restored to balance (homeostasis) through ECS support.1

7 Potentially Surprising Benefits of Supporting ECS Function with CBD

Once you know how CBD helps support ECS function, it’s much easier to understand why so many CBD users are reporting favorable results using hemp-derived products for so many seemingly unrelated concerns. Although most of the research supporting CBD use is based on animal studies, lab results, and a limited number of clinical trials, researchers have documented considerable analgesic, anxiolytic, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotective properties.2 If you’re intrigued by what you’ve learned so far, you might also find it helpful to know some of the many other reasons you might want to consider adding CBD to your daily routine.

#1 — Post-Workout Recovery

Pushing your body to the limit helps build strength and endurance. Whether you’re just starting a new routine or training for a competition, trying to top your personal best can cause sore muscles, tight joints, and a temporary loss of strength. Instead of reaching for an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication to stay in the game, consider how you might gain more traction using CBD for post-workout recovery. Based on the feedback of our survey respondents, 90% of CBD users prefer CBD over turmeric, a supplement popular with athletes for inflammation and post-workout discomfort.3

#2A Calm Mind

Your mind is a multitasking powerhouse. Every thought, feeling, and emotion is interconnected. Although current studies show that most people are happier, more productive, and more engaged while feeling calm and focused, that sense of inner peace and tranquility is easily disrupted. As stress levels rise, most people tend to feel tense, distracted, or overwhelmed.4 Based on the feedback of our survey respondents, 89% of CBD users report that CBD helps calm their mind, an effect that could help you feel clear-headed, relaxed, and focused.

#3 — Less Anxiety

The many possible symptoms of anxiety are triggered by an instinctive response to danger. Your heart rate increases and muscles tense as your body prepares to fight or flee. Less urgent functions begin to shut down. The physical reaction to any perceived threat to your health or happiness is the same whether the danger is directly in front of you, recalled from the past, or caused by worries that may or may not occur in the future. The longer your body remains in a state of high alert, the longer it takes your system to recover from the impact.5 Of our nearly 2000 survey respondents, 88% report that CBD helps with mild or temporary anxiety.

#4 — Easing Muscle Tension

When you first discovered that CBD could help with muscle pain and stiffness after physical activity, you might not have considered what that might mean for the discomfort caused by logging too many hours at your desk. By the end of your shift, tight shoulders, a stiff neck, or an aching back could be a problem.6 Instead of reaching for your usual pain reliever, consider how CBD could help. When applied topically, the cannabinoids in CBD-infused creams, lotions, balms, and salves penetrate the surface of your skin to deliver soothing relief where you need it most. Unlike pills, the risk of side effects is exceptionally low.

#5 — Skin Health and Appearance

Your skin has an endocannabinoid system of its own. As CBD penetrates the surface, the cannabinoid interacts with important receptors found on nearly every type of skin cell. That includes the receptors regulating moisture retention, skin cell turnover, collagen synthesis, oil production, and inflammatory responses. When you use skincare products made with full-spectrum hemp extracts, you’ll also be giving your complexion a healthy dose of potent antioxidants that could help protect your skin from free-radical damage, the leading cause of premature skin aging.

#6 — Next-Level Pet Care

If your dog is experiencing age-related discomfort, you might notice changes in appetite, sleep habits, or willingness to play.7 For your cat, uncharacteristic aggression or refusing to use a litter box could be a sign of feline anxiety.8 As you contemplate how you might benefit from using hemp-derived CBD products, consider how the cannabinoid might also help your four-legged family members. A CBD Pet Tincture formulated for easy digestion, a product made specifically for cats and dogs, could help you provide next-level pet care. Products intended for human consumption are difficult for animals to digest.

#7 — Overall Health and Wellness

You don’t need a specific concern to benefit from adding CBD to your daily routine. Now that you know CBD works by mimicking the effects of important chemical messengers produced in your body as needed, it’s much easier to understand why so many people use hemp-derived products to help support overall health and wellness. Although it’s crucial to remember that CBD will not treat, cure, or prevent any known health conditions, the cannabinoid does bind with receptors in our neural systems that help regulate moods, memory, inflammatory responses, appetite, motor control, immune system function, and more.2

Which CBDistillery™ Products Are Best for First-Time CBD Users?

When you’re using CBD for the first time, it’s important to select a product that suits your needs and your lifestyle. It’s even more important to choose high-quality, third-party tested products from a reputable industry leader like CBDistillery™. If you’re not sure where to start, the following product descriptions of some of our most popular options could help lead you in the right direction.

CBD Oil Tinctures

CBDistillery™ CBD Oil Tinctures are made with a blend of our pure, potent hemp extracts and a carrier oil. Many first-time CBD users appreciate their ease of use and versatility. You can enjoy your tincture by blending a serving with a beverage or snack or use your tincture to make your own CBD edibles. For fast relief, hold a serving under your tongue for 10-20 seconds before swallowing. Each 1ml (1 dropper) serving of CBDistillery™ Full-Spectrum CBD Oil Tincture gives you 33mg of CBD. The bulbed dropper makes it easy to adjust your serving sizes as needed.

CBD Gummies

Great for at home, yet convenient for travel, CBD Gummies could be the best option for anyone with a sweet tooth. CBDistillery™ Full Spectrum CBD Gummies give you the same additional cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and other plant nutrients you’ll find in our full-spectrum CBD tinctures, but each strawberry-flavored gummy supplement gives you a pre-measured, consistent serving size. There’s just enough strawberry flavor to enhance, not mask, the bold terpene profile. Each gummy supplement gives you 30mg of CBD. You’ll get 30 gummy supplements per bottle.

CBD Softgels/Capsules

CBDistillery™ Full Spectrum CBD Softgels are popular with first-time CBD users who value convenience and portability. They’re also a good investment for anyone looking for a simple CBD product that fits in seamlessly with their vitamin/supplement regimen. With 30mg of CBD per softgel, you’ll never have to worry about mixing, measuring, or counting drops. Like our CBD gummies, each extra strength softgel gives you 30mg of our pure, potent CBD. Each bottle contains 60 softgels.

Are You Ready to Experience Some of the More Surprising Benefits of CBD?

If you’re having a hard time deciding between products, you might find it helpful to know that it’s perfectly fine to switch between options as the mood strikes or mix and match throughout the day. Based on the results of our internal survey, 62% of our survey respondents using multiple products daily found CBD more effective than using a single product on its own. Of the many survey respondents reporting better sleep, feeling more relaxed, and less discomfort, stiffness, and inflammation after physical activity, most achieved favorable results within 7- 14 days of consistent use.

Now that you know 7 more reasons you might want to use CBD, visit CBDistillery™ to view our selection of CBD tinctures, softgels, gummies, topicals, and CBD pet products. If your still not convinced you’ll benefit, consider downloading The Ultimate CBD User Guideor reading a few articles on our #CBDMOVEMENT BLOG. All CBDistillery™ products are US Hemp Authority™ certified, third-party tested, and sourced from naturally cultivated domestic crops.


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3. WellSeek. M Radloff. (2019 May 04) Here’s How Turmeric Can Boost Recovery for Athletes.

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7. Top Dog Tips. J Jurchenko. (2020 July 02) 8 Signs Your Dog is Experiencing Joint Pain.

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